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May 16, 2024

What Do These Common Idioms Mean?

What Do These Common Idioms Mean?

What Do These Common Idioms Mean?

Idioms aren’t used often nowadays, as most kids have developed their own “slang”. Idioms are a type of figurative language that don’t mean exactly what they say. For example, the idiom “break a leg”. This doesn’t mean that you should actually break a leg, it means that you should try your hardest to do well. Since hardly anyone uses idioms anymore, I thought it would be funny to see what EMS kids thought these idioms mean. But before you read that, what do you think these idioms mean? Bite the bullet, barking up the wrong tree, and the best thing since sliced bread. 

Bite the Bullet: this means to stop procrastinating and do the hard work. But what do others think it means? 

  • Finn Hoffman-To commit suicide
  • Blade Zimmerman-Staying calm in a tense situation
  • Connor Knapp-If you’re going to do something, then do it

 

Barking Up the Wrong Tree: this means to be looking for solutions in the wrong place. I bet students will have different answers though. 

  • Jaxon Klaus-Messing with something/someone better than you
  • Brett Zeltwanger-Focusing on stuff that’s not important
  • Norah Westphalen-Thinking the wrong thing

 

The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread: this means that something is really, really good. But how will others take this?

  • Peyton Henderson-It is really good because sliced bread is good (he was right for all the wrong reasons)
  • Moses Dohner-It’s a great invention or idea, or it could be a sarcastic saying
  • Tyler Billings-Sliced bread is the best thing ever
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