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Idioms and their Meanings - Using Idioms in Sentences

An idiom is a set of expression which has a meaning different from the literal meanings of its components. Idioms present a great variety of structures and combinations that are mostly unchangeable and often not logical and may not follow basic rules of grammar.

Idioms and their Meanings - Using Idioms in Sentences

 

An idiom is a set of expression which has a meaning different from the literal meanings of its components. Idioms present a great variety of structures and combinations that are mostly unchangeable and often not logical and may not follow basic rules of grammar.

 

Idioms can be quite clear (in general; come out; at first; the root of all evil) or pretty unclear (on end; pack it in; high and low; hard cash). Some idioms have proper names in them (a Jack of all trades; Uncle Sam); some other idioms are comparisons (as clear as a bell; as the crow flies). Proverbs and sayings may also have idiomatic character (every cloud has a silver lining; still waters run deep). The following is a list of idioms and their usage in sentences.


 Idioms with Definitions : Examples

1. Above board - honest, open  

Her business dealings are above board. 

2. After all - in spite of the situation; nevertheless   

I knew it! After all, I was right! He returned to his hometown after all.

3. All along - all the time 

I knew about his little secret all along.

4. All ears - eager to listen 

I am all ears.

5. All of a sudden – suddenly 

All of a sudden, he refused to pay.

6. All thumbs – clumsy 

He can't fix anything, he's all thumbs.

7. As a rule - generally, usually 

As a rule, we offer a 5% discount.

8. Big shot - important person 

He is a big shot around here.

9. Blow it - lose the chance 

He understood that he blew it.

10. Bottom line - main result; main factor 

The bottom line is, I don't have enough money.

11. By all means - definitely, certainly 

Do you need my help? By all means.

12. Carry weight - be important 

His advice always carries weight here.

13. Catch someone's eye - attract attention 

This picture caught my eye.

14. Come true - become reality 

His dream came true when he met Kate.

15. Down to earth – practical 

He's quiet, sensible, and down to earth.

16. Every now and then - occasionally 

Every now and then I visit my old aunt.

17. Fall out of love - stop loving 

They soon fell out of love and divorced.

18. For good – forever 

After her death he left town for good.







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