American English Idioms and Phrases

1. Ace in the hole

An “ace in the hole” is a hidden advantage or resource that can be used if needed.

2. Break a leg

The phrase “break a leg” is a way to wish someone good luck, especially in a theatrical or performance context.

3. Caught between a rock and a hard place

To be “caught between a rock and a hard place” means to be in a difficult situation with no good options.

4. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch

This idiom means to not assume that something will happen until it actually does.

5. Hit the nail on the head

To “hit the nail on the head” means to accurately identify or describe a problem or situation.

6. Jump the gun

To “jump the gun” means to act prematurely or without all the necessary information.

7. Keep your chin up

The phrase “keep your chin up” means to stay positive and resilient in the face of adversity.

8. Piece of cake

The idiom “piece of cake” means that something is very easy to do.

9. When pigs fly

The phrase “when pigs fly” is used to express that something is unlikely to happen.

These American English idioms and phrases are commonly used in both formal and informal contexts, and they can add color and variety to your language.

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