What is an idiom?
An idiom is a phrase where the words together have a meaning that is different from the dictionary definitions of the individual words. This can make idioms hard for students to understand.
A little bird told me
If someone doesn't want to say where they got some information from, they can say that a little bird told them.
All bark and no bite
When someone talks tough but really isn't, they are all bark and no bite.
Angry as a bear
If someone is as angry as a bear, they are very angry.
Angry as a bull
If someone is as angry as a bull, they are very angry.
Ants in your pants
If someone has ants in their pants, they are agitated or excited about something and can't keep still.
As rare as hen's teeth
Something that is rare as hen's teeth is very rare or non-existent.
As the crow flies
This idiom is used to describe the shortest possible distance between two places.
At a snail's pace
If something moves at a snail's pace, it moves very slowly.
Back the wrong horse
If you back the wrong horse, you give your support to the losing side in something.
Bats in the belfry
Someone with bats in the belfry is crazy or eccentric.
Flogging a dead horse
If someone is trying to convince people to do or feel something without any hope of succeeding, they're beating a dead horse. This is used when someone is trying to raise interest in an issue that no-one supports anymore; beating a dead horse will not make it do any more work.