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Getting to grips with idioms

Updated: Dec 12, 2020

Somewhat surprisingly, many of my students love learning English idioms. These are the phrases that native speakers use that perfectly sum up a situation. Unfortunately, they are not so easy for learners to understand or to use. You can't understand what an idiom means by translating each individual word, instead you have to look at it as a whole.


In the conversation classes, we often come across idioms in the newspaper articles we read or in the TED Talks that we watch. My students are getting much better at recognising idioms and know that Google is helpful if they want to know what an idiom means.


Here are some of the idioms we've come across recently. Have a look at Google to find out what they mean and consider whether there is a similar expression in your own language.

  • It was the final nail in the coffin

  • He really knows how to push my buttons

  • I was thrown in at the deep end when I started my new job

  • To cut a long story short

  • To get to grips with

Do you want to know more about English idioms? Come and try a lesson at Kreis 6 English