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

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

2. Bite off more than one can chew

To take on a task that one cannot fulfill.

3. Curiosity killed the cat

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

4. Devil's Advocate

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

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

Feeling slightly ill.

7. Hit the nail on the head

Do or say something exactly right.

8. Off one's rocker

Crazy, demented, out of one's mind.

9. Sit on the fence

Avoid making decision or choice.

10. Steal someone's thunder

To take the credit for something someone else did.

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