10 Funny English Idioms

We get it, idioms are weird, and often have nothing to do with their literal meaning. But here is a list of ten of the funniest English idioms and how to use them!

1. The lights are on but nobody’s home – used to describe a stupid person

Example: She really has no clue- the lights are on but nobody’s home!

2. When pigs fly – about something that will never happen

Example: Yea, right! You will get Taylor Swift to ask you on a date when pigs fly!

3. To have Van Gogh’s ear for music – to be tone deaf (Van Gogh only had one ear!)

Example: Xavi really shouldn’t play the piano- he has Van Gogh’s ear for music.

4. To pig out – to eat a lot very quickly

Example: After the marathon, the runners pigged out at a dinner buffet.

5. Everything but the kitchen sink – almost everything has been included

Example: Maria was trying so hard to get the question right, she was throwing out everything but the kitchen sink!

6. To put a sock in it – to tell someone noisy to be quiet

Example: Jane was yelling while I was studying so I told her to put a sock in it.

7. To have a cast iron stomach – to have no problems eating or drinking anything

Example: I think I would be sick if I ate all that food, but Joe seems to have a cast iron stomach.

8. To drink like a fish – to drink heavily

Example: The group at the bar seems to being having a party and you can tell he’s the birthday boy because he is drinking like a fish!

9. Use your loaf – use your head, think smart

Example: Come on Parker, use your loaf! I know you can solve this problem!

10. Finger lickin’ good – extremely tasty

Example: My mom makes the best steak! It’s finger lickin’ good!

Are there any other weird idioms that you find funny? Share with us!


Jessica Weeg
Jess is a Public Relations Associate at Voxy, and recently graduated from Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!). She enjoys travelling, cooking, and playing volleyball. “The culture of this company is unbelievable. Everyone is having a lot of fun and working very hard- we’re going to accomplish some great things this summer!”

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How about:
The early bird gets the worm, but the early worm gets eaten by the bird.

thanks for the best idioms.I have one question.
for the idiom”When pigs fly”, can we also say “when dogs fly or when elephants fly?”
looking forward to your answer.

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