Idioms can be very colorful, but they can also be extremely hard for non-native speakers to understand. Some idioms are widely understood. Idioms like, “This is a piece of cake”- meaning it is easy- have many variations in other languages as well. To help you out (assist you) here is a list of ten common English idioms, their meaning, and how they are used.
|Idiom||Meaning||Example of use|
|used to||Accustomed to/ comfortable with||I am not used to running so far. That is why I am tired.|
|take place||To happen/ to occur||The party took place at Jim’s house.|
|stick with (something)||To continue / to not quit (especially with difficulties)||It was hard, but I stuck with my piano lessons. Now I can play well.|
|show up||To appear/ to arrive/ to be present||I did not think the teacher was going to show up today, but he was just late.|
|A dime a dozen||Common/ easy to get||I thought that my baseball card was rare, but the man told me it was a dime a dozen.|
|A slap on the wrist||A mild punishment||When he broke the window he should have gotten thrown out of school. Instead, he just got a slap on the wrist. He has to go to a week of detention.|
|An arm and a leg||Very expensive/ a large amount of money||A nice laptop computer will cost you an arm and a leg.|
|On the other hand||However/ in contrast/ looking at the opposite side of a matter||I like your idea of skipping class today, but on the other hand I need to keep my grades up.|
|For sure||Without doubt/ certainly/ surely||I am going to meet you for sure this weekend.|
|For good||Permanently||Did you hear? They are closing the store for good tomorrow!|
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