Top 20 Funny Idioms in English You Might Not Know!

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
about something.

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Meaning: This is a rather old (and outdated) idiom that means “be quiet; stop talking.”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.

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