Idioms (Most-Used 300+ Terms)/
Intermediate Unit 1

Intermediate Unit 1

Total: 50 words

kill two birds with one stone

idiom

to get two things done with a single action

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curiosity killed the cat

idiom

a warning that asking too many questions about other people's business can lead to trouble

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step up one's game

idiom

to start performing better

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cry over spilled milk

idiom

to be upset about something that has already happened or cannot be changed

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take a rain check

idiom

to tell someone that you cannot accept an invitation now, but you would accept it at a later date or time; to postpone a plan

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on the same page

idiom

sharing the same opinion, perspective, or feeling about a particular subject with someone else

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hit rock bottom

idiom

to reach the lowest possible level; to reach a point in life where you are the most unhappy or miserable

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hit the books

idiom

to study hard

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save for a rainy day

idiom

to reserve something, especially money, to be used during a time of unpredictable or unforeseen difficulty

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calm before the storm

idiom

an unusually quiet or peaceful time before a period of great activity or violent argument

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it's raining cats and dogs

idiom

to rain very hard

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bad apple

idiom

the person in a group who creates problems or trouble, normally due to their negative behavior

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apples and oranges

idiom

two things that are completely different from each other and are therefore unfit for comparison

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time flies when you're having fun

idiom

when time seems to pass by quickly, especially when you're doing something you enjoy

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butterflies in one's stomach

idiom

nervousness or dread, especially over something about to be done; the anxious feeling one gets when infatuated or in love

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can't judge a book by its cover

idiom

you can't judge someone or something based on their appearance

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the early bird gets the worm

idiom

whoever arrives first or does something first will have more chances of success

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for the record

idiom

said when you want someone to remember or to record something you say

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in one's hands

idiom

in one's responsibility, charge, or care

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the likes of

idiom

people or things similar to someone or something mentioned or talked about

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under the sun

idiom

used to emphasize that something includes a very wide range of things

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get out of hand

idiom

to become difficult or impossible to control

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icing on the cake

idiom

something that makes a good situation even better

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keep your chin up

idiom

to remain strong and hopeful, especially when going through a difficult time

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keep your ears open

idiom

to pay close attention to what is happening in order to acquire valuable information

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once in a blue moon

idiom

happens rarely

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devil's advocate

idiom

someone who takes an opposing opinion only for the sake of argument

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set in stone

idiom

permanent, very difficult, or almost impossible to change

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in full swing

idiom

at the highest level of activity or operation

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packed like sardines

idiom

(of place or situation) very crowded with people or animals

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the big picture

idiom

a situation seen or understood completely or in the long term

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cut someone some slack

idiom

to give someone a bit of leeway or freedom, especially during a particular situation where they are vulnerable or at a disadvantage

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get in someone's way

idiom

to hinder or interfere with someone's progress

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get it through your head

idiom

to understand and fully believe something, often something that one initially didn't accept

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think outside the box

idiom

to explore ideas that are creative and unusual and that are not limited or controlled by rules or tradition

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through thick and thin

idiom

through good times and bad times

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wake up on the wrong side of the bed

idiom

to be in an irritable or unhappy mood, especially during the earlier parts of a day

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wrap one's head around something

idiom

to accept or to understand something complicated

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run like the wind

idiom

to run very fast

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fish out of water

idiom

someone who is uncomfortable or restless because they are in an unfamiliar situation

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on thin ice

idiom

precariously close to something that is dangerous or involves risks

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break a leg

idiom

used to wish someone good luck, especially before a show or presentation

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rain or shine

idiom

something will continue to happen without being affected by any situation

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a long shot

idiom

something done or said that has a very small chance of being successful or accurate

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boil down to

idiom

to be the most important reason or basic part of something

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free as a bird

idiom

the feeling of being carefree or living without obligations

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come to mind

idiom

the state of suddenly remembering or thinking about someone or something

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with a bang

idiom

to start, end, or return in a very exciting, very successful, or very sudden way

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let it go

idiom

to forget or stop worrying about something; to choose not to react to an action or remark

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Take it easy.

idiom

to rest, relax, or be calm

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