An idiom is a phrase or saying that has a figurative meaning that is different from the literal meaning of the words. Idioms are used in language to express an idea more colorfully and sometimes playfully. Idioms can be used to express emotion and make a conversation more interesting.
Idioms - Understanding Figurative Language
phrase: A group of words that express an idea or concept. figurative language: Language that describes something by comparing it to something else, usually with the use of descriptive words. literal meaning: The plain, direct meaning of a word or phrase.
In English there are over 25,000 idioms! There are idioms in almost every language around the world! Some idioms have been around for hundreds of years!
Work together in pairs: Name an idiom and use it in a sentence.
Brain break: Illustrate an idiom for the class to guess what it is!
After working two shifts all week and helping our neighbor move; my mom said she "bit off more than I could chew". What does 'bit off more than you can chew' mean?
- It's your turn to take action.
- You bit your tongue while chewing.
- Something is difficult or too much to handle.
- You are are working late into the night.
My dad can't repair our truck. He finally decided to bite the bullet, and buy a new vehicle. What does 'bite the bullet' mean?
- Making sure the bullets are real
- To accept something difficult
- To make a decision with determination
- To be brave
I'm jumping on the band wagon with perming my hair. All of my friends are doing it! What does "Jumping on the bandwagon" mean?
- joining a popular trend
- its expensive, but I can work for it
- someone is exactly right about something
- getting a ride to see the band
I wish my grandpa would cut to the chase when he's telling me a story. What does 'cut to the chase' mean?
- To take a long time
- To ignore something
- To move quickly
- To be brief
What does 'break a leg' mean?
- Good luck
- Be careful