Idiom writing

Idioms for Kids to Use

  • Give it a shot – Try
  • Speak your mind – Say what you really feel
  • A piece of cake – Very easy
  • Slipped my mind – I forgot
  • Cross your fingers – For good luck
  • Be in hot water – Be in trouble
  • It cost an arm and a leg – It was expensive
  • It’s in the bag – It’s a certainty
  • Get cold feet – Be nervous
  • A rip off – Too expensive
  • Get a kick out of – Enjoy
  • Read between the lines – Find the hidden meaning
  • Have mixed feelings – Unsure how you feel
  • Draw a blank – Can’t remember
  • Have a change of heart – Changed your mind
  • Be second to none – Be the best
  • Get your act together – Behave properly
  • Play it by ear – Improvise
  • Have second thoughts – Have doubts
  • A basket case – A crazy person
  • Have a shot at – Have a chance
  • Be in the same boat – Be in the same situation
  • Out of the blue – With no warning
  • A grey area – Something unclear
  • Give someone the cold shoulder – Ignore someone
  • I’m all ears – You have my undivided attention
  • See eye to eye – Agree
  • Call it a day – Time to quit
  • The icing on the cake – Something additional that turns good into great

Animal Idioms for Kids

  • Fish out of water – Being somewhere you don’t belong
  • Kettle of fish – Something is completely different
  • Get off your high horse – Quit thinking you are better than others
  • Hold your horses – Wait a minute
  • Horse of a different color – Something that is different
  • Let the cat out of the bag – Tell a secret
  • Curiosity killed the cat – Asking may get you in trouble
  • Cat got your tongue? – Why aren’t you talking?
  • Raining cats and dogs – It is raining very hard
  • You can’t teach an old dog new tricks – It’s harder for older people to learn new things
  • Hot dog – A person doing athletic stunts that are dangerous
  • Doggy bag – A bag to take home leftovers from a restaurant
  • A little birdie told me – Someone told me a secret
  • Bee in her bonnet – She is upset
  • Goose is cooked – Now you’re in trouble
  • For the birds – Something that is not worth anything
  • Birdbrain – Someone who is not very smart
  • But a bug in his ear – Make a suggestion
  • A bull in a china shop – someone who is very clumsy
  • Pig out – To eat a lot
  • Wolf in sheep’s clothing – A person who pretends to be nice but is not
  • Cry crocodile tears – To pretend to be upset
  • Make a mountain out of a molehill – Make something that is not important into a big deal

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