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What is an Idiom?

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Koko is explaining to Officer Bertha that Pip has gone missing! However, she is using idioms and Officer Bertha doesn’t know the idiom meanings, so she can’t help her! Let’s learn what's an idiom and see examples of idiom.

What is an Idiom?

What does idiom mean? The idiom definition is a common phrase that has an alternative, or figurative meaning, different from the literal words being used. Sometimes you may here someone define idiom as a type of figurative language, and that’s because in literature it is a type of figurative language! Why do we use idiom in a sentence? Idioms are used for dramatic effect or to exaggerate something to make a point, which can make text more interesting. Now that we know what is the meaning of idiom along with idiom definition literature, let’s see what's an idiom example!

Examples of Idiom

What is an idiom example? Below is an example of an idiom.

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As the reader, your job is to determine what the idiom used in a sentence actually, or literally means, so you understand what the author is trying to say. In this example of idiom, the sentence is using an idiom to explain that the boy can run very fast.

Whats an Idiom Summary

What is a idiom? The definition of idiom is a common phrase that has an alternative, or figurative meaning, different from the literal words being used. When reading idiom examples sentences, your job is to determine what the idiom examples actually, or literally means, so you understand what the author is trying to say.

Want some more practice with idiom examples and idiom worksheets? On this website you will find examples, worksheets, and other activities!

Transcript What is an Idiom?

What is an Idiom? "Officer Bertha! I don't want to make a mountain out of a molehill, but I can't find Pip! He wanted to play hide and seek, and he promised finding him would be a piece of cake. All of a sudden he disappeared out of the blue! I'm going to be in hot water if I don't find him soon! Can you help me!? Koko is using idioms, a type of figurative language that Bertha is struggling to understand! An idiom is a common phrase that has an alternative, or figurative meaning, different from the literal words being used. Idioms are used for dramatic effect or to exaggerate something to make a point, (...) which can make text more interesting. As the reader, your job is to determine what the expression actually, or literally means, (...) so you understand what the author is trying to say. For example, Koko said: 'I don't want to make a mountain out of a molehill, (...) but I can't find Pip!' (...) The first step is to ask yourself, do the words mean exactly what they say? (...) [silly tone, like of course not! haha] No, Koko did not make a mountain out of a molehill, (...)that wouldn't make any sense! The second step is to determine the LITERAL, or actual, meaning of the phrase. What does Koko mean when she says, 'I don't want to make a mountain out of a molehill...'?(...) It means Koko doesn't want to turn a small problem into a big deal, (...)but she is worried about Pip!(...) Next Koko said: 'He wanted to play hide and seek, and he promised finding him would be a piece of cake.' First ask yourself, do the words mean exactly what they say?(...) [silly tone, like of course not! haha]No, finding Pip has NOTHING to do with a piece of cake!(...) What does Koko's statement mean?(...) It means finding Pip was supposed to be very easy. Then Koko said: 'All of a sudden he disappeared out of the blue!' First ask yourself, do the words mean exactly what they say?(...) [silly tone, like of course not! haha] No, Pip disappearing has nothing to do with the color blue!(...) What does Koko's statement mean?(...) It means, Pip disappeared without warning.(...) Last, Koko said: 'I'm going to be in hot water if I don't find him soon!' First ask yourself, do the words mean exactly what they say?(...) [silly tone, like of course not! haha] No, Koko won't literally be in hot water! What does Koko's statement mean?(...) It means Koko is going to be in trouble if she doesn't find him soon. Let's take a look at the text again with all the literal meanings: "Officer Bertha! I don’t want to turn a small problem into a big deal, but I'm worried about Pip! He wanted to play hide and seek, and he promised finding him would be very easy. All of a sudden he disappeared without warning! I’m going to be in trouble if I don’t find him soon!" While Detective Bertha helps Koko, let's summarize. Remember, (...)an idiom is a common phrase that has an alternative, or figurative meaning, different from the literal words being used. First, ask, "do the words mean exactly what they say?" Then, explain in your own words the literal meaning of the phrase. "OWWW!" "Pip! There you are!" "Great job finding me! Here's your piece of cake!