Becoming fluent in the English language comes with a host of important benefits that you’ll be able to enjoy.English idioms are an important component of day to day use of English language and it’s a part and parcel of English learning process.You will see and hear in daily when you read a paper article, watching a movie or even when you talking to someone in English .Learning to use common idioms will make your English sound native and you will stand out of the crowd. Here are some of the common idioms you can learn.
1.) a slip of the tongue – “a spoken error or mistake, a word that slips out”
e.g. I said brew instead of blue. It was a slip of the tongue.
2.) a sitting duck – “an easy target, a person who is easy to deceive”
e.g. The old lady was a sitting duck for the salesman. It was an easy sale.
3.) higher than a kite – “drunk, natural high, sloshed”
e.g. Don’t let him drive – he’s higher than a kite.
4.) his own man – “independent man, one who makes his own decisions”
e.g. James will do his job, but he does it his way. He’s his own man.
5.) hit me – “the meaning becomes clear to me, I understand”
e.g. It hit me later that she was a teacher, not a student.
6.) hit the nail on the head – “say the right word, suggest a good idea”
e.g. Your comment hit the nail on the head. You spoke the truth.
7.) Hobson’s choice – “accept what is offered or you get nothing”
e.g. If I don’t agree to accept half the money, it will all go to charity. It’s a Hobson’s choice.
8.) hold a grudge – “stay angry for a long time”
e.g. He gets mad, but he never holds a grudge. He forgives easily.
9.) a slow day – “not productive, not many customers”
e.g. Tuesday is a slow day in the car market – very few sales.
1.) how come – “why? how do you explain it?”
e.g. How come you’re going home? Don’t you want to play?
11.) icing on the cake – “a bonus, extra benefit”
e.g. We’ve sold enough tickets to pay for the trip.This money from the Elks Club is icing on the cake!
12.) in a bit – “in a minute, within a short time”
e.g. “Can we go?” asked the girl. “In a bit,” her mother replied.
13.) a stitch in time saves nine – “a small repair may prevent a large repair”
e.g. I believe in maintenance. A stitch in time saves nine.
14.) a sure thing – “a predictable result, sure to happen”
e.g. For them, success is a sure thing. They plan for success
15.) in a jiffy – “in a minute, very soon”
e.g. When Dad says he’ll be there in a jiffy, he means 20 minutes.
Source : Wayne Magnuson: English Idioms