A-Z Challenge 2015: I is for Idiom

What is an Idiom? An idiom is a commonly used expression whose meaning does not relate to the literal meaning of its words. It’s important to note that idioms in English do not always translate into a foreign language. 


  • If you “fine tune” something, you make small improvements to it.
  • “Changing your tune” means changing your mind.
  • “Break a leg” means good luck.
  • If you say, “it takes two to tango” you mean that more than one person is at fault or involved.
  • A chip on your shoulder – means you are holding a grudge
  • “The blues” can refer to both a style of music and feeling sad.
  • Sick as a dog – means you are very ill
  • Rub someone the wrong way – meaning to annoy or bother

This list could go on for days. Do you have a favorite idiom? Can you think of any from a foreign language?

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3 Responses

  1. Stephen Tremp says:

    I like, “Catch my second breath.” I know its there somewhere. Just have to keep pressing forward.

    Stopping in from A to Z and thanks for the continued participation!

    Stephen Tremp
    A to Z Co-host
    Twitter: @StephenTremp

  2. Paula Kaye says:

    Oh how I love idioms! My mom used to say “I wasn’t born yesterday” and “Close the door. Were you born in a barn?”

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