Learn idiomatic expressions

Accidentally on purpose: If you do something intentionally, but pretend it was an accident, you do it accidentally on purpose.

Add fuel to the flames: If you add fuel to the flames, you do or say something that makes a difficult situation even worse.

Answer nature’s call: When a person answers the call of nature, they go to the toilet..

Balancing act: When you try to satisfy two or more people or groups who have different needs, and keep everyone happy, you perform a balancing act.

Bare your heart / soul: If you bare you soul (or heart) to someone, you reveal your innermost thoughts and feelings to them.

Bark up the wrong tree: A person who is barking up the wrong tree is doing the wrong thing, because their beliefs or ideas are incorrect or mistaken.

One’s best bet: The action most likely to succeed is called one’s best bet.

Bide your time: If you bide your time, you wait for a good opportunity to do something.

Burn the candle at both ends: If you burn the candle at both ends, you exhaust yourself by doing too much, especially going to bed late and getting up early.

Burn your fingers: If you burn your fingers (or get your fingers burnt), you suffer financially as a result of foolish behaviour.

Bury head in sand: If you bury your head in the sand, you refuse to face the unpleasant reality by pretending that the situation doesn’t exist.

Bury the hatchet: When people who have had a disagreement decide to forget their quarrel and become friends again, they bury the hatchet.

Compiled by Dennis Agaba