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Your English: Idioms

Tim Bowen explains common or just plain curious idioms for this section of Your English.

Idioms articles

  • Your English: Idioms: a dog in the manger

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Reference material

    Tim Bowen discusses the unusual idiom a dog in the manger.

  • Your English: Idioms: air

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Tim Bowen's selection of idioms will have you walking on air.

  • Your English: Idioms: anger

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Never one to blow his top, Tim Bowen takes a deep breath and calmly delivers some idioms related to rage.

  • Your English: Idioms: animals

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Reference material

    Tim Bowen takes the bull by the horns as he explores the widespread use of animal idioms in society.

  • Your English: Idioms: back

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Think you know idioms like the back of your hand? Tim Bowen refuses to turn his back on these tricky expressions.

  • Your English: Idioms: bag

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    It’s time to let the cat out of the bag, as Tim Bowen shows once again he’s got bags of potential when it comes to idioms.

  • Your English: Idioms: ball

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Tim Bowen proves he’s always on the ball as he starts the ball rolling with these ball-related idioms.

  • Your English: Idioms: barrel

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Tim Bowen shows that understanding these idioms is just like shooting fish in a barrel.

  • Your English: Idioms: battle

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    It’s clear the battle lines have been drawn as Tim Bowen shows he’s fighting a running battle with these idioms.

  • Your English: Idioms: beat

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Tim Bowen isn’t beating around the bush in this instalment of Your English. We say you can’t beat it!

  • Your English: Idioms: bend

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Tim Bowen bends over backwards to explain idioms that can drive us round the bend.

  • Your English: Idioms: best and worst

    Type: Article

    Tim Bowen is at his best as he delivers another fine article on idioms.

  • Your English: Idioms: bit (noun)

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Tim Bowen’s got the bit between his teeth as he does his bit for Your English.

  • Your English: Idioms: blood

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Tim Bowen's blood is boiling over the scandal surrounding American financier Bernard Madoff.

  • Your English: Idioms: books

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Tim Bowen stays in our good books with a shelf full of literary idioms.

  • Your English: Idioms: clothes

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Tim Bowen has worked his socks off to deliver another spectacular article on idioms.

  • Your English: Idioms: crime and the law

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    It's been murder waiting for Tim Bowen's latest instalment of idioms, but it's here now!

  • Your English: Idioms: day

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Tim Bowen reflects on Wills and Kate’s big day; an event which made many people’s days.

  • Your English: Idioms: drunk

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Reference material

    Tim Bowen goes synonym-crazy and takes us through the many different ways to say that someone is drunk.

  • Your English: Idioms: edge

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    We’re on the edge of our seats for this instalment of Tim Bowen’s idioms!

  • Your English: Idioms: eye

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Forget chocolates, Tim Bowen shows you how to really express your love this Valentine's Day with some juicy idioms.

  • Your English: Idioms: family

    Type: Article

    The father of Your English, Tim Bowen, gifts us with the mother of all articles on idioms.

  • Your English: Idioms: fire

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Tim Bowen is on fire again as he illuminates us on the subject of the UK’s urban riots.

  • Your English: Idioms: food

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Reference material

    Tim Bowen gives us plenty of food for thought with his interesting explanation of some of the many idioms associated with this yummy subject.

  • Your English: Idioms: foot

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Put your feet up, relax and let Tim Bowen entertain you with this lively discussion on idioms involving feet.

  • Your English: Idioms: furniture

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Don’t sweep your problems with idioms under the carpet! Address them by reading this article by Tim Bowen.

  • Your English: Idioms: hand

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Tim Bowen uses his extensive knowledge of idioms to explain why things may get a bit out of hand at the summit meeting of the G20 countries.

  • Your English: Idioms: heart

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Tim Bowen gives an account of the British and Irish Lions rugby team's recent tour of South Africa, where the players played their hearts out.

  • Your English: Idioms: heaven

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Heaven only knows how you’d all cope without Tim Bowen’s informative articles on idioms.

  • Your English: Idioms: hell

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Our resident hellraiser, Tim Bowen, recalls a story about some neighbours from hell.

  • Your English: Idioms: in sickness and in health

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Feeling a bit under the weather? Let Tim Bowen cheer you up with another great Your English article and you'll be feeling as fit as a fiddle in no time!

  • Your English: Idioms: knife

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Have you ever gone under the knife? Or put the knife in? Tim Bowen sharpens up some idioms.

  • Your English: Idioms: laugh

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    With Tim Bowen as your guide to idioms, you’ll be laughing.

  • Your English: Idioms: light

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Tim Bowen is here to help you see idioms in a different light.

  • Your English: Idioms: love

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Reference material

    Tim Bowen gets all lovey-dovey this week, with his explanation of the idioms surrounding this irresistible subject.

  • Your English: Idioms: mark

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    With Your English, Tim Bowen has certainly made his mark. Here, he delivers another classic article on idioms.

  • Your English: Idioms: mind

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    This week, Tim Bowen takes a load off our minds with his explanation of the many idioms associated with the human mind.

  • Your English: Idioms: money

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    You can put your money on Tim Bowen coming up with some more valuable idioms.

  • Your English: Idioms: mountains

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Tim Bowen shows he's at the peak of his powers with another fine article on idioms.

  • Your English: Idioms: music

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Tim Bowen's wise words on idioms have certainly struck the right note with us.

  • Your English: Idioms: music and song

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Not for the first time, Tim Bowen's article on idioms is music to our ears.

  • Your English: Idioms: nail

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    As usual, Tim Bowen hits the nail on the head with another batch of idioms.

  • Your English: Idioms: name

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    He may not be a household name, but Tim Bowen proves yet again why he’s a star of the ELT community.

  • Your English: Idioms: popping your clogs

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Reference material

    Tim Bowen explains how euphemisms can help us talk about unpleasant or embarrassing topics.

  • Your English: Idioms: raining cats and dogs

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Reference material

    Tim Bowen considers alternatives to this entertaining idiom.

  • Your English: Idioms: roof

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Have you ever hit or gone through the roof? Tim Bowen is here to calm your nerves and explain a few idioms along the way.

  • Your English: Idioms: run

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Not wanting to disrupt the normal run of things, Tim Bowen is back with some more useful idioms.

  • Your English: Idioms: sailing and the sea

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    There's no need to be in the doldrums as Tim Bowen's back with another set of idioms, this time derived from maritime.

  • Your English: Idioms: sleep

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Reference material

    Tim Bowen explains this word with such pizzazz, he probably writes articles like this in his sleep.

  • Your English: Idioms: sport

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Tim Bowen gets the ball rolling with the first Your English article of 2009.

  • Your English: Idioms: stuff

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Tim Bowen does his stuff with a mixed bag of idioms.

  • Your English: Idioms: sweep

    Type: Article

    Don’t sweep your issues with idioms under the carpet! Tim Bowen is here to make sense of them.

  • Your English: Idioms: teeth

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Tim Bowen gets his teeth into more than a mouthful of idioms.

  • Your English: Idioms: The elements

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Spring is in the air but you might want to hold fire on organizing a barbecue as the unpredictable weather might pour cold water on your plans. Tim Bowen braves the elements.

  • Your English: Idioms: the moon and the stars

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Do you know anyone with stars in their eyes who lives in cloud-cuckoo land? Tim Bowen presents some idioms that are out of this world.

  • Your English: Idioms: the senses

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    You'll like the sound of this ... Tim Bowen's treats us to a feast for the senses.

  • Your English: Idioms: thing

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Have you got a thing about idioms? That could mean more than one thing, explains Tim Bowen …

  • Your English: Idioms: throw

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Confused by idioms? Don’t throw in the towel. Tim Bowen’s here to help.

  • Your English: Idioms: time

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    We've got a lot of time for Tim Bowen. Make time to read his latest article on idioms.

  • Your English: Idioms: tongue

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Have you ever experienced a slip of the tongue or set tongues wagging? Tim Bowen articulates his thoughts on some idioms.

  • Your English: Idioms: trick

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Tim Bowen never misses a trick when it comes to explaining idioms.

  • Your English: Idioms: truth and lies

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Who says we're bored at the thought of another idioms article by Tim Bowen? Nothing could be further from the truth.

  • Your English: Idioms: turn

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Tim Bowen does us a good turn by supplying another handy list of idioms.

  • Your English: Idioms: walk

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Have you ever had to walk on eggshells? Tim Bowen takes us through another collection of idioms, step by step.

  • Your English: Idioms: wall

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Have you ever gone up the wall? What or who drove you up the wall? Tim Bowen lays down some hardcore idioms.

  • Your English: Idioms: war and peace

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Tim Bowen isn’t starting a war of words; he’s come in peace with some very useful idioms.

  • Your English: Idioms: way

    Type: Article

    Tim Bowen goes out of his way to explain idioms. He certainly has a way with words.

  • Your English: Idioms: weather

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Tim Bowen's latest article on idioms associated with weather is going to go down a storm.

  • Your English: Idioms: weight

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Are you worried? Never fear, Tim Bowen is here to take the weight off your mind with his latest explanation of idioms.

  • Your English: Idioms: wheels

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Tim Bowen keeps the Your English wheels turning with another useful batch of idioms.

  • Your English: Idioms: wits

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Do idioms frighten you out of your wits? Tim Bowen’s razor-sharp article is here to save the day.

  • Your English: Idioms: word

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Not for the first time, Tim Bowen’s article on idioms is too brilliant for words.

  • Your English: Idioms: work

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Reference material

    Our resident workaholic, Tim Bowen, works wonders with his discussion of the idioms relating to this word.

  • Your English: Idioms: world

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Man of the world Tim Bowen returns with another idioms article that will do you the world of good.

  • Your English: Idioms: worse

    Author: Tim Bowen Type: Article

    Feeling the worse for wear? You could do worse than catch up with Tim Bowen’s newest selection of idioms!

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