IDIOMATIC EXPRESSIONS (by ABEL OLANIYI)

     Idioms are expressions which meanings can't be understood in their ordinary English expressions. they are proverbial in nature. the following are some incorrect idiomatic expressions, their correct versions, analysis and meanings of idioms. 

You cannot eat your cake and have it (Incorrect)
You cannot have your cake and eat it (Correct)

You are fighting a lost battle (Incorrect)
You are fighting a losing battle (Correct)

He who pays the piper dictates the tune (Incorrect)
He who pays the piper calls the tune (Correct)

I won't let you drag my name into the mud (Incorrect)
I won't let you drag my name through the mire (Correct)

A beggar has no choice (Incorrect)
A beggar is no chooser. Beggars can't be choosers (Correct)

Action speaks louder than voice (Incorrect)
Action speaks louder than words (Correct)

What is good for the goose is good for the gander (Incorrect)
What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander (Correct)

Cut your coat according to your size(Incorrect)
Cut your coat according to your cloth (Correct)

Wonders will never end (Incorrect)
Wonders will never cease (Correct)   

Too much familiarity brings contempt (Incorrect)
Too much familiarity breeds contempt (Correct)

Abraham is determined to own a car this year, by hook or crook (Incorrect)
Abraham is determined to own a car this year, by hook or by crook (Correct)

Half bread is better than none (Incorrect)
Half a loaf is better than none (Correct)

We combed every nook and corner of the town to no avail  (Incorrect)
We combed every nook and cranny of the town to no avail (Correct)

Ruth, more grease to your elbow (Incorrect)
Ruth, more power to your elbow (Correct)

His mum believed the untrue story, hook and line sinker (Incorrect)
His mum believed the untrue story. hook, line and sinker (Correct)

Men from all works of life attended the convocation ceremony (Incorrect)
Men from all walks of life attended the convocation ceremony (Correct)

A word is enough for the wise (Incorrect)
A word to the wise is enough (Correct)

During crisis, the traders always run for their dear life (Incorrect)
During crisis, the traders always run for dear life (Correct)

Students do take the law into their hands (Incorrect)
Students do take the law into their own hands (Correct)

My elder brother should leave for London on Friday all things being equal (Incorrect)
My elder brother should leave for London on Friday all other things being equal (Correct). 

A very powerful man is at the helms of affair (Incorrect)
A very powerful man is at the helm of affair (Correct)

The dispute between the two families degenerated into a free for all fight (Incorrect)
The dispute between the two families degenerated into a free-for-all (Correct)

John and James are birds of the same feather (Incorrect)
John and James are birds of a feather (Correct)

Don't bite more than what you can chew (Incorrect)
Don't bite off more than what you can chew (Correct)

His wife left with bags and baggages (Incorrect)
His wife left with bag and baggage (Correct)

Let bygone be bygone (Incorrect)
Let bygones be bygones (Correct)

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