Idioms Most Frequently Used in Conversation

Here are some Idioms with long used frequently in conversation. Useful for NON-NATIVE English Learners.

Ben: Hi Jill! I haven’t seen you for ages.
Jill: Yeah, long time no see! [I haven’t see you for a long time]

Nancy: Hey, what happened to your plan to go on holiday with Ken?
Rita: Oh, it’s a long story. I’ll tell you next time I see you. [It’s all complicated and difficult to tell]

Bernard: How long do we normally have to wait till they give us an answer?
Malcolm: (laughing) How long is a piece of string? It could be three days or three month! [That’s an impossible question to answer. Used in answer to questions beginning ‘How long …?’]

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Karen: But how did it happen? I don’t understand.

Laura: Well, to cut a long story short, Peter fell in love with the restaurant owner, married her and now he is the manager. [Tell the main points, but not all the details]

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Sandy: Did you write down the names of everyone who complained?
Elsa: Yes, I’ve got a list as long as your arm. [very long list indeed]

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