Popular English idioms and phrases, categorised by theme

Browse our index of commonly used terms to improve your comprehension and writing skills

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Idioms are a great way to show off your creative writing skills, and impress your teachers and friends. They can elevate your work and take your writing to new levels. We have compiled this guide to idioms you can use in your writing - from ones about money and pigs, to food and time. 

Animal idioms

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When pigs fly, pigging out and other piggy idioms to learn

A guide to cat idioms and expressions, and how to use them

20 dog idioms that will make your writing a howling success

Food idioms

20 useful food idioms to spice up your writing

10 English idioms and expressions related to ice

Idioms about places and things

20 English idioms about people and places to help you write better

20 money idioms you need to make your writing worth its weight in gold

23 time idioms to make your writing more interesting

6 spooky idioms that are frightfully useful

33 English colour idioms to make your writing more exciting

Idioms about human beings 

Use these 22 English idioms that use body parts to boost your writing

20 English idioms about people to help you write better

13 idioms about change and improving yourself to give your writing a fresh start