They say an image is worth a thousand words. But I think an image backed by an explanation is even more powerful, specially when applied to idioms.
When I have a bad hair day and I need to let off steam, or when I am at a lose end, I fancy working on it rather than watching videos on the sofa like a couch potato.
At the end of this post you will find links to over 300 illustrated idioms, business idioms and puns.
Without further ado, please enjoy the following idioms 🙂
Let off steam (EN) Desahogarse (SP)
What is an idiom?
An idiom is a phrase or an expression with a figurative, or sometimes literal, meaning. Categorized as formulaic language, an idiom’s figurative meaning is different from the literal meaning. There are thousands of idioms, occurring frequently in all languages. It is estimated that there are at least 25,000 idiomatic expressions in the English language. From the Latin word idiom, “special property”, and, in turn, from Ancient Greek: ἰδίωμα, “special feature, special phrasing, a peculiarity”, f. Ancient Greek: ἴδιος, translit. ídios, “one’s own”.
2. A skeleton in the closet
3. (to) Dig one’s heels in
(to) dig one’s heels in (EN) Mantenerse en sus trece (SP)
4. (to) go blank
5. Couch potato
6. A bad hair day
7. Up and running
8. Out and about
9. (to) be at a loose end
10. (to) Blow one’s mind
(to) blow sb’s mind (EN) Impresionar / Dejar flipado a alguien (SP)
11. (to) talk turkey
(to) talk turkey (EN) Hablando en plata (SP)
12. (to) find one’s feet
(to) find one’s feet (EN) Situarse. Ponerse al día / corriente (SP)
13. Ignorance is biss
Ignorance is bliss (EN) Bendita ignorancia (SP)
14. Cat got your tongue
Shortened form of Has the cat got your tongue? It means trying to compel or urge someone to speak up when they are being unnecessarily quiet