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Grade 4
Sep 2, 2022

They are phrases that people use in everyday language which do not make sense literally, but the context is understood. 


It’s raining cats and dogs

It’s raining cats and dogs

It does not literally mean that cats and dogs are falling from sky. We must interpret that it is raining hard. 

To break the ice

To break the ice

It does not literally mean to break the ice. It means to be the first one to say or do something, with the expectation others will then follow. 

Why Do We Use Idioms? 

  1. When used correctly, idioms can amplify messages in a way that draws readers in and helps to awaken their senses. 
  2. Idioms can be used in speeches to make them humorous.   
  3. They add value to our speech and improve vocabulary of humoric attire.  
  4. The Idioms and the grammar are unchangeable, and if we change them, we lose the meaning of the idiom. 
Body Idioms
Food Idioms
Animal Idioms
Idioms with time


1. Jump at your own shadow

To be overly frightened. 

Jump at your own shadow

2. He spilled the beans  

He told the secret. 

 He spilled the beans 

3. Get off my back!   

Leave me alone! 

 Get off my back!

4. Jump off the page   

Something that stands out. 

Jump off the page

5. He kicked the bucket!    

He died! 

He kicked the bucket!  

6. I am at the end of my rope!      

I am so frustrated! 

I am at the end of my rope! 

7. When pigs fly 

Something that will never happen. 

When pigs fly 


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