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  • 0:03 That's Not What I Meant!
  • 0:50 Examples of Idioms
  • 1:25 Idiom Poems
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Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

In the English language, sometimes words don't always mean exactly what they say. Idioms are used in our language every day and even in our poetry. In this lesson, you'll learn about idiom poems.

That's Not What I Meant!

Have you ever heard the phrase: ''You are the apple of my eye?'' Wait a minute! Since when do our eyes have apples? Don't worry, you didn't miss anything in science class! This statement is simply an idiom.

Idioms are phrases which are commonly used and have a different meaning from how they sound. The meaning of an idiom is figurative, which means it has another meaning than what someone would typically think. For example, if someone didn't know that the idiom ''apple of my eye?'' had another meaning, they might think that it literally meant someone had apples in his or her eyes. Yet, because this is an idiom, it means something different. This idiom actually means that someone likes you and values you more than other people. That sounds much better than apples growing out of everyone's eyes!

Examples of Idioms

Let's go through some more idioms and try to guess what they mean:

  • ''I'm going back to the drawing board.'' For this one, the person doesn't mean he or she is actually going to draw but is going to start over or think about another way to do something.

  • ''That costs an arm and a leg.'' For this one, no, you don't have to pay for the item in body parts. Phew...that's a relief! It simply means that the object is expensive.

  • ''That test was a piece of cake.'' The test isn't covered in icing and candles, but this idiom means that it was easy to do.

Idiom poems are poems that contain idioms. They can rhyme or not rhyme and don't have a set number of lines. In idiom poems, the idioms are used to help the reader visualize what is happening in the poem and think more about what the author really means.

Idiom Poems

Shel Silverstein's ''Losing Pieces'' is a great example of an idiom poem. It goes like this:


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