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Learning common English idioms is one of the most important aspects of mastering the English language. Indigenous English speakers use slang terms and words in their conversations.

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Frequently used English idioms are one of the most difficult parts of language learning. In this post, we have included some English terms to introduce you to some common English terms.

Introducing common terms in English

Terms are widely used in English conversation; you can find the meaning of terms in the dictionary and use examples. The dictionary also contains the meaning of informal terms.

In short, English terms are terms that are difficult to understand without placement in the text. They usually have a fixed structure and many of them are informal.

We have prepared for you some of the most used English terms; but there are many one of them.

Hit the sack

The literal meaning of this phrase is to physically hit or beat a bag. But Hit the sack means go to bed, and the term is used when you are very tired and want to sleep. You can also use hit the hay instead.

Example:. It’s time for me to hit the sack, I’m so tired

Sit tight

This common English term can be a great example of why you can not translate English terms word for word. Literally, this term means that you are pressing your body firmly, which indicates that you are not very comfortable.

But if someone tells you that Sit tight, they ask you to wait patiently and do not act until you have information.


“Who knows Johnny, sometimes they come out quickly but it could take some time. You’re just going to have to sit tight and wait. “

Pitch in

The term does not make sense if you want to translate it word for word, but it actually means contributing to, or joining, something personal.


I don’t know. I don’t have much money

Low hanging fruit

The term is often used for easy and trivial tasks. In fact, something that can be done easily and quickly.


The Company knew that translating their website to Spanish was a low hanging fruit.

Ring a bell

If we look at the literal meaning of the term Ring a bell, it simply means: You can ring the school bell to tell students that it is time to go to class or ring the doorbell at home.

But the term means that someone has mentioned something that is familiar to you and that you may have heard before. In other words, when someone says something, you believe you have heard in the past, alarms start ringing and you try to remember why the name and place sound familiar.


“You’ve met my friend Amy Adams, right?

Cut to the chase

When someone tells you Cut to the chase, it means that you talk too long and do not say the main point. When one uses these phrases, one is actually telling you to hurry and point to the important part without saying all the details. Be careful how you use the English term, because if you use it when talking to someone like a university professor or your boss, it is rude and disrespectful. If you talk to a group of people like your employees and use the term, it means that there are a few things that need to be said, but there is very little time, so you point out the important parts so that everyone understands.

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