List of English Idioms

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List of English Idioms

Here is a list of English idioms and their meanings. If you don't know what an idiom is, please read our "What is an idiom?" article.

All bets are off - There can be no predicting what will happen

Beating a dead horse - Continuing to talk about a subject that has already been overly discussed

Bounce ideas off (someone) - Share ideas (with someone for their response)

Come again? - What did you say?

Come around(someone) - Eventually agree

English Idioms - The coast is clear

Drop me a line - Write (or email) me

Feel free - Do as you want (with or about something)

Fly by the seat of one’s pants - Improvise as you go

Get over it - Stop being unhappy about something

Give it your best shot - Do your best

Hop in (a car) - Get in

Hop on (a bus, train, or subway) - Get on

I give you my word - I promise

It’s Greek to me - It’s unintelligible to me

It’s not a big deal - It’s not that important

It’s up to me (or anyone else) - It will be my responsibility

Jump in at any time - Contribute your opinion or input to this conversation

Off the top of my head - As I can recall or think of at this time

On the other hand... - An alternative would be...

Out of my depth - Outside my area of expertise

Out of your mind - Crazy

Sleep on it - Think about it until tomorrow

Sweating the small stuff - Worrying too much about unimportant details

There is no telling... - It is impossible to predict...

Think out of the box - Imagine ideas or methods never tried before

This is on me (when paying) - I will pay the bill

Try my hand - Try it for yourself (perhaps for the first time)

Up for grabs - Available to anyone

Up in arms - Angry

What’s up? - How are you? (informally)

Who cares? - This is unimportant.

Who knows? - Nobody can say for sure

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