English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions

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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 3,862 English idiomatic expressions with definitions.

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EntryShow someone the door
Added on 22-Feb-2017
EntrySettle a score
Added on 21-Feb-2017
EntrySettle your affairs
Added on 21-Feb-2017
EntryGive someone their cards
Added on 5-Feb-2017
EntryGo out with a bang
Added on 4-Jan-2017
EntryBuild bridges
Added on 27-Dec-2016
EntryWalk the line
Added on 15-Dec-2016
EntryTough as woodpecker lips
Added on 27-Sep-2016
EntryCamel's nose
Added on 25-Sep-2016
EntryGet your hopes up
Added on 25-Sep-2016
EntryOff the leash
Added on 19-Sep-2016
EntryKeep on a short leash
Added on 19-Sep-2016
EntryStrain at the leash
Added on 19-Sep-2016
EntryBelow the salt
Added on 26-Aug-2016
EntryDig your own grave
Added on 8-Jul-2016
EntrySell someone a pup
Added on 7-Jul-2016
EntryYou're killing me!
Added on 18-Jun-2016
EntryJe ne sais quoi
Added on 15-Jun-2016
EntryLeft and right
Added on 9-Jun-2016
EntryBust a move
Added on 25-Apr-2016
EntryLike a bump on a log
Added on 25-Apr-2016
EntryJump a queue
Added on 20-Apr-2016
EntryA barking dog seldom bites
Added on 9-Apr-2016
EntryHalf a shake
Added on 29-Mar-2016
Added on 14-Mar-2016
EntryGo mental
Added on 7-Mar-2016
EntryWax poetic
Added on 1-Mar-2016
EntrySilly goose
Added on 18-Feb-2016
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