English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List of Idioms - L
|lie in||If you
you stay in bed after the normal time for
Great! Tomorrow I'm not on duty so I can lie in!
|lie way in/out||If you obtain
something or get out of a situation by
you lie your way in or out of it.
He lied his way into a well-paid position.
|lie through teeth||If you lie
through your teeth, you lie openly and
brazenly, knowing that what you are saying
is completely false.
I saw him breaking the window. If he denies it, he's lying through his teeth.
|white lie||If you tell a
white lie, you say something which is
not true in order to protect someone or to
avoid hurting their feelings.
Some parents prefer to tell their children a white lie rather than announce bad news.
|risk life and limb||If you risk
life and limb, you are in danger of
death or serious injury.
The roads are icy today; you'll risk life and limb if you go by car.
|life of riley||A person who
lives the life of Riley has a
comfortable and enjoyable life, without
having to make much effort.
He married a millionaire, and since then he's been living the life of Riley!
|life is just a bowl of cherries||This expression
means that life is pleasant and
(This phrase is often used ironically to mean the opposite.)
Now that he's retired, my grandfather says 'life is just a bowl of cherries'.
|life and soul of the party||The
life and soul of the party is the most
lively and amusing person present at an
I'm so glad we invited Emily. She was the life and soul of the party.
|(not) lift a finger||Someone who does
not lift a finger makes no effort
to help or provide assistance when it is
Many people saw the boy falling off his bike but not one of them lifted a finger.
|light bulb moment||A light bulb
moment is when you have a sudden moment
of inspiration, comprehension or
Harry had a light-bulb moment when he finally realized what was blocking the mechanism.
|light at end of tunnel||If you see
light at the end of the tunnel, you see
signs of hope for the future after a long
period of difficulty.
Sales dropped heavily last year but we're beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel.
|make light work||If a person
makes light work of something, they do
it very easily or with little effort.
After the party, the boys made light work of the cleaning up. The house was spotless in no time.
|light years ahead||If someone or
something is light years ahead,
they are far more advanced in terms of
development or progress.
We've got to invest more in research - our competitors are light years ahead!
|lights on but no one home||This is a humorous
way of referring to someone who is lacking
intelligence or sanity, or to someone who is
simply preoccupied and not paying attention.
Forget about Andy today - the lights are on but no one is home!
|see in a new light||If you see
something in a new light, you view it
in a way that makes you change the opinion
you had before.
After listening to my colleague, I began to see things in a new light.
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