Archive for the ‘Idiom of the Day’ Category
Think outside the box
To think imaginatively using new ideas instead of traditional or expected ideas.
Example: You won't come up with good ideas until you think outside the box. Let's think outside the box for a minute and try to find a better solution.
Did you know...? This idiom comes from the fact that a box, with its rigidity and squareness, symbolises constrained and unimaginative thinking.
Tip of the Iceberg
If something is said to be 'the tip of the iceberg' it means that something is only a small part of a much bigger problem. The 'tip of the iceberg' is the part of a problem that can be easily observed, but not the rest of it, which is hidden.
Example: The problems that you see here now are just the tip of the iceberg. There are numerous disasters waiting to happen.
Origin: This idiom comes from the fact that only the tip of an iceberg can be seen and the rest of the iceberg, which is much larger, is underneath the water and cannot be seen.
To be on 'cloud nine' means you are extremely happy or blissful.
Example: For a few days after I heard I'd got the job, I was on cloud nine.
Did you know...? This idiom originates in the fact that weather experts classify cloud nine as a particular type of cloud that is white and fluffy and very high up in the sky. To be up high in the sky is likened to paradise or being happy.
Idiom with similar meaning: To be 'over the moon'
Busy as a bee
If someone says you are as a busy as a bee it means you are very busy or very active.
Example: She's as busy as a bee, always going to meetings and organizing parties; The Teacher said: "I want everyone to be as busy as bees".
Did you know...? The first recorded usage of this idiom is from well known 'Canterbury Tales' written in the 14th Century.