Saved by the Bell, Tie the Knot, and When Pigs Fly are a few phrases that will completely baffle my children. We are very literal in my house, but I have a friend who loves to speak poetically and idioms are a regular part of her vocabulary.
Like poetry, idioms are phrases in which the meaning is quite different from its appearance. It can be entertaining to guess at the meaning of idioms. Having a good understanding of idioms demonstrates a command of language often only obtainable by native speakers.
To increase our knowledge of idioms, we browsed IdiomSite.com and then choose an idiom to illustrate. Here's the results.
Put the Pedal to the Metal (Go really fast!)
Kick the Bucket (to die)
On the Fence (working on making a decision and not convinced either option is superior)
Learning idioms is both entertaining and a fun way to work on language skills.
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