22 Commonly Used Daily Routines Idioms in English

Learn common Daily Routines Idioms in english with meaning and examples.

(A) Walk in the Park

  • Meaning: Something simple or easy, in comparison to something more difficult
  • Example: Calculating the interest rate is a walk in the park compared to doing a regression analysis.

Beat Someone to the Punch

  • Meaning: Do something before or faster than someone else
  • Example: I wanted to buy a great used car I saw yesterday, but someone beat me to the punch – today it’s gone.

Cooking Up a Storm

  • Meaning: Cooking a great deal of food
  • Example: You should come over to our house for New Year’s! My wife will be cooking up a storm, and we’ll have football on television.

Crash a Party

  • Meaning: To attend a party without being invited
  • Example: Let’s go out and crash a party. There are dozens of parties tonight, and nobody will be keeping track of guest lists.

Give Something a Whirl

  • Meaning: Attempt something without being totally familiar with it
  • Example: I need someone for a relational-database project. – I’ve never tried one, but I’ll give it a whirl.

Have a Tough Row to Hoe

  • Meaning: Be faced with a task that is difficult because of unfavorable conditions
  • Example: I’m not surprised that Kristin didn’t meet this month’s sales quota. She has a tough row to hoe with her staff – they’re incompetent.

Hit the Books

  • Meaning: To study (generally said of students)
  • Example: OK, I’ll come to the party Friday. But Saturday it’ll be time to hit the books.

Hit the Hay

  • Meaning: To go to bed
  • Example: I have to get up at 5 tomorrow morning. It’s time to hit the hay.

Note: “Hit the sack” is also used.

Daily Routines Idioms

Home Away from Home

  • Meaning: A habitual hangout; a place one frequents often and where one feels welcome
  • Example: That corner bar is my home away from home – I spend an hour there after work almost every day.

In Touch

  • Meaning: In contact
  • Example: I’ll be out of town this weekend, but I’ll be in touch when I get back Sunday night.

Note: You can also say “get in touch,” contact someone.

Knock Some Sense Into

  • Meaning: To beat someone in order to teach him/her a lesson. May be used figuratively.
  • Example: When I was little and behaved badly, my father could be counted on to knock some sense into me.

Lose Touch

  • Meaning: To fall out of contact
  • Example: Social media are great for finding old friends with whom you’ve lost touch.

Make Someone’s Day

  • Meaning: Do something pleasing that puts someone in a good mood
  • Example: Thanks for the flowers! They really made my day.

Me Time

  • Meaning: Activities undertaken for one’s own enjoyment, free from responsibilities to others.
  • Example: On Saturday I’m usually busy with the kids, but Sunday afternoon is me time. My husband takes them, and I usually go to the mall.

On a Roll

  • Meaning: Having a consistent run of success
  • Example: I’m on a roll! I got a top score on my exam, I got a new job, and I have a date with a great guy on Saturday.

Pass with Flying Colors

  • Meaning: To succeed brilliantly, as on an exam or other test
  • Example: My mother really likes you! You passed with flying colors.

Play With Fire

  • Meaning: Do something very risky
  • Example: You’re playing with fire if you keep driving that car-the floor under the seat is almost completely rusted out.

Put a Thumb on the Scale

  • Meaning: Try to influence a discussion in an unfair way, cheat
  • Example: City leaders put a thumb on the scale during discussion of the new stadium, never mentioning the alternative side favored by community activists.

Ring a Bell

  • Meaning: Sound familiar
  • Example: The name Susan Thompson rings a bell. I think she worked here-let me look it up.

Spin A Yarn

  • Meaning: Tell a story
  • Example: Sophia spun a long yarn about missing the bus, getting caught in traffic, and having to visit a sick friend, but I think she just overslept.

Note: You can also use “yarn” by itself to mean a story. Both of these are slightly old-fashioned but still in use.

Take The Mickey (Piss) (Out Of Someone)

  • Meaning: Make fun of or ridicule someone
  • Example: She’s our flat mate. We take the mickey out of her all the time, but we love her.

Trip the Light Fantastic

  • Meaning: Dance well; do ballroom dancing
  • Example: There’s a live tango group playing tonight. Let’s go down and trip the light fantastic!

Note: This is extremely old-fashioned.

2 responses on "22 Commonly Used Daily Routines Idioms in English"

  1. “Hit the books” means to go study (usually late).
    “Hit the hay” means to go to sleep

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