Learn about idioms

A manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language. Every language has its own collection of wise sayings. They offer advice about how to live and also transfer some underlying ideas, principles and values of a given culture / society.
Children books author Peace Kwizera reads one of her books to the children. Learning is the foundation of good ideas. (Dennis Agaba)
Children books author Peace Kwizera reads one of her books to the children. Learning is the foundation of good ideas. (Dennis Agaba)

Idiom: A manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language. Every language has its own collection of wise sayings. They offer advice about how to live and also transfer some underlying ideas, principles and values of a given culture / society.

A hot potato

 

Speak of an issue (mostly current) which many people are talking about and which is usually disputed

 

A penny for your thoughts

 

A way of asking what someone is thinking

Actions speak louder than words

People’s intentions can be judged better by what they do than what they say.

Add insult to injury

To further a loss with mockery or indignity; to worsen an unfavourable situation.

At the drop of a hat

Without any hesitation; instantly.

Back to the drawing board

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

Ball is in your court

It is up to you to make the next decision or step

Barking up the wrong tree

Looking in the wrong place. Accusing the wrong person

Be glad to see the back of

Be happy when a person leaves.

Beat around the bush

Avoiding the main topic. Not speaking directly about the issue.

Best of both worlds-All the advantages.

Don’t give up the day job

You are not very good at something. You could definitely not do it professionally.

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

Do not put all your resources in one possibility.

Drastic times call for drastic measures

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

Elvis has left the building

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

Every cloud has a silver lining

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

Far cry from

Very different from

Feel a bit under the weather

Meaning: Feeling slightly ill.

Compiled by Dennis Agaba

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