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V.7.2 - Idiomatic Language

March Idioms

Average: 3 (25 votes)

Here are a few expressions that use the word 'march' Remeber that 'march' is the name of a month, a type of uniformed walking (imagine a group of soldiers walking), and also a group of people walking in a public area to show support or protest towards something:

to be as mad as a March hare

To be crazy:

'I was just speaking to Tom. That guy is as mad as a March hare! He has the craziest ideas.'

Idioms using 'Short'

Average: 1.6 (166 votes)

'She's got a short fuse'

As February is the shortest month of the year we thought we'd give you some idioms that use the word 'short':

to be caught short

To have a sudden need to go to the toilet:

'I went to the toilet before we left because I didn't want to be caught short on the journey.'

to be a bit short

To not have enough money:

New Idioms

Average: 4.2 (23 votes)

"You can't teach an old dog new tricks"

Here are some idioms that all use the word new. Read them through and then complete the exercise below them:

Turn over a new leaf

To start behaving in a better way:

'I heard that's she's turned over a new leaf and stopped drinking alcohol.'

10 Food idioms

Average: 3.4 (185 votes)

'The test was a piece of cake.'

A lemon

A lemon is something that you buy which turns out to have problems - it is defective / it doesn't work well.

'That second-hand car I bought was a real lemon. It broke down a week after I bought it.'

What does Just the Ticket mean?

Average: 3.5 (8 votes)

Idioms using numbers

Average: 3.2 (35 votes)

11 number idioms

Take a look at these idioms; they all use numbers. Read through the 11 idioms ranging from 1 to 11 and then try the quiz:

Money Idioms

Average: 3.6 (8 votes)


Money: we never seem to have enough of it. Here are some common idioms that English speakers use which are related to it.

To Make a Quick Buck

To make money quickly and easily. It is often used for making money in a dishonest way. A buck is a slang word for a US dollar.

'People today would rather make a quick buck than work hard and save.'

Idioms for dangerous situations

Average: 3.1 (55 votes)

'Paul is always late for work. He is in danger of losing his job.'

Imagine that you have a friend called Paul. Paul is being lazy in work - he is often late and is in danger of losing his job. The following idioms can all be used when we want to warn Paul that he is in danger.

Top 10 most disliked words & phrases!

Average: 3.1 (15 votes)

Crime Idioms

Average: 3.7 (29 votes)

Here we look at six idioms which are linked to the topic of crime. These idioms are not necessarily about crime; they just use the language of crime to describe other situations. Find out what they mean, how you can use them and then do the quiz: