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Idioms & Slang – What is a Cliché?


This post is part of an ongoing series of posts from the blog page on our website that help you learn more about idioms and slang. Let’s learn about clichés today!!!

What is a cliché?

A cliché is a certain kind of figurative language that we use a lot in spoken English. A cliché is basically a phrase or a sentence that is very similar to an idiom or a piece of American or English slang. Clichés are very useful but they should never be overused.


General clichés
What happens in the dark will come to the light.

Means: What you do in secret or privacy will eventually be seen by others.
No news is good news.

Means: Most news is bad & so long as there is no news, this means all is normal, which is good.

Descriptive clichés
That was crystal clear.
Means: Something if very clear and easy to understand.

He is colder than ice.
Means: He has a cold heart; he is mean or inconsiderate to others.

Funny clichés
That is the coolest thing since sliced bread.
Means: This means something is really useful, unique or really cool by any measure.

He is cooler than a fan.
Means: He is a very cool person.

I am cooler than a polar bear’s toenails.

Means: I am a very cool person.

Clichés about success and failure
When it rains it pours.

Means: Many bad things happen all at once.
It is not the end of the world.

Means: Failure is not so important and it is not going to stop everything from working.

The early bird catches the worm.

Means: People who do not wait get the most opportunities.

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By: Luke 

ETO American English teacher

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