Hi dear English learners! Happy Easter to all! For those of you who don’t know what Easter is, let me tell you that it is one of the most important religious festivals in the Christian world. It celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter falls in Spring but not always on the same date. The symbols of Easter are eggs and rabbits so don’t be surprised if most of the 10 Easter idioms I prepared for you today are about eggs and bunnies.
Easter eggs are usually chocolate eggs that are given to children for Easter. The term also refers to eggs people dye and decorate. There are many games we play with Easter eggs like Egg Hunt, Egg Toss, and many more.
- Have you dyed Easter eggs already? I want to pick some for Egg Hunt.
- I’ll put some chocolate Easter eggs in a basket for the children.
Besides eggs, a bunny is another most common symbol of Easter because it symbolises abundance and fertility. It is believed that the Easter bunny hides Easter eggs somewhere for children to find them.
- There was a basket on the table full of chocolate Easter bunnies and eggs.
- Our children still believe in Easter bunnies.
This expression has nothing to do with Easter, but it is widely used to describe a person who is happy for some reason.
- I’ve got a new computer. I’m a happy bunny.
- Although Sarah tried to sound cheerful, she didn’t seem to be a happy bunny.
Put all your eggs in one basket
This idiom is usually used in its negative form, and it has to do with putting your resources on several options rather than one.
- I think you should apply for three jobs rather than one. You’ve got a bigger chance to get hired that way. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
- When planning to invest, it’s not very wise to put all your eggs in one basket.
A good egg
A good egg is a nice person.
- I’m sure you’ll like him. He’s a good egg.
- Clare is a really good egg. She will always find time for a friend.
To egg on someone
To egg on someone or egg someone on means to encourage them to do something, especially if it is something they shouldn’t do.
- Jason wouldn’t dare to jump into a swimming pool from 10 meters but his friend egged him on.
- My husband always eggs me on to sing when we’re in a karaoke bar.
Pull a rabbit out of a hat
If you pulled a rabbit out of a hat, then you did something very effective and unexpected.
- Our team was losing but al of a sudden the captain pulled a rabbit out of a hat and scored a goal.
- The chef pulled a rabbit out of a hat by preparing 200 pasta dishes in an hour.
Like a rabbit caught in the headlights
Someone who acts like a rabbit caught in the headlights is so frightened that they can’t move.
- When the teacher asked about the topic Mary didn’t know almost anything about, she felt like a rabbit caught in the headlights. She was so confused that she couldn’t say a word.
Gild the lily
To gild the lily means to spoil something by decorating it too much.
- The walls in your apartment are perfectly nice the way they are. If you paint them in different colours, it would be gilding the lily.
To walk on eggshells
If you walk on eggshells, you are very careful not to offend or upset someone.
- I’m sick of your mother. I’m always walking on eggshells around her because she’s so sensitive and easily offended.
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