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Sarcastic English Idioms

Learning English Idioms

An idiom is an expression that does not convey the literal meanings of its words. In other words, an idiom does not mean exactly what it says. For example, if someone is "barking up the wrong tree," they aren't yelling at a tree; the expression is an idiom meaning taking the wrong course of action.

The list of idioms below has been selected for teaching advanced students. These idioms contain sarcasm, irony, or wit, making them a fun way to widen discussion topics. For advanced students, understanding and using these idioms can be an enjoyable challenge and a testament to their grasp of the language. Remember that lots of idioms – especially "clever" or witty ones like these – are culturally specific, making them particularly useful for learning a new language. Language study is always more fun when you learn the culture alongside the vocabulary and grammar. list of sarcastic English idioms
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50 Sarcastic English Idioms

  1. make a better door than a window
  2. charity mugger
  3. back of the envelope
  4. bankers dozen
  5. bench jockey
  6. benevolent overlord
  7. blame Canada
  8. burn that bridge when one comes to it
  9. don't give up your day job
  10. chesterfield rugby
  11. don't let the door hit you on the way out
  12. close but no cigar
  13. close enough for government work
  14. close the stable door after the horse has bolted
  15. foot in mouth disease
  16. prawn cocktail offensive
  17. from the East German judge
  18. Chinese compliment
  19. corporation pop
  20. crocodile tear
  21. Does the Pope wear a funny hat?
  22. dry ones eyes
  23. Dutch courage
  24. dummy spit
  25. economical with the truth
  26. few cards shy of a full deck
  27. few sandwiches short of a picnic
  28. feed the dragon
  29. fill someone's shoes
  30. French leave
  31. forget to take ones medication this morning
  32. from the Department of the Bleeding Obvious
  33. ghetto lottery
  34. Golden Handcuffs
  35. Great Unwashed
  36. I have a bridge to sell you
  37. jam tomorrow
  38. judge, jury, and executioner
  39. left handed compliment
  40. magic asterisk
  41. Monday morning quarterback
  42. Mexican breakfast
  43. necktie party
  44. on the wrong side of history
  45. painting rocks
  46. poor little rich girl
  47. rainbows and unicorns
  48. rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic
  49. ride the pine
  50. talk a good game
  51. seagull approach
  52. trouble in paradise
  53. true stripes

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