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5 Common and Simple English Idioms

Updated on November 6, 2011

Idioms are are expressions that people use to add color, flavor, and life to their language. Without idioms, writing and speech would become rather boring and bland.
In this hub, I will introduce idioms that are commonly used in the English language. If you are new to the English language, it is a vibrant language with all kinds of wacky, fascinating expression. I hope you will find this useful.

1. All rolled into one

This refers to being ‘combined together to become a whole unit.

Examples: ‘Mr Jones is funny, gentlemanly, sporty, caring and respectful. He is what man people would say is ideal husband all rolled into one.’
Another example would be ‘I love pasta, mashed potato and milkshake. This lunch is my favourite meal all rolled into one.’
‘Visiting California was the sand, sea and mountains all rolled into one.’


2. Any old how

This is a common saying that people use to describe an action that is done carelessly and without much attention or care.

‘When I am tired, I feel like doing my homework any old how.’
‘My mother was angry when I put the clothes away any old how, as she had to rearrange them all over again.’
‘Having an any old how attitude can be really irritating to people who are perfectionists.’

3. A bed of roses

This mean that a situation is peaceful, easy, pleasurable, without any trouble or challenge.

‘Life is not a bed of roses. You have to work hard in order to do well in life.’
‘Since I was a child, I thought life was a bed of roses. It was only until I moved out to go to college that I realized that it was as easy as it seemed.’
‘Sergeant my dog sleeps and eats and plays - that’s all it does. Life is such a bed of roses for him.’

4. Have a green thumb / Have green fingers

This is used to describe someone who is skilled at planting (think of plants and all their green leaves)

‘My grandma has green fingers, just look at all those beautiful flowers blooming in her garden.’
‘After being unable to keep any plant alive for more than 2 weeks, I have concluded that I don’t have green fingers.’
‘Successful gardeners and farmers have green fingers.’

5. A raincheck

This refers to postponing an event. Imagine an outdoor event that is ruined by a sudden downpour - people are usually given a raincheck, which allows them to come back to the event another day.

‘I have an emergency at work and I can’t have dinner tonight like we planned. Could we have a raincheck please?’
‘We had to ask our boss for a raincheck as we had a last minute emergency to attend to.’
‘The concert we planned to attend was rained on, and so we were given a raincheck.’

Have you heard of other idiomatic expressions? Share them in the comments below!


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      5 years ago

      i eat cheese

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      Dillon Thomas 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for running them up the flag pole, but they're common so I didn't salute. Keep your ears tuned and maybe you'll pick up some new channels.

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      6 years ago

      thanks for those idioms, it is really useful because i'm gonna use them in my essay today!

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      Lita C. Malicdem 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      I'll definitely add nos. 2 and 5 in my collection of idioms. Haven't heard yet. Figure of speech is very useful in my feature writing attempts. Thanks!

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      7 years ago from Somewhere Tropical

      Nice article, I always make time to read lists of idioms so if someone throws one at me, I'll know how to react or I won't be clueless :D

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      7 years ago from Somewhere Tropical

      Nice article, I always make time to read lists of idioms so if someone throws one at me, I'll know how to react or I won't be clueless :D


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