What are the funniest English idioms? Most of the time, learners of English like expressions such as cool as a cucumber, couch potato or it’s raining cats and dogs; but what are your favorites? And what English idioms would be on your ❛Top 10 Funniest English Idiom List❜?
Look at some of my proposals and, then, add your own favorite(s) in the comment box below:
a worm’s eye view
Many have heard the expression a bird’s eye view, but have you ever heard of a worm’s eye view? If you have a worm’s eye view of something, you only understand or know a little bit about it - and, unfortunately, it is usually the worst or least important part!
Example: What does Peter Perfect know about prepositions? He only has a worm’s eye view of English grammar!
a party pooper
A party pooper is someone who (always) ruins the fun.
Example: Frieda said that she can’t come to our ❛80’s Rock Star❜ party. She has to stay home and wash her hair - what a party pooper!
everyone and his brother
The English expression everyone and his brother refers to a very large number of people.
Example: Everyone and his brother was at the stamp collectors’ convention last weekend. I had never seen so many people in my life!
The world is your oyster.
If the world is your oyster, you have the ability to do anything you want or set you mind to do.
Example: The young people of today have so many advantages. The world is their oyster.
The worm has turned.
Here is another ❛worm❜ idiom. The English idiom the worm has turned is used to say that someone who was always weak and did what he was told has now become strong and confident.
Example: It looks like Rinaldo isn’t listening to you anymore. The worm has turned.
to have ants in your pants
If you have ants in your pants, you are not able to sit still because you are excited or worried about something.
Example: The kids found it difficult to sit still and listen to their teacher reading ❛The Stinky Cheese Man: And Other Fairly Stupid Tales❜ again. They had ants in their pants.
to knock your socks off
When someone or something knocks your socks off, he, she or it amazes or impresses you.
Example: Abrar’s version of the Canadian national anthem really knocked our socks off!
Similar to head honcho, big cheese or big enchilada, the term top banana refers to the leader of a group or organization.
Example: Our principal, Mr. Ted Tutor, is the top banana at our school.
And, now, it’s your turn! Vote for your favorite ❛funny❜ English idiom by leaving a comment below!