Idioms are sayings in English that communicate events in a more creative way. Even though they may not literally mean what they say, they serve to show how an action or an event is, that is, how strong or weak it is.

In English, we are very fond of our idioms because they allow us to express ourselves more creatively, and to do what we here in the UK do best-complain! Here are five common idioms and what they mean.

1. It’s raining cats and dogs. (It’s raining a lot). This doesn’t mean that cats and dogs are falling from the sky, but that the rain outside is very heavy!

2. In one ear and out the other (Heard, but then immediately forgotten). This one is common with parents, who constantly complain that their children never listen to what they say to them!

3. It’s not my cup of tea (I don’t like it). This is a very common one, and is used as a polite way to show that you don’t like something. As it’s common in British English, the use of tea is of course very important!

4. I don’t know if I’m coming or going (I am confused). We use this idiom to show that we have no idea about something and we need it explained to us.

5. It’s all Greek to me (I don’t understand it). Here, this shows that whatever has been explained to us may as well be in a foreign language, because we don’t understand it!

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