Understanding Expressions and Idioms Through Pictures


This is a guest post by Cheryl Posey.  She is a licensed and nationally certified speech pathologist that focuses on Accent Reduction and Communication Skills Training.  You can find and follow her on her Speaking Your Best


Take a look at the following illustrations of some common expressions and their definitions.

Each time you want to use one of them, try to remember the photo of them.  The funniest captions always make the biggest impression and are the easiest to remember!  


Laughter is the best medicine

Laughter is the best medicine


Expression:  laughter is the best medicine

Definition:  laughter takes the pain away. laughter makes us feel better. 



Copy cat

Copy Cat


Expression:  copy cat

Definition:  someone who imitates another person



Just around the corner

Just around the corner

Expression:  just around the corner.

Definition: something that will be here very soon or something that is very close. 


Keep friends close and enemies closer

Keep friends close


Expression: keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

Definition: keep your friends close and enemies closer (so you can see what they are doing!) 


Bite one’s tongue 

Bite one's tongue


Expression:  bite one’s tongue

Definition:  force oneself not to say something


Knuckle sandwich

Knuckle sandwich


Expression: a knuckle sandwich

Definition:  a punch in the mouth



Under the weather

Under the weather


Expression:  under the weather

Definition:  to feel sick or ill


In a pickle

In a pickle


Expression:  in a pickle

Definition:  in trouble




Green thumb

Green thumb

Expression:  green thumb

Definition:  natural talent for growing plants

Raining cats and dogs

Raining cats and dogs

Expression:  raining cats and dogs

Definition:  raining very hard, pouring




Question: What techniques do you use to trigger your memory of expressions or idioms?  



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