Religion Idioms (Page 2)
- Poor as a church mouse
If someone is as poor as a church mouse, they are very poor indeed.
- Practise what you preach
If you practise what you preach, you do what you say other people should do.(In American English, the verb is 'practice')
- Preaching to the choir
If someone preaches to the choir, they talking about a subject or issue with which their audience already agrees.
('Preaching to the converted' is an alternative form.)
- Prodigal son
A prodigal son is a young man who wastes a lot on money on a lavish lifestyle. If the prodigal son returns, they return to a better way of living.
- Right church, wrong pew
Right church, wrong pew means that someone is very nearly right, but someting is wrong.
- Road to hell is paved with good intentions
When people say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, they mean that positive intentions may have negative outcomes.
- Saving grace
If someone has some character defects, but has a characteristic that compensate for their failings and shortcomings, this is their saving grace.
- Sell your soul
If someone sells their soul, their betray the most precious beliefs.
- Seventh heaven
If you are in seventh heaven, you are extremely happy.
- Sing from the same hymn sheet
If people are singing from the same hymn sheet, they are expressing the same opinions in public.
- Slough of despond
If someone is very depressed or in despair, they're in a slough of despond.
- Speak of the devil!
If you are talking about someone and they happen to walk in, you can use this idiom as a way of letting them know you were talking about them.
- Tempt providence
If you tempt providence, you take a risk that may well have unpleasant consequences. ('Tempt fate' is also used.)
- To err is human, to forgive divine
This idiom is used when someone has done something wrong, suggesting that they should be forgiven.
- Vale of tears
This vale of tears is the world and the suffering that life brings.
- When hell freezes over
An impossible or very unlikely situation or event
- Wing and a prayer
If you do something on a wing and a prayer, you try to do something and hope you'll succeed even though you have very little chance of success.
- Your sins will find you out
This idiom means that things you do wrong will become known.
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