Category Archives: Idioms

Idioms are expressions with greater meaning. Phrases like "nick of time" or "in other words" or "for heaven's sake". Definition: a group of words in a fixed order that have a particular meaning that is different from the meanings of each word understood on its own:

out of it

Meaning: feeling badly. For example, "He is really out of it this evening. I wonder what is upsetting him"?

into a flap

Meaning: upset. For example, "Dad gets into a flap when she can't find here car keys".

in a pinch

Meanind: A difficult position. For example "Mom told me to go, and Dad told me to stay. I was in a pinch".

in a stew

Meaning: concerned and upset. For example, "Dad gets in a stew when Mom is sick. He really worries".

In any way, shape or form

Meaning: No matter what. For example, "Winning the award didn't affect her in any way, shape or form. She hasn't changed at all".

if you will

Meaning: Ending a thought with the phrase "if you will" to add acceptance to the thought. Continue reading if you will

by and large

Meaning: In every aspect; on the whole; in general. For example, "By in large, everything he said was accurate".