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Friday fun with idioms and euphemisms

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Idioms, idiomatic expressions and euphemisms have one thing in common: their meaning is figurative, so it cannot be interpreted or understood literally.

We have chosen some popular idioms and euphemisms for you to use:

A walk in the park – something easy or pleasant (unchallenging)

Beat around the bush – to avoid answering a question by wasting time talking about something else.

Break a leg – commonly used instead of ‘good luck’

To give someone the cold shoulder – to be unfriendly towards someone, often for reasons this person doesn’t understand.

To pull someone's leg – to fool, trick or play a joke on someone.


When you use a euphemism, you are using an indirect word or expression to talk about something unpleasant, delicate or embarrassing.

Kick the bucket/ Passed away - Both are commonly used instead of saying someone died.

Letting someone go - to fire someone (end someone’s employment)

Put to sleep - used instead of euthanize or kill someone/ something.

Vertically challenged - used instead of short.

Lesson by Krista

  • 1. Have you noticed he’s ___ ? I wonder what has upset him.

  • 2. Emily burst out crying: she didn’t realise we were only ___!

  • 3. The marketing manager had to ___ three people ___ yesterday.

  • 4. Scruffy, our neighbour’s dog, was very sick and had to be ___.

  • 5. Preparing this classic dish should be a ___ for you: you’re such a skilled cook!

  • 6. Nick’s grandfather ___ last month. He was eighty-five years old.

  • 7. ___ for tonight’s performance!

  • 8. Don’t ___! Be honest and answer my questions.