An idiom is an expression (a phrase) with a meaning that cannot be understood from the literal meaning of its individual words.

As a learner of English, you have to learn idioms individually. Dictionaries of idioms are available. Checking for meaning with a native speaker is also a good idea.

In this section we’ve grouped popular idioms into themes:

See also: articles about idioms >>

Sonya loved reading between the lines.


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