Idioms are fixed expressions whose meaning is not immediately obvious from looking at the individual words in the idiom, such as to hit the roof (to react in a very angry way).

There are many idioms in English, but some sound rather old-fashioned or are not very widely used. The English Idioms in Use books focus just on those idioms which the modern student needs to know. providing information and practice to help you understand and use them correctly.

These books, available in two levels, offer explanations and practice of English idioms, written for intermediate (B1-B2) and advanced (C1-C2) learners of English. They are perfect for both self-study and classroom activities.

This second edition includes two new units and an updated design and content.

Michael McCarthy and Felicity O’Dell

Number of levels

B1-C2 (Intermediate to Advanced)

Informed by the Cambridge English Corpus
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Key features:

  • Increase your knowledge of idioms and how to use them, with easy to understand explanations and practice exercises.
  • Learn idioms in context, with lots of different topics, including ‘Clothes’, ‘Music and theatre’ and ‘Work’ (intermediate) and ‘Learning’, ‘Formal writing’ and ‘Telling stories’ (advanced).
  • Be confident about what you are learning, thanks to Cambridge research into how English is really spoken and written.
  • Get better at studying by yourself, with study tips, follow-up tasks and an easy to use answer key.
  • Includes an index of the 1,000 idioms per level for easy reference.