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For #WritingtipsWednesday a list of idioms!

by Louisa Klein

Hello everybody! I was asked by a couple of new clients to put together a list of of idioms they can use as a reference, since they always use the same ones in their fiction. Of course, I complied and then told myself … why not sharing it with everyone else? So, here they are! I hope you find them helpful!

1. Pain in the neck – an irritating, annoying person

Ex. Sarah is such a pain in the neck these days.

2. A people person – an outgoing person who gets along with people really well and is a good listener

Ex. Tom is enthusiastic and positive and he is a people person.

3. Party animal – someone who likes to attend parties often

Ex. Are you going out again tonight? You are such a party animal.

4. Cheapskate – a mean person who doesn’t like spending money

Ex. He was always a cheapskate even though he was earning $200,000 a year.

5. Happy camper – a person who is always happy and satisfied. We often use ‘happy camper’ in the negative.

Ex. The apartment was much smaller than I expected, I was not a happy camper.

6. Nerd – someone who is very interested in science or technology, particularly in computers

Ex. He spends all weekends at his laptop, he is such a nerd.

7. Life and soul of the party – someone who is energetic, and good fun during social occasions.

Ex. It was a great night, Jim was life and soul of the party.

8. Dipstick – a person who seems to be stupid (very informal)

Ex. I don’t know whether to laugh or be angry at his behaviour. What a complete dipstick!

9. Down-to-earth – someone who is practical and close to reality, who accepts other people as equals

Ex. Despite his wealth, he was a down-to-earth man. He was very generous and had a kind heart.

10. Early bird – a person who wakes up, arrives to work, etc. before the usual time

This expression comes from the English proverb “The early bird catches the worm”. And should add: but you can order pizza until midnight … 😉

11. Larger than life – someone who is more exciting or interesting than other people

Ex. All who knew him would agree that his personality was larger than life, he was a joy to be around.

12. Wimp – a weak person, someone who lacks confidence.

Ex. I always avoid confrontations, I am such a wimp.

13. Golden boy – a winning person that everyone is fond of.

Ex. Ray Wilkins was a golden boy of English football.

14. Bunny boiler – a girl who behaves improperly after a relationship breakup.

This expression comes from the film “Fatal Attraction” in which the character kills and boils her ex-boyfriend’s family pet rabbit.

15. Slave driver – someone who makes other people work really hard

Ex. My boss is such a slave driver, I had to work two weekends in a row.

16. Big mouth – someone who is not able to keep a secret

Ex. Never tell her a secret, she’s got a really big mouth.

17. Tearaway – a person who behaves in a stupid or wild manner, and frequently gets into trouble.

Ex. Jack was a bit of a tearaway in secondary school, always getting into trouble.

18. Busybody – a person who expresses great interest in other people’s private lives

Ex. My next-door neighbour is a real busybody.

19. Scrooge – a miserable person who hates spending money.

This expression comes from a character in “A Christmas Carol” novel by Charles Dickens.

Ex. My last boss was a real Scrooge, for years we never received a Christmas bonus.

20. Skiver – someone who is absent from school or work without a good reason

We can also say ‘someone who is pulling a sickie’.

Ex. He didn’t bother to turn up for work on Monday, he is a skiver.

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