English Idioms – It’s Raining Cats and Dogs!

English Idioms - It’s Raining Cats and Dogs!

Have you ever heard English speakers say funny phrases such as “It’s raining cats and dogs!” or “Break a leg!”? If so, don’t worry - no one wants you to actually break your leg (or any other bone)!

These funny phrases are called idioms, and are commonly used as a form of exaggeration. The words being said do not translate into literal meaning. They are classified as figurative language.

Here, we will cover 18 different idioms and their meaning, so that next time you hear them, you’ll know exactly what is being said!


1) It’s raining cats and dogs!
Meaning:  It’s raining very hard and you will get soaked if you step outside.
Sentence: Oh gosh, it’s really raining cats and dogs out there! Bring an umbrella!


2) People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones
Meaning: Should not criticize someone for having a certain flaw, if you have that same flaw
Sentence: Her mom criticized her for smoking, but she smoked too.


3) Out of the blue
Meaning: Something very unexpected that happened
Sentence: Remember Tina? We haven’t spoken in years and she called me out of the blue.


4) Two peas in a pod
Meaning: Two people with the same appearance, behavior, and always together
Sentence: Jenny and I were like two peas in a pod. We did everything together.


5) Bend over backwards
Meaning: Try as hard as possible to help or please someone
Sentence: I really had to bend over backwards to get her that job.


6) Under the table
Meaning: Money that is paid to someone secretly or illegally
Sentence: They pay that waitress under the table to avoid taxes.


7) Let the cat out of the bag
Meaning: To accidentally tell someone a secret, and now it’s all out in the open
Sentence: She found out he was having an affair, and now the cat is out of the bag!


8) Hit the nail on the head
Meaning: When someone has said something that is exactly right
Sentence: When explaining the cause of WWII, Chris really hit the nail on the head.


10) Break a leg!
Meaning: Means good luck
Sentence: I want you to go out there and break a leg!


11) Leave somebody high and dry
Meaning: Leave someone without help or any of the things they need
Sentence: Analee was supposed to help me with homework, but she left me high and dry.


12) Wake up on the wrong side of the bed
Meaning: To be slightly annoyed or irritated for no particular reason
Sentence: Looks like Tom woke up on the wrong side of the bed today- he’s very grumpy.


13) Speak of the devil!
Meaning: When someone you have been talking about walks into the same room as you
Sentence: Speak of the devil! We were just talking about your published paper.


14) Feel like a fish out of water
Meaning: To be uncomfortable because you feel like you don’t belong somewhere
Sentence: I feel like a fish out of water in this small town.


15) Dog eat dog
Meaning: When people compete with each other and do whatever it takes to be on top
Sentence: This job is a dog eat dog workplace so watch your back!


16) Drag your feet
Meaning: To take too much time to do something because you don’t really want to
Sentence: Do not drag your feet on this assignment! It’s due tomorrow!


17) On its last legs
Meaning: Something is old or breaking and may not last any longer
Sentence: My poor car is on its last legs, I’m really going to miss it!


18) Cat got your tongue
Meaning: Asked when someone is not speaking
Sentence: You don’t want to tell me what you did last night? What, cat got your tongue?


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