Idioms with the word ‘mouth’ in them – there are so many of these funny English idioms but here are my favourite 5!
1. Put words in your/my mouth!
If you say “STOP putting words in my mouth!” – It means that somebody is saying what they think you are trying to say or trying to speak for you. It’s annoying when people try to talk for you, so next time, tell them to stop putting words in your mouth!
Remember – This idiom is often used when you are angry with somebody or in an argument. So don’t use it when you are trying to be friendly.
2. You took the words right out of my mouth!
Sometimes, in a conversation, the person you are talking to may say something that you were thinking or just about to say. In this case, you can say “you took the words right our of my mouth, I was just thinking exactly the same thing!”
3. Word of Mouth
When you tell somebody something, and they tell somebody else, and they tell somebody else – soon everybody knows about it! This is called ‘word of mouth’. You may hear about a story, or hear about something that happened to a friend, you can say that you ‘heard about it through word of mouth’.
4. He/She was born with a silver spoon in his/her mouth!
Some people are born into rich families and never have to worry about money. These people often find it difficult to understand that not all people have lots of money. They can’t imagine life without lots of money because they’ve always had lots of it. In English, we say that these people were born with a silver spoon in their mouth. It’s not a very nice thing to say about somebody, so be careful when you use it.
5. It left a bad taste in my mouth!
If something or someone leaves a bad taste in your mouth, it simply means that a situation has left you with a bad memory.
e.g. I was enjoying my holiday in Tenerife but the car crash left a bad taste in my mouth and now I don’t want to think about my holiday again. It’s a shame, but it’s the truth.