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Common English Idioms and their Meanings

Idioms (idiomatic expressions) are often difficult for learners of English. Their meanings are usually very different from those of the individual words, and are often dependent on the cultures in which they were created.

The Idiom Buster presents a series of 20 common English idioms and their meanings and then tests your knowledge of them with a fun interactive quiz.

To improve your learning even more, try to make sentences showing the meaning of each idiom, eg: I didn't know Ted's party was supposed to be a surprise, so I let the cat the out of the bag.

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Run Idiom Buster with fixed sets of idioms: Set 1 | Set 2 | Set 3

Common American Phrases in Everyday Contexts

Common American Phrases in Everyday Contexts. Covers almost 2,000 common phrases and colloquial expressions used in contemporary American English. From greetings and good-byes to everyday small talk, each entry is presented in a realistic context. Special attention to the needs of non-native speakers includes usage restrictions and cautions as well as a phrase-finder index for on-the-spot reference. An essential dictionary for all students of English who want to know the most common expressions in American speech today.

Essential Idioms in English: Phrasal Verbs and Collocations. From catching a cold to landing on your feet, idiomatic expressions add color and style to the English language. The latest edition of Essential Idioms in English remains the resource of choice for mastering more than 500 common English idioms, phrasal verbs, and collocations. Essential Idioms in English thoroughly defines and illustrates each idiom, then reinforces its meaning and usage with multiple-choice, true-false, fill-in-the-blank, and matching exercises.