What is an idiom?



By: Amanda Ressler

What is an Idiom?

  • It is a set phrase of 2 or more words that has a special meaning other than the literal definitions of the words in the phrase.


Most idioms are only known in specific areas, languages, or with certain groups of people.

To Kill a Mockingbird: Chapter 7 - Idioms

 "walked on eggs"


Meaning:  "To walk on eggs" is to walk very carefully.

Chapter 10 - Idioms

"fight tooth and nail"

Meaning: To "fight someone tooth and nail" is to fight that person as fiercely as possible (literally with teeth and fingernails if necessary).

Idiom TKMB: 

"set my teeth permanently on edge"


Meaning: To "set one's teeth on edge" is to annoy someone or make them feel nervous the way in which Aunt Alexandra tends to annoy Scout.

Chapter 5 Idiom:

"acid tongue in her head" 


Meaning: Acid is very bitter in taste. Someone with an "acid tongue" is someone who tends to speak bitterly or sharply.

Chapter 24 Idiom

"blue in the face"


Meaning: When someone is angry and upset; excited and emotional .

TKMB Idiom

"on tenterhooks"


Meaning: To be "on tenterhooks" is to be filed with suspense or anxiety .

Chapter 30 - Idiom

"into the limelight"


1)In the theater, "the limelight" is an intense light thrown on stage in order to highlight an actor, etc.

2)To be "in the limelight" is to be put in a prominent position before the public.