“Let’s call it a day.” “Don’t beat around the bush.” “That’s the last straw!”
You’ve no doubt heard some of these expressions before. They’re known as idioms - expressions with figurative meanings that differ from their literal meanings (according to Grammarly). Adding a few idioms to your writing can help “add colour” to your essay. So the next time you’re writing a creative piece, try inserting one of these idioms appropriately to spruce up your writing.
A bag of bones Meaning: someone who is extremely thin Example sentence: She has lost so much weight. She is turning into a bag of bones.
A bitter pill to swallow Meaning: something that is very unpleasant but must be accepted Example sentence: Losing to a less experienced player was a bitter pill to swallow for last year’s gold medalist.
At a snail’s pace Meaning: moving very slowly Example sentence: The traffic is moving at a snail’s pace.There is no way I am going to reach school in time!
Clean bill of health Meaning: a decision by a doctor that someone is healthy Example sentence: My mother was given a clean bill of health by her doctor.
Get your ducks in a row Meaning: organise or prepare well Example sentence: Make sure you get your ducks in a row before submitting your group project.
Guinea pigs Meaning: test subjects Example sentence: There is a new drug that is not available yet as they are still gathering people who agree to act as their guinea pigs to test the claims.
Head in the clouds Meaning: to be oblivious, or to have fanciful and unrealistic ideas Example sentence: He always has his head in the clouds instead of paying attention in class.
Hold your horses Meaning: wait for a moment Example sentence: Hold your horses! Do not announce your decision as yet. Let’s think about this for a while.
Nursing (someone) back to health Meaning: to care for a sick person until good health returns Example sentence: Despite the row that occurred the day before, Sally was by her side nursing her back to health after the accident.
Puppy love Meaning: feelings of love that are innocent and temporary Example sentence: I had a crush on her in secondary school but that was just puppy love.