Common Idioms Vol 1: English Phrases You Can Use in Your Daily Life

Welcome back, readers! In the previous edition of Common Idioms, we learned what idioms are and how they can be incorporated into our everyday English vocabulary.

In the previous blog, we came across a few commonly used idioms with their meanings. Moving on, we’ve now got a few more to add to the list. These listed phrases are also pretty common and using them, you can excel in your communication skills and even cast an impression.

So, let’s have a look at these idioms:

1. The ball is in your court

Meaning: This idiom is used in reference to a person who is responsible for making the next move or taking a decision; it could be in a game, event, activity or any incident.

Use in Sentence: We have made our proposal; the ball is now in your court.

2. Pull someone’s leg

Meaning: This idiom means playing a prank or teasing someone with a practical joke. It is like making them believe in something which is not true.

Use in Sentence: Stop pulling my leg. I know you are not planning a party for me.

3. Sit on the fence

Meaning: This idiom means not being able to take sides in a disagreement or avoiding to side with any of the two possibilities.

Use in Sentence: You can’t sit on the fence; you will have to make a decision and choose the best among the two.

4. Through thick and thin

Meaning: It means to support one another under all circumstances, good or bad.

Use in Sentence: He is very successful today but his struggle was tough. However, she was with him through thick and thin.

5. Once in a blue moon

Meaning: This idiom is used to describe something that happens very rarely.

Use in Sentence: I don’t like partying. It’s once in a blue moon that you’ll see my attending a party.

6. Take it with a pinch of salt

Meaning: This idiom means to not take something seriously.

Use in Sentence: I don’t mind his words. I take it with a  pinch of salt as I know he means no harm.

7. Come rain or shine

Meaning: This idiom is used to state that you are ready to do a thing or support a person/thing in any situation, no matter what

Use in Sentence: Come rain or shine, I will finish this race and win the trophy.

8. Go down in flames

Meaning: It means to fail dramatically or to end suddenly and completely

Use in Sentence: The entire project came down in flames after the manager resigned.

9. See eye to eye

Meaning: This idiom is used to denote that you agree with someone completely.

Use in Sentence: He and his wife see eye to eye on almost all things.

10. Jump on the bandwagon

Meaning: This idiom means doing something just because others are doing it or it is highly popular

Use in Sentence: My friend recently bought an iPhone; she is all about jumping on the bandwagon.

While you practice these idioms, we will soon be back with few more interesting phrases to help you master your English skills. Until then, Happy Learning!

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