Learn common Daily Routines Idioms in english with meaning and examples.
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- 1 (A) Walk in the Park
- 2 Beat Someone to the Punch
- 3 Cooking Up a Storm
- 4 Crash a Party
- 5 Give Something a Whirl
- 6 Have a Tough Row to Hoe
- 7 Hit the Books
- 8 Hit the Hay
- 9 Home Away from Home
- 10 In Touch
- 11 Knock Some Sense Into
- 12 Lose Touch
- 13 Make Someone’s Day
- 14 Me Time
- 15 On a Roll
- 16 Pass with Flying Colors
- 17 Play With Fire
- 18 Put a Thumb on the Scale
- 19 Ring a Bell
- 20 Spin A Yarn
- 21 Take The Mickey (Piss) (Out Of Someone)
- 22 Trip the Light Fantastic
(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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- common idioms in english
- Daily Routines Idioms
- english idioms: daily activities
- Home Away from Home
- idioms about daily activities
- idioms for kids
- In Touch
- Knock Some Sense Into
- list of idioms
- Lose Touch
- Make Someone's Day
- Me Time
- On a Roll
- Pass with Flying Colors
- Play With Fire
- Put a Thumb on the Scale
- Ring a bell
- Routines Idioms