5 Useful Conversational Idioms

5 Useful Conversational Idioms

Hi guys!

Today we are going to be taking a look at 5 colloquial phrases, all of them great for spicing up your conversational vocabulary!

To be Stuck in a rut

To be trapped without any new ideas or motivation. This phrase is thought to have come from the early 1800s when wagons would commonly get stuck in a rut or a worn in groove in the path.

  • I need to get a new job, I’ve been here for 20 years and I’m stuck in a rut.

Follow in the Footsteps

To do the same thing as somebody else.

  • He started his own business, following in his father’s footsteps.

It Turns out That….

The result is/was

  • I always thought that I preferred English food however as it turns out, I think that I actually prefer Spanish food.

To do Something From Scratch.

To do something from the beginning. Originally the scratch referred to the starting line of a race, so somebody running a race would start from the scratch.

  • He started his own business from scratch.

To Give it a Shot

To attempt or try something

  • Q: Do you mind if I try out your new car?
  • A: Yeah sure, give it a shot!


Now let’s see if you can use them in context!


  1. So rather surprisingly____________ that he was stealing money from his friend all along!
  2. Normally I don’t like Chinese food but I’ll ______________ though!
  3. He is very influenced by everything John does, in many ways he is ___________________.
  4. I need some creative inspiration, I’m ____________!
  5. I’ve always wanted to make pasta starting ____________.


5 Work Related Idioms

5 Work Related Idioms

Hello Fantastic Teachyers!

I hope that you are all doing well and studying hard. In today’s post we are going to go over some more useful work related idioms. These idioms are perfect if you want to impress your international colleagues or if you just want to improve your conversational English.


Pull your weight

To do your percentage of assigned work.

  • You’ve got to start pulling your weight or we will find someone else who can!

To Take Someone Under Your Wing

To Look after someone until they settle in.

  • As you are new to the company, I will be taking you under my wing for your first few months here.

Keep Tabs on Someone

To watch someone or something carefully to see what they are doing.

  • We need to keep tabs on the stock market.

Do Your Fair Share

To do your percentage of assigned work. (synonym of Pull your weight.)

  • We may need to fire him, he never does his fair share around here.

To be at Somebody’s Beck and Call

To be ready to do what somebody wants.

  • As my new assistant you will be at my constant beck and call.

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Now let’s see if you can use them in context!


  1. He never____________________ at work.
  2. The new employee is great! He definitely _________________ around here.
  3. The new interns were at my _______________.
  4. The new manager has been________________ the new sales team at the moment as they haven’t been hitting their targets recently.
  5. My supervisor___________________ for my first month at the company.

5 Beauty Related Idioms

5 Beauty Related Idioms

Hi Guys!

As ‘beauty’ is our topic of the month for June we thought that we would share with you some great beauty and appearance related idioms. As always these can be used in a variety of different contexts.

To be Dressed to Kill

To wear elegant clothes.

I have to be dressed to kill at the party tonight, my boss is going to be there.

This idiom dates back to the 1800s and implies that somebody is dressed so well that they could ‘kill’ somebody.

To Have a Face Only a Mother Could Love

To be ugly

He’s a lovely guy, unfortunately he has a face only a mother could love.

The phrase implies that this person is so ugly that the only person who would tell them that they are beautiful would be their mother.

To be all Skin & Bone

To be very thin

When he was released from prison, he was all skin and bone.

The idiom suggests that this person is so thin that they have no fat on them and that they are literally just ‘skin and bone.’

To be Vertically Challenged

To be very short

She’s quite vertically challenged; she can never reach the top shelves.

To be Thin on Top

To lose your hair.

It’s a shame he’s thin on top now, he used to have such a good head of hair.

This idiom refers to the thinning of the hair that usually happens to men as they get older.


12 Colour Related Idioms

12 Colour Related Idioms

Hi Guys!

As this week we have been talking about colours, we thought that we would share with you some of our favourite colour related idioms!

To be Caught Red Handed

To be discovered in the act of doing something wrong or illegal.

  • He was caught Red Handed with the money in his bag when he was leaving the bank he had robbed.

Once in a Blue Moon

Out of the Blue

Something to happen unexpectedly or as a surprise.

  • Stephen called today out of the blue, I haven’t spoken to him in over 3 months, I didn’t expect that.

Once in a Blue Moon

Something that occurs rarely.

  • They come to visit once in a blue moon, in my opinion they should visit their parents more often.

Green With Envy

To be envious.

  • I was green with envy when I saw that they had bought a new car.

To Have the Blues

To be sad.

  • When she has the blues it’s difficult to cheer her up.

To see red


To feel sudden anger.

  • His excuses made me see red! I started shouting and arguing with him.

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To be in the red

To be in debt.

  • At the end of each month I am in the red. I always spend too much money and have to ask my parents to help me.

To Blackout

To fall unconscious.

  • She was hit by a car, fell down and blacked out. We tried to wake her up for a few minutes.

To be Green

To be inexperienced.

  • Even after the 2 month training that our company provides I am green.

White Lies

A small lie, usually told to avoid hurting somebody’s feelings.

  • When I was young, I was good at telling white lies. They never hurt anyone.

Green Thumb

A talent for growing plants.

  • My mother spends all of her free time in the garden. She has a green thumb.

Black Sheep

A member of a group or family who behaves differently.

  • Every family has a black sheep, for example an ungrateful daughter.

Now let’s see if you can use them in context.

  • After they punched me I____________.
  • He was_______________ stealing money from the shop.
  • Tom is going on holiday next week, I’m so________________.
  • I told a_________, I told her her pie tasted great despite the fact that it was horrible.
  • After Simon was arrested for drunk driving, he was the___________ of the family.
  • I am____________ at the moment so I can’t afford to buy a new car.
  • After I broke up with my girlfriend I had_________ for many months.
  • I am very good at my job, however_________________ there is an issue I can’t resolve.
  • She called me completely______________ this week, it was totally unexpected.
  • After the car crash I_________ and flew into a rage.
  • I’m not very good with money, I am always____________.
  • The new office assistant is so______, he’s useless!
  • My dad’s got a___________, the garden is looking lovely!

10 Money Related Idioms

10 Money Related Idioms

Continuing on with this month’s topic: Money, we thought that we would share with you some of our favourite Money related idioms. As with all idioms these phrases are a great way to make your English sound much more natural and conversational and can all be used in a variety of different contexts.

To Look Like a Million Dollars

To look very good.

  • The actress looked like a million dollars when she went to accept her award.

The earliest printed example of this idiom is believed to have been published in the Buffalo Evening News in 1902 in an account of a baseball game between Buffalo and Newark: At that the Burn’emites looked like a million dollars for the first six innings of the first game. 

Time is Money

Time is valuable (so don’t waste it)

  • Time is money and I don’t want to waste it talking with my supervisor because he always wants to argue with me!

This idiom actually originates from Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the USA. In 1748 Franklin wrote in his book, Advice to a Young Tradesman:

Remember that time is money. He that idly loses five shillings’ worth of time loses five shillings, and might as prudently throw five shillings into the sea.

At All Costs

To do something at any expense of time, effort or money.

  • We want to send our child to a good school at all costs.

The origins of this Idiom are unclear, however it is believed that it started to gain popularity during the first half of the 1800s.

On the House

Something that is free provided/paid for by the owner of the business.

  • All the drinks at the restaurant were on the house for the rest of the evening.

This idiom is believed to have first been used in an article published in the Kansas City Times and Star in 1889: The first drink Thursday was ‘on the house’ in the leading saloons.

Break Even

Have equal income to expenses.

  • Our company was able to break even only after 6 months of operation.

Although this Idiom is often used now in a financial context, it is believed to have originally been used as a gambling term, often used when betting on card games.

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Get One’s Money’s Worth

To receive a good service for the price paid.

  • The wedding band played four extra songs, so we really got our money’s worth.

On the Money

Exactly the right place, time or idea.

  • Our estimate of this years budget was right on the money.

To Make a Killing

To make a lot of money suddenly.

  • We made a killing at the casino, we came home with so much money.

This phrase is believed to have first been used in 1888 in the weekly in the American weekly humour magazine Texas Siftings:

(on Fred Jarvis winning $15,000 in the Louisiana State Lottery Drawing) Many..would like to know something relative to the man who was fortunate enough to ‘make a killing’….”

Worth its Weight in Gold

To be very valuable/efficient.

  • My new manager is very smart and worth her weight in gold.

Hit the Jackpot

To make a large amount of money.

  • I think we’ve hit the Jackpot with our latest marketing campaign, our sales have doubled!

The word Jackpot is often used as the top prize in a game or contest (such as the lottery or a game of poker) so to hit the jackpot is to be like winning a valuable prize or a big sum of money.