What are Idioms?

Idioms are the phrases in any language. The phrases may not have any literal meanings but in the use of the language they can be related to various things.

Here are some examples:

- Put your name in the pot

If you ask if you should put someone's name in the pot, you are asking whether you should add someone's name to the list of those who will be joining us for a particular meal or event.

- Not a stitch

If you don't have a stitch, you have nothing suitable to wear for an occasion. If someone is without a stitch on, they are naked.

- The john

If someone goes to the john, they to the bathroom or toilet.

- Get your act together

If you get your act together, you become more organised.

- Not on your life

When someone responds with "Not on your life," they are utterly rejecting a suggestion that has been made.

- A leap in the dark

An action or a risk that you take without having much idea about what will happen as a result.

- As good as your word

If you say you will do something and then do it, you are as good as your word.

- At every turn

If something happens at every turn, it happens repeatedly or constantly.

- In the palm of your hand

If you have someone in the palm of your hand, you control them and can get them to do exactly what you want.

- In store

If you know what is in store for you, you know what will happen to you, usually in the near future.

(It can also be used in the negative)

- Mind the store

If you mind the store, you take care of something while the person who is in-charge or responsible is away.

- Walk the talk

If you walk the talk, you do what you promise or claim you can do.

- Spill your guts

If you spill your guts, you confess or make your problems public.

- Spill blood

If you spill blood, you kill or hurt people.

- Hammer something home

If you hammer something home, you say it very clearly so that no one will misunderstand you.

- Conscience makes cowards of us all

People are scared to do what they know is necessary because they think it might be morally wrong.

- Turn back the clock

If you turn back the clock, you try to recreate something from the past.

- Were you born in a field?

My dad used this idiom a lot when I was a child, to point out to me that I had left the door open after I'd come or gone through it. I presume it has to do with the idea that an animal in a field wouldn't not bother to shut a gate behind them.
('Were you born in a barn?' is an alternative form.)

- A tumbleweed moment

A period of stunned silence when someone says something particularly stupid or offensive is a tumbleweed moment,






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