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English Idioms Illustrated

By Aidan Potts

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* Top 10 iPad Apps for Learners of English
* Top 9 English Grammar and Punctuation Apps
* Reached Top 10 in Education in 38 countries!
* Nearing 1.000.000 downloads!

What is the meaning behind English IDIOMS, and where do they come from?

Join Professor Potts and a MILLION users to discover the secret history of HUNDREDS of beautifully illustrated English idioms, from "Achilles’ heel" to "Wrong side of bed".


An idiom is an expression or term that is unique to a language, whose meaning can not be understood by reading the words. The origins of these unusual phrases are astonishing, poetic, bizarre and sometime mysterious.


English Idioms Illustrated is enjoyed by English students, teachers and enthusiasts alike. The origin and meaning of each idiom is masterfully illustrated and explained by Professor Potts. Download now to see for yourself!


The first idioms are free, and there is also a free idiom that changes daily. If you want more idioms, there are bundles available as in-app purchase from $0.99 and “The Complete A-Z bundle!” which includes all idioms. Currently there are 200 idioms including:

Achilles’ heel
Bite the bullet
Cross the Rubicon
Dark horse
First rate
Guinea pig
In a nutshell
Jump on the bandwagon
Knuckle down
Lion’s share
Mad as a hatter
No holds barred
Once in a blue moon
Point blank
Real McCoy
Salt of the earth
Turn over a new leaf
Up to scratch
Wild goose chase


Professor Potts is a dashing investigator who loves nothing more than jet-setting around the world exploring scientific mysteries. His butler has a PhD in nuclear science and his dog will only eat bones from the Jurassic period.

Aidan Potts -his alter ego- has a slightly more tedious biography. Aidan was born in London 1963 and 6 months later he moved to Nigeria, followed by Bogota, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, Tripoli, Libya and the Turks and Caicos. He studied History of Art at University College London, then began working as an illustrator for the British press. Among his books are “Uneversaurus” and “The Smash Smash Truck”.

What's New in Version 2.0

More idioms! Retina illustrations! New features! And a whole new design for iOS 7.

English Idioms Illustrated 2.0 is a complete revamp of the classic idioms app.


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Customer Reviews

Very nice and useful app!

This app is very useful for people who are interested in languages and learning new terms. The meanings of idioms are illustrated in a fun and joyful way, and the meanings are very clear also. By combining both definitions, examples and pictures for illustrations, the app makes remembering terms even easier.

The UI is simple yet gracious, but the menu pane is not the same style with the main UI of the app, making it looks awkward.

Overall, the app works great, I just hope the UI will be improved.

A great app for learning idioms!!

This app is great for learning your basic idioms! I downloaded this app based on my little knowledge of idioms, then found out that idioms are really cool and interesting! I liked that the idioms were explained through comic strips as well as explained with words. I just disliked one thing, that you had to pay for other "high quality idioms" and that was kind of annoying, but other than that the idioms app is really great!

Don't upgrade

smaller pics than previous version. Please tell me how to go back to previous version. This app is universal but I don't want that. I use iphone and I don't care about any other device but I think experience is changed because of this factor too. Text is not written on the picture which is sooooo inconvenient. It's NOT like a comic now and text doesn't even show up completely so I have to scroll to read the text and then scroll for some pictures separately, this all could be done in one swipe earlier and that was the beauty.

English Idioms Illustrated
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Education
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  • Version: 2.0
  • Size: 8.8 MB
  • Language: English
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Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
  • Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References

Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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