Color Idioms
Animal Idioms
Sports Idioms
Clothing Idioms
Food Idioms
100

Black Sheep:  My oldest brother was the black sheep in our family. He dropped out of school at fifteen.

What is the odd or bad member of the group?

100

Cat's got your tongue:  It looks like the cat's got your tongue, Lucy. Are you always this quiet? 

What is a saying that is said about someone who doesn't speak (usually due to shyness)?

100

The Ball is in Your Court:  "Do you think I should accept the job offer?"
"Don't ask me. The ball is in your court now". 

What is it's your decision or responsibility to do something now?

100

At the Drop of a Hat:  My Grandma will babysit for anyone at the drop of a hat. 

What is without needing any advance notice?

100

Bad Eggs:  Every school has some bad eggs, so be careful who you make friends with.

What is people who do bad things?

200

Born with a silver spoon in one's mouth:  Keiko hasn't worked a day in her life. She was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. 

What is born into a rich family?

200

Dog Days:  I sleep in the basement during the dog days of August. 

What is very hot days?

200

Blew the Competition Away:  If you wear that dress to the beauty pageant you are going to blow the competition away. 

What is win easily?

200

Below the Belt:  His comment about Fred's handicap was below the belt. 

What is beyond what is fair or socially acceptable?

200

Hard Nut to Crack:  I can never tell what Maria is thinking.  She's a hard nut to crack.

What is a person or thing that is difficult to deal with, understand, or influence?

300

Gray Area:  Writing personal email in the office is a gray area that needs to be discussed at the next meeting. 

What is something without a clear rule or answer?

300

Dropping like flies:  My roses are dropping like flies in this early frost. 

What is dying or giving up quickly?

300

Call the shots:  While our boss is on vacation, Bob will call the shots. 

What is make the decisions?

300

Caught with One's Pants Down:  I didn't study for the Math test.  I got caught with my pants down.

What is unprepared?

300

Grain of Salt:  Take everything you read on the internet with a grain of salt and you'll be okay.

What is to understand that something is not completely true or right?

400

In the red:  When we were in the red we almost had to sell the house. 

What is in debt?

400

Get the Lion's Share:  My aunt got the lion's share of the inheritance. 

What is get the greatest percentage?

400

Down to the Wire:  It's coming down to the wire to get these done on time. 

What is right at the end?

400

Burn a Hole in One's Pocket:  Let's go to the mall after school. There's a hundred dollar bill burning a hole in my pocket. 

What is money that one is tempted to spend?

400

Cream of the Crop:  Students who get scholarships to top universities are the cream of the crop.

What is the best of anything?

500

Once in a blue moon:  We only go out for dinner once in a blue moon. 

What is very rarely?

500

Kill 2 birds with one stone:  If you pick the groceries up when you drop George off for his shift, you will kill two birds with one stone. 

What is get two things done at once?

500

Front Runner:  Angela is a front runner for the new supervisor position. 

What is one of the people who is expected to win?

500

Fine Tooth Comb:  The police looked for fingerprints with a fine-tooth comb. 

What is in great detail, extremely carefully?

500

Eggs in One Basket:  Putting all your eggs in one basket can be risky, you know.

What is one should not concentrate all efforts and resources in one area as one could lose everything?

Click to zoom