An idiom is a phrase whose words altogether have a different meaning from the individual meaning of the words in the dictionary.
A. Arabic Meaning of Idioms B. English Meaning of Idioms C. Darija Meaning of Idioms D. Multiple Choice Idioms E. Blank Filling with Idioms F. Idioms Completion Exercise G. Idioms Guessing game H. Some Arabic Idioms Musical Idioms: Click here A. match the English idioms with their Arabic meaning Idiom Arabic meaning 1. Add fuel to the fire عهى مداز انضبعخ 2. Be all ears ٌصت انزٌت عهى انىبز 3. Around the clock ًٌضهس انهٍبن 4. The ball is in your court انعصب و انجززح 5. Vicious circle / cycle انكسح فً مضسثك 6. Be behind bars حصخ األصد 7. Burn the midnight oil انحهمخ انمفسغخ 8. Calm before the storm مضمىن 9. Carrots and sticks ٌأخر انكهمخ 10. Catch someone red-handed شٍئب فشٍئب/ لهٍال لهٍال 11. Tie the knot مه حٍه الخس 12. Blow off steam كهً أذان صبغٍخ 13. Give a hand ٌضجطً متهجضب 14. (have/take) the floor ٌىفجس غضجب 15. Now and then ٌعمد انمسان 16. In a nutshell ٌجسي وزاء انضساة 17. In dribs and drabs ٌمد ٌد انمضبعدح 18. In the bag انهدوء انري ٌضجك انعبصفخ 19. Chase rainbows ثكم اختصبز 20. Lion’s share وزاء انمضجبن
B. match the idioms with their English meaning Idiom English meaning 1. Achilles’ heel Immediately; without tapering off 2. keep at arm’s length Have complete freedom to… 3. the sky is the limit Damage something 4. Bear the brunt To avoid becoming friendly with someone 5. Bet your bottom dollar There is no upper limit 6. Bone of contention Be good at gardening 7. Bury the hatchet A weak point 8. By dint of Friendly with someone 9. Keep in touch Nervously waiting 10. Cold turkey Make peace again 11. Tie the knot Maintain communication with someone 12. Couch potato Worried and uncomfortable 13. On good terms As a result or because of… 14. Free rein Ignore what someone says 15. Turn a deaf ear Certain of something 16. Green fingers (UK) To be quite certain about something 17. With bated breath Get married 18. Play havoc The subject/point of disagreement 19. Ill at ease To withstand the worst part of something 20. In the bag A lazy, TV addict person C. Match the Idioms with their meaning in Darija* Idiom Darija* 1. Brown nose انعصب ف انسوٌضخ 2. Fall off the turnip truck ضسق عهٍب كمبزتك 3. Take a French leave ًحبٌس: واحد انساس كٍمىل نً و واحد انساس كٍمىل ن 4. Here today, gone tomorrow فً انهىا صىا 5. In the same boat اندواو هلل 6. Jump the gun ثهحبس / كبٌتجهحش 7. Laughing stock صجك انعسس ثهٍهخ 8. Never darken my door again صهت 9. In two minds عبد وزنى انكبز 10. A spoke in a wheel ضحكخ * Darija: Moroccan Arabic D. Choose the right meaning of the idiom: Choose A or B
Idiom 1. Shed light on = 2. Split the blanket = 3. Start from scratch = 4. Have a sweet tooth = 5. Down-to-earth = 6. Teacher's pet = 7. Throw a curve (ball) = 8. Not up to scratch = 9. What's cooking? = 10. Turn tail =
A Turn on the lights Divorce Start from the beginning Like sweet food Poor Favorite student Surprise with a problem Doesn’t meet the standards What's for lunch? Run away
B Explain to make clear Tear a blanket Continue Have a toothache Realistic Favorite subject Throw a sickle at Not tall What's going on? Go to bed
E. Fill in the blanks with appropriate expressions from the list: on behalf of, at the expense of, by the same token, by dint of, for all I know, once and for all, thanks to, provided that, let alone, Apart from. 1. Wafae passed with distinction ___ ___ ___ hard work. (as a result of) 2. The teacher talked __ ____ ___ her colleagues at the meeting.(representing) 3. All Maghreb countries were present at the meeting in Rabat ___ ____ Libya. (except
4. My mom can’t use a cell phone, ___ ____ a computer. (not to mention) 5. People believe the government is not working; ___ ___ ___ ___, the government thinks people are ungrateful. (also true the other way around) 6. We cannot be permissive with kids ___ ___ ___ ___ moral values. (to the harm of …) 7. I’ll take you out, ____ ____ you behave yourself. (only if) 8. I hope the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be settled soon ___ ___ ___ ___. (finally
9. ___ ____ ____, teachers are well paid in Greece. (based on my knowledge) 10. ______ ___the winter rain, the harvest is good this year. (because of)
F. Complete the idioms in the following sentences: 1. The new jump-drives sell like hot _______. 2. On weekends, I like hanging ______ with friends. 3. If I pass the baccalaureate exam, I'll shoot an all-________ party. 4. The first exercise was easy. It was a ______ of cake. 5. The public gave the mayor a round of applause when he took the ________ to talk about the new projects in town. 6. The newspapers jumped the _____ by announcing the Mayer’s career over. 7. Wind and now played ______ with the soccer schedules. 8. Life threw auntie a curve ______ that was unexpected. She lost her precious
child. 9. Computers are collecting ________ in many schools because of digital illiteracy. 10. The teacher ______ Ali red-handed cheating from a note written on his hand. G. Guess the meaning of the following idioms then click on the key bellow to check 1. A yes-man is someone who ... 2. If someone is armed to the teeth, ... 3. To kick the bucket is to … 4. ‘I won't do it for all the tea in China’ means I won't ... 5. A cry-bay is someone who … 6. If a shop is open around the clock, it is open ... 7. Something witch costs an arm and a leg is ... 8. Someone who is asleep at the wheel is ... 9. If you are not on good terms with someone, you ... 10. If people are at cross purposes … 11. Something which is on the back burner ... 12. If people make a beeline for a place, they ... 13. ‘You could hear a pin-drop’ means there is ... 14. ‘The bottom line is …’ means ‘the …’ 15. To go above and beyond for someone is to ...
H. Match the Arabic idioms and expressions with their English meaning 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. أضغبث أحالو صالح ذو حدٌه ال ٌدخس جهدا ًضمٍس ح عهى وطبق واصع كم ٌغىً عهى نٍالي حجس عثسح آن األوان أثب عه جد اختهط انحبثم ثبنىبثم It’s in the blood On a large scale Stumbling block Senseless dreams It’s a total mess The time has come Spare no effort A live conscience Each marching to the beat of their own drum A double edged sword
Could you send me more Arabic idioms, please?