A long list of English expressions and idioms!

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.

39 advanced English vocabulary quizzes to test yourself with

For those of you who are new to the World of Words and missed out on the advanced vocabulary quizzes I posted a couple of years, here is a list of them in order. Taking the quizzes is simple, click the answer you think is right then click ‘next’. When you get to the end of the quiz, you will see the answers and links to all the vocabulary in context.

Good luck with the quizzes!

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Using the London Underground

I was discussing getting around London with some of my students last week and they all said they found it a little difficult when they first came here. To help them, I put together a little lesson on how to use the London Underground and I decided to share it.

If you are planning on visiting London or just interested in practising vocabulary to use on the subway, you can find it in the Free English Resources section of my website. I hope you find it useful.

Today’s image is by Christa Richert.

Words in the news: blood diamonds

I read a lot in the news about Naomi Campbell. She seemed to be in all the newspapers after her recent appearance in court. She was connected with an interesting piece of vocabulary.

The diamonds she was allegedly given as a present can be called ‘blood diamonds‘. ‘Blood diamonds‘ are diamonds that have been mined in a war zone and used to pay for equipment for the invading army.

English words in the news: moonshine

If you like a drink but don’t like paying tax, you might like this English word – ‘Moonshine‘ is an alcoholic drink made illegally at home. It is distilled and often contains more alcohol than hard liquor.

Moonshine is most commonly associated with America during the 1920s and early 1930s but this article on the BBC News website says it is becoming more common again nowadays.

The other interesting words I spotted in the article are ‘hipster‘ (a person who is keenly interested in the latest trends or fashions) and ‘booze‘ (a casual word for alcoholic drinks).

Today’s image is by Andrew Beierle.

English expressions and idioms with ‘beach’

life’s a beach
Meaning: life is good or easy
Example: I won the lottery last week and now life’s a beach for me

a beach bum
Meaning: someone who spends a lot of time at the beach (usually negative)
Example: He’s always surfing instead of doing his homework – what a beach bum!

not the only pebble on the beach
Meaning: not the only important person in a place or situation
Example: She’s a manager now but she’ll have to remember that she’s not the only pebble on this beach – there are lots of other managers in the company

take sand to the beach
Meaning: a pointless activity
Example: She has so much perfume, buying her another bottle would be like taking sand to the beach

English words in the news: marksman

A marksman is an person who is good at shooting. In this article on the BBC News website, we can see the word in context.

Marksmen are searching empty buildings, woods and fields in and around a town in north-east England in the hunt for suspected gunman Raoul Moat.

Let’s hope they can arrest him without needing to shoot.

39th English vocabulary quiz

I’ve got that Friday feeling. I’m looking forward to a great weekend and some really fun classes.

Before the weekend starts, it’s time for a quiz. Remember to let me know how you got on using the comments section at the bottom.

Have a great weekend!

39th English vocabulary quiz:

a double-dip is:





to have an ear to the ground means:





____ behind the ears





to fall on ____ ears





a big mistake can be called a: