Writing Tips: 10 English Idioms and Its Meanings

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Writing Tips: 10 English Idioms and Its Meanings

Date posted: Aug 11, 2015       Posted by: Silvester


There are many ways a person can do to cook a good write up. Aside from excellent grammar, and choice of words, figures of speech and/or idioms are also one of its main spices.

Idioms are phrases or fixed expressions that have figurative, or sometimes literal, meanings.

Here are ten examples of idioms and its meanings that you can use in your writing.

 

1. Hot potato

n.
Speak of a controversial issue/situation which is awkward or unpleasant.



2. Bite off more than one can chew

phr.
To take on a task that one cannot fulfill.



3. Curiosity killed the cat

phr.
Being inquisitive about other people’s affair can lead you into an unpleasant situation.



4. Devil's Advocate

n.
a person who expresses a contentious opinion in order to provoke debate or test the strength of the opposing arguments.



5. Every cloud has a silver lining

phr.
every difficult or sad situation has a comforting or more hopeful aspect even though this may not be immediately apparent.



6. Feel a bit under the weather

mod.
Feeling slightly ill.



7. Hit the nail on the head

phr.
Do or say something exactly right.



8. Off one's rocker

phr.
Crazy, demented, out of one's mind.



9. Sit on the fence

phr.
Avoid making decision or choice.



10. Steal someone's thunder

phr.
To take the credit for something someone else did.




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