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Top 20 Funny Idioms in English You Might Not Know!

Top 20 Funny Idioms in English You Might Not Know!

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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 person 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: Never!

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, especially when this is surprising

Example: She walked in as cool as a cucumber, as if nothing had happened.

5. Hold Your Horses

Meaning: wait! stop and think!

Example: Just hold your horses, Bill! Let’s think about this for a moment.

6. Kick the Bucket

Meaning: a euphemism 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Meaning: This is a rather old (and outdated) idiom that means “be quiet; stop talking.”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: unable to 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: able to 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: to habitually drink 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: so tasty you want to lick your fingers after eating

Example: Her Christmas turkey is always finger-lickin’ good.

14. Until you’re blue in the face

Meaning: until you’re completely exhausted.

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 (u.k)

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: And that’s all there is to it; there you have it

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, dreaming.

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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Top 20 Funny Idioms in English You Might Not Know!


Saturday 26th of February 2022

I can't find anything good for my school competition.????????????

Hoang Mai Hoa

Sunday 31st of October 2021

"The spectator sees more of the game" What does it mean?


Thursday 8th of April 2021

BOB's my Uncle? have never heard this in the US in 60 years I have lived here. Where do they say this?


Saturday 12th of June 2021

UK...all the time it's a really common one although a little bit outdated now

Darious P.M. Wehyee

Tuesday 30th of March 2021


Lauren McDaniel

Thursday 4th of February 2021

The origin of these idioms would be good to know. My students enjoy learning where these idioms come from and how they evolved