Learn frequently used idioms about Family with meaning and examples.
List of common idioms about family in English.
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- 1 (Be the) Spitting Image
- 2 (Born) Out of Wedlock
- 3 Accident Of Birth
- 4 And His Mother
- 5 Big Brother
- 6 Blue Blood (adj.: blue-blooded)
- 7 Bob’s Your Uncle
- 8 Father Figure
- 9 Flesh and Blood
- 10 Helicopter Parenting
- 11 Kith and Kin
- 12 Like Father, Like Son
- 13 Like Taking Candy from a Baby
- 14 My Old Man, My Old Lady
- 15 Pop the Question
- 16 Run in the Family
- 17 Small Fry
- 18 Spare The Rod And Spoil The Child
- 19 This Is Not Your Father’s ____
- 20 Throw the Baby Out with the Bath Water
- 21 Up the Duff
(Be the) Spitting Image
- Meaning: Have a strong resemblance, often familial
- Example: Look at Madeleine. She’s the spitting image of her mother.
(Born) Out of Wedlock
- Meaning: Illegitimate, born to unmarried parents
- Example: I was born out of wedlock and raised by a single mother.
Accident Of Birth
- Meaning: Luck in something due to family good fortune
- Example: Yes, he became company vice-president when he was only 23, but that’s an accident of birth – his father is one of the major stockholders.
And His Mother
- Meaning: An intensifier for an inclusive noun or phrase such as everyone, everybody
- Example: Everybody and his mother is going to be at the fireworks. Let’s watch the on television.
- Meaning: Government, viewed as an intrusive force in the lives of citizens; government spying
- Example: Big Brother seems to grow more and more powerful as data about individuals is accumulated on social networks.
Blue Blood (adj.: blue-blooded)
- Meaning: Person of aristocratic background
- Example: The blue bloods generally keep to themselves, but a charity dance is a good place to see them dress up.
Bob’s Your Uncle
- Meaning: The rest is easy; you’re almost finished
- Example: Just enter the update code, register the new software, and Bob’s your uncle.
- Meaning: A mentor, a person who offers guidance
- Example: After I joined the company, Frank was a father figure to me. He gave me lots of valuable advice.
Flesh and Blood
- Meaning: Blood relatives, close relatives
- Example: When all is said and done, few people understand you like your own flesh and blood, even if you don’t get along with them.
- Meaning: Overattentive child-raising
- Example: The trend these days is toward helicopter parenting. When I was young children had much more independence, and I think it helped them.
Useful idioms about Family in English
Kith and Kin
- Meaning: Family (collectively)
- Example: When you go on a trip, it’s important to buy souvenirs for your kith and kin back home.
Like Father, Like Son
- Meaning: Sons inherit their fathers’ traits and preferences, often even without realizing it.
- Example: John was a great fisherman, and there’s his son Matt out on the water. Like father, like son.
Like Taking Candy from a Baby
- Meaning: Very easy
- Example: Just watch. Getting her to go out with me will be like taking candy from a baby.
My Old Man, My Old Lady
- Meaning: My spouse
- Example: I’d love to go to the mall with you, but I told my old man I’d go to the football game.
Pop the Question
- Meaning: Propose marriage
- Example: I bought a ring, and I’m ready to pop the question to Patricia.
Run in the Family
- Meaning: Be inherited (as a trait) by multiple members of a family
- Example: I’m not surprised Maria has started playing in a band. Musical talent runs in her family.
- Meaning: People or organizations with little influence; children
- Example: We’re still small fry compared to the major companies in the field.
Spare The Rod And Spoil The Child
- Meaning: It is necessary to physically punish children in order to raise them right.
- Example: Marlena is to permissive with her children. Spare the rod and spoil the child, I say.
This Is Not Your Father’s ____
- Meaning: This item has been much updated from its earlier versions.
- Example: You may not have liked this bat in the past. But this is not your father’s Louisville Slugger.
Throw the Baby Out with the Bath Water
- Meaning: Eliminate something good while discarding the bad parts of something
- Example: Yes, the sales presentation has problems, but I don’t think we should start fresh with a new one. We don’t need to throw the baby out with the bathwater.
Up the Duff
- Meaning: Pregnant
- Example: They hadn’t planned to get married, but Janice found out she was up the duff.