Idioms

An idiom is a group of words or a phrase that is used artistically to express oneself. It is when we do not try to take out direct meanings of a single word but express them by a group of words in a figurative manner. Know how to express yourself more artistically in English by using Idioms,

Know about Idiom: Life of the Party with examples

Many languages have idioms. Chinese and English are well known for these colorful phrases. Today, our idiom is “life of the party.” 

“Life of the party” describes an animated, amusing person who is the center of attention at a social gathering.

This idiom dates back to the first half of the nineteenth century. It began as “the life and soul of the party”, but in time the second half was dropped. Today, English speakers just say “the life of the party” and most aren’t even aware that the word “soul” was dropped from the expression. 

As for the noteworthy usage of the saying, the author Joshua Ferris used it in his short story, “The Pilot.” In this comedy, the main character was a recovering alcoholic. He was said to be the “life of the party.” 

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Know the Idiom: Throw a Party with examples

Let’s Throw a Party

Typically, the word “throw” means to propel (something) with force through the air by a movement of the arm and hand, according to the Oxford Dictionary. However, throwing a party has nothing to do with tossing objects (unless you attend a Greek wedding where dishes are thrown, but this is a story for another time). Throwing a party means hosting an event. 

All in all, the idiom “throw a party” is easy to use, you may simply say: 

“Let’s throw a party.”

By saying this, you are communicating the idea that you’d like to host an event. Moreover, you can say:

“They want to throw a party.”

By doing so, you are changing the subject to a third person. 

You could even be more specific and say: 

“Amy wants to throw a party.” 

Getting more specific, you could say: 

“Amy wants to throw a party for Qi.” 

Specific language helps the listener to understand the message. If you think about it, when you speak, you are like a radio transmitter and along the way to the receiver, the message may become distorted. To be better understood, it’s advisable to be specific in your language. For example: 

“Amy wants to throw a winter solstice party for her small group of friends”

communicates a complete idea so has less chances of becoming distorted. 

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The Idiom “Hope Springs Eternal”- Meaning with example sentences

Use of Idioms:

Like all idioms, the meaning isn’t clear upon reading. Idioms are somewhat cryptic. Their meanings come about due to use rather than diction (dictionary meaning). Some idioms are very old and have evolved over time. This idiom began as “hope springs eternal in the breast of man.” 

Meaning of the Idiom: “Hope Springs Eternal”

It expresses the belief that it’s human nature to keep on hoping against all odds. Even when there’s no reason to be hopeful, people continually find something to be optimistic about. 

You may hear a native English speaker say:

  • “I never win the lottery, but hope springs eternal.” 

By saying this, the speaker is telling the listener that although they never purchase a winning lotto ticket, they believe that someday they will. 

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However, the idiom has been used sarcastically as well. There are many instances when the idiom is used to express a feeling of hopelessness. For example, you may hear someone say: 

  • “I’ve waited years for my wife to return to me, but hope springs eternal.”

In this scenario, the speaker knows that his wife will never return. He is being sarcastic about hoping for her return.

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Idiom: Spring is in the Air- Meaning with Examples

Meaning of the Idiom- “Spring is in the air”

Many idioms were first penned by a famous writer or poet, but “spring is in the air” has no known author. Perhaps it came from ancient societies where planting and warmer weather were essential to their livelihood, but this is unknown. 

As an expression, “spring is in the air” means spring has arrived or is coming soon. In addition, the idiom conveys a feeling of optimism. To summarize the idiom, the sun is shining, the sky is blue, the grass is growing and good things are on the horizon. 

The idiom was most notably used by Westlife,  an Irish boy band, in the song Seasons in the Sun. They use it as a farewell to the old, in an almost sorrowful way. 

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Here’s a dialogue that might help you understand the idiom “spring is in the air:” 

Mary: “I don’t think I did well on my exams.” 

Susan: “You’ll do better next time.” 

Mary: “I’m not too worried about it, and anyway, spring is in the air.” 

Notice how Mary uses the idiom to show a sense of optimism while telling the reader of the season. From reading this, we become aware that Mary, although it isn’t said, has an optimistic outlook as the season changes from winter to spring. 

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Idiom about change: Turn over a New Leaf

Idiom: Turn over a new leaf- Meaning and example

Most languages have idioms about change. And, there are many different sayings that express getting a new outlook or starting again. 

One of my favorite idioms of change is an ancient Chinese saying: “Mountains crumble to the sea over time, yet people remain the same.” However, we are here to discuss the idiom “Turn over a new leaf.” 

Oddly, this idiom has nothing to do with leaves. It’s about becoming a new person, a better person. Someone who “turns over a new leaf” changes the direction of their life. 

Using the idiom turn over a new leaf

How can I use the idiom – turn over a new leaf?

Kevin Turns Over a New Leaf

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Kevin was a troublemaker. He never went to class. He never listened to his parents. He would even laugh at the lessons his elders tried to teach him, saying “You don’t know anything old man,” as the family spoke to him of ancient books and traditions. But one day Kevin came to me and said, “I’m tired of causing mischief. I will study and make good marks in school.” To which I said, “You are young and have time to turn over a new leaf.” 

Kevin will begin to do the right thing. He will turn over a new leaf by making good grades in school and listening to his parents.

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Idioms: Definition, meaning, and examples.

Definition of an Idiom

Idioms are a group of words that signifies/ has a meaning together as a set phrase or is usually symbolic to an expression. It does not have a direct meaning of words individually used.

For example, the idiom, “See red” does not mean a person sees anything that is red in color, it is just symbolic to signify anger. This signifies that the person is very angry.

5 Popular Idioms with Examples

  1. Once in a blue moon: A rare occurrence. Example: My boss considers appraisals once in a blue moon.
  2. On cloud nine: To be ecstatic or joyful.  Example: I was on cloud nine with my promotion in hand.
  3. Hand in glove: To be closely associated with or in collaboration with someone for completing an action. Example: The team is working hand in glove with other departments to achieve company sales targets.
  4. Flesh and blood: Refers a relation or direct family members, to be directly related to another having the same DNA. Example: Shaina couldn’t punish her sons for their actions as they were her own flesh and blood
  5. Second hand: Not of original source, not new. Example: It is a wise idea to buy a renewed or a second-hand gadget if in a good condition.

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Definition and Meaning of the Idiom Red flag with examples.

Definition of the Idiom Red flag

Is a sign of warning. It is to draw attention to any issue that needs immediate attention. Anything that indicates a problem or a danger if not sorted immediately.

Examples of sentences using the idiom “Red Flag”

  • The gap in Jack’s employment history was a red flag to the employers.
  • We avoided traveling after the meteorologist issued a red flag for an expected cyclone
  • The talk about raising taxes in the USA was a red flag to many voters 
  • Limiting reservations of job opportunities for the top scorers was a red flag to those who did score well.

Red Flag (Idiom) Definition, meaning with Examples.

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Idioms with the word “Change”: Change of Heart

Meaning of the Idiom “Change of heart”

The idiom “change of heart” doesn’t literally mean that you can swap one organ with another. It means that you can change your mind, usually after long consideration. 

As you know, you can’t change your heart, you were born with it. But, the English idiom “change of heart” implies that you can. 

Mary Had a Change of Heart and Set Her Little Lamb Free

You may know the Nursery Rhyme, “Mary Had a Little Lamb”. Taking from that, I have an example of the idiom “change of heart” to share: 

Mary had a little lamb. Mary loved her little lamb. But, one day she had a change of heart and decided it was time to set the little lamb free. For she knew that to love something is to let it go. If it returns, it loves you.

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Color Idioms: 6 color idioms frequently used by native English speakers

There are some common color idioms used frequently by native English speakers. Here is a list of the 6 most popular color idioms to make you sound native in English.

6 Popular color idioms: Meaning with examples

1. Red Tape: To do something with excessive formality and rules, before any official action.

  • Example 1: Immigration and getting a visa to Canada involves a lot of red tapes.
  • Example 2: The government involves unnecessary red tape in approving official documents when applying for a passport.

2. Black and white: To judge everything as either one way or the other, good or bad. 

  • Example 1: The boss evaluates the performance of the team in black and white, he does not allow space for excuses.
  • Example 2: She saw everything in black and white when it came to her children’s faults.

3. Golden opportunity: It is an opportunity or chance to succeed in something, without losing an opportunity.

  • Example 1: The team did not want to miss the golden opportunity of participating in the state football match.
  • Example 2: She grabbed on to the free pass for the concert considering it to be a golden opportunity to meet her favorite artist.

4. Catch red-handed: To catch someone in an act of deceit or robbery.

  • Example 1: The thief was caught red-handed when he tried to sneak out through the window.
  • Example 2: Roy was caught red-handed while stealing office supplies.

5. Once in a blue moon: Very rare, something that does not happen occasionally.

  • Example 1: Claire attended a live concert once in a blue moon only when she had her favorite artist performing in her city.
  • Example 2: He visited his parents once in a blue moon, due to the differences they had years ago.

6. Blackout: To Faint, lose consciousness. A period when total lights are put off for temporary reasons.

  • Example 1: She had a blackout after the car accident.
  • Example 2: The city underwent a power blackout after the severe cyclone attack.

Rainbow (color)Idioms: Meaning with examples

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Idiom: Green Thumb-Definition, Meaning, and Origin, with examples

The origin:

The Lady has a Green Thumb

Back in the 1900s, the term “green fingers” was popular in the United Kingdom. It came from the green-stained fingers of farmers. 

Often, plant extracts are used to dye fabric. Many plants secrete a stain. And so, during the harvest, the fingertips of farmers’ would become green with plant dyes. 

The earliest use of “green fingers” came from the novel “The Misses Make-Believe” by Mary Stuart Boyd, a Scottish author. 

She wrote: 

“What old wives call green fingers: those magic digits that appear to ensure the growth of everything they plant.” 

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Later, the phrase “green thumb” came about. It was first used in the Daily Globe, in 1937.

An American journalist wrote: 

“Miss Dvorak has what is known as the green thumb. That’s horticultural slang for being a successful gardener.”

Having a green thumb is a blessing. Those who have a green thumb make the plants grow. And, it’s said that “the lady who has a green thumb never lacks beauty, she is surrounded by flowers, nor goes hungry, food springs from the earth for her.” 

Of course, having a green thumb can be cultivated and many have found their green thumb during the pandemic. 

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