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An idiom is a phrase, saying, or a group of words with a metaphorical (not literal) meaning, which has become accepted in common usage.


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beat the air

Meaning: fighting without any purpose.
Example: You are just beating the air if you want to turn him into a good boy. Read on

rob Peter to pay Paul rob Peter to pay Paul

Meaning: to cause harm to one person in order to do good for another.
Example: I moved money from the college savings account to my main account so the debit would clear, robbing Peter to pay Paul. Read on

it’s not brain surgery

Meaning: to indicate that a specific task is simple and easy to undertake 
Example: Learning to ride a bike is simple, it’s not brain surgery. Read on

yoke around one’s neck

Meaning: a fatiguing burden.
Example: I refused to be the yoke around his neck, and so I turned down his generous offer of employment in a job for which I was unqualified. Read on

fiddle while Rome burns

Meaning: to perform an inconsequential task or act irresponsibly in the midst of a disastrous event.
Example: Vacuuming the carpet while her co-worker was in with the boss, trying to steal her job, felt like fiddling while Rome burned. Read on

To add insult to injury

Meaning: To make a bad situation even worse; to hurt the feelings of someone who has already been hurt.
Example: We were waiting for the bus for over an hour, and then, to add insult to injury, it started raining! Read on

Not for all the tea in China

Meaning: Not for anything; never.
Example: I wouldn’t do your job for all the tea in China. Read on

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rob Peter to pay Paul rob Peter to pay Paul

Meaning: to cause harm to one person in order to do good for another.
Example: I moved money from the college savings account to my main account so the debit would clear, robbing Peter to pay Paul. Read on

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