What is an Idiom?

 

Idioms are words, phrases, or expressions that cannot be taken literally.  In other words, when used in everyday language, they have a meaning other than the basic one you would find in the dictionary.  Every language has its own idioms.  Learning them makes understanding and using a language a lot easier and more fun!

 

For example, “break a leg” is a common idiom.

 

Literal meaning:  I command you to break a bone in your leg and you should probably go to the doctor afterwards to get it fixed.

 

Idiomatic meaning:  Do your best and do well.  Often, actors tell each other to “break a leg” before they go out on stage to perform.