Commonly Used Idioms in Everyday Life

11.04.2016 |

Add fuel to the fire (v.): To make a bad problem even worse.

Example: Don’t shout at a crying child, you’ll just be adding fuel to the fire.

Add insult to injury (v.): To make a bad situation even worse.

Example: First she arrived late, then to add insult to injury, she complained about the food I bought her having turned cold.

Bark up the wrong tree (v.): To ask the wrong person. To make the wrong choice.

Example: I’m not the person you’re looking for. You’re barking up the wrong tree.

Beat around the bush (v.): To avoid getting to the point.

Example: Stop beating around the bush and tell me what you really think.

Bite one’s tongue (v.): To struggle not to say something that you want to say.

Example: I wanted to tell her how I really felt, but I had to bite my tongue because I didn’t want to hurt her feelings.


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“In a Pickle: And Other Funny Idioms” by Marvin Terban


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