Funny Idioms! An idiom is an everyday figure of speech or metaphorical expression whose meaning cannot be taken literary. In this lesson, you will learn a list of Funny idioms in English you can use in your daily life.
20 Funny Idioms in English
1.The lights are on, but nobody’s home
Meaning: This idiom is used to describe a person who isn’t very smart.
Example: I didn’t know she is so stupid! The lights are on, but nobody’s home.
2. When pigs fly
Meaning: This English idiom means “never” when speaking about something that you think will never happen.
Example: Bill will give your books back when pigs fly, so forget about them.
3. To pig out
Meaning: Imagine how pigs eat – they eat a lot, and they eat quickly, right? So this idiom in English means “to eat a lot at one time; to overeat.”
Example: She was pigging out on ice cream and sobbing when I came home.
4. As Cool As a Cucumber
Meaning: very calm or very calmly, especially when this is surprising.
Example: She walked in as cool as a cucumber, as if nothing had happened.
5. Hold Your Horses
Meaning: used to tell someone to stop and consider carefully their decision or opinion
Example: Just hold your horses, Bill! Let’s think about this for a moment.
6. Kick the Bucket
Meaning: a euphemistic, informal, or slang term meaning ‘to die’.
Example: Charlie finally kicked the bucket. He had cancer, you know.
7. Everything but the kitchen sink
Meaning: This idiom in English means “everything that you can think of; every possible thing” in a given situation.
Example: He used to order everything but the kitchen sink when he went out to dinner and then pig out alone.
8. Put a sock in it
Meaning: This is a rather old (and outdated) idiom that means “be quiet; stop talking.” It is a rude way to tell someone to be quiet.
Example: You’ve been talking non-stop for an hour. Put a sock in it!
9. To have Van Gogh’s ear for music
Meaning: The fact that Van Gogh lost one of his ears is the basis for this idiom in English. The phrase “have Van Gogh’s ear for music” means that a person cannot understand and differentiate musical tones.
Example: Please, don’t let Betty sing again! She has Van Gogh’s ear for music.
10. To have a cast iron stomach
Meaning: If someone “has a cast iron stomach,” it means that he/she can eat anything without suffering bad consequences.
Example: Sam has a cast iron stomach! He’s eaten two big burgers, a dozen hot chicken wings, and a huge container of ice cream, and he’s feeling great!
11. To drink like a fish
Meaning: This idiom is used to describe a person who habitually drinks a lot of alcohol.
Example: I don’t know what to do. For the past six months, he’s been drinking like a fish.
12. Use your loaf
Meaning: A loaf is a quantity of bread that is shaped into a certain form and then baked. But in this idiom, the word “loaf” refers to a person’s head – in other words, the brain. So “use your loaf” means to use your brain; to think about something.
Example: Oh, Jim…When will you start to use your loaf, for God’s sake?
13. Finger-lickin’ good
Meaning: The food is so delicious, it is worth it to even lick the very last remnants of flavour off of your fingers.
Example: Her Christmas turkey is always finger-lickin’ good.
14. Blue in the Face
Meaning: weakened or tired after trying many times.
Example: You can tell her to clean her room until you are blue in the face, but she won’t do it.
15. Storm in a Teacup
Meaning: a lot of unnecessary anger and worry about a matter that is not important.
Example: My brother and sister had a big argument about the television yesterday, but it was just a storm in a teacup.
16. Bob’s Your Uncle
Meaning: used to mean that something will happen very quickly and simply.
Example: Just tell them you’re a friend of mine and, Bob’s your uncle, you’ll get the job.
17. Head In The Clouds
Meaning: living in a fantasy. To be separate from reality, to dream.
Example: He’s not right for this role, he has his head in the clouds.
18. Dead As A Doornail
Meaning: completely dead.
Example: The fox in the road was as dead as a doornail.
19. A Piece Of Cake (Food idioms)
Meaning: something very easy to do.
Example: The test was a piece of cake.
20. Heart In Your Mouth
Meaning: feeling nervous or scared.
Example: My heart’s in my mouth ever time it rings.