Have you ever been in conversation with a native English speaker and they say something that is just so bizarre? Maybe you understand the words but not the meaning. English is full of strange expressions and each English speaking country has their own oddly unique expressions. The following are some of my favorite weird expressions to use.

1.“Don’t put all your eggs in one basket”

This expresses to keep options available as not to count on only one option. For example, when applying to jobs “you don’t want to put all your eggs in one basket.”

2. “I’m all ears”

This means I am listening with my full attention. For example, Sara says, “I broke up with Jimmy last night.” Julie responds, “I’m all ears, girl.”

3.“Kick the bucket” or “bite the dust” 

This is a lighthearted way to say someone or something died. It can be used for pieces of equipment as well. “My lawnmower finally bit the dust after 20 years”

4.“Ride or die”

This expresses loyalty to someone you are very close to that you would do anything for, often a significant other or best friend. “Lucien is my ride or die.”

5.“Three sheets to the wind” or “half in the bag”

These two phrases express someone being very intoxicated by alcohol. “Maribel was three sheets to the wind, dancing on the bar when I arrived to the club.”

6.“Hands down”

This expresses that something is the best without question. “They have the best sushi in town, hands down.”

7.“Couch potato”

A couch potato is a person who is very lazy and does nothing but lay on the couch. “My brother is such a couch potato.”

8.“Spill the beans” or “let the cat out of the bag”

These phrases help express when a secret is told that isn’t supposed to be. “Thomas really let the cat out of the bag at dinner last night, he told mom I was pregnant.”

9.“Wrap up”

This means to finish. Often in movies you hear the director say, “that’s a wrap” meaning they are done filming that part of the movie.

10.“Shut your pie hole”

More simply, “be quiet!” pie hole is referring to someone’s mouth, where they put pie, should be closed.

11.“Take a load off”

This means to relax. “Sit down, take a load of”

12.Eat your words”

When someone says something that turns out not to be true, they eat their words. Also, if you want to prove someone wrong, it can be used as a slight threat, “You’re going to eat your words, Don!”

13.“Down in the dumps” or “down and out” or “feeling blue”

All of these phrases express sadness, “Jazz has been really blue since Layla left.”

14.“Piece of cake”

When something is very easy we can say, “that English homework was a piece of cake!”

15“When hell freezes over” or “when pigs fly”

These phrases express impossibility and unlikeliness. “Yeah, I’ll move to the city when pigs fly” this person never wants to move to the city.