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What is an Idiom?
People use idioms all the time, often without even realising it. In fact there are said to be some 15,000 idioms used in the English language.
An idiom is a turn of phrase that can often be incomprehensible to a person who is not familiar with the language. An idiom can also be decribed as a phrase or an expression that cannot be taken literally.
When you use an idiom in everyday language, then it has a different meaning than the basic meaning or definition of the words as found in a dictionary.
An example of this might be "a piece of cake." If taken literally, then you might think that you are being offered a piece of cake to eat. However, this phrase, or idiom is often used by someone to say that a task will be easy to accomplish.
"Wild Horses Wouldn't Drag Me Away."
Meaning that you will stick with something you have started.
"Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth"
A way of saying that someone is ungrateful. To receive a gift,not be thankful and treat the person giving the gift badly.
"A Nod is as Good as a Wink to a Blind Horse."
A way of saying that you cannot get some people to take a hint if they are determined not to.
Horse Idioms - BBC Learning video
"To Get off One's High Horse."
A way of saying that a person should be more humble or agreeable.
Something or someone who attacks the group it or they belong to.
"Every Horse Thinks it's Own Pack the Heaviest."
A way of saying that everyone believes that their own work is the hardest.
"To Change Horse in Mid Stream."
To make major changes to something that has already been started, usually when it is too late to do so.
Horses having fun on a hot day - YouTube video
A way of saying that a person has common sense.
"Horse of a Different Colour."
A way of saying that something is different than what you thought would happen.
A way of saying that you should slow down. Not take things quite so fast.
A way of saying that someone is playing in a rough or rowdy manner.
Something that is used to mask or hide someone's true purpose.
"Put the Cart before the Horse."
A way of saying that a person is doing things in the wrong order or sequence.
A way of telling someone to hurry.