Idioms are used constantly in the English language , both at work as well as at home, and they are the key for language progression. So review and practise the phrases below, using these example sentences.
A piece of cake
In a sentence: that exam was a piece of cake am sure I’ll get a good grade.
Meaning: Extremely easy and straightforward.
Let the cat out of the bag
In a sentence: I’m planning a surprise holiday for Sara to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Don’t let the cat out of the bag!
Meaning: Reveal a secret by mistake.
Break a leg
In a sentence: I hope the performance goes well, Tom . Break a leg!
Meaning: Good luck! (said before performing onstage)
I could eat a horse
In a sentence: I’m so glad I ordered an extra large pizza. I could eat a horse!
Meaning: I feel extremely hungry.
Once in a blue moon
In a sentence: James only cooks at home once in a blue moon.
Meaning: Very rarely.
A tough cookie
In a sentence: Megan’s a tough cookie. She doesn’t mind when people criticise her work.
Meaning: Determined and physically or emotionally strong.
See eye to eye
In a sentence: I’m glad my boss and I see eye to eye about recycling in the office.
Meaning: Agree fully or have a similar attitude.
Steal someone’s thunder
In a sentence: Hanna stole my thunder when she told the professor the result of my experiment.
Meaning: Stole my idea, or diverted attention away from me.
On the ball
In a sentence: she is really on the ball and never makes a mistake at work
Meaning: Alert and efficient.
Have butterflies in your stomach
In a sentence: Adam had butterflies in his stomach as he waited for his date outside the restaurant.
Meaning: Was excited and nervous.