An idiom is a figure of speech established by usage that has a meaning not necessarily deductible from those of the individual words. Here is the list of most common Nature Idioms in English which are illustrated with pictures and examples.
(A) Different Kettle of Fish
- Meaning: Not comparable (with something that has been under discussion
- Example: You may think you know sailing, but the currents at Tierra del Fuego are a different kettle of fish.
(A) Leopard Can’t Change Its Spots
- Meaning: People can’t successfully disguise or change their essential natures.
- Example: Judith swears she’ll tell the truth from now on, but a leopard can’t change its spots.
(Bird in a) Gilded (Golden) Cage
- Meaning: In a luxurious but confining situation
- Example: Theresa married a rich guy, but all she does is sit at home and log on to social media. She’s a bird in a gilded cage.
(The) Last Straw
- Meaning: A problem, burden, or mistake that finally makes someone run out of patience
- Example: I’ve put up with all your mistakes on this project, but this is the last straw. I’m removing you from the team.
Note: A related idiom is “the straw the broke the camel’s back.”
A bite at the cherry
- Meaning: An opportunity to achieve something
- Example: He definitely wants a bite of the cherry.
A plum job
- Meaning: Very good job
- Example: He got a plum job in an insurance company.
Across The Pond
- Meaning: On or to the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.
- Example: Across the pond, you’ll find that the English language changes quite a bit!
Note: Generally refers to the UK and the USA.
- Meaning: Remote, inaccessible land
- Example: We have lots of land that we’re not doing anything with. We could at least put in some paths through the back forty.
Note: This idiom is American.
Back Of Beyond
- Meaning: A remote location
- Example: We’re so far out in the back of beyond that I can’t even get a cell phone signal.
(A Breath of) Fresh Air
- Meaning: Something new and innovative, especially in contrast to a stagnant state of affairs
- Example: I know Andrew can seem abrasive, but he wants to shake things up. To me his ideas are a breath of fresh air.
(Every Cloud Has a) Silver Lining
- Meaning: A positive aspect of a bad situation
- Example: The silver lining to the layoffs is that we all have more office space now.
A Cold Day In July
- Meaning: (Something that) will never happen
- Example: It’ll be a cold day in July when our team wins the championship. We’re terrible.
Note: Generally used with “it’ll be.”