Our favourite idioms
The English language is rich in Idioms. We have listed some of our favourite idioms, use with care!
Idioms of money
- I am broke! I have no money!
- In the black. You are making money, in profit.
- In the red. You are losing money, in debt.
- You burn money! You are spending money at a very fast rate!
- She is loaded! She is very rich!
- Money talks! The most important consideration is the money we will be paid.
- On a shoestring. You have a very small budget.
- To pay an arm and a leg. The item is very expensive.
Idioms for a senior manager
All these idioms describe a leader or powerful person. They are very male oriented!
- Big cheese, Big wig, Big gun, Big fish
- Main man
- Top man
- Head honcho
Idioms of character
- Couch potato. A lazy person who sits on the sofa all day and watches TV.
- Social butterfly. A superficial person who has many ‘Facebook’ friends but very few real friends.
- An early bird. Someone who loves getting up early in the morning.
- A pain in the neck. Somebody who really annoys you!
- A diamond in the rough. Somebody whose manner and appearance might not be impressive but who has a very good character.
Idioms describing travel
- In the same boat. We are experiencing the same problem.
- Recharge your batteries. You need to do something that will give you more energy.
- See the world. You want to explore this incredible planet!
- Travel light. Don’t pack too many things for this trip. Even better just take hand luggage!
- One for the road. I am going to have an alcoholic drink before travelling. Be very careful here.
- Make tracks. I have to go!
- Get away from it. I need some time away from work (or whatever it is that is making me tired).
- A change of scene. I need to visit a new place. This will refresh me.
Idioms describing sport
- On the ball. You have a strong understanding of the situation.
- To kick start something. You start a project (sometimes used when a process/project/team has been temporarily inactive.)
- Stay ahead of the game. You are the leaders in a particular field or business environment.
- Approaching the finishing line. When you are nearing the end of a project/activity.
- Plain sailing. An easy or simple situation.
- Missed an open goal. You have failed to achieve an easy target/take an easy opportunity.
- A two horse race. A close contest between two people/groups/teams/companies.
- On the ropes. You are in a very bad/difficult situation.
- Score an own goal. You make a mistake which has the opposite effect from what was hoped.
- A level playing field. A situation which is the same for everyone.
- In a league of their own. You are currently much better than your competition/rivals/peers.
- Hit it out of the park/home run. You have achieved great success in a particular project/activity.
- Taken your eye of the ball. You have lost your concentration/focus and have started to make mistakes.
- Drop the ball. You have made a mistake/disappointed the people around you.