10 English Idioms You Need to Know!

An idiom is a phrase or a group of words that has a metaphorical meaning. Next time, use these idioms to make you sound more like a native English speaker!


  1. Better Late than Never

Meaning: to arrive or to do something late is better than not at all.

e.g. I’m sorry for arriving late. But better late than never, right?


  1. Once in a Blue Moon

Meaning: very rarely, once in a very long time

e.g. Once in a blue moon, we can see fireflies in this area.


  1. A Piece of Cake

Meaning: very easy to do.

e.g. The exam was a piece of cake.


  1. Born with a Silver Spoon in One’s Mouth

Meaning: born into a wealthy or influential family, born with a lot of advantages.

e.g. She never has to worry about money, as she was born with a silver spoon in her mouth.


  1. Don’t Count Your Chickens Before They’re Hatched

Meaning: one’s should not make plans based on assumptions until it is certain to occur.

e.g. Even though the company promised to give you a big bonus, don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched. Wait until you get the bonus before buying a new house.


  1. The Big Picture

Meaning: a complete understanding or view of something.

e.g. Looking at the big picture can lead to the better decisions.


  1. Actions Speak Louder than Words

Meaning: words don’t mean a thing until you show actions towards what you’re meaning.

e.g. A leader does not tell his team how things should be done, he shows them. Actions speak louder than words.


  1. Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

Meaning: be patient and calm, you will finally get what you want in due time.

e.g. In a way, good things come to those who wait as a hunter stalks prey.


  1. The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

Meaning: a really excellent invention.

e.g. Internet is one of the best things since sliced bread.


  1. Well Begun Is Half Done

Meaning: a good beginning makes it easier to do the rest.

e.g. Beginning is always the hardest, but remember, well begun is half done.


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