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Idiomatic Expression

An idiomatic expression is a number of words (a phrase) where the words together have a meaning that is different from the meaning of the individual words that you find in the dictionary.

Example: Hit the road
Means: Begin a journey - Leave now.
"Hit the road or you will be late."

Top Idiomatic Expressions

- A piece of cake.
Means: very easy to do. Example: This job is a piece of cake.

- Under the weather.
Means: feeling not well. Example: I feel under the weather.

- Rise and shine.
Means: Wake up and be happy. Example: Rise and shine baby.

- Keep your chin up.
Means: To act brave and confident. Example: Keep your chin up. Don't take your troubles to bed with you.

- Tickled pink.
Means: Very pleased, delighted. Example: I was tickled pink by the compliment.

- Butterflies in one's stomach.
Means: Fluttering sensations caused by a feeling of nervous anticipation. Example: I always get butterflies in my stomach before making a speech.

- Bend over backwards.
Means: Try very hard to please someone. Example: He always bends over backwards when he sees that girl.

- In the same boat.
Means: All of us are in the same position. Work as a group. Example: We 're all in the same boat.

- End of the road.
Means: The conclusion or final outcome. Example: It was obviously the end of the road for this television series.

- Break a leg.
Means: Used to wish good luck to stage performers before an opening. Example: Go break your leg.


The song "Hit the Road, Jack" has examples of idiomatic expressions that are used in informal speech and writing. Listen to the song below and read the text.

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