Proverbs, idioms, and phrases are all an integral part of everyday English. We find them regularly in both written and spoken English. Idioms need not make sense literally every time we use it. Hence, it is important to be familiar with how to use idioms in our day to day life. It may seem like it is a tough process, but learning idioms are really fun. It is even funnier when you try to translate the English idioms into your own language.

The usage of common idioms and expressions will make you sound like an expert or a native speaker, so it’s a wonderful idea if one could master these idioms and expressions. Some of the most commonly used idioms are given in a table below. You can start off by learning the very common idioms as they appear regularly in English movies and sitcoms. Once you have mastered those, you can move on to the rest of the idioms  None of the idioms given here are old fashioned, so you can be confident using any of them with native English speakers from all over the world.


Idioms Meaning Usage
A blessing in disguise a good thing that seemed bad at first as part of a sentence
A dime a dozen Something common as part of a sentence
Beat around the bush Avoid saying what you mean, usually because it is uncomfortable as part of a sentence
Better late than never Better to arrive late than not to come at all by itself
Bite the bullet To get something over with because it is inevitable as part of a sentence
Break a leg Good luck by itself
Call it a day Stop working on something as part of a sentence
Cut somebody some slack Don’t be so critical as part of a sentence
Cutting corners Doing something poorly in order to save time or money as part of a sentence
Easy does it Slow down by itself
Get out of hand Get out of control as part of a sentence
Get something out of your system Do the thing you’ve been wanting to do so you can move on as part of a sentence
Get your act together Work better or leave by itself
Give someone the benefit of the doubt Trust what someone says as part of a sentence
Go back to the drawing board Start over as part of a sentence
Hang in there Don’t give up by itself
Hit the sack Go to sleep as part of a sentence
It’s not rocket science It’s not complicated by itself
Let someone off the hook To not hold someone responsible for something as part of a sentence
Make a long story short Tell something briefly as part of a sentence
Miss the boat It’s too late as part of a sentence
No pain, no gain You have to work for what you want by itself
On the ball Doing a good job as part of a sentence
Pull someone’s leg To joke with someone as part of a sentence
Pull yourself together Calm down by itself