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.

Unsteady Teddy by Kenn Nesbitt
Unsteady Teddy
Sleeping Santa by Kenn Nesbitt
Sleeping Santa
Our Math Teacher's Missing by Kenn Nesbitt
Our Math Teacher’s Missing
My Dog Likes to Dig by Kenn Nesbitt
My Dog Likes to Dig
Bob’s Job
On Halloween Night
I Finished My Homework
My Mother Drives Me Everywhere
My World Is Turning Downside-Up by Kenn Nesbitt
My World Is Turning Downside-Up
The Life of a Pirate Ain’t Easy
My Job at the Calendar Factory by Kenn Nesbitt
My Job at the Calendar Factory
If You're Swallowed by an Elephant by Kenn Nesbitt
If You’re Swallowed by an Elephant
I Let My Mind Wander
The Book of Glue by Kenn Nesbitt
The Book of Glue
The Armpit of Doom by Kenn Nesbitt
The Armpit of Doom
Homework, I Love You
When Chemists Die They Barium by Kenn Nesbitt
When Chemists Die, They Barium
A Sad and Lonely Cyclops by Kenn Nesbitt
A Sad and Lonely Cyclops
Crazy Over Vegetables by Kenn Nesbitt and Eric Herman
Crazy Over Vegetables
Calling all Kids by Kenn Nesbitt
Calling all Kids!
I'm Super Excited by Kenn Nesbitt
I’m Super Excited
Foolish Fiona
My New TV
Mr. Negative by Kenn Nesbitt
Mr. Negative