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List of top 10 most common English idioms and phrases with their meaning and examples for students and teachers also frequently asked in competitive exams. Though, the popularity of the idioms may vary from region to region still the list is rather popular around the globe.

piece of cake

Meaning: something that is easy to do.
Example: Making the paper boat is a piece of cake.

a hot potato

Meaning: a controversial issue or situation that is awkward or unpleasant to deal with.
Example: Abusing and fighting in my school is like a hot potato.

once in a blue moon

Meaning: very rarely.
Example: I go to meet my grandfather only once in a blue moon, he lives in farm house.

a bed of roses

Meaning: easy option.
Example: Taking care of my younger sister is not a bed of roses, she is very silly.

raining cats and dogs

Meaning: raining very heavily.
Example: I wanted to go to play outside, but it was raining cats and dogs yesterday.

when pigs fly

Meaning: something that will never happen or impossible.
Example: William can keep quiet only when pigs fly.

devil’s advocate

Meaning: one who presents a counter argument.
Example: Hey! Jack don’t be a devil’s advocate, mind your own business.

miss the boat

Meaning: miss the chance.
Example: It was a drawing competition and Peter missed the boat.

apple of eye

Meaning: someone very precious or dear.
Example: Every kid is the apple of eye of their parents in the world.

zip your lip

Meaning: to stop talking.
Example: All the students must zip your lip during the examination.



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