You speak English as a second language (ESL) and you are feeling pretty good about it. You have a large vocabulary and you’ve mastered verbs and sentence structure and then you hear something that make your head spin?
Wait-your head can’t spin! Of course not, but in English we have a lot of expressions, 25,000 according to Wikipedia, that are called idioms.
An idiom is an expression where the meaning of each word in the expression has little to do with the meaning of the expression. Idioms add color (make more interesting) to language.
Your head can’t spin, but when something is confusing we say it makes your head spin.
All languages have idioms and they add another complication when learning a language.
There are no rules that you can apply to idioms; you just have to learn each one. The best way to do that…
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