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Top 10 IELTS idioms

Here are our top idioms for your IELTS speaking exam. If you can use one of these in your test, we are sure it will help to increase your score!

Idiom Definition Example
To be on cloud nine To be really happy “I’m on cloud nine because I passed my IELTS exam.”
To make (someones) blood boil To make someone really angry “It makes my blood boil when I hear about inequality.”
To hit the ceiling To become very angry “He hits the ceiling every time he has an argument at work.”
To be against the clock To have little time “We are against the clock as we need to complete the assignment by the end of the day.”
To be all ears To dedicate yourself to listening to something “He told me if I had any suggestions, he would be all ears.”
To cost next to nothing To be really cheap “In some countries, food costs next to nothing..”
Through thick and thin In every circumstance “My friends and I stick together through thick and thin.”
Fit as a fiddle To be in good health or really fit “Since I’ve taken up running, I’ve become fit as a fiddle.”
To go the extra mile To do more work than is necessary “When you go the extra mile for your customers, they will return.”
A piece of cake Something that is really easy “Learning English is a piece of cake!”

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