English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions

An idiom is a phrase where the words together have a meaning that is different from the dictionary definitions of the individual words, which can make idioms hard for ESL students and learners to understand. Here, we provide a dictionary of 3,884 English idiomatic expressions with definitions.


List of Idioms by Topic

Animals

372 Entries

Clothes

115 Entries

Colours

77 Entries

Death

55 Entries

Drugs

9 Entries

Food

198 Entries

Gambling

20 Entries

Hunting

6 Entries

Law

22 Entries

Men & women

49 Entries

Money

111 Entries

Music

28 Entries

Nature

67 Entries

Numbers

47 Entries

Person's name

48 Entries

Place name

22 Entries

Police & Crime

28 Entries

Politics

19 Entries

Religion

68 Entries

Sport

96 Entries

Time

96 Entries

Weather

55 Entries

List of Idioms by Country

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Get your act together
Added on 13 Nov 2017
Not on your life
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A leap in the dark
Added on 24 Oct 2017
As good as your word
Added on 5 Oct 2017
At every turn
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In the palm of your hand
Added on 30 Sep 2017
In store
Added on 17 Sep 2017
Mind the store
Added on 17 Sep 2017
Walk the talk
Added on 23 Aug 2017
Spill your guts
Added on 9 Aug 2017
Spill blood
Added on 9 Aug 2017
Hammer something home
Added on 7 Jul 2017
Turn back the clock
Added on 21 Jun 2017
Were you born in a field?
Added on 23 May 2017
Augean stables
Added on 19 May 2017
Leave the field open
Added on 2 May 2017
Go doolally
Added on 25 Apr 2017
Like a hot knife through butter
Added on 19 Apr 2017
Twist the knife
Added on 19 Apr 2017
Knives are out
Added on 19 Apr 2017
Show someone the door
Added on 22 Feb 2017
Settle a score
Added on 21 Feb 2017
Settle your affairs
Added on 21 Feb 2017
Give someone their cards
Added on 5 Feb 2017
Go out with a bang
Added on 4 Jan 2017
Build bridges
Added on 27 Dec 2016
Walk the line
Added on 15 Dec 2016
Tough as woodpecker lips
Added on 27 Sep 2016

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