Idioms & expressions
Add new idioms and expressions to your vocabulary. Learn how to use them in real-life situations.
You’ve probably seen the phrase “greatly/highly appreciated” in written forms of communication. It can be a tricky expression for non-native speakers to grasp as it appears not to be complete on its own.
The phrase “on tap” has migrated out from its business of origin into the general English lexicon over the course of decades. What “on tap” means at a bar is slightly different to how it is used in everyday conversation, but the essence remains.
A rhetorical question is a question that doesn’t expect an answer. It’s a figure of speech that usually comes as a question to emphasize a point, rather than to elicit a response.
Okie-dokie is a variant of OK, which has a fascinating history all its own.
You have created your professional email with a masterful subject and friendly greeting that’s not overly familiar or too generic. Then you come to your sign-off.
Subvert expectations mean to purposely behave or act contrary to established assumptions and beliefs to be more interesting.
To read between the lines, sometimes varied as to read in between the lines, is a common expression about interpreting meaning beyond what someone says or does on the surface.
Karma is specifically a principle of Hinduism and Buddhism that concerns the idea of “you get what you give.”