English speakers often use idioms in their speech. Idioms are phrases with special meanings. These meanings are not always easy to guess from the literal meanings. In this section, you can find some of the most common idioms used in English.
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"I'll pay you back on Friday- I promise.
- Yes, and pigs might fly.
If it is raining cats and dogs,
it is raining heavily. This is a rather
old-fashioned expression, and you are probably more likely to read this
methaphor in a book than to hear it said. Now, people are more likely to say,
"it's pouring hard" or "bucketing down" to mean raining heavily.
"Did you enjoy the picnic yesterday?"
"No! We had to eat in the car. It was raining cats and dogs!""
You can argue about that till the cows come home. You won't ever agree.'
You can diet until the cows come home, and you still won't be a size 4.
When you have a bone to pick with someone, it means that you are annoyed about something they have said or done, and you want to talk to them about it.
This saying may refer to dogs squabbling over a bone that more than one of them wants to eat.