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Ten Idioms You Might Want to Use While Conversing

Using idioms while speaking is the hallmark of a proficient speaker. If you’re looking forward to enhancing your level of vocabulary, then the list of idioms given in this post, we feel, will be of tremendous help to you. We have chosen ten commonly used idioms that you might want to use in day-to-day conversations. You might chance upon them time and again while watching English news debates and television shows. So if you are ready, let’s go!

Idiom #1

a breath of fresh air

Meaning: Something or someone new and unique that makes everything appear highly refreshing or exciting

Example sentences:

  • I think the seminar turned out to be a tad boring, only your presence added a breath of fresh air.
  • Don’t you think this beautiful piece of furniture will add a breath of fresh air to our dining room?

Idiom #2

be all in a day’s work

Meaning: If something hard is said to be all in a day’s work, it means it is part of the job one is doing.

Example sentences:

  • Sandra Rosario will have to interview two singers and one politician the day after tomorrow. I hope she doesn’t complain this time again, for she should know this is all in a day’s work for her.
  • I am more often than not scared of interacting with people who visit the medical store, but you know very well that it’s all in a day’s work for me.

Idiom #3

deep pockets

Meaning: A person or company is said to have deep pockets if it has a lot of money.

Example sentences:

  • You should think twice before lending her such a large sum of money. Contrary to what you think, you don’t verily have deep pockets.
  • We would have helped you had we had deep pockets. But at that time, we were bankrupt.

Idiom #4

go/run deep

Meaning: If a problem runs or goes deep, it means it has not only existed for a long time but is also very serious.

Example sentences:

  • Nepotism runs deep in Bollywood, and none here has second thoughts on that.
  • The problem of corruption goes so deep in this system that satraps think twice before talking about the same.

Idiom #5

first-come, first-served

Meaning: This idiomatic expression is used to state that something is first handed over to someone who asks for it first.

Example sentences:

  • Do you know Amazon is currently offering a massive discount on ten super cool mobile phone models? As there are limited stocks, it’s first-come, first-served. So I suggest you order one right off the bat.
  • Next week, we’ll be distributing milk gratis to the poor. Needless to say, it’s going to be first-come, first-served.

Idiom #6

right off the bat

Meaning: Right now/Immediately

Example sentences:

  • I feel you need to start preparing for your term-end examinations right off the bat.
  • Do you think we must consult a good doctor right off the bat?

Idiom #7

come under fire

Meaning: To get broadsided or criticised

Example sentences:

  • If you don’t complete this task before Sunday, you’ll definitely come under fire from not only your superiors but also your co-workers.
  • The President of the United States of America has come under fire from all quarters for his mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Note: ‘From all quarters’, which is also an idiomatic expression, means ‘from a lot of people or places’.

Idiom #8

as free as a bird

Meaning: Utterly independent

Example sentences:

  • You can do whatever you want. You’re as free as a bird here.
  • They made a mistake by letting him as free as a bird when he was young. He has shockingly spent all the money he had and is now seeking monetary help from his old acquaintances.

Idiom #9

beyond/without a shadow of a doubt

Meaning: With no doubt at all

Example sentences:

  • Oh! Without a shadow of a doubt, this is the most fascinating temple I have visited in a decade.
  • Roger, beyond a shadow of a doubt, is the culprit.

Idiom #10


Meaning: Not meant to attract a lot of attention

Example sentences:

  • Their wedding reception was such a low-key affair that none of us had got a whiff of it until we heard about it the day before yesterday.
  • I want to keep my birthday celebration low-key this year.

We hope this list of idioms helped you enhance your existing level of vocabulary. You may leave a comment below to share your thoughts on what you feel about this post.

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