Proverbs and Idioms


It’s a piece of cake
Meaning: It’s easy
Sentence: I thought I was going to fail the test, but it turned out to be a piece of cake!

Better late than never
Meaning: The phrase ‘Better Late than Never’ means that doing something late is better than not doing it at all.
Sentence: It took me two months to complete the training course but better late than never, right?

Cutting corners
Meaning: Doing something poorly to save time or money
Sentence: My mom often had to cut corners when we were kids in order to feed all of us.
Sentence: Don’t try to cut corners when you’re decorating.

Call it a day
Meaning: to stop what you are doing because you do not want to do anymore or think you have done enough.
Sentence: I’m getting a bit tired now – let’s call it a day.

It’s not rocket science
Meaning: It’s not complicated
Sentence: Using smartphone is not a rocket science.

Miss the boat
Meaning: Missed the opportunity and now it’s too late.
Sentence: We missed the boat on the last vote and now we need to get on with it.

So far so good-
Meaning: Progress has been satisfactory up to now.
Sentence: We are half finished with our project. So far, so good.

No pain, no gain
Meaning: You have to work hard for what you want
Sentence: We work 12 hours a day, but no pain, no gain.

A perfect storm
Meaning: the worst possible situation
Sentence: First corona Virus then bird flu and now this fungus issue- A perfect storm.

A picture is worth 1000 words
Meaning: Better to show than tell
Sentence: I would find it easier to understand because after all, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Break the ice
Meaning: Make people feel more comfortable
Sentence: When people arrived for Jian’s concert, Nobita organized some party games to break the ice.

Every cloud has a silver lining
Meaning: Good things come after bad things
Sentence: Don’t be discouraged. Every cloud has a silver lining.

Good things come to those who wait
Meaning: Be patient
Sentence: We do not hurry since good things come to those who wait.

Give someone the cold shoulder-
Meaning: Ignore Someone
Sentence: I thought she really liked me, but the next day she gave me the cold shoulder.

Costs an arm and a leg
Meaning: Very expensive
Sentence: This dress is lovely, but it cost me an arm and a leg.

Once in a blue moon
Meaning: Rarely
Sentence: Once in a blue moon I go to the cinema, only when there’s a film I really, really want to see.

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