Seven most used Idioms
You’ve been studying for years now and you find yourself talking to your Irish friend. You tell him you’re going skiing next week and he says “Have fun and break a leg.” My god what a friend you think!!! You don’t understand why your good friend would want you to break a leg
Well don’t worry as ‘break a leg’ doesn’t actually means to break a leg. “Break a leg” is an idiom used to wish you good luck in an ironic way. It is often used in the theatre to wish an actor good luck before they go on stage to perform.
- Piece of cake– No, when someone says that the assignment they just finished was a piece of cake, it does not mean that their professor gave them a red velvet cupcake for their midterm paper, what piece of cake actually means is that something is very easy to complete.
- Costs an arm and a leg– It would be a strange world we lived in if buying that fancy shiny purse literally required us to chop off our body parts to give as tribute to the Louis Vuitton gods. When something costs an arm and a leg it actually means that something is very expensive.
- Break a leg– Oh, look, another idiom about legs. You’re about to take your dreaded calculus final and before you head into your classroom your roommate texts you, “Break a Leg!” Why, you think in your head, would he ever wish that upon me? I thought we were cool with each other. Well, your roommate surely doesn’t want your bones to break while walking to your seat in the exam room that’s for sure. Break a leg actually means good luck!
- Let the cat out of the bag– Why would someone put their cat in a bag? What did the cat ever do to them? Our last idiom actually means to disclose a secret that was supposed to be kept, well, as a secret. The next time someone lets the cat out of the bag do not immediately pick up your phone and call animal cruelty control.
- Hit the nail on the head– This idiom has to do with doing or saying something that is precisely right. If you don’t understand this, just think about that sweet feeling you get when you swing a hammer at a nail and hit it perfectly.
- When pigs fly– So, have you ever seen a pig fly before? Never? Me neither. This idiom basically means that something will never happen, like fat little pink mammals soaring toward the sun!
- You can’t judge a book by its cover– How many awesome books do you think you’ve never read in your life just because the cover did not catch your eye? This idiom does not only apply to books however, but can be used for everything in general. Essentially it means that you should not decide upon something based just on outward appearances.