Are you looking for some idioms that are funny?
Well if so, you are in a treat.
In this post, we are going to look at 58 different idioms that will make you laugh.
Let’s get started!
58 Idioms That Are Funny – These Will Make You Laugh
1. To Can’t Make A Silk Purse Out Of A Sow’s Ear
- Meaning: You can turn something ugly into something beautiful or you can make something valuable when you only use poor materials.
- Use In A Sentence: Julie asked me to make a wedding dress out of this cheap material. I told her you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.
2. To Know As Much About Something As A Pig Knows About Sunday
- Meaning: To know absolutely nothing about something.
- Use In A Sentence: James asked me to help him run his computer business. I told him that I would love to help, but I know as much about running a computer business as a pig knows about Sunday!
3. To Have One’s Head In The Clouds
- Meaning: to be absentminded. A person that doesn’t know what is going on around them.
- Use In A Sentence: She must have had her head in the clouds when the teacher gave us the instructions for this class project because she doesn’t have a clue.
4. To Talk The Hind Legs Off A Donkey
- Meaning: To be overly talkative.
- Use In A Sentence: I don’t know where Wilma is at, the last I saw her she was talking to Judy. Oh well, you know Judy, she can talk the hind legs off a donkey if you let her.
5. To Fall Out Of The Ugly Tree And Hit Every Branch On The Way Down
- Meaning: To say that someone is really ugly.
- Use In A Sentence: “What did you think of their cat?” “That is one ugly cat. It is like it fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down.”
6. To Tell Someone How The Cow Ate The Cabbage
- Meaning: To tell someone the truth that they don’t want to hear or acknowledge.
- Use In A Sentence: I don’t think dumping more money into the business will save it. Someone just needs to tell Dave how the cow ate the cabbage. That way, he won’t waste his money.
7. To Be Shaking Like A Dog Passing A Peach Pit
- Meaning: To noticeably tremble about something.
- Use In A Sentence: Is Mark okay? His face is pale and he is shaking like a dog passing a peach pit. Yes, he is fine. He just got a little scared.
8. To Pee Like A Racehorse
- Meaning: To urinate for a long time.
- Use In A Sentence: Can we make a stop? I need to pee like a racehorse.
9. To Be A Couch Potato
- Meaning: Someone who is extremely lazy. Usually, they spend a lot of time on their couch watching TV.
- Use In A Sentence: I am concerned about Bob. Ever since he was laid off from work, he has become nothing but a couch potato. He refuses to go out and look for another job.
10. To Have A Lead Foot
- Meaning: someone who tends to drive fast.
- Use In A Sentence: Can we ride with you? I am afraid to ride with Mary. She has a lead foot. The last time we rode with her we nearly go into an accident.
11. To Talk One’s Arm Off
- Meaning: someone who talks so much that those around them get annoyed or bored.
- Use In A Sentence: If you are planning on talking to Amy be prepared to stay awhile. The last time I went to her house she talked my arm off.
12. As If The Sun Shines Out One’s Backside
- Meaning: to think that a person is better than others.
- Use In A Sentence: Last week, the boss left Steve in charge of the flooring department. Now, he thinks the sun shines out of his backside.
13. The Lights Are On But No one is Home
- Meaning: A funny way to say that someone is stupid.
- Use In A Sentence: Don’t ask for advice from Karen. I am afraid to say it but, the lights are on but no one is at home.
14. To Have A Sweet Tooth
- Meaning: a person that likes to eat a lot of candy.
- Use In A Sentence: If you are looking for something sweet to eat, talk to Julie. She has a sweet tooth! She is always carrying some kind of candy in her purse.
15. To Talk The Legs Off An Iron Pot
- Meaning: Used to describe an overly talkative person.
- Use In A Sentence: I tried to avoid talking to her at the party. She can talk the legs off an iron pot if you let her.
16. To Be A Guinea Pig
- Meaning: a person that is used for an experiment.
- Use In A Sentence: May didn’t tell her family, but she was using them as guinea pigs to try out her new cookie recipes.
17. As Happy As A Pig In Muck
- Meaning: To be very happy.
- Use In A Sentence: When she saw that the package was for her, she was as happy as a pig in muck.
18. To Be Off One’s Rocker
- Meaning: To be crazy.
- Use In A Sentence: He must be off his rocker to pay that much money for that old car.
19. Hairy At The Heel
- Meaning: To be coarse or unsophisticated.
- Use In A Sentence: What happened to your manners? Are you hairy at the heel? We don’t use those words in front of your grandmother.
20. To Be Poor As A Church Mouse
- Meaning: To be very poor.
- Use In A Sentence: When my grandfather was my age he was as poor as a church mouse.
21. Dead As A Doornail
- Meaning: Definitely dead.
- Use In A Sentence: Are you sure the fish is dead? Oh yeah, he is as dead as a doornail.
22. To Cost An Arm And A Leg
- Meaning: To be very expensive.
- Use In A Sentence: I remember when you could buy one for 100 dollars. Nowadays, a new one will cost you an arm and a leg.
23. To Smoke Like A Chimney
- Meaning: a person who smokes a lot.
- Use In A Sentence: My grandma hates that grandpa smokes like a chimney, but there is little she can do about it. Everyone makes their own decisions.
24. To Keep One’s Shirt On
- Meaning: an expression used to tell someone to remain calm and wait for something.
- Use In A Sentence: Keep your shirt on! She probably isn’t home yet. She will call you when she gets home.
25. To Be A Shadetree Mechanic
- Meaning: a person who repairs cars for fun.
- Use In A Sentence: Jerry really knows a lot of cars. He is much more than just a shadetree mechanic. He should open his own car repair shop.
26. The Fat Hit The Fire
- Meaning: When a situation has quickly become much worse.
- Use In A Sentence: He was sure that he didn’t get caught stealing at work, but then the fat hit the fire. Last week, his boss has installed a security camera in the back warehouse. Everything was caught on camera.
27. To Be As Deaf As A Post
- Meaning: Unable to hear well.
- Use In A Sentence: There is no need to be afraid of the neighbor’s dog, he can’t hear you. He is as deaf as a post.
28. To Pick One’s Brain
- Meaning: to ask questions about something to get information.
- Use In A Sentence: I have a few questions about running a business. Would you mind if I called you and picked your brain?
29. To Mickey Mouse Around
- Meaning: to fool around.
- Use In A Sentence: Would you stop Mickey Mousing around and finish your dinner? We have a lot of things to do tonight.
30. To Be Missing Some Of One’s Buttons
- Meaning: To not be all there. To be deranged.
- Use In A Sentence: I think George is missing some of his buttons. He thought the portable iron was his cellphone.
31. Is Water Wet?
- Meaning: A rhetorical question meaning the answer to the question is an obvious yes.
- Use In A Sentence: “Hey, do you want to go on a road trip with me this summer?” “Is water wet? Of course, I would love to go with you on a road trip.”
32. To Get One’s Panties In A Bunch
- Meaning: To get upset over something that is relatively unimportant or trivial.
- Use In A Sentence: Don’t get your panties in a bunch. I am sure he will be here in a few minutes. So what if he is a few minutes late.
33. Like Nailing Jelly To A Tree
- Meaning: To describe something that is very difficult or nearly impossible to do.
- Use In A Sentence: Did you talk to your mom about it? No, there is no point. Talking about that with my mom is like trying to nail jelly to a tree. She will never understand my viewpoint.
34. To Come Out Of One’s Shell
- Meaning: when a normally shy person feels more comfortable and thus is more outgoing and sociable.
- Use In A Sentence: Wow, you must make Matt really comfortable because he really came out of his shell tonight.
35. Even A Blind Pig Can Find An Acorn Once In A While
- Meaning: Even people who are normally wrong, sometimes can be right. However, it is usually by accident.
- Use In A Sentence: I know he doesn’t know much about technology, but I guess even a blind pig can find an acorn once in a while, right?
36. All Talk And No Trousers
- Meaning: A person who claims they can do something, but cannot deliver on their claims.
- Use In A Sentence: He talks a big game, but when it comes time to act, he is all talk and no trousers.
37. To Talk The Bark Off A Tree
- Meaning: To talk a lot.
- Use In A Sentence: I love my grandma, but she can talk the bark off a tree.
38. To Be As Bright As A Button
- Meaning: To be smart, intelligent, or a quick thinker.
- Use In A Sentence: Moses is as bright as a button, he was the first person to solve the riddle.
39. Has The Cat Got Your Tongue?
- Meaning: A question directed to someone who is being unusually quiet.
- Use In A Sentence: Are you okay? Has the cat got your tongue? You haven’t said anything all morning?
40. To Have More Holes Than Swiss Cheese
- Meaning: to say that there are a number of problems with the plan or theory. As many holes as in swiss cheese. For this reason, it is surely going to fail.
- Use In A Sentence: “Jeff, what do you think of the proposal?” “I am not sure. At first, it sounded like a great plan, but the more we look into it, it seems like it has more holes than swiss cheese. Perhaps, another solution would be easier?”
41. A Birdbrain
- Meaning: a person who makes very poor decisions or a person who is not very smart.
- Use In A Sentence: Jerry is such a birdbrain. He is always making decisions without thinking about the consequences. He is going to get himself in trouble one of these days.
42. In A Pig’s Eye
- Meaning: an exclamation to express disbelief that something is true.
- Use In A Sentence: “I think we can finish the project by the end of the week.” “In a pig’s eye, you will! At the rate you are going, you will be fortunate if you finish by the end of the month.”
43. To Take A Chill Pill
- Meaning: Something you tell someone when you want them to call down.
- Use In A Sentence: Take a chill pill, will you? We aren’t going to be late for the meeting.
44. To Chew The Fat
- Meaning: To talk at length about something.
- Use In A Sentence: “Where is dad?” “He is out back chewing the fat with Uncle Roy.”
45. To Be Full Of Hot Air
- Meaning: A person who lies often.
- Use In A Sentence: Mario is full of hot air. There is no way that girl wants to go out with him.
46. To Shoot The Breeze
- Meaning: To have a friendly conversation with someone.
- Use In A Sentence: Dave and your father are out on the patio shooting the breeze.
47. Ear Hustler
- Meaning: a person who gossips.
- Use In A Sentence: Be careful what you tell Julie, she is an ear hustler. If you tell her something today, everyone will know by tomorrow.
48. Put A Sock In It
- Meaning: (slang) To tell someone to stop talking.
- Use In A Sentence: Put a sock in it. You don’t know what you are talking about. You weren’t even there to see it, so how do you know what really happened?
49. To Be Nutty As A Fruitcake
- Meaning: a crazy person.
- Use In A Sentence: For as long as I can remember Megan has always been nutty as a fruitcake.
50. A Cakewalk
- Meaning: something that is easy to do.
- Use In A Sentence: After working in this industry for 10 years. Programing is a cakewalk for him.
51. It’s All Greek To Me
- Meaning: To say that one doesn’t understand anything. It is like a foreign language to him.
- Use In A Sentence: I don’t understand these instructions at all. It’s all Greek to me. Can you take a look at them and see if you understand what we should do?
52. Beat Around The Bush
- Meaning: To take too long to say what you want to say. To discuss a matter without getting to the point quickly.
- Use In A Sentence: Don’t beat around the bush! Just tell me what you want me to do for you.
53. To Be One Egg Short Of A Dozen
- Meaning: used to express that someone isn’t very intelligent, crazy, or that person is mentally slow.
- Use In A Sentence: Be careful around Pearl. She has some crazy ideas. She is one egg short of a dozen you know?
54. Frog In One’s Throat
- Meaning: Hoarseness or difficulty speaking.
- Use In A Sentence: Sorry, I don’t think I can do the presentation today. This cold has left me with a frog in my throat and I can barely talk. Can we reschedule for next Monday?
55. To Keep One’s Eyes Peeled
- Meaning: To be watchful for something or someone.
- Use In A Sentence: Keep your eyes peeled and tell me if you see anyone else coming. I don’t want to get caught again.
56. A Slack Master
- Meaning: a lazy person.
- Use In A Sentence: I don’t know how he gets such good grades in school. He is such a slack master at home.
57. A Cookie Pusher
- Meaning: a lazy person
- Use In A Sentence: You mean to tell me that you didn’t do anything today? I guess you are just being a cookie pusher on your first day of summer vacation.
58. A Beached Whale
- Meaning: (slang) a large or obese person.
- Use In A Sentence: I need to start working out. I don’t want people to think I am a beached whale.
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