The other day someone asked me how many English expressions and idioms we had featured on the World of Words since it started.
With several hundred articles each featuring at least five new English expressions or idioms, there must be well over a thousand English words, expressions and idioms explained on this site.
Here’s a list of some of the interesting vocabulary tagged in the site for you to explore. Click the words to see them in context in an article.
- -bound 4WD a cold snap a pushover a record holder a run for the money a slow day a stitch in time saves nine a watched pot never boils above the law Acrophobia adopt a position Advanced English Vocabulary Quizzes Advice for learning English Aerophobia aggravate Agoraphobia Aichmophobia air france aisle ajar alcoholic all ears all that jazz Altophobia an eye for detail annul antiquities aphrodisiac apple of your eye Arachnophobia archipelago as quiet as a mouse auditory auditory learner autograph baby boomer badger bail bail out balaclava bandit banged up bare hands bastard bastion battered be nuts about beached bear bearish beat the mark beer below the belt benchmark between a rock and a hard place bid bidder big hitter big time bigger they come the harder they fall billboard binge black box blacklist blaze of publicity blockbuster blood clot blow to the head blow your own trumpet blunder bonnet bookie bookmaker boon boot boutique box office boycott bracket brainchild brains behind brawl break a deal break a record break down break in break out breakdown brekkie bric-a-brac bring home the bacon broach broaden opportunities broaden your horizons Brontophobia brooch broom brush up brush up on buck a trend buck the recession budge build confidence build vocabulary bull bull's eye bullish bungalow buoy buoy the spirits burst its banks business class bust busted by the numbers calm your nerves capital capital offence capital punishment car car park carbon footprint carbon neutral Carcinophobia career politician carry clout cash machine cash positive castle catch on catch someone off-guard catch someone out catch someone red-handed catch someone's eye catch up catch your breath centre centre-left centre-right centric century chalk up channel chap charge charlatan cheek-to-cheek chocoholic chocolate chronic chuckle cite cited citing clamp down clan Claustrophobia clock up clock-watching close a deal clot cluey coaster cockpit coffin cold as ice cold feet cold hearted cold turkey collocation comeback trail commander in chief commute concession conditions cool headed cottage couple crack down crackdown crash a party crepuscular crunch the numbers cultural hub cut the power days are numbered death-defying decade deed defence develop intonation develop listening skills develop speech rhythm diurnal do your homework dog tired dole out done deal dongle doping dose doughnut down to the wire downlink dozen dozens draw dream in English dream up drill driving expressions drop off drown drugs trafficking drum something in drunk drunk badger dubbed duel dupe durian duvet early bird early riser earmark earmarked earthquake drill easier said than done easy as pie easy come easy go easy does it easy on the eye eat out eat yourself silly economic hub economy class electric car Emetophobia en route end game English English habit English theme tune environment eschew espresso machine estate car euphemism every day everyday exit poll expression expressions eye eye candy eye something up eye up eye-to-eye face the music face value face-to-face facebook fact of the matter fad fall apart fall for family ties fare well fast asleep fast track fast-booting fears and phobias fed up filch file a complaint find weaknesses fire fire drill first class first entry fit as a fiddle flagging flagship flea market fledgling flip-flop flock flop fluency fly beneath fly beneath the radar fly by the seat of your pants fly the coup fly-by-night food expressions food idioms for better and for worse fork out money fortification fortress free-for-all frisk front-line fugitive full monty full of hot air funeral parlour funnel further and end gadzump galley game plan gameplan gas gatecrasher gazump geek speak gem get by get cold feet get into get on the good foot get on with get over get round to get the hang of get-up-and-go give somethign the green light give up Glossophobia go for a drink go nuts golden boy golden girl golden handshake golden moment golden oldie golden triangle good spirits got into the spirit graft grafter grassy gravelly gridlocked gripped grounded guiding light Guinness gushy gut-to-gut gutted hacker hail from hallmark hammer home hand out hand over handful handout hang fire hang out hang up hangover happy hour happy to oblige hard lines hard nut hard shoulder Harry Potter hassle have a ball have a drink have a hunch have fun learning have the hots for having a ball he who lives in a glass house should not throw stones head over heels head-to-head heavy hitter heavy-handed heirloom heist hermit hidden treasure high as a kite high on the agenda high time hit hit hard hit the jackpot hitch a ride hitchhike hitchhiker hog hold fast hold up holiganism home away from home home is where the house is home sweet home home truth honeymoon hood hooning hot bunking hot desking hot dog hot off the press hot racking hot under the collar hub hung parliament hurricane husband-to-be ice rink idiom idiomatic vocabulary idioms immunisation improve English conversation skills improve English reading improve fluency improve pronunciation Improve your English reading skills in a nutshell in cold blood in full swing in good spirits in hot water in love in the name of in the running in-law in-laws Indiana Jones industry standard interesting English expressions interesting word jackpot Jakarta bomb jet lag jingle judicial keep an eye on something keep it down keep something quiet keep the noise down kill time kinaesthetic kinaesthetic learners kudos lag behind laid claim landing landmark lapel last-ditch lay out learn English learn new vocabulary learning English learning styles leave hanging left-wind leg let (something) fly let yourself down level-headed. come to blows life in the fast lane lift a ban lift the spirits light my fire light of your life like watching paint dry lobbying London look after number one loot looted lose sleep over lottery love handles love is blind love is in the air love nor money love to death love triangle lovelorn lovenest made of money make a deal make a fast buck make fur fly make learning fun malaise mandated mangosteen manufacturing hub map out mastermind material media blitz media poll menagerie migrant worker migrate millennium mind-popping mogul money where your mouth is monkey moor mortgage mottled mourn mourning move out mre to something than meets the eye multi-storey municipal muscle in music to my ears mutton dressed as lamb naked eye national symbol Necrophobia nerd netbook New Year's resolutions newlyweds night owl Nissan Leaf nocturnal not on my watch not sleep a wink novel nuptial nuptials Obama object of your affection objet d'amour offal old habits die hard on the ball on the brink on the money on the move on the quiet on the run on your bike one-way system opinion poll opposite number otaku oust out cold out like a light outbid outcry over the top overindulge pact parking lot party expressions party pooper passed away passenger cabin pave the way paved pavement paving the way pay attention pay packet paycheck pedestrian petrol phonemic chart phrasal verb phrasal verbs pick me up picnic picnic spot piece of cake pigs might fly pilot pilot episode pilot scheme pinpoint pitch in pivotal role plagued plant play it by ear play second fiddle plead guilty plead not guilty plumber plunder polish up poll Ponzi scheme pothole potion pounce poverty line power cut powercut practice English practise English press for a commitment prison term prize draw pronunciation public exposure pull a fast one pull in pull over pull the plug pull through pull up pull your socks up pull your weight pun puppy love purge push it push off pushing the envelope put all your eggs in one basket put away quack quash quieten down quiz raffle rally ransack rash ratchet up reach the home straight read between the lines read my lips read someone like a book read someone's mind read the small print read up reading for detail record collocations rectified red hot red-light district relax relic remember new vocabulary remember vocabulary remit retail concession rife righ-wing rose to fame roster run run a red light run a risk run aground rush hour rustle up safety in numbers saloon car scale scan-reading scanning score scores scorpions screen scuffle sea of people sea shanty sedan see a man about a dog see the light sell like hot cakes sell out send shivers down your spine serial offender serve in set a record set apart set apart from the crowd set aside set your sights on shard shelved shopaholic shopping spree short cut showcase shudder with disgust shun shut down shut-eye side road sidewalk silver surfer single out singled out skim reading skimming skip sleep in sleep like a log sleep on it sleeping giant slice of the action slogan slow but sure slow down slow going slow off the mark slumber smash a record smuggle smuggling smuggling ring snap snare so be it so quiet you could hear a pin drop Social Phobia Sociophobia soft in the head soft sell soft touch sortie sound asleep sound more confident spark speed dating spending spree spill into spree spruce up squirrel stance state body state of play stately home station wagon status quo staycation steer clear of step aside step down stole the spotlight stoned strike a deal strike gold strike it lucky strike while the iron is hot string stripped-down stronghold stump up styles of reading substance abuse suffix summer solstice swathe swathes swear in sweet tooth swine flu swollen sworn in take a shot take it easy take off take something with a pinch of salt take the plunge take the pulse take up a position taking notes tang taper tea cosy teach someone a lesson technocrat tedious term term of office terms in office test your vocabulary testament to the ball is in your court the early bird catches the worm the shirt on your back think in English thong throw a punch throw in the towel throw money at throwing stones thumb a ride ticket dispenser tie the knot time flies time is on your side time out tip of an iceberg to get cold feet to have and to hold to push the envelope toasty warm toddle toddler token toll road tomb Tomb Raider toned too many cooks spoil the broth tourist hub tout traffic jam train traits Travel tropical cyclone truancy trump trunk tune out turf turn down turn in turn out turn up turnout tweet twice the man twitterati tycoon typhoon ugli fruit ugly fruit undertaker unrequited love until the cows come home unveiled uplink upmarket urban migration vaccine vat vetted vie visual vocabulary quiz voyage vying wake-up call wannabe warm as toast watch this space wave weather a storm weaving web-centric wedding vocabulary well-heeled when push comes to shove where do you stand white Christmas wife-to-be window of opportunity window shopping windows 7 wonky work for work like a dog workaholic would-be yield a benefit youtube zany