Getting the Hang of Idioms
Idioms can act as roadblocks and detours on the road to learning English — for ELL students and native speakers alike. In this "Idiom Workout," we chose some idioms that can be found in the Visual Thesaurus database and that have "idiom cousins" with the same starter words (i.e., get the..., in a..., on the...).
Once students discover the meanings behind these idioms, they can put an asterisk (*) after the starter words in the Visual Thesaurus search box to discover other idioms that start with the same words (we call this wildcard searching). Click here to find the "Idiom Workout" sheet and here to read a related lesson plan on idioms "Learning Idioms in ESL."