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I Literally Laughed My Head Off A Lesson on Idioms
What Is an Idiom? Idioms are sayings that have hidden meanings. These expressions don't mean exactly what the words say. For example, if someone told you to hold your horses, do they want you to actually hold onto your horses? No! This is an idiom. When someone says this, they don’t want you to literally hold your horses. What do you think this idiom actually means? If you think this idiom means to be patient, you’re right!
What Does Literally Mean? When we use idioms, we don’t literally mean what we say. But what does literally mean? The word literally means that something actually happened. For example, if you said you laughed your head off, you’re head probably didn’t actually fall off. But if your head actually fell off, you would say you literally laughed your head off. Can you think of any idioms?
Guess the Idioms Are you ready to guess what these idioms mean? Read the idiom and guess what you think it means. After you’ve made a guess, the picture will help you see if your guess was correct. Next get ready to see a picture of what the idiom would mean if we meant it literally.
I laughed my head off!
I literally laughed my head off!
That test was a piece of cake!
That test was literally a piece of cake!
He kicked the bucket.
He literally kicked the bucket.
She had butterflies in her stomach.
She literally had butterflies in her stomach.
She let the cat out of the bag.
She literally let the cat out of the bag.
She kept her eye on the baby.
She literally kept her eye on the baby.
It’s raining cats and dogs!
It’s literally raining cats and dogs!
The party was a blast!
The party was literally a blast!
Your Turn! Step 1: Choose an idiom and write it on the left side of your paper. Step 2: Draw what the idiom means. Step 3: Add the word literally to your sentence. Step 4: Draw what the idiom literally means. It’s raining cats and dogs! It’s literally raining cats and dogs!
Need Some Ideas? • • • • • • Over my dead body! • He’s a ball hog. • She’s driving me crazy. • He has a sharp tongue. • He’s a real hothead. • They had to work around the clock. • She lost her marbles. • I’ll be done in a snap. • I’m all ears! • He’s bananas. • She has a big mouth. • He blew her a kiss. • That bugs me. • I can’t stand it! • She can’t carry a tune. • He had a change of heart. • I cried my eyes out. • That cracks me up! • Cut it out! • You’re dead meat. • I feel like a million dollars. • This is my family tree. • He got fired at work. • I freeze up when I get nervous. • He has a heart of gold. Hold your tongue. It’s a zoo in there. They jumped for joy! We need to kill time. I look up to you. She’s so good, she’s on fire! You’re really on top of things. Let’s look on the bright side. It’s puppy love. She was shoplifting. Let’s take a shortcut. He has a sweet tooth. Two heads are better than one. I’m walking on eggshells. Your eyes are bigger than your stomach. Something fishy is going on around here! Zip your lip! I’m a basket-case. That costs an arm and a leg He’s the class clown. I’m filthy rich. She’s happy as a clam. He talked my ear off.