10 English Phrases
That Everyone Says
Idiomatic sentences give language colour and depth and help us say hard things in a short, metaphorical way. In this blog post, we will look at 10 common English words. If you know how to use these phrases, you will improve your language skills and you will communicate better in different scenarios.
“Break a leg” is a way to wish someone good luck, especially before a show or performance. It comes from the stage, where actors would say “break a leg” instead of “good luck” so they wouldn’t mess up their show.
“Bite the bullet” means to face something hard or bad with courage and resolve. It means to face problems straight on, no matter how hard or uncomfortable they are.
“Piece of cake”: when something is called a “piece of cake,” it means that it is very easy or doesn’t take much work. It means that a job or situation isn’t hard or doesn’t take much work.
“Hit the nail on the head” means to give the right name or description of something. When someone “hits the nail on the head,” it means they get to the truth or heart of a matter.
“Cost an arm and a leg”: if something “costs an arm and a leg,” it means it is very expensive. This phrase lets you know how much something costs or how much it’s worth.
“Barking up the wrong tree”: if someone is “barking up the wrong tree,” it means they are doing the wrong thing or putting their efforts in the wrong place. It means that someone missed or misunderstood what was going on.
“Caught between a rock and a hard place”: when someone is “caught between a rock and a hard place,” they have to make a hard choice or choose between two bad options. It means a hard situation or a problem.
“The ball is in your court” means that it’s now someone else’s turn to act or make a decision. It means that the other person has the lead or is in charge.
“Walking on eggshells”: if someone is “walking on eggshells,” it means they are very careful or sensitive about how they act or what they say so they don’t upset or hurt someone.
“Raining cats and dogs”: when it’s “raining cats and dogs,” it means it’s pouring very hard. This is how a very strong rainstorm is described.
Idioms are a big part of the English language and culture as a whole. If you learn these phrases, you’ll not only be able to understand native English speakers better, but you’ll also be able to speak more easily and clearly, giving your speech a touch of figurative language.