Idioms are expressions used in speech to convey an idea that isn’t to be taken literally. Idioms can sound strange but are a common part of speech for native speakers. Using idioms can help you to increase your fluency.

“Cracking Up”  

This idiom is used to express intensity of laughter when something is really funny. “Gina fell off her chair and I couldn’t help but crack up.”

“A blessing in disguise”

This expresses that something seemingly negative actually had a positive outcome. “Losing my job was a blessing in disguise, I would have never opened my own business otherwise”

“A handful”

A description of a person that is hard to control. “Dave’s daughter is a real handful”

“Bent out of shape”

This expresses someone getting upset about something. “Don’t get so bent out of shape, dad!”

“On the ball”

Used to express someone who has done a good job accomplishing a task or being organized. “Wow! My dentist’s secretary is really on the ball!”

“Water under the bridge”

This expresses that something is in the past and there is no need to dwell on it. “It’s water under the bridge.”

“Bite your tongue”

To refrain from saying something. “I had to bite my tongue when grandpa started talking about politics at dinner.”

“Barking up the wrong tree”

This implies someone is looking for something in the wrong place. “He’s barking up the wrong tree, I’m not going to go out with him.”

“Devil’s advocate”

To be devil’s advocate is to raise an argument just for consideration of the point not that you necessarily agree with it. “Just to play devil’s advocate, you never wanted to talk to her again.”

“Blood, sweat, and tears” 

When you work extremely hard on something you can express it by saying, “I put my blood, sweat and tears into that project.