You may use the following idioms all the time, but did you ever think about where they came from or why we say them?
Many of these expressions trace their roots to historical events and legends. Understanding the cultural context and anecdotes behind idioms will not only help you connect with them and remember them better but also make you feel more confident using them in spoken or written conversations with native speakers.
Here are 5 commonly used idioms and their origins, with explanations and examples.
Do you know any other phrases with unusual origins? Share them with me in the comments below!
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