Earth Day English Idioms

Learning is a ray of sunshine (something that brings happiness) to me! The opportunity to teach others is like heaven on earth (a very enjoyable situation, thing, place)  I am not going to beat around the bush (to avoid saying something by talking about other things), I will come out and directly say that this week, the theme is all about Mother Nature. Today is Earth Day, so it’s the perfect way to honor the earth and nature! These 3 idioms just mentioned are only the tip of the iceberg (a small part of something bigger), below are some more idioms, definitions, and examples with very common and useful idioms about our world.

1. nothing like it on earthused to say that something is very unique or rare, or so incredible that there is nothing else to compare it to in the entire world (often used in an exaggerated way)

  Ex: The view from the top of our roof stretches across San Diego Bay, there is nothing like it on earth.

2. go to the ends of the earthto do everything and anything possible to achieve something. It’s often followed with “+ to do something” (similar to: “move heaven and earth”)

Ex: Lucy’s mother often goes to the ends of the earth for her, making sure she has everything she needs, and always giving full support.

Ex: Dylan would go to the ends of the earth to become a successful musician, it has always been his passion.

3. move heaven and earthwork very hard to do something  (similar to: “go to the ends of the earth”)


 Ex: Taylor would move heaven and earth to give his wife a special surprise for her birthday.

4. down-to-eartheasy to talk to (one who doesn’t think too highly of themselves), practical and sensible 

Ex: Paulo is so down-to-earth, even though is a world-famous chef.

5. What/Where/Why on earth?“on earth” is used to add emphasis or force to the question word 

Ex:   Why on earth are we going to that restaurant?! You know I really don’t like it!

Ex:   What on earth are you wearing?! It’s snowing outside, and you are wearing a dress!


Hope you find many ways to use these idioms in your everyday conversations! I encourage you to try in the comment section, applying what you’ve learned and making it personal! I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Share these idioms with someone who loves nature, our earth, the environment, language, learning, and/or idioms!

Happy Studying and Happy Earth Day! 


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  1. Anna Turner on April 20, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    I love idioms

  2. breeleelee on April 24, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Here is one I always liked: ‘fell off the face of the earth’ (mostly used in an exaggerated way)
    “I can’t find my favorite pen anywhere. It’s like it fell off the face of the earth!”

    • Jennifer on April 24, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      Yay! That’s perfect!

  3. Park on April 23, 2014 at 7:25 am

    What the fab idioms!

    • Jennifer on April 24, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Park, love that you check them out! Still waiting on you to use them 🙂 Remember, a little correction for you: no need for the definite article “the” here. Just, “What fab idioms” ((love the use of the word FAB, too)

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