poetic device: Idioms

An idiom is a common expression that has a different meaning than the literal meaning of the words. For example, to say that someone “kicked the bucket” means that they died, not that they actually kicked a bucket, and to describe something as “a piece of cake” means it is very easy, not a literal slice of cake.

Each of these poems include at least one idiom, often in the final line of the poem, but sometimes more. See if you can find the idioms in each of these poems.

The Life of a Pirate Ain’t Easy
Sleeping Santa by Kenn Nesbitt
Sleeping Santa
My Dog Likes to Dig by Kenn Nesbitt
My Dog Likes to Dig
On Halloween Night
Bob’s Job
My World Is Turning Downside-Up by Kenn Nesbitt
My World Is Turning Downside-Up
My Mother Drives Me Everywhere
I Finished My Homework
The Armpit of Doom
Homework, I Love You
A Sad and Lonely Cyclops by Kenn Nesbitt
A Sad and Lonely Cyclops
Calling all Kids by Kenn Nesbitt
Calling all Kids!
Crazy Over Vegetables by Kenn Nesbitt and Eric Herman
Crazy Over Vegetables
Foolish Fiona
I'm Super Excited by Kenn Nesbitt
I’m Super Excited
When Chemists Die They Barium by Kenn Nesbitt
When Chemists Die, They Barium
Zzzzz by Kenn Nesbitt
My Chicken’s On the Internet
Steve the Superhero
Stumblebum Stan by Kenn Nesbitt
Stumblebum Stan
Everything We Learn at School
My Brother’s a Genius
How Did You Get So Mean by Kenn Nesbitt
How Did You Get So Mean?
Our Family Picnic