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20 English Idioms with DREAM

20 English Idioms with DREAM

20 English Idioms with DREAM

20 English Idioms with DREAM

Do you often find yourself living in a dream world? Do you have big plans for the future, but your friends tell you to ‘Dream on‘? Are your future goals merely a pipe dream, or will you dare to dream and dream out loud – then eventually end up living the dream? Maybe this list of 20 English idioms with DREAM will be a dream come true for you? 

Whatever your dreams and aspirations, this handy list of 20 English idioms with DREAM will help you better understand common English expressions with the word dream!

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1. idiom: Live in a dream world.

literal meaning: Not accept the reality of a situation.

example: ‘I just want my own place, dad.’ ‘But you don’t understand how expensive it’s gonna be – how will you afford all the bills and Council Tax and so on? You’re living in a dream world.’

 

2. idiom: Walk around in a dream.

literal meaning: Be unable to focus on anything.

example: Ever since my brother met his new girlfriend, he’s been walking around in a dream. He’s totally besotted.

 

3. idiom: Be rich beyond your wildest dreams.

literal meaning: Be richer than you ever imagined.

example: If this horse wins tomorrow, we’ll be rich beyond our wildest dreams!

 

4. idiom: Never in my wildest dreams!

literal meaning: An unexpected event.

example: Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to get this promotion!

 

5. idiom: In your dreams!

literal meaning: You will never achieve it.

example: ‘Let me take you out for a drink, Clara.’ ‘In your dreams!

 

6. idiom: Be just a pipe dream.

literal meaning: It has zero chance of happening.

example: ‘Uncle Jack, why have you given up tennis? I thought you wanted to win that championship.’ ‘No, lad, it was always just a pipe dream.’

 

7. idiom: I wouldn’t dream of [it / gerund].

literal meaning: I would never do it.

example: ‘And don’t be rude about Jonny’s new hairpiece when he arrives. He’s very sensitive about it.’ ‘I wouldn’t dream of it.

 

8. idiom: A girl / a boy can dream.

literal meaning: It’s unlikely but fun to dream about.

example: ‘I really don’t think that Michael Bublé is going to see you in the crowd and invite you up on stage for a dance.’ ‘A girl can dream.

 

9. idiom: It’s a ____ [e.g. chef]’s dream.

literal meaning: It’s ideal for a ____ [e.g. chef].

example: This new mixer is so easy to use – it’s a chef’s dream.

 

10. idiom: My new car goes like a dream.

literal meaning: My new car drives really smoothly.

example: Come and have a drive with me in my new motor. It goes like a dream!

 

11. idiom: Get your dream job.

literal meaning: Get the job you’ve always wanted.

example: Pauline was fired from working as a lunchtime supervisor, then, a few weeks later, got her dream job – as a taster at a chocolate factory!

 

12. idiom: Be love’s young dream.

literal meaning: Be a cute young couple in love.

example: ‘Look at my cousin Roy and his new girlfriend, Mandy.’ ‘They look very much in love.’ ‘Yes, you could say they’re love’s young dream.’

 

13. idiom: Be dreamy.

literal meaning: Be rather attractive.

example: That guy Karl in your class is so dreamy. Do you know if he’s got a girlfriend?

 

14. idiom: Sweet dreams!

literal meaning: Sleep well!

example: ‘I’m off to bed, mum.’ ‘OK, sweetheart. Night night. Sweet dreams!

 

15. idiom: Dream up something.

literal meaning: Invent something.

example: ‘Your husband Barry’s been locked in his garden shed for two days.’ ‘I know. I wonder what he’s dreaming up now.’

 

16. idiom: Dare to dream.

literal meaning: Be confident of future success.

example: ‘I don’t know if we’ll get into the cup final, but I really hope so, dad!’ ‘You never know. You’ve gotta think positive. Dare to dream, kid.’

 

17. idiom: Dream out loud!

literal meaning: Don’t just dream – make it happen!

example: ‘I’ve always wanted to sing on stage, but I don’t know how to start.’ ‘It’s great to have dreams, but you need to take action too. Dream out loud! There’s an audition for the school show on Monday. Will you do it?’

 

18. idiom: Be a dream come true.

literal meaning: Be an unexpected but terrific result.

example: Finally getting the keys to our new house feels like a dream come true!

 

19. idiom: Be a dream team.

literal meaning: Work very well together.

example: ‘I’ve selected Alison and Nicki for the chess tournament. Truly our best players, don’t you think?’ ‘Ah yes! The dream team!’

 

20. idiom: Live the dream.

literal meaning: Have the life you always wanted.

example: ‘Yes – I packed in my boring job, sold my flat, bought a ticket to Manila, and I’ve been travelling ever since.’ ‘Sounds like you are truly living the dream!’ ‘Absolutely!’


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20 English Idioms of Love

20 English Idioms of Love

20 English Idioms of Love

20 English Idioms of Love

Have you ever fallen head over heels in love with somebody (developed strong feelings of love for somebody very quickly) and ended up living happily ever after (having a satisfying long-term relationship) with them? Do you believe that absence makes the heart grow fonder (your love intensifies after time apart from your loved one) and that everybody can find their soulmate (somebody that truly knows and understands them)? Do you get on like a house on fire (enjoy a good relationship) with your partner?

Whatever your current relationship status, this handy list of 20 English idioms of love will help you better understand common English expressions about love!

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1. idiom: have a crush on sby [somebody]

literal meaning: be attracted to sby.

example: ‘Did you know that Ginny’s got a crush on Dave?’ ‘I know! She’s been following him around like a lost puppy all day.

 

2. idiom: be hung up on sby

literal meaning: spend all your time thinking about sby in a romantic way.

example: ‘I can’t stop thinking about Liam.’ ‘Don’t get too hung up on him, dear. I’ve heard he’s already got a girlfriend.’

 

3. idiom: carry a torch for sby

literal meaning: love sby without them knowing, especially a former lover.

example: ‘Yes, Ronald still carries a torch for his ex-wife – despite that horrendous divorce.’

 

4. idiom: have a thing about sby

literal meaning: have feelings of attraction towards sby which are inexplicable.

example: ‘Joanne’s Canadian husband is kind of weird-looking, but he’s cute.’ ‘I know what you mean. But then I’ve always had a thing about Canadian guys.’

 

5. idiom: fall (head over heels) in love with sby

literal meaning: go from feelings of attraction to intense love for sby over a short period of time.

example: ‘We met in 2004 at a water park in Manila. We spent the rest of the holiday together and ended up falling head over heels in love with each other.’

 

6. idiom: be love at first sight

literal meaning: love sby after the first meeting.

example: ‘I met your father at the McDonalds in Charing Cross. I was wearing heels and a tight pink sweater. He was wearing his uniform. It was love at first sight.’

 

7. idiom: be made for each other

literal meaning: be a perfectly matched couple.

example: ‘Yes, Arnold and Mandy are a great couple. They really are made for each other.’

 

8. idiom: be a match made in heaven

literal meaning: be a perfectly matched couple.

example: ‘Leanne and Michael just seem like the perfect couple.’ ‘I know. They must be a match made in heaven.’

 

9. idiom: take sby’s breath away

literal meaning: make sby gasp in surprise or delight, especially due to a beautiful sight

example: ‘Whenever I see you, my darling, you take my breath away.’

 

10. idiom: only have eyes for sby

literal meaning: only be attracted to one particular person.

example: ‘I’ve seen you looking at other girls, Larry.’ ‘Nonsense, Janet. I only have eyes for you.’ ‘My name isn’t Janet.’

 

11. idiom: absence makes the heart grow fonder

literal meaning: spending time apart from your loved one(s) makes you love them more.

example: ‘I really miss Tom. I can’t wait for him to come home. Do you think he’ll still feel the same about me?’ ‘Well, you know what they say – absence makes the heart grow fonder.’

 

12. idiom: worship the ground sby walks on

literal meaning: adore sby completely and unconditionally.

example: ‘I don’t think Karl really cares about Mary, you know?’ ‘What? Are you kidding?! He worships the ground she walks on.’

 

13. idiom: sing sby’s praises

literal meaning: praise sby highly.

example: ‘I just ran into Graham at the store. He was singing your praises. He seems totally into you.’ ‘I know. He’s cute, but I’m not sure we’re meant to be.’

 

14. idiom: be the apple of sby’s eye

literal meaning: be beloved by somebody.

example: ‘Looks like Terry loves reading stories to his little daughter.’ ‘Yes, you can see that she’s the apple of his eye.’

 

15. idiom: get on like a house on fire

literal meaning: have a fantastic relationship.

example: ‘My parents have always got on like a house on fire, but lately I can sense some tension between them.’

 

16. idiom: be like two peas in a pod

literal meaning: be very similar to your partner, with identical tastes, views, dress sense, etc.

example: ‘Alan and his wife Jackie are absolutely inseparable, aren’t they? They’re so similar in almost every way.’ ‘Yes, they’re like two peas in a pod.’

 

17. idiom: find your soulmate

literal meaning: find the one person in the world who truly knows and understands you.

example: ‘I dream about finding my soulmate, but at fifty-five I fear I might be too old.’ ‘Don’t give up hope, Brenda.’

 

18. idiom: stick together through thick and thin

literal meaning: stay together and face life’s highs and lows as a team.

example: ‘Laura and Adam have had so many ups and downs in their relationship.’ ‘I know, but they’ve always managed to stick together through thick and thin.’

 

19. idiom: love conquers all

literal meaning: love triumphs over any problem or disaster.

example: ‘I think it’ll be too difficult to go through counselling with Ben. I can’t see our marriage surviving that.’ ‘Try to keep your head up. Love conquers all. Believe it.’ ‘OK. I’ll try.’

 

20. idiom: live happily ever after

literal meaning: live together in harmony for the rest of your life, e.g. after getting married.

example: ‘When I was younger, I always dreamed about meeting the perfect man, getting married, and living happily every after.’ ‘And now?’ ‘I still believe it.’


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