To understand English as it is spoken in real life, you have to be familiar with idioms. They are used so much in everyday English that it is important to be aware of them. When I stopped to think about some English idioms and their literal meaning, I found some of them very funny.
1. As Cool As a Cucumber:
very calm or very calmly, especially when this is surprising.
Example: She walked in as cool as a cucumber, as if nothing had happened.
2. Hold Your Horses:
used to tell someone to stop and consider carefully their decision or opinion
Example: Just hold your horses, Bill! Let’s think about this for a moment.
3. Kick the Bucket:
a euphemistic, informal, or slang term meaning ‘to die’.
Example: Charlie finally kicked the bucket. He had cancer, you know.
4. Blue in the Face:
weakened or tired after trying many times.
Example: You can tell her to clean her room until you are blue in the face, but she won’t do it.
5. Storm in a Teacup:
a lot of unnecessary anger and worry about a matter that is not important.
Example: My brother and sister had a big argument about the television yesterday, but it was just a storm in a teacup.
6. Bob’s Your Uncle:
used to mean that something will happen very quickly and simply.
Example: Just tell them you’re a friend of mine and, Bob’s your uncle, you’ll get the job.
7. Head In The Clouds:
living in a fantasy. To be separate from reality, to dream.
Example: He’s not right for this role, he has his head in the clouds.
8. Dead As A Doornail:
Example: The fox in the road was as dead as a doornail.
9. A Piece Of Cake:
something very easy to do.
Example: The test was a piece of cake.
10. Heart In Your Mouth:
feeling nervous or scared.
Example: My heart’s in my mouth ever time it rings.