Idiom Examples – Learn All About Them

So you’re looking for idiom examples, or you want to see some idiomatic expressions. Whether you want to learn the basics about them—like what they are—or you simply want to see some examples of them in sentences, all of that information can be found below. At the bottom of this page, there’s a list of 10 common idioms and the meaning for each is included underneath.

Anyways, let’s get started, shall we?

See Also: What Is An Idiom? —Definition and Examples

Note: All idioms in the examples and sentences that follow will appear in blue.

What Are Idiomatic Expressions?

They are idioms. Okay, well then what’s an idiom? It’s a group of words where the meaning cannot be inferred simply by looking at the individual words. For example, take a look at the following sentence:

“That job was a piece of a cake.”

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In the sentence above, the idiom is in blue. In this context, a piece of cake means something that’s easy to do. What happens, though, if someone has never heard of this expression before? When looking at the sentence, they might think the person is talking about a real cake; they would be unable to deduce the idiom’s figurative meaning just by looking at the words.

​This is why sites such as this one are helpful, because if you don’t know what a particular expression means, you don’t have to sit there and guess. You can instead look it up and see what it’s all about. Now let’s look at some more examples.

Idiom Examples With Sentences

Below you’ll see some idiom examples. We use idioms for all kinds of situations in life. They are used to describe how we feel (e.g., I’m feeling a little under the weather today), what we like and what we do not like (e.g, these shoes are not my cup of tea), we even use them when describing the weather (e.g., it’s raining cats and dogs outside). Let’s take a look at some more idiom examples and see how they might be used in life depending on the situation. I will use them in sentences, and then briefly explain what they mean. Here are some about:

Love

  • He’s falling head over heels for her. (This means that he’s deeply in love.)
  • They’re being so lovey-dovey with one another. (This means they are being overly affectionate towards each other.)
  • It was love at first sight. (Self-explanatory—a person who falls in love with another the first time they see them.)

Our Feelings

  • I was tickled pink when I heard the news. (In other words, he was very happy.) 
  • She was on cloud nine after receiving a hefty raise. (Another expression about feeling happy.) 
  • I’m going to stay in bed because I’m feeling under the weather. (A person who is feeling either sad or sick.) 

How Easy Or Difficult Something Is

  • Fixing a bike is not exactly rocket science. (Fixing a bike is simple, to put it another way) 
  • I’m trying to find the remote, but it’s like a needle in a haystack. (In other words, he’s having a hard time finding it.) 
  • It’s hot outside, so staying inside today was a no-brainer for me. (It means the choice was very easy to make.)

And these are just a few situations where these kinds of expressions might be used. There’s obviously plenty more, but you get the idea. If you want to see more idioms with sentences, you can look down near the bottom.

Examples of Idioms In Other Languages

Let’s go over a couple idiom examples in other languages besides English. Yes, idiomatic expressions are a part of other languages too! This first one is an expression in German. It goes (when translated to English):

“To talk around the hot porridge.”

An equivalent to this in English is to beat around the bush. Basically, it means a person is talking about something without getting to the point of what they’re trying to say. Here’s the second example. It’s a Swedish expression. It goes like this (after being translated):

“A close shot will never get you the rabbit.”

In English, an equivalent to this is close, but no cigar. It means that a person was close to accomplishing something, but fell short at the end; they almost had it.


10 Common Idiom Examples

Here are 10 examples of idioms and their meaning is underneath:

1. Quitting cold turkey
To quit cold turkey is to stop a bad habit immediately.

2. Spill the beans
If someone spills the beans, they revealed a secret.

3. In a pickle
To be in a pickle is to be in a tough spot.

4. Hit the nail on the head
Hitting the nail on the head is doing or saying something that is precisely correct.

5. Cost an arm and a leg
If something costs an arm and a leg, then it is very expensive. (e.g., This car is going to cost me an arm and a leg.)

6. Going out on a limb
Taking a guess. (e.g., I’m gonna go out on a limb and say he doesn’t like chocolate.)

7. Jump the gun
Jumping the gun means going too soon; doing something earlier than you were supposed to.

8. Driving me nuts
To be greatly frustrated or annoyed.

9. Hold your horses
Telling someone to stop, or to wait. (e.g., Hold your horses, I’m not ready yet.)

10. A cup of joe
This is a nickname for a cup of coffee.
 
Well, that’s gonna have to do it. Hopefully the idioms and examples you’ve seen on here have helped you to learn more about them. That was the goal, after all!