a group of words that, in common usage,
has a different meaning
IDIOM than the literal meaning of the individual words.
A BAD PERSON WHO HAS A BAD EFFECT
ON OTHERS IN A GROUP.
He’s a real bad apple. If I were you,
I wouldn’t go out with him.
A BAD APPLE
A DISHONEST OR ILL-BEHAVED PERSON;
A PERSON TO BE AVOIDED.
He never phoned his mother.
He was a bad egg.
A BAD EGG
A GOOD GUY OR A KIND PERSON (OLD
Everyone loves Mike. He's a good egg
and is always helping people.
A GOOD EGG
A VERY STUDIOUS PERSON, INTELLECTUALLY
GIFTED IN THE FIELD OF ACADEMICS, A VERY
Daniel passed all of his exams.
He is such an egghead!
A LAZY PERSON WHO
WATCHES TOO MUCH TV.
Tom is always watching TV.
He’s such a couch potato.
A COUCH POTATO
TO REMAIN CALM UNDER
He is always as cool as a cucumber
and never worries about anything.
AS COOL AS
A VERY DETERMINED, DURABLE AND
ROBUST PERSON; A PERSON WHO IS
DIFFICULT TO DEAL WITH.
Robert ran the race even though he was
injured. He is a real tough cookie!
A TOUGH COOKIE
AN IMPORTANT PERSON, A LEADER
(USUALLY ABOUT BUSINESS)
He was a really big cheese in the
A BIG CHEESE
TO BE EMBARASSED BY
SOMETHING ONE HAS DONE .
She ended up with egg on her face, when
her teacher found out she had been lying.
ON ONE’S FACE
A VERY SENSITIVE MATTER THAT IS DIFFICULT
OR EMBARRASSING TO DEAL WITH.
I sure don’t want to have to deal
with that hot potato.
A HOT POTATO
SOMEONE THAT ONE LIKES A
The little girl is the apple of her
THE APPLE OF ONE’S EYE
TO WASTE TIME FEELING SORRY ABOUT AN
EARLIER MISTAKE OR PROBLEM THAT
CANNOT BE CHANGED.
Yes, we made a mistake, but there’s no
point in crying over spilt milk.
SOMETHING ONE PREFERS, DESIRES,
ENJOYS, OR CARES ABOUT.
Golf is not my cup of tea.
CUP OF TEA
A DIFFICULT TASK TO COMPLETE ; A CHALLENGING
OR UNREASONABLE PERSON TO UNDERSTAND OR
Getting an A in Physics will be a hard
nut to crack.
A NUT TO CRACK
TO RISK EVERYTHING IN ONE
PERSON OR THING.
I'm applying for several jobs because
I don't really want to put all my eggs in
TO PUT ALL YOUR EGGS
IN ONE BASKET
TO BE EXTRA NICE TO SOMEONE
(USUALLY FOR SELFISH REASONS)
I didn’t do my homework last night. I’m just
going to butter up the teacher – I’m sure
she’ll give me another extension.
BUTTER SOMEONE UP
IN A DIFFICULT OR MESSY SITUATION
I’m in a pickle… I’ve forgotten to
pick up my daughter from school!
(TO BE) IN A PICKLE
TO SELL QUICKLY AND
IN LARGE AMOUNTS
J.K. Rowling’s books sell like hot
TO SELL LIKE HOT CAKES
She wants to have good marks but she
doesn’t want to study. She wants to have
her cake and eat it too.
TO WANT MORE THAN SOMEONE CAN
HANDLE OR DESERVES; TO TRY TO HAVE
TWO INCOMPATIBLE THINGS.
HAVE ONE’S OWN CAKE
AND EAT IT
A TASK THAT IS EASILY
This test was a piece of cake.
A PIECE OF CAKE
TO SUMMARIZE OR DESCRIBE
SOMETHING IN ONLY A FEW WORDS.
In a nutshell, this app helps you to
IN A NUTSHELL