A group of idioms – called “Comparative Idioms” – are used to compare something about a person or thing to something else. For example:
That box is
(feels very light) as light as a feather. This room is
(feels very cold) as cold as ice.
Here are some
. more common comparative idioms
Idiom: to “
call it a day” …. to stop doing something (usually related to work)
Baseball is one of the most popular sports in the United States. There are A few examples: . many expressions – ‘idioms’ – used commonly that come from baseball
Someone who is “
” is a person you trust to get something done. They are knowledgeable and responsible. on the ball Someone who “
” fails at something (there are other meanings too). strikes out
For example: He asked for her phone number, but he struck out. If you “
” for someone, it means that you help or support them. Go to bat
If you know the rules of how to play baseball, it can really help you to understand these idioms better – and also to
, or even better, at the watch a game on TV . baseball park
that says “March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb.” It starts with cold, wintry weather, but usually ends with much nicer spring-like weather. At least here in the greater Boston area, the month of March has certainly come in proverb . like a lion
Hold Your Horses! Means: Stop and think about what you’re doing. -or – Wait. Be patient.
by Community R-VI Elementary More idiom videos
Does someone “drive you up the wall”? This means someone who really bothers or irritates you – makes you crazy.
I love my kids, but sometimes
they me up the wall. drive The
in Boston traffic me up the wall. drives (Happening now) That loud
me up the wall. noise is driving
The simple (
literal) meaning of “piece of cake” is this:
But “piece of cake” is also a common
idiom that means something is easy.
I can do that. It’s a piece of cake.
Did you finish the job? >> Yes, it was a piece of cake.
More examples on
Youglish.com Can you tell which of the examples use piece of cake as an idiom, and which are using the literal meaning?
Or do you have
?? Watch very short videos about these two English idioms… Two Left Feet
Lots more one-minute idiom video lessons from
. English-in-a-Minute on YouTube