56+ List of Idioms Starting with E | Idioms with Meaning

Idioms Starting with E | An idiom is a phrase or expression that typically presents a figurative, non-literal meaning attached to the phrase. Some phrases which become figurative idioms, however, do retain the phrase’s literal meaning. Categorized as formulaic language, an idiom’s figurative meaning is different from the literal meaning.

Here are the list some of the Idioms starting with E:

Idioms Starting With E

Sr. No.IdiomsMeaning
1Each to their ownDifferent people have different preferences. In American English, ‘Each to his own’ is more common.
2Eager beaverA person who is extremely keen is an eager beaver.
3Eagle eyesSomeone who has eagle eyes sees everything; no detail is too small.
4Early bathIf someone has or goes for an early bath, they quit or lose their job or position earlier than expected because things have gone wrong.
5Early bird catches the wormThe early bird catches the worm means that if you start something early, you stand a better chance of success.
6Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wiseIt means that sleeping well and not staying up late will help you out physically and financially.
7Earn a livingTo make money Ex: We need to get a good job to earn a decent living.
8Easier said than doneIf something is easier said than done, it is much more difficult than it sounds. It is often used when someone advises you to do something difficult and tries to make it sound easy.
9Easy as ABCSomething that is as easy as ABC is very easy or simple.
10Easy as beansSomething that is so easy that anyone can do it is easy as beans.
11Easy as pieIf something is easy as pie, it is very easy indeed.
12Easy come, easy goThis idiom means that money or other material gains that come without much effort tend to get spent or consumed as easily.
13Easy peasyIf something is easy peasy, it is very easy indeed. (‘Easy peasy, lemon squeezy’ is also used.)
14Eat crowIf you eat crow, you have to admit that you were wrong about something.
15Eat humble pieIf someone apologises and shows a lot of contrition for something they have done, they eat humble pie.
16Eat like a birdIf someone eats like a bird, they eat very little.
17Eat like a horse Someone who eats like a horse, eats a lot.
18Eat like a pigIf some eats like a pig, they either eat too much or they have bad table manners.
19Eat my hatPeople say this when they don’t believe that something is going to happen e.g. ‘If he passes that exam, I’ll eat my hat!’
20Eat someone aliveIf you eat someone alive, you defeat or beat them comprehensively.
21Eat your heart outIf someone tells you to eat your heart out, they are saying they are better than you at something.
22Eat your wordsIf you eat your words, you accept publicly that you were wrong about something you said.
23Economical with the truthIf someone, especially a politician, is economical with the truth, they leave out information in order to create a false picture of a situation, without actually lying.
24Egg on your faceIf someone has egg on their face, they are made to look foolish or embarrassed.
25Elbow greaseIf something requires elbow grease, it involves a lot of hard physical work.
26Elbow roomIf you haven’t got enough elbow room, you haven’t got enough space.
27Elephant in the roomAn elephant in the room is a problem that everyone knows very well but no one talks about because it is taboo, embarrassing, etc.
28Eleventh hourIf something happens at the eleventh hour, it happens right at the last minute.
29Empty vessels make the most noiseThe thoughtless often speak the most.
30End in smokeIf something ends in smoke, it produces no concrete or positive result. This expression refers to the boasting by a person, of having put in a lot of efforts by him, for a particular cause or to attain a result which is very difficult to be done by any person. (This mainly refers to an investigation of a crime or solving a serious offence or a mystery). But at the end, when the desired result is not obtained, his claims are found to be false and not worth mentioning. So, he looses his credibility.
31Etched in stoneSomething, especially rules and customs, that cannot be changed at all is said to be etched in stone.
32Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a whileThis expression means that even if people are ineffective or misguided, sometimes they can still be correct just by being lucky.
33Even a broken clock is right twice a dayThis is used when people get lucky and are undeservedly successful.(‘Even a stopped clock is right twice a day’ is also used.)
34Even keel If something is on an even keel, it is balanced.
35Even StevensIf everything is equal between people, they are even Stevens.
36Even the dogs in the street knowThis idiom is used frequently in Ireland, and means something is so obvious that even the dogs in the street know it.
37Every ass likes to hear himself brayThis means that people like the sound of their own voice.
38Every cloud has a silver lining People sometimes say that every cloud has a silver lining to comfort somebody who’s having problems. They mean that it is always possible to get something positive out of a situation, no matter how unpleasant, difficult or even painful it might seem.
39Every dog has its dayThis idiom means that everyone gets their moment to shine.
40Every man and his dogA lot of people – as in sending out invitations to a large number of people

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41Every man for himselfIf it’s every man for himself, then people are trying to save themselves from a difficult situation without trying to help anyone else.
42Every man has his priceAnyone’s opinion or support can be bought, everyone’s principles have a limit.
43Every man jackIf every man jack was involved in something, it is an emphatic way of saying that absolutely everybody was involved.
44Every nook and crannyIf you search every nook and cranny, you look everywhere for something.
45Every Tom, Dick and HarryIf every Tom, Dick and Harry knows about something, then it is common knowledge.
46Every trick in the bookIf you try every trick in the book, you try every possible way, including dishonesty and deceit, to get what you want.
47Everybody and their uncle This basically means a lot of people or too many people; everybody and their uncle was there.
48Everything but the kitchen sinkIf people include everything but the kitchen sink, they include every possibility, regardless of whether they are useful.
49Exception that proves the ruleThis expression is used by many to indicate that an exception in some way confirms a rule. Others say that the exception tests the rule. In its original legal sense, it meant that a rule could sometimes be inferred from an exemption or exception. In general use, the first meaning predominates nowadays, much to the annoyance of some pedants.
50Explore all avenuesIf all avenues are being explored, then every conceivable approach is being tried that could possibly get the desired result.
51Eye candyWhen a person is very attractive, they can be described as eye candy – sweet to look at!
52Eye for an eyeThis is an expression for retributive justice, where the punishment equals the crime.
53Eye- washThis expression ‘eye-wash’ is generally used to cover up the anxiety of a person who is seeking a concrete reply or justification for an act or an event that had affected his personal image or caused him a loss. The affected person usually represents his case to the higher-ups and puts forth his demands for redressal. But the authority, in order to avoid embarrassment to his organization or to himself, is not in a position to expose the entire material or evidence which in turn tell upon the credibility of the organization. In such circumstances, he will usually call for an investigation to satisfy the complainant, but will not be keen in disposing the case. The authority will drag on the issue, (at the same time pretending to be serious) until the seriousness of the issue dies down and no finality is reached. So, ‘ The investigation on the issue by the authority is an eye-wash’.
54Eye-opener Something surprising, unexpected which reveals the truth about something or someone.
55Eyes are bigger than one’s stomachIf someone’s eyes are bigger than their stomach, they are greedy and take on more than they can consume or manage.

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