Tag Archives: idioms

Boats and Sailing Idioms: Learn English Vocabulary

Boats and Sailing Idioms

This post looks at some of the idioms that come from boats, ships and sailing expressions.


All in the same boat

Idiomatic meaning: to say that everyone is in the same situation (usually a negative one!)

boats idioms The English Tower

‘Tom is worried about losing his job. However, we are all in the same boat. If the factory closes we will all lose our jobs.’ Continue reading Boats and Sailing Idioms: Learn English Vocabulary

Monkey idioms

Monkey idioms

There are lots of idioms and slang expressions about monkeys. Unfortunately most have negative meanings. Perhaps the monkey is not a very popular animal! All of the expressions are informal. The idioms with ‘slang’ next to them are very informal and usually only used with close friends.

Monkey around (This is used as a phrasal verb)

= to be silly & waste time.

‘Stop monkeying around we need to finish cleaning the house in time for the party.’

‘Every time he goes to the toy shop he monkeys around, playing with all the toys and riding the scooters. And his children are just as bad!’

Monkey around Monkey idioms

Continue reading Monkey idioms

14 Cat Idioms & sayings: Intermediate-advanced level

Idioms are a part of everyday language: Here are 14 cat idioms and sayings!

Fight like cat and dog

 = Argue aggressively

‘The two brothers fought like cat and dog when they were small. Now they are the best of friends.’

Grinning like a Cheshire cat

= Smiling a really wide smile like the Cheshire cat from the book Alice in Wonderland.

‘Have you had some good news. You’re grinning like a Cheshire cat!’

alice in wonderland theme elements

Continue reading 14 Cat Idioms & sayings: Intermediate-advanced level

Learn English vocabulary: Spring idioms

Spring Idioms

Have you got a ‘spring’ in your step? Then ‘spring’ into action and learn about spring idioms!

FullSizeRender Here are some idioms and expressions using the word ‘spring’.

 Idioms are common expressions in everyday English.  However it is usually difficult to understand the meaning of the idiom from the words.  For example: ‘To push the boat out’ actually means ‘to spend a lot of money usually to celebrate something.’  The spring idioms below all contain the word spring.  Some are connected to the season and some to the verb ‘to spring’.


Idioms are not used in formal writing but are often found in literature or in everyday speech.  You do not need to use them but it is a good idea to understand the most common idioms. Continue reading Learn English vocabulary: Spring idioms