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500 Expresses Idiomticas

em Ingls com Pronncia

Voc s fluente em ingls se souber usar as

expresses idiomticas da lngua inglesa.

Os idioms ou idiomatic expressions so

expresses que ao serem traduzidas palavra
por palavra no fazem o menor sentido. Por
exemplo em portugus a expresso "fazer
uma vaquinha" traduzida palavra por
palavra para o ingls no vai fazer o menor
sentido. Para saber como se diz isso em
ingls preciso saber que expresses so
usadas pelos falantes nativos e que tenha um
sentido parecido com o sentido da expresso
em portugus.

Assim como em palavras mais usadas em

ingls, abaixo criamos uma lista com 500
expresses idiomticas comuns em ingls
para enriquecer seu vocabulrio e fazer com
que voc parea um nativo ao falar:
1. A Babe In The Woods

"What do you know? You are just a babe in the woods."

2. A Bed Of Roses

"Working here is no bed of roses."

3. A Big Fish In A Small Pond

"He's just a big fish in a small pond."

4. A Bird In The Hand Is Worth Two In The Bush

Having something that is certain is much better than taking a risk for more, because chances are

you might lose everything.

5. A Bitter Pill To Swallow

"Spending a week in the psychiatric hospital was a bitter pill to swallow, but Jake really needed to

do it."

6. A Blessing In Disguise

Something good that isn't recognized at first. "When I first lost that job, I was upset. But it turned

out to be a blessing in disguise."

7. A Breath Of Fresh Air

"I love having this new student in my class. His positive attitude is a breath of fresh air."

8. A Bundle Of Nerves

"I have to give a speech tomorrow, and I am a bundle of nerves."

9. A Card

"My uncle Bob is a real card."

10. A Case In Point

"Jane called. She will be late for this morning's meeting." Reply: "Case in point. We really cannot

rely on her."
11. A Case Of Mistaken Identity

"Are you sure you are not Don Johnson?" Reply: "Really, I am not. It must be a case of mistaken


12. A Change Of Pace

"What would you like me to make for dinner?" Reply: "Let's have sushi, for a change of pace."

13. A Change Of Scenery

"I just got back from Florida." Reply: "That must have been a change of scenery."

14. A Chip Off The Old Block

"Did you meet Bill's son at the picnic yesterday? He's just like Bill!" Reply: "He's a chip off the old


15. A Chip On Your Shoulder

Being upset for something that happened in the past.

16. A Copycat

"Stop copying my answers. You copycat!" (rude)

17. A Cut Above Someone Or Something

"I love this restuarant. It is a cut above."

18. A Dime A Dozen

Anything that is common and easy to get.

19. A Doubting Thomas

A skeptic who needs physical or personal evidence in order to believe something.

20. A Dream Come True

"Becoming a movie star was a dream come true."

21. A Drop in the Bucket

A very small part of something big or whole.

22. A Fan Of Someone

"Are you a Dodger"s fan?" Reply: "No, I don't like baseball."

23. A Fool And His Money Are Easily Parted

It's easy for a foolish person to lose his/her money.

24. A Foregone Conclusion

"I knew they would lose. It was a foregone conclusion."

25. A Friend In Need Is A Friend Indeed

"Hey buddy, how's it going? You look good. I love your jacket. Do you think you can give me a

ride home?" Reply: "A friend in need is a friend indeed."

26. A Game That Two Can Play

"She told the teacher what I did, but that's a game that two can play."

27. A Ghost Of A Chance

"Do you think he has a chance to win?" Reply: "He doesn't have a ghost of a chance."

28. A Given

"I always knew that we would get married. It was a given."

29. A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand

Everyone involved must unify and function together or it will not work out.

30. A Known Fact

"That guy is a ganster? Are you sure?" Reply: "Of course I'm sure. It's a known fact."

31. A Labor Of Love

"You don't mind taking care of that dog?" Reply: "It is a labor of love."

32. A Last Ditch Effort

"I thought for sure we would lose but we made one last ditch effort and tied the game."
33. A Leading Question

"That is a leading question. I am not going to answer it."

34. A Leopard Can't Change His Spots

You cannot change who you are.

35. A Lick Of Work

"He was born wealthy, and he has never done a lick of work in his life."

36. A Little Bit

"Are you hungry?" Reply: "A little bit. You?."

37. A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned

By not spending money, you are saving money (little by little).

38. A Picture Paints a Thousand Words

A visual presentation is far more descriptive than words.

39. A Piece of Cake

A task that can be accomplished very easily.

40. A Piece Of The Action

"I heard you guys are going to play a joke on Jim. I want a piece of the action."

41. A Piercing Scream

"I was walking down Broad Street when suddenly I heard this piercing scream."

42. A Pillar Of Strength

"My mother is a pillar of strength."

43. A Place To Call Ones Own

"After renting for all these years, I really want a place to call my own."
44. A Ripe Old Age

"At the ripe old age of 45, I feel like I am just starting my life."

45. A Ripple Of Excitement

"On election day you could feel a ripple of excitement."

46. A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss

"Why don't you get married and have a family?" Reply: "A rolling stone gathers no moss."

47. A Rule Of Thumb

"I don't invite people to my home unless I know them well, as a rule of thumb."

48. A Sense Of Urgency

"Can't you see that we are losing this game? Let's have a sense of urgency."

49. A Shot In The Arm

"We were really falling apart, but that goal gave us a shot in the arm."

50. A Slap on the Wrist

A very mild punishment.

51. A Taste Of Your Own Medicine

When you are mistreated the same way you mistreat others.

52. A Toss-Up

A result that is still unclear and can go either way.

53. A Word To The Wise

"Here's a word to the wise: Do not go down that street at night."

54. Above And Beyond The Call Of Duty

"What that police officer did to save her life was above and beyond the call of duty."
55. Above Average

"Are you a very good tennis player?" Reply: "I'm above average."

56. Above Suspicion

"In this case, no one person is above suspicion. Not even the president."

57. Acknowledge Receipt Of Something

"As soon as you get the package, please call me to acknowledge receipt."

58. Across The Board

"We will have a 10 percent pay cut across the board."

59. Act High And Mighty

"What are you acting so high and mighty about."

60. Actions Speak Louder Than Words

It's better to actually do something than just talk about it.

61. Add Fuel To The Fire

Whenever something is done to make a bad situation even worse than it is.

62. Add Insult To Injury

"First he drives into my car. Then, to add insult to injury he says I'm parked in the wrong spot."

63. Address Someone As Something

"I'm not one of your college friends. Address me as your father."

64. Advise Against Something

"Do you recommend that I talk with the boss?" Reply: "I would advise against it."

65. After Hours

"Sorry, we don't see patients after hours."

66. Against The Clock

Rushed and short on time.

67. Ahead Of Schedule

"My software project is ahead of schedule."

68. Alive And Kicking

"How is your grandfather doing?" Reply: "He is alive and kicking."

69. All Bark And No Bite

When someone is threatening and/or aggressive but not willing to engage in a fight.

70. All For The Best

"Did you hear they broke up?" Reply: "It is probably all for the best. They were not getting along


71. All Gone

"Are there any more cookies?" Reply: "All gone."

72. All Greek to me

Meaningless and incomprehensible like someone who cannot read, speak, or understand any of

the Greek language would be.

73. All In One Piece

"Be careful. I want you home all in one piece."

74. All In The Family

"I'm going to tell you about your uncle, but let's keep this all in the family."

75. All In The Same Boat

When everyone is facing the same challenges.

76. All Kidding Aside

"All kidding aside, I really do like her."

77. All Out War

"It used to be they occastionally fired a missle. Now it's all out war."

78. All Over

"Is the game still on?" Reply: "No, it's all over."

79. All Systems Are Go

"Are you ready?" Reply: "All systems are go."

80. All Talk And No Action

"John promised he would be here." Reply: "He is all talk and no action."

81. All The Rage

"Do you like this scarf? It is all the rage."

82. All Told

"How much money is missing?" Reply: "All told, 300 dollars."

83. An Arm And A Leg

Very expensive. A large amount of money.

84. An Axe To Grind

To have a dispute with someone.

85. Apple of My Eye

Someone who is cherished above all others.

86. As An Aside

"As an aside: Is anyone hungry?."

87. As Drunk As A Skunk

"Don't go out drinking with Henry. He'll get you as drunk as a skunk."
88. As High As A Kite

Anything that is high up in the sky.

89. At The Drop Of A Hat

Willing to do something immediately.

90. At The Present Time

"Are you hiring new people?" Reply: "Not at the present time."

91. At This Juncture

"Are you going to buy the ABC company?" Reply: "No. Not at this juncture."

92. Back And Forth

"What fun could it be playing tennis? They just hit the ball back and forth all day."

93. Back Down From Someone Or Something

"If I were you, I would back down. It is not worth fighting about."

94. Back East

"We just can't wait to move back east."

95. Back In Circulation

"John, where have you been? It is good to see you back in circulation."

96. Back Off From Someone Or Something

"I guess I made her angry. She told me to back off and leave her alone."

97. Back Order Something

"We don't have them in your size today. But I would be glad to back order them for you."

98. Back Out Of Something

"Didn't Bob say he was coming?" Reply: "Yes, He backed out."

99. Back Seat Driver

People who criticize from the sidelines, much like someone giving unwanted advice from the back

seat of a vehicle to the driver.

100.Back Someone Or Something Up

"I told my mom we were at the baseball game last night. Back my up."

101.Back The Wrong Horse

"Who did you bet on in the superbowl?" Reply: "Arizona." Answer: "Ouch. You backed the wrong


102.Back To Square One

Having to start all over again. "After all that work, they decided not to hire me." Reply: "Back to

square one."

103.Back To The Drawing Board

When an attempt fails and it's time to start all over.

104.Bad As All That

"I've heard it is the worst place to go to school." Reply: "It's not as bad as all that."

105.Bad Mouth Someone Or Something

"You are one of my best friends. I would never bad mouth you."

106.Bail Out Of Something

"Did the pilot die in the crash?" Reply: "No. He bailed out, and lived."

107.Bail Someone Or Something Out

"He got thrown in jail for drunk driving, but his father bailed him out."

108.Bait And Switch

"I thought I was buying a new one." Reply: "It looks like they gave you the bait and switch."
109.Baker's Dozen


110. Bark Up The Wrong Tree

"If you are looking for someone to lend you money, don't talk to me. You're barking up the wrong


111. Barking Up The Wrong Tree

A mistake made in something you are trying to achieve.

112. Bathed In Light

"There she stood by the window, bathed in light."

113. Batten Down The Hatches

"A big rain storm is coming. We need to batten down the hatches."

114. Battle Something Out

"I really don't mind where we go. I'll let you two battle it out."

115. Bawl Someone Out

"I asked her if she could stay late, and she bawled me out."

116. Be A Heartbeat Away From Something

"If the president dies, who becomes the new president?" Reply: "The vice president. He's a

heartbeat away from the presidency."

117. Be All Ears

"Would you like to hear what I did today." Reply: "I'm all ears."

118. Be All Things To All People

"Public relations is a tough job. I have to be all things to all people."

119. Be Easier Said Than Done

"We should dig a garden in the back yard. That would be great." Reply: "Easier said than done."
120.Be Game

"Do you want to see a movie?" Reply: "I'm game."

121.Be Into Something

"You don't want to sing this song?" Reply: "I'm not into it right now."

122.Be Off

"Have a good day, you guys. I'm off." Reply: "Goodbye."

123.Be Swimming In Something

"Do you have any ketchup left?" Reply: "We are swimming in it."

124.Be The Spitting Image Of Someone

"People say I am the spitting image of my mother."

125.Bear Fruit

"Did your meeting bear fruit?."

126.Bear In Mind That Something Is So

"Would you like to order dinner?" Reply: "Bear in mind that I do not speak French."

127.Beat A Dead Horse

To force an issue that has already ended.

128.Beat A Path To Someones Door

"I don't see anyone beating a path to your door."

129.Beat Around The Bush

"Has he said that he wants to marry you?" Reply: "No, but he has been beating around the bush."

130.Beating Around The Bush

Avoiding the main topic. Not speaking directly about the issue.
131.Beating Him At His Own Game

"He was the star of our school's tennis team, and I still beat him." Reply: "You beat him at his own


132.Before You Know It

"Enjoy your freedom! Before you know it, you'll be married and settling down with children."

133.Beg To Differ With Someone

"You think I am old? I beg to differ."

134.Behind Someones Back

"Those two went to the boss, and they did it behind my back."

135.Behind The Times

"My grandfather wears black socks with his shorts." Reply: "He is so behind the times."

136.Belabor The Point

"I know we've talked about this already, and I hate to belabor the point, but I still don't think you

are understanding me."

137.Bend Over Backwards

Do whatever it takes to help. Willing to do anything.

138.Better Safe Than Sorry

"Should I bring my umbrella?" Reply: "Better safe than sorry." Answer: "Okay. I'll go get it."

139.Between A Rock And A Hard Place

Stuck between two very bad options.

140.Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

To take on a task that is way to big.

141.Bite Your Tongue

To avoid talking.
142.Biting The Bullet

"Hurry mom, I really have to go to the bathroom." Reply: "We won't be there for another 20

minutes. Bite the bullet."

143.Blood Is Thicker Than Water

The family bond is closer than anything else.

144.Blowing Your Own Trumpet

"Is Deb still talking about the deal she made?" Reply: "Yes, she's blowing her own trumpet."

145.Blowing Your Top

"Steve is in our office and he just found out about the deal." Reply: "I can hear him blowing his


146.Blue Moon

A rare event or occurance.

147.Break A Leg

A superstitious way to say 'good luck' without saying 'good luck', but rather the opposite.

148.Breaking Even

"Sell that stock now, while you are still breaking even."

149.Breaking New Ground

"Noone in our family has ever married a foreigner. You are breaking new ground."

150.Breaking The Bank

"You really should not be buying this ring. You are breaking the bank."

151.Breaking The Ice

"Jane throws great parties, and she is really good at breaking the ice."

152.Breaking The News

"It is the goal of every great reporter to break the news."

153.Bring Home The Bacon

"I go to work every day to bring home the bacon."

154.Bring Up The Rear

"There you are again Schmidt, bringing up the rear."

155.Bringing Home The Bacon

"You work a lot of hours at this job." Reply: "I have to. I am bringing home the bacon."

156.Bringing It Home

"Taking care of my grandfather is really bringing home the importance of good health care."

157.Brought Home

"We knew the economy was bad. Bob losing his job really brought it home."

158.Brush Up On Something

"Are you going to brush up on your Spanish before you go to Mexico?."

159.Buck Up

"Buck up. It will be okay."

160.Buy A Lemon

To purchase a vehicle that constantly gives problems or stops running after you drive it away.

161.Call A Meeting

"If I call a meeting for Thursday, will you be there?."

162.Call A Spade A Spade

"You can call him a nice guy if you want to but I am calling a spade a spade; that guy is a jerk.

163.Call It A Day

"It's time to go home. Let's call it a day."

164.Call It A Night

"You guys are going to another bar? Not me. I'm calling it a night."

165.Call It Quits

"It is getting dark outside. Let's call it quits."

166.Call Someone Names

"You are a jerk!" Reply: "You don't have to call me names."

167.Call Someone Or Something Off

"I thought you had a date tonight?" Reply: "We called it off."

168.Call The Dogs Off

"I already gave you your money. Call the dogs off."

169.Call The Meeting To Order

"Everyone quiet down so we can call this meeting to order."

170.Call The Roll

"Everyone be quiet. I'm going to call the roll."

171.Call The Shots

"I'm calling the shots here. You will do what I say."

172.Calling Your Bluff

"They say they will fire me if I skip work today, but I am calling their bluff."

173.Cant Carry A Tune

"Sing with us!" Reply: "Sorry. You wouldn't want me to. I can't carry a tune."

174.Cant Do Anything With Someone Or Something

"Your teacher is frustrated. She says she can't do anything with you."
175.Cant Help But Do Something

"When she said that, I couldn't help but laugh."

176.Cant Hold A Candle To Someone

"You are a good tennis player. But you can't hold a candle to my sister."

177.Cant Make Heads Or Tails Out Of Someone Or Something

"I'm looking at your computer program right now, but I can't make heads or tails out of it."

178.Can You Imagine

"This car only cost me $500. Can you imagine?."

179.Can't Cut The Mustard

Someone who isn't adequate enough to compete or participate.

180.Cannot Help Doing Something

"When she said that, I couldn't help laughing."

181.Cap And Gown

"I love this photo of you and your friends in cap and gown."

182.Capable Of Doing Something

"Did you hear about the farmhouse murders?" Reply: "Who could be cabable of such a thing?."

183.Carried Away

"You cleaned everything. Even the dog." Reply: "Yes. I got kind of carried away."

184.Carry A Secret To Ones Grave

"Please, you must not tell anyone what happened." Reply: "I will carry your secret to my grave."

185.Carry On Without Someone Or Something

"If anything ever happens to me, I want you to carry on without me."
186.Carry Weight

"What I say carries weight around here."

187.Carrying It A Bit Too Far

"It is okay to make jokes during class, but you are carrying it a bit too far."

188.Cash And Carry

"Sorry, but there is nowhere to eat here. It is cash and carry."

189.Cast Iron Stomach

Someone who has no problems, complications or ill effects with eating anything or drinking


190.Caught In The Act

"You kids were going to take those cookies, weren't you?" Reply: "Yes, we were caught in the


191.Cease And Desist

Police officer says: "Sir, I want you to cease and desist from what you are doing."

192.Change My Mind

"I thought you didn't like her?" Reply: "Well, I changed my mind."

193.Changing Your Tune

"She always said she would never get married, but now she's the one getting married." Reply:

"She has changed her tune."

194.Charley Horse

Stiffness in the leg / A leg cramp.

195.Chew someone out

Verbally scold someone.

196.Chip on his Shoulder

Angry today about something that occured in the past.

197.Chow Down

To eat.

198.Clear The Table

"Everyone is done eating. Would you like to clear the table?."

199.Clearing The Air

"You've been living here for two months and you still don't have a job. We need to clear the air."

200.Climbing On The Bandwagon

"Look who's climbing on the bandwagon."

201.Close but no Cigar

To be very near and almost accomplish a goal, but fall short.

202.Cock and Bull Story

An unbelievable tale.

203.Come Clean About It

"You ate that piece of cake I was saving, didn't you? Come clean."

204.Come Hell Or High Water

Any difficult situation or obstacle.

205.Coming Clean

"You ate that piece of cake I was saving, didn't you? Come clean."

206.Coming In Handy

"I'm glad you brought your knife." Reply: "Yes, it really comes in handy."
207.Coming To The Crunch

"We have had three weeks to write this paper. Now we are coming to the crunch."

208.Crack Someone Up

To make someone laugh.

209.Cross Your Fingers

To hope that something happens the way you want it to.

210.Cry Over Spilt Milk

When you complain about a loss from the past.

211. Cry Wolf

Intentionally raise a false alarm.

212.Cup Of Joe

A cup of coffee.

213.Curiosity Killed The Cat

Being Inquisitive can lead you into a dangerous situation.

214.Cut to the Chase

Leave out all the unnecessary details and just get to the point.

215.Cutting Corners

"They cut a lot of corners when they built this house. Now have so many problems to fix."

216.Cutting Your Losses

"I bought this stock at 50 dollars a share, and it is down to 40. I am going to cut my losses."

217.Cutting Your Losses

"I bought this stock at 50 dollars a share, and it is down to 40. I'm going to cut my losses."
218.Dark Horse

One who was previously unknown and is now prominent.

219.Dead Ringer

100% identical. A duplicate.

220.Devil's Advocate

Someone who takes a position for the sake of argument without believing in that particular side of

the arguement. It can also mean one who presents a counter argument for a position they do

believe in, to another debater.

221.Digging Your Own Grave

"Talking to the boss like that, you are digging your own grave."

222.Do The Trick

"My motorcycle is not running well." Reply: "Try replacing the oil. That might do the trick."

223.Do Wonders

"We hired her to clean our house once a week and she has done wonders."

224.Dog Days of Summer

The hottest days of the summer season.

225.Doing As You're Told

"I want to stay up. I am not tired." Reply: "Do as you are told and go to bed right now."

226.Doing The Honors

"Who cuts the turkey at Thanksgiving dinner at your house?" Reply: "My father does the honors."

227.Doing The Trick

"My motorcycle is not running well." Reply: "Try replacing the oil. That might do the trick."

228.Doing Wonders

"We hired her to clean our house once a week and she has done wonders."
229.Doing Your Homework

"John is an excellent lawyer. He always does his homework."

230.Don't count your chickens before they hatch

Don't rely on it until your sure of it.

231.Don't Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth

When someone gives you a gift, don't be ungrateful.

232.Don't Put All Your Eggs In One Basket

Do not put all your resources in one possibility.

233.Don't Put The Cart Before The Horse

"Hey! First we attatch it, then we put on the chains. Don't put the cart before the horse."


Something outstanding.

235.Down The Hatch

"You want me to drink this whole thing?" Reply: "That's right. Down the hatch!."

236.Down The Street

"Where does your grandmother live?" Reply: "She's just down the street."

237.Down The Tubes

"What happened to your plans for tonight?" Reply: "Down the tubes."

238.Down To The Wire

Something that ends at the last minute or last few seconds.

239.Down With Some Disease

"I can't come to work today. I'm down with the flu."
240.Downhill All The Way

"School has been difficult, but now that we have finished our exams it is downhill all the way."

241.Drag Ones Feet

"I've wanted to start yoga for months. I've just been dragging my feet."

242.Drastic Times Call For Drastic Measures

When you are extremely desperate you need to take extremely desperate actions.

243.Draw A Blank

"Do you remember how to say that word in Spanish?" Reply: "I'm drawing a blank."

244.Draw Blood

"Ouch! I cut myself." Reply: "Let me see. Did it draw blood?."

245.Drawing Attention

"He dresses that way because he likes to draw attention."

246.Drink like a fish

To drink very heavily.

247.Drive someone up the wall

To irritate and/or annoy very much.

248.Driving A Hard Bargain

"Twenty thousand dollars is a lot of money. You drive a hard bargain."

249.Dropping A Brick

"The boss came in and dropped a real brick. He said they are planning to close our office."

250.Dropping Like Flies

A large number of people either falling ill or dying.

251.Dropping Names

"I dated an actress in New York who was constantly dropping names." Reply: "Oh no, I can't

stand name-dropping."

252.Drunk As A Skunk

"Did you see Jean last night?" Reply: "Yeah. She was as drunk as a skunk."

253.Dry Run


254.Early To Bed Early To Rise Makes A Man Healthy Wealthy And Wise

"All of his life, my grandfather went to bed early and got up with the sun." Reply: "Early to bed,

early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise."

255.Eighty Six

A certain item is no longer available. Or this idiom can also mean, to throw away.

256.Elvis has left the building

The show has come to an end. It's all over.

257.Ethnic Cleansing

Killing of a certain ethnic or religious group on a massive scale.

258.Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining

Be optomistic, even difficult times will lead to better days.

259.Everything But The Kitchen Sink

Almost everything and anything has been included.

260.Excuse my French

Please forgive me for cussing.

261.Expecting A Child

"My wife and I are expecting our first child." Reply: "Congratulations!."
262.Expense Is No Object

"This year I want the company party to be fantastic. Expense is no object."

263.Explain Oneself

"Please listen. I am trying to explain myself."

264.Express Ones Anger

"I would like to express my anger about what happened last night."

265.Extend Credit To Someone

"I want that couch, but I really cannot afford it." Reply: "We will extend you credit."

266.Extend Your Sympathy To Them

"Jane lost her mother this week. We must remember to exend our sympathy to her."

267.Fair And Square

"You cheated!" Reply: "I did not cheat! I beat you fair and square."

268.Familiarity Breeds Contempt

"Those two have been living together for too long. They don't speak a word to each other." Reply:

"Familiarity breeds contempt."

269.Feeding Frenzy

An aggressive attack on someone by a group.

270.Field Day

An enjoyable day or circumstance.

271.Finding Your Feet

To become more comfortable in whatever you are doing.

272.Finger lickin' good

A very tasty food or meal.

273.Fixed In Your Ways

Not willing or wanting to change from your normal way of doing something.

274.Flash In The Pan

Something that shows potential or looks promising in the beginning but fails to deliver anything in

the end.

275.Flea Market

A swap meet. A place where people gather to buy and sell inexpensive goods.

276.Flesh and Blood

This idiom can mean living material of which people are made of, or it can refer to someone's


277.Flip The Bird

To raise your middle finger at someone.

278.Foam at the Mouth

To be enraged and show it.

279.Fools' Gold

Iron pyrites, a worthless rock that resembles real gold.

280.Forbidden Fruit

"The boss's daughter may be pretty, but remember that she is forbidden fruit."

281.French Kiss

An open mouth kiss where tongues touch.

282.From Rags To Riches

To go from being very poor to being very wealthy.


An old-fashioned and foolish type of person.

284.Full Monty

This idiom can mean either, "the whole thing" or "completely nude".

285.Funny Farm

A mental institutional facility.

286.Generous To A Fault

"My gradfather's was generous to a fault. He gave away all of his money." Reply: "But he did help

a lot of people."

287.Get A Rain Check On Something

"He was going to take me to the park, but it rained, so I got a rain check."

288.Get At The Heart Of The Matter

"I asked him to stop wasting time and get at the heart of the matter."

289.Get Down to Brass Tacks

To become serious about something.

290.Get Over It

To move beyond something that is bothering you.

291.Get Up On The Wrong Side Of The Bed

Someone who is having a horrible day.

292.Get Your Walking Papers

Get fired from a job.

293.Give And Go

"If you have the ball and Andy is open, just give and go."

294.Give Him The Slip

To get away from. To escape.

295.Give Someone A Rain Check On Something

"He was going to take me to the park, but it rained, so he gave me a rain check."

296.Give Someone The Third Degree

"That judge really gave that guy the third degree, didn't she?."

297.Go Down Like A Lead Balloon

To be received badly by an audience.

298.Go Fly A Kite

"Oh- not you again!" Reply: "Hey, why don't you go fly a kite?."

299.Go For Broke

To gamble everything you have.

300.Go Out On A Limb

Put yourself in a tough position in order to support someone/something.

301.Go The Extra Mile

Going above and beyond whatever is required for the task at hand.

302.Going All The Way

"The Bears have a good team this year. Do you think they'll go all the way?."

303.Good Samaritan

Someone who helps others when they are in need, with no discussion for compensation, and no

thought of a reward.

304.Graveyard Shift

Working hours from about 12:00 am to 8:00 am. The time of the day when most other people are


305.Great Minds Think Alike

Intelligent people think like each other.

306.Green Room

The waiting room, especially for those who are about to go on a tv or radio show.

307.Gut Feeling

A personal intuition you get, especially when feel something may not be right.

308.Hanging On Your Coattails

"Doesn't it bother you to have someone like that hanging on to your coattails?."

309.Haste Makes Waste

Quickly doing things results in a poor ending.

310.Hat Trick

When one player scores three goals in the same hockey game. This idiom can also mean three

scores in any other sport, such as 3 homeruns, 3 touchdowns, 3 soccer goals, etc.

311. Have an Axe to Grind

To have a dispute with someone.

312.He Lost His Head

Angry and overcome by emotions.

313.Head Over Heels

Very excited and/or joyful, especially when in love.

314.Hell in a Handbasket

Deteriorating and headed for complete disaster.

315.High Five

Slapping palms above each others heads as celebration gesture.

316.High on the Hog

Living in Luxury.
317.Hit The Books

To study, especially for a test or exam.

318.Hit The Hay

Go to bed or go to sleep.

319.Hit The Nail on the Head

Do something exactly right or say something exactly right.

320.Hit The Sack

Go to bed or go to sleep.

321.Hocus Pocus

In general, a term used in magic or trickery.

322.Hold Your Horses

Be patient.

323.I Don't Belong Here

"This is a high school dance and I am 25 years old. I don't belong here."

324.Icing On The Cake

When you already have it good and get something on top of what you already have.

325.Idle Hands Are The Devil's Tools

You are more likely to get in trouble if you have nothing to do.

326.If It Ain't Broke Don't Fix It

"Do you think Tiger Woods should change his golf swing?" Reply: "Are you kidding? If it ain't

broke, don't fix it."

327.If It's Not One Thing, It's Another

When one thing goes wrong, then another, and another...

328.If You Can't Beat Them, Join Them

"When did you change teams?" Reply: "Hey: If you can't beat them, join them."

329.If You Can't Stand The Heat, Get Out Of The Kitchen

"I wanted this job at first, but now I don't know if I can handle it." Reple: "If you can't stand the

heat, get out of the kitchen."

330.In Awe Of Someone Or Something

"I am in awe of you."

331.In Big Trouble

"When mom gets home and finds out what you did, you guys are in big ("biiiiiiig") trouble."

332.In For Trouble

"If you do that again, you are in for trouble."

333.In Like Flynn

To be easily successful, especially when sexual or romantic.

334.In The Bag

To have something secured.

335.In The Buff


336.In The Heat Of The Moment

Overwhelmed by what is happening in the moment.

337.In The Meantime

"You can start working full-time as soon as you get your license. In the meantime, you are

welcome to start training."

338.In The Middle Of Nowhere

"You are 30 minutes late and I have been standing here waiting for you in the middle of


339.In The Money

"Now he's a professional basketball player." Reply: "He's in the money."

340.In Your Face

An aggressive and bold confrontation.

341.In Your Hair

"You're not going to wear that, are you?" Reply: "Hey, why don't you get out of my hair?."

342.It Comes In Handy

"I'm glad you brought your knife." Reply: "Yes, it really comes in handy."

343.It Takes Two To Tango

A two person conflict where both people are at fault.

344.It's A Small World

You frequently see the same people in different places.

345.Its Anyone's Call

A competition where the outcome is difficult to judge or predict.

346.Ivy League

Since 1954 the Ivy League has been the following universities: Columbia, Brown, Cornell,

Dartmouth, Yale, Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Harvard.


Crossing the street (from the middle) without using the crosswalk.

348.Joshing Me

Tricking me.
349.Jumping On The Bandwagon

"My grandfather jumped on the bandwagon and got himself an email account."

350.Keep An Eye On Him

You should carefully watch him.

351.Keep body and soul together

To earn a sufficient amount of money in order to keep yourself alive .

352.Keep Someone At Arm's Length

"You can work with him if you want, but I would keep him at arms length."

353.Keep your chin up

To remain joyful in a tough situation.

354.Kick The Bucket



Diagonally across. Sometimes called Catty-Corner as well.

356.Knee Jerk Reaction

A quick and automatic response.

357.Knock On Wood

Knuckle tapping on wood in order to avoid some bad luck.

358.Know the Ropes

To understand the details.

359.Last but not least

An introduction phrase to let the audience know that the last person mentioned is no less

important than those introduced before him/her.

360.Lend Me Your Ear

To politely ask for someone's full attention.

361.Let Bygones Be Bygones

To forget about a disagreement or arguement.

362.Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

To avoid restarting a conflict.

363.Let The Cat Out Of The Bag

To share a secret that wasn't suppose to be shared.

364.Level playing field

A fair competition where no side has an advantage.

365.Like a chicken with its head cut off

To act in a frenzied manner.

366.Like Two Peas In A Pod

"He and his sister are like two peas in a pod."

367.liquor someone up

To get someone drunk.

368.Little Black Book

"Don't tell me you're going to write her down in your little black book."

369.Long in the Tooth

Old people (or horses).

370.Looking For Trouble

"If you leave your glass on the edge of the table like that, you are looking for trouble."
371.Loose Cannon

Someone who is unpredictable and can cause damage if not kept in check.

372.Losing Streak

"We are on a five game losing streak." Reply: "Have we lost five games without a win? That is not


373.Make No Bones About

To state a fact so there are no doubts or objections.

374.Method To My Madness

Strange or crazy actions that appear meaningless but in the end are done for a good reason.

375.Misery Loves Company

"She's not happy, so she wants the rest of us to suffer too!" Reply: "Misery loves company."

376.Money Does Not Grow On Trees

"Why are you buying such expensive presents? Money does not grow on trees, you know!."

377.Mum's the word

To keep quiet. To say nothing.

378.Mumbo Jumbo

Nonsense or meaningless speech.

379.Necessity Is The Mother Of Invention

"You will find a way to do it. When you have to, you do." Reply: "Necessity is the mother of


380.Nest Egg

Savings set aside for future use.

381.Never Been So Lucky

"I got off the bus in West Seattle, turned around, and you were there. I've never been so lucky."
382.Never Bite The Hand That Feeds You

Don't hurt anyone that helps you.

383.New kid on the block

Someone new to the group or area.

384.New York Minute

A minute that seems to go by quickly, especially in a fast paced environment.

385.No Dice

To not agree. To not accept a proposition.

386.No Pain No Gain

"To play at that level, you are going to have to practice all of the time, you know." Reply: "No pain,

no gain."

387.No Room to Swing a Cat

An unsually small or confined space.

388.Not Playing With a Full Deck

Someone who lacks intelligence.

389.Off On The Wrong Foot

Getting a bad start on a relationship or task.

390.Off The Hook

No longer have to deal with a tough situation.

391.Off the Record

Something said in confidence that the one speaking doesn't want attributed to him/her.

392.On Pins And Needles

Anxious or nervous, especially in anticipation of something.

393.On The Fence


394.On The Same Page

When multiple people all agree on the same thing.

395.On Your Toes

"In ice hockey you have to be agressive and stay on your toes."

396.Out Of The Blue

Something that suddenly and unexpectedly occurs.

397.Out Of Your League

"She'll never go out with you. She's out of your league."

398.Out On A Limb

When someone puts themself in a risky situation.

399.Out On The Town

To enjoy yourself by going out.

400.Over My Dead Body

When you absolutely will not allow something to happen.

401.Over My Head

"Did you get that last question on the test?" Reply: "No, it was over my head."

402.Over the Top

Very excessive.

403.Pass The Buck

Avoid responsibility by giving it to someone else.

404.Paying The Price

"If you drink and drive, you will pay the price."

405.Pedal to the metal

To go full speed, especially while driving a vehicle.

406.Peeping Tom

Someone who observes people in the nude or sexually active people, mainly for his own


407.Pick up your ears

To listen very carefully.

408.Pig In A Poke

A deal that is made without first examining it.

409.Pig Out

To eat alot and eat it quickly.

410.Pipe Down

To shut-up or be quiet.

411. Practice Makes Perfect

By constantly practicing, you will become better.

412.Pull the plug

To stop something. To bring something to an end.

413.Pulling Your Leg

Tricking someone as a joke.

414.Put a sock in it

To tell noisy person or a group to be quiet.

415.Queer the pitch

Destroy or ruin a plan.


An offer or deal that is declined right now but willing to accept later.

417.Raining Cats and Dogs

A very loud and noisy rain storm.

418.Ring Fencing

Seperated usual judgement to guarantee protection, especially project funds.

419.Rise and Shine

Time to get out of bed and get ready for work/school.

420.Rome Was Not Built In One Day

If you want something to be completely properly, then its going to take time.

421.Rule Of Thumb

A rough estimate.

422.Run out of steam

To be completely out of energy.

423.Running The Table

"She shot first, and she ran the table. So I never had a chance."

424.Saved By The Bell

Saved at the last possible moment.


Someone else who takes the blame.


To escape and not have to pay.

427.Shouting Match

"Two players were having a shouting match, so we had to stop the game."

428.Sick As A Dog

To be very sick (with the flu or a cold).

429.Sitting Shotgun

Riding in the front passenger seat of a car.

430.Sixth Sense

A paranormal sense that allows you to communicate with the dead.

431.Skid Row

The rundown area of a city where the homeless and drug users live.

432.Slow As Molasses In January

"Would you hurry up and get ready? You are as slow as molasses in January."

433.Smell A Rat

To detect somone in the group is betraying the others.

434.Smell Something Fishy

Detecting that something isn't right and there might be a reason for it.

435.Son of a Gun

A scamp.


Someone who is left-handed.

437.Speak Highly Of Someone Or Something

"I met your teacher. He speaks highly of you."

438.Spitting Image

The exact likeness or kind.

439.Start From Scratch

To do it all over again from the beginning.

440.Take A Look For Someone Or Something

"Have you seen my watch?" Reply: "I haven't seen it, but I will take a look for it around my


441.Take A Nap

"Every day after lunch my grandfather takes a nap."

442.Take A Rain Check On Something

"We were planning to go to the park, but it rained, so we took a rain check."

443.Take The Bull By The Horns

"That was a tough situation. Thanks for taking the bull by the horns."

444.The Ball Is In Your Court

It is your decision this time.

445.The Best Of Both Worlds

There are two choices and you have them both.

446.The Bigger They Are The Harder They Fall

While the bigger and stronger opponent might be alot more difficult to beat, when you do they

suffer a much bigger loss.

447.The First Step Is Always The Hardest

"I have always wanted to write a novel, but I can never decide on a topic." Reply: "The first step is

always the hardest."

448.The Game Is Afoot

"Jim just saw a beautiful girl he wants to meet." Reply: "The game is afoot!."

449.The Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side Of The Fence

"I wish our house were as big as theirs." Reply: The grass is always greener on the other side of

the fence."

450.The Last Straw

When one small burden after another creates an unbearable situation, the last straw is the last

small burden that one can take.

451.The Real Reason

"Tell me the real reason you left that school."

452.The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions

"Really, I never meant to hurt anybody..." Reply: "The road to hell is paved with good intentions."

453.The Squeeky Wheel Gets The Oil

"Every time that baby cries, they just run around and give him whatever he wants." Reply: "The

squeeky wheel gets the oil."

454.The Whole Nine Yards

Everything. All of it.

455.There's No Place Like Home

"It feels so good to be home." Reply: "There's no place like home."

456.Third times a charm

After no success the first two times, the third try is a lucky one.
457.Tie the knot

To get married.

458.Til the cows come home

A long time.

459.To Make A Long Story Short

Something someone would say during a long and boring story in order to keep his/her audience

from losing attention. Usually the story isn't shortened.

460.To Steal Someone's Thunder

To take the credit for something someone else did.

461.Tongue And Cheek

humor, not to be taken serious.

462.Tooting Your Own Horn

"Oh there you go again, tooting your own horn."

463.Turn A Blind Eye

Refuse to acknowledge something you know is real or legit.

464.Turning Up Your Nose

"We invited them to dinner but they turned up their nose at us."

465.Twenty three skidoo

To be turned away.

466.Two Heads Are Better Than One

"Come on, we can figure out a way to do this! Two heads are better than one."

467.Under Age

"What are those kids doing smoking cigarettes? They are under age."
468.Under the weather

Feeling ill or sick.

469.Up a blind alley

Going down a course of action that leads to a bad outcome.

470.Up To

"So what have you been up to lately?."

471.Use Your Loaf

Use your head. Think smart.

472.Van Gogh's ear for music

Tone deaf.

473.Variety Is The Spice Of Life

The more experiences you try the more exciting life can be.

474.Wag the Dog

A diversion away from something of greater importance.

475.Water Under The Bridge

Anything from the past that isn't significant or important anymore.

476.Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve

To openly and freely express your emotions.

477.Welcome Someone With Open Arms

"You should definitely go visit my parents. They will wecome you with open arms."

478.What Comes Around Goes Around

"He lied to his girlfriend for years. Now she has left him for another man." Reply: "What comes

around goes around."

479.When It Rains, It Pours

Since it rarely rains, when it does it will be a huge storm.

480.When Pigs Fly

Something that will never ever happen.

481.Why Put Off Until Tomorrow What You Can Do Today

"Just do it now, so you don't have to do it on the weekend. Why put of 'till tomorrow what you can

do today?."

482.Wild and Woolly

Uncultured and without laws.

483.Wine and Dine

When somebody is treated to an expensive meal.

484.Without A Doubt

For certain.

485.Would Give Ones Right Arm For Someone Or Something

"I would give my right arm for a car like that."

486.X marks the spot

A phrase that is said when someone finds something he/she has been looking for.

487.Year After Year

"Year after year, you say you are going to move."

488.You Are Looking For Trouble

"If you leave your glass on the edge of the table like that, you are looking for trouble."

489.You Are What You Eat

In order to stay healthy you must eat healthy foods.

490.You Cant Teach An Old Dog New Tricks

"I have been trying to teach my dad to use the computer, but he is never going to get it." Reply:

"You can't teach an old dog new tricks."

491.You Can Lead A Horse To Water, But You Can't Make It Drink

"I told her exactly what to do, but she didn't listen to me." Reply: "You can lead a horse to water,

but you can't make it drink."

492.You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover

Decisions shouldn't be made primarily on appearance.

493.You Can't Take it With You

Enjoy what you have and not what you don't have, since when you die you cannot take things

(such as money) with you.

494.You Can't Teach An Old Dog New Tricks

"I have been trying to teach my dad to use the computer, but he is never going to get it." Reply:

"You can't teach an old dog new tricks."

495.You Have To Take The Good With The Bad

"I love living in this city, but it is rather polluted." Reply: "You have to take the good with the bad."

496.You Need That Like You Need A Whole In The Head

"Would you like to buy my old truck?" Reply: "I need that like a whole in the head."

497.You Reap What You Sow

"He has been treating other people like that for years. Now it happens to him." Reply: "You reap

what you sow."

498.You Scratch My Back, I'll Scratch Yours

"I would really appreciate it if you introduce me to him... You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours."

499.Your Guess Is As Good As Mine

I have no idea
500.Z - Zero Tolerance

No crime or law breaking big or small will be overlooked.