There are some really funny and wacky idioms in English! Idioms can be quite confusing, but they’re fun to learn and also help you sound like a native speaker. In this blog post, we’ll talk about some of the popular English idioms. Some are funny enough to make you chuckle while some are just downright bizarre! Here are 20 of the funniest idioms in the English language.
20 Funny English Idioms & Sayings
1) As Cool as a Cucumber
to be very calm, with no worriesExamples:
- He walked in as cool as a cucumber, as if nothing had happened.
- It's Rock with the ball, do you think he'll score? Krish—"Look at him, he's as cool as a cucumber, he'll score with no problem.
2) Finger-Lickin’ Good
very delicious or tasty ("Licking" is often colloquially shortened to "lickin")Example:
- Mom's pasta was so delicious that I had four bowls of it, Dev—"I know, it was finger-lickin' good".
3) When Pigs Fly
used to say that one thinks that something will never happen
- When pigs fly I'll go out on a date with you.
- "I might wake up early tomorrow to clean my room". "Yes, you'll do that when pigs fly".
used to tell someone to think more carefully about what they are doing in a slightly angry wayExample:
- Is it so hard to use your loaf and understand how much pain she is going through currently?
5) Put a Sock in It
used to tell someone to be quiet or stop making so much noiseExamples:
- I wish someone would tell him to put a sock in it.
- Put a sock in it! Some of us are trying to work around here.
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6) All Greek to Me
a way of saying that you do not understand something that is said or writtenExample:
- My brothers were having a discussion about the latest football fiasco, but it was all Greek to me.
7) Dead as a Doornail
used to stress that someone or something is deadExamples:
- I poked that squirrel with a stick and, yeah, it's as dead as a doornail.
- The cop announced that the body in the dumpster was dead as a doornail.
8) Bite the Bullet
to force yourself to do something unpleasant or difficult or to be brave in a difficult situationExample:
- The severe drought is forcing everybody to bite the bullet and use less water.
a small punishment when a more severe punishment is deservedExamples:
- She should be in jail for what she did, but she got off with just a slap on the wrist.
- The police officer gave Ritika a slap on the wrist for not wearing her seat belt.
10) Hit the Nail on the Head
to be exactly right about somethingExamples:
- I think Shiv hit the nail on the head when he said that kids won't want to buy this product.
- Your comments about the lack of funding for after-school programs really hit the nail on the head.
a lazy person who spends a lot of time sitting and watching television and not doing any other workExample:
- Ever since my brother got a new gaming console, he has turned into a complete couch potato.
12) Chew the Fat
to talk with someone in an informal and friendly wayExamples:
- The friends chewed the fat late into the night.
- We'd been lounging around, chewing the fat for a couple of hours.
13) Pie in the Sky
If you describe an idea, plan, or promise of something good as pie in the sky, you mean that you think that it is very unlikely to happen.Example:
- Their plans to set up their own business are just pie in the sky.
to watch carefully for someone or somethingExample:
- Tell everyone to keep their eyes peeled for the health inspector. We heard he'll be doing a surprise inspection someday soon.
15) Barking up the Wrong Tree
to have a wrong idea, or do something in a way that will not give you the information or result you wantExample:
- She has been trying to solve this math problem for 15 minutes, but I think she's been barking up the wrong tree.
said to mean that you should not make plans for the future because you do not know for certain how a particular situation will developExample:
- Dua wanted to buy a dress in case someone asked her to the dance, but I told her not to count her chickens before they hatched.
17) By the Skin of Your Teeth
If you do something by the skin of your teeth, you only just succeed in doing it.Example:
- The car broke down on the way to the airport and they just caught the plane by the skin of their teeth.
18) The Elephant in the Room
an obvious major problem or issue that people avoid discussing or acknowledgingExamples:
- The elephant in the room is how to pay for the project.
- I don't want to ask the question, but it is the big elephant in the room.
If you describe something that someone tells you as a cock-and-bull story, you mean that you do not believe it is true.Example:
- She gave me some cock-and-bull story about having to be at her cousin's engagement party.
20) Go Bananas
to become extremely angry or excitedExamples:
- When it comes to animal rights, some people go bananas.
- I just went bananas when I found out what she had done.
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