Notes On Idioms - CBSE Class 9 English Grammar
Definition

An idiom (also called idiomatic expression) is an expression, word, or phrase that has a figurative meaning conventionally understood by native speakers. This meaning is different from the literal meaning of the idiom's individual elements. In other words, idioms don't mean exactly what the words say. They have, however, hidden meaning.

Examples

"Kick the bucket"
"Spill the beans"
The meaning of these expressions is separate from the literal meaning or definition of the words of which they are made. Their meaning are however used figuratively. They mean respectively:

"to die "
"to tell people secret information"

Some more idioms:

  1. all one’s eggs in one basket
  2. apple of somebody's eye
  3. bad egg
  4. banana repulic
  5. bring home the bacon
  6. butter up
  7. carrot and stick
  8. chew the fat
  9. cool as a cucumber
  10. couch potato
  11. Food for thought
  12. Forbidden fruit
  13. get out of a jam
  14. go bananas

Summary

Definition

An idiom (also called idiomatic expression) is an expression, word, or phrase that has a figurative meaning conventionally understood by native speakers. This meaning is different from the literal meaning of the idiom's individual elements. In other words, idioms don't mean exactly what the words say. They have, however, hidden meaning.

Examples

"Kick the bucket"
"Spill the beans"
The meaning of these expressions is separate from the literal meaning or definition of the words of which they are made. Their meaning are however used figuratively. They mean respectively:

"to die "
"to tell people secret information"

Some more idioms:

  1. all one’s eggs in one basket
  2. apple of somebody's eye
  3. bad egg
  4. banana repulic
  5. bring home the bacon
  6. butter up
  7. carrot and stick
  8. chew the fat
  9. cool as a cucumber
  10. couch potato
  11. Food for thought
  12. Forbidden fruit
  13. get out of a jam
  14. go bananas
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