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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


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(Idioms page 1 :  as blind as a bat  → as fit as a fiddle)

as blind as a bat Someone whose vision is very poor, or who is unable to see anything, is (as) blind as a bat.
Without his glasses, the old man is as blind as a bat.
as broad as it's long This expression means that there is no real difference which alternative is chosen.
Take the high-speed train, or fly and take a taxi? It's as broad as it's long.
as clean as a whistle Something as clean as a whistle is extremely clean.
This can also mean that a person's criminal record is clean.
Bob spent the afternoon washing and shining his car until it was as clean as a whistle.
as close / as dumb as an oyster Someone who is as close or as dumb as an oyster will never reveal something told in confidence or betray a secret.
Sophie will never repeat what you tell her.  She's as dumb as an oyster.
as cool as a cucumber A person who is as cool as a cucumber is not anxious, but relaxed and non-emotional.
The bride's mother stayed as cool as a cucumber all through the ceremony.
as crooked as a dog's hind leg To say that someone is as crooked as a dog's hind leg means that they are very dishonest indeed.
He can't be trusted - he's as crooked as a dog's hind leg.
dead as a dodo To say that something is (as) dead as a dodo means that it is unquestionably dead or obsolete, or has gone out of fashion.
(A dodo is a bird that is now extinct.)
The floppy disk is an invention that is now (as) dead as a dodo.
dead as a doornail This expression is used to stress that a person or thing is very definitely dead.
They've started fighting again, so the peace agreement is now as dead as a doornail.
as different as chalk and cheese Two people who are as different as chalk and cheese are completely different from each other.
I'm surprised they get on so well.  They're as different as chalk and cheese.
as different as night and day Two people or things that are very different from each other are as different as night and day.
Although they are twins they are as different as night and day.
as dry as dust Something that is as dry as dust is very dry indeed.
This expression can also refer to something dull and uninteresting.
The ground was as dry as dust. / His speech was as dry as dust.
as dull as ditchwater Something as dull as ditchwater is very boring.
The film was as dull as ditchwater.  I nearly fell asleep.
as easy as pie Something that is (as) easy as pie is very easy to do.
"How did the English test go?" "No problem,  it was (as) easy as pie!"
as fit as a fiddle A person who is as fit as a fiddle is in an excellent state of health or physical condition.
My grandfather is nearly ninety but he's as fit as a fiddle.
   
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