Get to Know 10 Idioms that Can Help You Learn English Language

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There are many ways on how to learn the English language. One of them is by using idioms that you’re not familiar with. But first of all, do you have an idea about what idiom is? An idiom is a phrase or expression that has a particular meaning that differs from the meaning of the individual words, e.g. if a person says “you’ve bitten off more than you can chew” what he/she means is you have tried to do something that is too difficult for you. 

Are you guys existed to know these 10 idioms? Let’s get into it! 

Better late than never


This expression is used when you’re talking to your friends. “Better late than never” is an expression which means that it is better to arrive late than not at all. However, don’t try to say this phrase to your teacher when you come late.

Break a leg

“Break a leg” is an expression you can use to give someone support when they’re going to do something. As an example, you can say “Break a leg” to someone before they are about to do their final exam. This idiom means “Goodluck”.

Give someone the benefit of the doubt

There are times when you don’t believe what someone is telling you. By giving someone the benefit of the doubt means to trust what they are telling you, even though you still don’t think that it’s true. 

Back to the drawing board


“Back to the drawing board” means to start over. When you fail or don’t pass a test then you might say that you are going back to the drawing board. Which means you will try some more lessons and try to pass the test again.

Get your act together

When you’re not doing good at school or college your teacher or lecturer might tell you to “get your act together” which basically means you need to work harder.

Hang in there

A friend of yours might be struggling with his/her exams, you can respond by saying “hang in there”. This phrase means that he/she should keep trying and not give up.  

Hit the sack/hay

After having a long day of doing an activity, we must feel exhausted and sleepy, in which case, you can use this idiom which means that you are heading to bed. 

On the ball


When you’re in a class and you don’t quite understand what your teacher is saying because you’re tired, you could say you aren’t “on the ball”, which means that you aren’t paying attention to the explanation and are struggling to keep up with and don’t understand the conversation. 

Wrap your head around something

If you’re attending a meeting and you hear someone say “Can you wrap your head around this?”, what he/she is asking is if you understand something that may be complicated. 

Your guess is as good as mine 

If you lost with your friend in a place you’re unfamiliar with and your friend asks which way you think is the right way? You could simply respond by saying “your guess is as good as mine”, which means that you don’t know, the same way your friend doesn’t know. 

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