English Idioms

Wolf in sheep's clothing

A wolf in sheep's clothing is something dangerous that looks quite safe and innocent.

You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink

This idiom means you can offer something to someone, like good advice, but you cannot make them take it.

Work like a dog

If you work like a dog, you work very hard.

Worm information

If you worm information out of somebody, you persuade them to tell you something they wanted to keep from you.

World is your oyster

When the world is your oyster, you are getting everything you want from life.

You can't teach an old dog new tricks

It is difficult to make someone change the way they do something when they have been doing it the same way for a long time

Worm's eye view

A worm's eye view of something is the view from below, either physically or socially.

You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar

This means that it is easier to persuade people if you use polite arguments and flattery than if you are confrontational.

You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear

If something isn't very good to start with, you can't do much to improve it.

You can't hide elephants in mouseholes

You can't hide elephants in mouseholes means that some issues/problems/challenges cannot be hidden/concealed but have to be faced and dealt with.