1. Not hurt a flea- to not hurt anything or anyone
a. My mom advised us to not hurt a flea.
b. You should not hurt a flea, that's bad.
2. Hive of activity- a busy place
a. Our house is the hive of activity every Sunday.
b. The school turned into a hive of activity last week.
3. Stir up a hornet's nest- to make trouble, to make people angry
a. My brother likes to stir up a hornet's nest.
b. He stirred up a hornet's nest when he called her ugly.
4. Bug-eyed- to be wide-eyed with surprise
a. His father's gift made him bug-eyed.
b. I was bug-eyed when I saw my favorite band.
5. Drink like a fish- to drink alcohol a lot
a. My grandfather used to drink like a fish.
b. Stop drinking like a fish, it's bad for your health.
6. Fish for a compliment- to try to make someone say something good about you
a. Martha fishes for a compliment everyday.
b. The man is fishing for a compliment but nobody gave him any.
7. As calm as a toad in the sun- very calm
a. I can't believe that he's as calm as a toad in the sun when he knows he's failing.
b. He stayed as calm as a toad in the sun in spite what happened.
8. Clam up- to stop talking or to refuse to talk
a. He clammed up after his mother scolded him.
b. She decided to clam up all weekend.
9. A whale of something- an exceptionally good or large something
a. He is a whale of a mathematician.
b. We had a whale of dinner last night at Amy's house.
10. Turn turtle- turn upside down
a. He turned turtle when he fell from the stairs.
b. The chair turned turtle after their fight.
11. Basket case- a failing person
a. I'm a basket case in Math.
b. There are many basket cases in this town.
12. Without a doubt- certainly, for sure
a. She is the prettiest girl in town without a doubt.
b. You're without a doubt the most intelligent person I've met.
13. Tongue in cheek- joke, not to be taken seriously
a. The man gave a set of good tongue in cheek.
b. Don't be mad at Ray, I'm sure she meant that remark as a tongue in cheek.
14. Bug someone- to annoy or irritate someone
a. Stop bugging me, I'm busy.
b. Paulo can't stop bugging my sister.
15. Green around the gills- to be looking sick
a. She is green around the gills so the teacher sent her to the school clinic.
b. Are you alright? You look green around the gills.
16. Use your loaf- think smart
a. Don't you understand this equation? It's simple, use your loaf/
b. Use your loaf, Danny, and you'll come up with good answers.
17. Queer the pitch- destroy or ruin a plan
a. The team captain queered the pitch when he didn't obey what the coach said.
b. Don't do anything to queer the pitch, ok?
18. Sick as a dog- to be very sick
a. I was as sick as a dog so I didn't attend school.
b. You have to bring her to the hospital, she's as sick as a dog.
19. Over the top- very excessive
a. She dressed over the top for the party.
b. Your expression over her remark is over the top.
20. Doozy- something extraordinary or strange
a. Her speech about abortion is doozy.
b. Their parents gave them doozy names.
21. A dime a dozen- anything that is common and easy to get
a. I don't think that happiness is a dime a dozen.
b. They say that love is a dime a dozen.
22. Bite your tongue- to avoid talking
a. Bite your tongue and listen to me.
b. Mom asked Paulo to bite his tongue during the show.
23. Hit the hay- go to bed or go to sleep
a. You should hit the hay now, it's past midnight.
b. I will hit the hay after I finish my homework.
24. Long in the tooth- old people
a. The lady that lives next door is long in the tooth.
b. They say that you'll be more knowledgeable when you're long in the tooth.
25. When pigs fly- never
a. Amanda will date you when pigs fly.
b. I will ace a Math exam when pigs fly.
26. A piece of cake- very easy
a. This experiment is a piece of cake.
b. Writing an essay is a piece of cake for Nan.
27. Flesh and blood- family
a. He cannot betray his own flesh and blood.
b. I didn't know that we are flesh and blood.
28. High on the hog- living in luxury
a. Shiela has been high on the hog since the day she was born.
b. Being high on the hog can be dangerous sometimes.
29. Mumbo jumbo- nonsense or meaningless speech
a. I got tired on listening to her mumbo jumbo
b. She delivered a mumbo jumbo at the church last Sunday.
30. Know the ropes- to understand the details
a. She knows all the ropes about this business.
b. Anne knows the ropes about Literature.
31. Dry run- rehearsal
a. Everybody was present for the dry run.
b. You all did well in our dry run of this play/
32. Blue moon- something that happens rarely
a. Her smile is a blue moon.
b. Winning this game is a blue moon for our school.
33. An arm and a leg- very expensive
a. The new refrigerator cost him an arm and a leg.
b. I'm not fond of shopping for things that cost an arm and a leg.
34. The whole nine yards- everything, all of it
a. She gave the whole nine yards to win this game.
b. Don't ever give up the whole nine yards.
35. Tie the knot- get married
a. My parents tied the knot twenty years ago.
b. Mary is planning to tie the knot next year.
36. Salad days- youthful, foolish days
a. His salad days are all gone now.
b. Enjoy your salad days while you can.
37. Van Gogh's ear for music- tone deaf
a. They expect me to teach piano to someone who has Van Gogh's ear for music.
b. It's not my fault if you have Van Gogh's ear for music.
38. Wear your heart on your sleeve- to freely express your emotions
a. She told me to wear my heart on my sleeves.
b. Wearing your heart on your sleeves can make you feel very comfortable.
39. Dead ringer- a duplicate, 100% identical
a. This key is a dead ringer to the old one.
b. Ashley is the dead ringer of Mary Kate.
40. At the drop of a hat- immediately, without delay
a. She's willing to sing onstage at the drop of a hat.
b. I'm ready to go on a vacation at the drop of a hat.
41. Slap on the wrist- a very mild punishment
a. The principal gave him a slap on the wrist for cheating on the exam.
b. My mom just gives us slaps on the wrist when we do something wrong.
42. That way- in love
a. Don't take anything seriously unless you're sure that both of you are that way.
b. Mindy is that way with Ian.
43. Happy as a clam- very happy and content
a. Barbie is as happy as a clam with Ken.
b. She's as happy as a clam, she couldn't ask for more.
44. Come clean- to confess
a. Hilary came clean after her conscience got to her.
b. I want you to come clean right away.
45. Well read- knowledgeable through having read a lot of things
a. Anne is a well-read girl.
b. You don't have to be well-read to understand this.
46. Laughing stock-a figure of laughter or ridicule
a. Dhexter is the laughing stock of the class.
b. Mandy has always been the laughing stock cause he is weak and thin.
47. Class clown- a student who is constantly making jokes to attract attention
a. Felix is the class clown of the year.
b. John is the best class clown, he can make you laugh your heart out.
48. Tall story- an unbelievable story
a. Aaron likes to make tall stories so don't believe everything he says.
b. I hate guys who make tall stories to attract attention.
49. Filthy rich- very rich
a. Bill Gates is filthy rich.
b. Kate dreams of becoming filthy rich one day.
50. Shilly-shally- to be undecided
a. John is being shilly-shally about moving to another place.
b. He is shilly-shally about asking her to marry him.
51. Night owl- a person who is active late at night
a. Me and my best friends are all night owls, we like to party.
b. I love watching movies with a night owl.
52. Hard cheese- hard luck
a. Winning that soccer game against the champs will be hard cheese.
b. To get a decent grade in Calculus will be hard luck.
53. Dog days- very hot days during the summer
a. I like to go to the beach during the dog days.
b. It's hard to sleep on dog days.
54. Year dot- a very long time ago
a. The natives in our country reigned in the year dot.
b. Civilization may have started in the year dot, we can never be sure.
55. Jot or tittle- a tiny amount
a. This shirt costs a jot or tittle.
b. I only need a jot or tittle more to pay for this candy.
56. In a trice-with no delay
a. He gave me back my money in a trice.
b. Mom can cook spaghetti in a trice.
57. Pick 'n' mix- a range of sweets, chocolates, ice-creams etc., from which a selection can be made
a. We can just prepare a pick 'n' mix for my birthday.
b. The pick 'n' mix in the party was a blast.
58. End of story- there's no more to be said
a. I'm done with you, end of story.
b. He knows it was the end of story when she left him alone.
59. Harp on- to repeatedly and boringly speak about a topic
a. He's been harping on about the football game for hours.
b. Don't harp on about that movie, ok?
60. Old hat- old-fashioned
a. That dress is old-hat.
b. His writing skills are old-hat.
61. Face the music- accept the bad effects of one's actions
a. It's time to face the music.
b. Athos is afraid to face the music.
62. Mad as a hatter- totally mad, crazy
a. He became mad as a hatter when his family left him.
b. Excessive use of drugs can make you mad as a hatter.
63. Keen as mustard- very enthusiastic
a. She is as keen as mustard about the play.
b. I like students who are as keen as mustard.
64. Upper crust- society superior
a. His job is of the upper crust.
b. Being with the upper crust can make you feel small and inferior.
65. Hissy fit- a temperamental outburst, a tantrum
a. Marion had a hissy fit when she found out that they ate ice cream without her.
b. Don't throw a hissy fit while we're out.
66. Quality time- Time during which one focuses on or dedicates oneself to a person or activity
a. I need to spend quality time with my dog.
b. Mimi likes it when I spend quality time with her during weekends.
67. Save face - avoid embarrassment
a. She didn't speak out to save face.
b. Maybe you can save face by staying at home.
68. Lie low- keep oneself or one's plans hidden; bide one's time to act
a. Carl lay low so that the teachers will forget his naughtiness.
b. I think we need to lie low for a while.
69. Fetch- good
a. That sweater you're wearing is so fetch.
b. The food they serve at the cafeteria is really fetch.
70. Better half- one's husband or wife
a. Mr. Simmons loves his better half.
b. My teacher's better half is her exact opposite.
71. Pin money- any small amount of money which might be earned by children or the low-paid for some service
a. The rich man only gave a pin money to the room boy.
b. My brother keeps his pin money in his closet.
72. Over the moon- very happy or delighted
a. His letter made me feel over the moon.
b. Money won't make you over the moon.
73. Ask someone out- invite someone on a date
a. I can't wait for him to ask me out.
b. Mark asked me out but I refused his request.
74. Wear off- fade away
a. The print on her shirt has worn off.
b. I'm sure that this picture will not wear off.
75. Give something back- to return something borrowed
a. I gave his book back already.
b. My mom will not give me back my money.
76. Red-letter day- a special day
a. It is a red-letter day so we celebrated.
b. When will the next red-letter day be?
77. Good as gold- well-behaved and obedient
a. Anne is a girl who is as good as gold.
b. My mother raised us all to be good as gold.
78. The full monty- complete, the whole thing
a. He should give me the full monty details about this contract.
b. I want you to give me the full monty about this subject.
79. All agog- excited, in high spirits
a. He was all agog for our field trip.
b. The cheerleaders are all agog for the next football game.
80. Heavy metal- hard rock music
a. I can't understand why she likes listening to this heavy metal.
b. My mom finds heavy metal annoying.
81. Like billy-O- an extreme standard of comparison
a. She cried like billy-O when her father died.
b. It snowed like billy-O last winter.
82. A wide berth- a goodly distance, avoid
a. They tried to give a wide berth to nuisances.
b. You should give a wide berth to Maria, she can be a bad influence on you.
83. Cross- annoyed
a. Dolphin is afraid that Marigold is cross with her.
b. I'm not cross, I'm just disappointed.
84. Scarper- depart hastily, leave quickly, escape
a. You need to scarper now before Jim gets here.
b. The prisoners are planning to scarper on Sunday.
85. Het up- agitated
a. She got het up when she heard about the accident.
b. Don't get so het up, everything will be fine.
86. Chick flick- a film which story revolves around a woman
a. My sister loves watching chick flicks.
b. Her boyfriend loved the chick flick that they saw in the theaters.
87. My old china- my lovely friend
a. Ana has been my old china since first grade.
b. I trust my old china wholeheartedly.
88. With bells on- eager, ready to participate
a. I'm sure she will take part in the play with bells on.
b. Dodie joined the PEP squad with bells on.
89. Beyond the pale- unacceptable
a. I'm sorry but your reason is beyond the pale.
b. I'm afraid what your offering is beyond the pale.
90. Pork pies- lies
a. Danny knows it when Ron tells pork pies.
b. Don't even try to tell me pork pies, Lisa.
91. Keep schtum- say nothing
a. I want you to keep schtum when your sister asks you about this project.
b. Mira failed to keep schtum about the surprise party I planned.
92. Joined at the hip- inseparable
a. Jim is joined at the hip with his band.
b. Ela and Charmee has been joined at the hip since they were kids.
93. Eat humble pie- act apologetically after admitting a mistake
a. John ate humble pie in front of the whole class this morning.
b. She wouldn't eat humble pie, she's too proud to do that.
94. One stop shop- a place like a shop where you can find all your necessities
a. I would like it if there's a one stop shop near our house.
b. She is planning to turn this small store into a big one stop shop.
95. One's name is mud- someone is unpopular
a. Who does he think he is, his name is mud?
b. Do you think people will listen to you? Your name is mud.
96. Fancy free- without any ties or commitments
a. My aunt enjoys living a fancy free life.
b. She's kind of tired of being committed, she wants to be fancy free.
97. Veg out- relax in a slothful manner
a. Jimmy likes to veg out after school.
b. I will veg out after I finished this report.
98. Whet one's appetite- to increase the interest of someone to something especially food.
a. The smell coming from the kitchen surely whet my appetite.
b. I wonder what could whet Mimi's appetite, she hasn't been eating since Monday.
99. As nice as ninepence- neat, tidy, well-ordered
a. Her room is as nice as ninepence.
b. Miranda can make the garden look as nice as ninepence.
100. A little bird told me- a secret source told me
a. I found out about your plan when a little bird told me about it.
b. A little bird told me that you like me, is it true?
---I got the meaning of those idioms from various resources.. I made all the example sentences myself..