20 English idioms that everyone should know

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Vocab Quiz

1

Break a leg

good luck

2

Bite the bullet

face a difficult situation with courage

3

The ball is in your court

it's your turn to take action

4

Barking up the wrong tree

making a mistaken assumption

5

Bury the hatchet

make peace

6

Cost an arm and a leg

be very expensive

7

Cry over spilt milk

regret something that can't be changed

8

The cream of the crop

the best of a group

9

Easier said than done

more difficult to accomplish than it sounds

10

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

something you have is worth more than something you might get

11

Bend over backwards

make a great effort

12

A dime a dozen

very common and not special

13

Hit the nail on the head

to say or do exactly the right thing

14

An axe to grind

a personal agenda

15

Add insult to injury

make a bad situation worse

16

A wild goose chase

a futile search

17

A chip on one's shoulder

a grudge or resentment

18

At the drop of a hat

immediately

19

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

it's better to prevent a problem than to fix it later

20

A picture is worth a thousand words

a visual image can convey a lot of meaning or information

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