As the Cambridge Dictionary states, an idiom is “a group of words in a fixed order that have a particular meaning that is different from the meanings of each word understood on its own”.
For example, when people say: “It’s raining cats and dogs”, you don’t have to be scared. You won’t see cats and dogs falling from the sky. It is just an idiomatic expression to be used when it is raining heavily.
Usually idioms are elaborate expressions and their meaning is not always obvious. You need to learn them by heart.
The secret of making idioms effortlessly part of your conversational language is to read them regularly in context.
Idiomatic expressions frequently differ from language to language. We propose you some useful links to consult idiomatic expressions in English, French and Spanish:
1. If you are searching for English idiomatic expressions, have a look at the Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms or if you want a list in alphabetical order check the website called myenglishpages.com.
2. If you are looking for Spanish idiomatic expressions, we suggest that you use Spanish-english-corner.com (it provides you also the context) or langaugerealm.com.
3. If you need French idiomatic expressions, have a try at french.about.com.
Enjoy your search!