Idioms/BodyIdioms based on the body and bodily functions. Select an idiom for more details. Also try Body Idioms Quiz.
(have) egg on your face INFORMAL
You will have egg on your face if you've said or done something wrong, and it's made you feel embarrassed or stupid.
(your) hands are tied
You can say your hands are tied if you're prevented from doing something that you'd normally have the power or the authority to do.
(your) heart goes out to (someone)
If your heart goes out to someone, you feel great sympathy for them.
(your) heart is in the right place
If your heart is in the right place, you try to do the right thing, even if things don't always work out for the best.
(your) heart isn't in it
If your heart isn't in something you're doing, you don't really want to do it.
a bad hair day INFORMAL
If you're having a bad hair day, everything seems to be going wrong for you.
a gut feeling
If you have a gut feeling, you sense something about a person or a situation, without knowing why, but you're sure what you sense is true.
a head start
If you have a head start, you start something ahead of others or with an advantage over others.
a kick in the teeth
If you get a kick in the teeth, something bad happens to you or you feel that you've been treated poorly.
a knuckle sandwich INFORMAL
If you give someone a knuckle sandwich, you punch them.
a pain in the neck INFORMAL
You can say someone is a pain in the neck if they annoy you, or something is a pain in the neck if you don't like doing it.
a pat on the back
You've given someone a pat on the back if you've told them they've done something well, or done a good job.
a shot in the arm INFORMAL
You can say something is a shot in the arm if it gives a person or an organisation renewed energy or enthusiasm.
a sight for sore eyes INFORMAL
If something or someone is a sight for sore eyes, you are glad to see them.
a skeleton in the cupboard | closet
If you have a skeleton in the cupboard, or in the closet, you have a secret in your past which could damage you if it became known.
a slap on the wrist
If someone gives you a slap on the wrist, they give you a mild punishment for making a mistake or doing something wrong.
a slip of the tongue
If you make a slip of the tongue, you make a small mistake when speaking.
a weight off your shoulders
You can say a weight is off your shoulders if you no longer have to worry about something or deal with something difficult.
An Achilles' heel is a weakness that could result in failure.
You can say something's an eye-opener if it's made you realize something you hadn't been aware of before.
behind someone's back
If you do something behind someone's back, you do it without letting them know about it.
bite your tongue | hold your tongue
If you bite your tongue, or hold your tongue, you force yourself not to say something you really want to say.
break your heart
If someone breaks your heart, they cause you a lot of emotional pain by ending a romantic relationship, or by deeply hurting you in some other way.
by word of mouth
If something becomes well-known by word of mouth, it becomes well-known because people are telling each other about it, and not because of advertising or other marketing tools.
If someone is caught red-handed, they are caught in the act of doing something wrong such as cheating or stealing.
come to your senses
If you come to your senses, you see things clearly and begin to act sensibly after a period of confusion and unwise behaviour.
dig your heels in
If you dig your heels in, you stubbornly resist something or refuse to change.
drag your feet | drag your heels
If you drag your feet, or drag your heels, you do something slowly because you don't really want to do it.
ear to the ground INFORMAL
If you have your ear to the ground, you know what's really going on in a situation.
easy on the eye
If something is easy on the eye, it is pleasant to look at.
If something needs elbow grease, it needs a lot of hard physical work.
eyes like a hawk
If someone has eyes like a hawk, they have very good eyesight and they notice everything.
face to face
If people meet face to face, they meet in person in the real world.
feel the pinch
If you are feeling the pinch, you're finding it harder to survive on your income.
find your feet
If you're still finding your feet, you're still adjusting to a new place or a new situation.
get it off your chest
If you get it off your chest, you tell somebody about something that's been bothering you and you've been thinking about a lot.
get off on the wrong foot
If you get off on the wrong foot, you start something poorly, or begin with a mistake.
go over your head
If someone goes over your head, they go to someone with more authority than you in order to get something that you would normally grant, possibly because they think you won't give it to them.
grease someone's palm INFORMAL
If you grease someone's palm, you pay them a bribe.
hard to swallow
Something that someone has said is hard to swallow if it's difficult to believe.
have a heart-to-heart
If you have a heart-to-heart with someone, you have an honest talk and share your feelings with each other.
have your hands full
If you have your hands full, you're busy.
have your head in the clouds
If someone has their head in the clouds, they are out of touch with the everyday world and can be unrealistic or naive as a result.
heads will roll
You can say "heads will roll" if people are going to lose their jobs after making a mistake.
hold your head high | hold your head up high
You can hold your head high, or hold your head up high, if you feel proud of something.
It's written all over your face.
If you say "it's written all over your face", you're saying that the expression on someone's face is showing their true feelings or thoughts.
itchy feet INFORMAL
If you have itchy feet, you feel the need to go somewhere different or do something different.
joined at the hip
If two people or things are joined at the hip, they're so closely linked as to be almost inseparable.
jump down your throat | jump all over you
If someone jumps down your throat, or jumps all over you, they strongly criticise you or scold you.
jump out of your skin INFORMAL
You jump out of your skin when something suddenly shocks you and your whole body jumps.
keep an eye on
If you keep an eye on someone, you make sure you know what they're doing.
keep your nose clean
If you keep your nose clean, you stay out of trouble by making sure you don't do anything wrong.
lend someone a hand
If you lend someone a hand, you help them.
let your hair down
If you let your hair down, you enjoy yourself by doing whatever you feel like doing and not worrying about what other people might think.
If you lose face, your status falls and you aren't respected as much as you were.
lose your head
If you lose your head, you become very angry about something.
more than meets the eye
You can say there's more to something than meets the eye if it's more complex, more important or more interesting than it seems at first.
music to your ears
If something is music to your ears, it's just what you want to hear.
neck and neck
If two competitors are running neck and neck in a race, they are almost level.
nerves of steel
If you have nerves of steel, you are very brave and not many things make you scared or nervous.
off the top of your head INFORMAL
If you give someone information off the top of your head, you do so from memory, without checking beforehand.
on the one hand | on the other hand
You can say "on the one hand" before describing one of two contrasting ideas, options, or opinions, and then say "on the other hand" before describing the other one.
on your last legs | on its last legs INFORMAL
If you say you're on your last legs, it can mean you're close to exhaustion, or it can mean you're close to death. If a thing is on its last legs, it's close to breaking or wearing out.
pay through the nose INFORMAL
If you pay through the nose for something, you pay more than the usual price for it.
pick somebody's brains
If you pick somebody's brains, you ask them for detailed information or ideas about something.
play it by ear
If you play it by ear, you don't plan ahead but you do whatever seems best at the time depending on the situation.
pull someone's leg INFORMAL
If you pull someone's leg, you play a joke on them by saying something that isn't true.
put someone's nose out of joint INFORMAL
If you put someone's nose out of joint, you upset them by not treating them with as much respect or consideration as they think they deserve.
put your foot in it
If you put your foot in it you say or do the wrong thing and usually make matters worse.
put your foot in your mouth
If you put your foot in your mouth you say or do the wrong thing and usually make matters worse.
rack your brains | rack you brain
If you rack your brains, or rack you brain, you try hard to remember something or think of a solution to a problem or a puzzle.
see eye to eye
If you see eye to eye with someone, you totally agree with them about something.
shoot yourself in the foot
If you shoot yourself in the foot, you harm yourself in some way by doing something stupid or making a silly mistake.
stick out like a sore thumb | stand out like a sore thumb
If someone sticks out like a sore thumb, or stands out like a sore thumb, everyone notices them because they're not the same as the people around them.
teething problems | teething troubles
If someone or something is having teething problems, or teething troubles, they're having problems during the early stages of something.
the gift of the gab | the gift of gab
If you've got the gift of the gab, or the gift of gab, you have the natural ability to talk in a way that people find entertaining or persuasive.
the upper hand
If you have the upper hand, you have the advantage or you're in the stronger position in a contest or a conflict.
up in arms
If you are up in arms, you are angry about something that you think is unfair or wrong.
up to your neck | up to your eyeballs
If you're up to your neck in something, or up to your eyeballs in something, you've got too much of it and it's become a problem.
vent your spleen
If you vent your spleen, you express your anger.
vote with your feet
If you vote with your feet, you show your opinion of something by acting in a certain way, such as by buying something if you like it, or by not buying it if you don't like it.
warts and all
If you show something warts and all, you show it exactly as it is without trying to hide any of its faults or weaknesses.
wash your hands of something
If you wash your hands of something that you were involved in, you decide to stop being involved in it after losing your interest or belief in it.
weak at the knees
If you go weak at the knees, you feel an emotion so strongly that it makes you feel unstable on your feet.
wear your heart on your sleeve
If you wear your heart on your sleeve, you show your emotions openly and you don't try to hide your feelings.
wet behind the ears INFORMAL
If someone is wet behind the ears, they don't have much experience of life.
work your socks off | work your tail off
If you work your socks off, or work your tail off, you work very hard.
If someone is yellow-bellied, they are not brave, or they are cowardly.
young at heart
Someone is young at heart if they still feel young even though they're getting old.
If you say "young blood", you mean young people who have fresh, new ideas and lots of energy.
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