Lesson 6


An idiom is an expression that has a meaning apart from the meanings of its individual words.

For example: It’s raining cats and dogs. Its literal meaning suggests that cats and dogs are falling from the sky. We interpret it to mean that it is raining hard.

Unlike proverbs and similies, idioms have no fixed form and come in all sizes, shapes, and colors. American English abounds with colorful idioms. New ones are added each day. An idiom usually originates with a specific group - television, sailors, housewives, teachers, poets, or politicians - then spreads to more general use by others.

They make great projects for art. Here's an example:


In the next minute write down as many idioms as you can.


In the next minute write down the meaning of the idioms you created.


Get into groups of four. Share idioms and meanings for ~ 1 minute. Have the group choose the best (most creative) idiom and read it to the class.


Draw posters illustrating your favorite idiom and share it with the class.


Do this worksheet - Idioms:

Worksheet on Idioms



Directions: Write the meanings of these frequently used idioms:

1. catch a cold _________________________

2. see eye to eye________________________

3. under the weather_____________________

4. stuffed to the gills_____________________

5. out of the frying pan and into the fire________

6. slow boat to China_____________________

7. nose to the grindstone___________________

8. on pins and needles_____________________

9. fly off the handle_______________________

10. toot your own horn_____________________

11. pie in the sky__________________________

12. head in the sand________________________

13. lay down the law_______________________

14. born yesterda__________________________

15. feel like a million________________________

16. just what the doctor ordered________________

17. hold your horses_________________________

18. cat has your tongue_______________________

19. going bananas___________________________

20. bury the hatchet__________________________



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