41 Idioms for Speech Therapy Practice
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- "Butterflies in my stomach.”
- “It’s raining cats and dogs.”
It’s raining really hard.
- “You’re a couch potato.”
- “They’re a dime a dozen.”
They are common, inexpensive, and you can get them anywhere.
- “Don’t add insult to injury.”
Don’t make it worse than it already is. Don’t mock and make someone feel worse than he already does.
- “I’m all ears.”
I’m listening intently or waiting to hear what you have to say.
- “I’m all thumbs.”
I’m clumsy or awkward. I can’t do small things with my hands.
- “You are barking up the wrong tree.”
You are looking in the wrong place or asking the wrong person.
- “I’m a basket case.”
I can’t do anything because I’m stressed out or panicked. I’m going crazy.
- “At the drop of a hat."
Do something instantly.
- “Beat around the bush.”
Talk about something, but never get to the main point. Hint at a topic or avoid a topic that you don’t want to talk about.
- “Don’t bite off more than you can chew.”
Don’t take on more than you can handle.
- "Bite the bullet.”
Endure a bad situation or get it over with. It’s something that has to be done, so just do it.
- "Break a leg.”
A saying that actors say to each other to mean “good luck.”
- “Quit busting my chops.”
Stop getting after me, scolding me, or harassing me.
- “By the seat of your pants.”
To do something luckily by instinct or without a lot of preparation.
- “By the skin of your teeth.”
You just barely missed that, usually talking about narrowly escaping a bad thing.
- “Call it a day.”
That’s the end of something. We are all done for today.
- “Cat nap.”
A short rest or sleep.
- “Clam up.”
To stop talking. Suddenly quiet, shy, or scared.
- “Cold shoulder.”
Be rude to someone or ignore/not talk to them.
- “Have a cow.”
Overreact, make a big deal out of something small.
- “Fit as a fiddle.”
Feeling good, nothing wrong, in good shape.
- “Make it from scratch.”
Homemade, make something from original ingredients.
- “Get bent out of shape.”
To get offended, worked up, mad, annoyed, or hurt over something.
- “Have a blast.”
To have a really good time, enjoy yourself.
- “Eyes in the back of your head.”
You can see everything, even things you are not looking at.
- “Hit the road.”
To leave, or get on your way.
- “Hit the sack, hit the hay.”
To go to bed.
- “Let the cat out of the bag.”
Reveal a secret.
- “Spill the beans.”
Tell someone’s secret.
- “Off your rocker.”
You are crazy, out of your mind, or confused.
- “Off the hook.”
You are not responsible, obligated, or blamed for something.
- “Piece of cake.”
It’s an easy or simple thing/job to do.
- “Pull your leg.”
To tease or joke with someone by telling them something false.
- “Right as rain.”
Someone or something is perfect or absolutely right.
- “Shoot the breeze.”
Talk about unimportant things or sit and chat.
- “Take the cake.”
To be really good or outstanding at something.
- “Through thick and thin.”
Through good and bad times.
- “Under the weather.”
Not feeling well, sick.
- “You can say that again.”
I strongly agree with you. That is a true statement.
This list of functional words was professionally selected to be the most useful for a child or adult who has difficulty with idioms.
We encourage you to use this list when practicing idioms at home.
Home practice will make progress toward meeting individual language goals much faster.
Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) are only able to see students/clients 30-60 mins (or less) per week. This is not enough time or practice for someone to strengthen their understanding of idioms.
Every day that your loved one goes without practice it becomes more difficult to help them.
We know life is busy, but if you're reading this you're probably someone who cares about helping their loved one as much as you can.
Practice 5-10 minutes whenever you can, but try to do it on a consistent basis (daily).
Please, please, please use this list to practice.
It will be a great benefit to you and your loved one's progress.