5 English idioms in popular songs

An idiom is not just a part of any language: it’s a part of the mentality and culture that people possess. Today you’ll find out how some idioms became viral and an essential part of the modern English language.

“Wildest Dreams” by Taylor Swift

You may hear one of the most popular idioms in this song — in your dreams. We use this idiom when we speak about something we want to happen but don’t believe it actually can happen. She also added the word “wildest”. It has nothing to do with wild nature or animals. In this context it means “crazy”.

Red lips and rosy cheeks
Say you'll see me again
Even if it's just (pretend, just pretend) in your wildest dreams, ah-ah, ha (ah)
In your wildest dreams, ah-ah, ha

“Poker Face” by Lady Gaga

This idiom almost has a literal meaning. If you want to bluff professionally, playing poker, your face should be emotionless. A lack of facial expressions is called poker face.

No, he can't read my poker face
(She's got me like nobody)
Can't read my, can't read my
No, he can't read my poker face
(She's got me like nobody)

“Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper

The other way to say “time after time” is “again and again”. This idiom is used when we speak about some events that happen quite frequently.

If you're lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall, I will catch you, I'll be waiting
Time after time

“What You Get Is What You See” by Tina Turner

This idiom tells about things or personalities that is clear as a water drop. If you have no secrets to hide, no lies to keep in a secret box, people say “what you get is what you see”.

What you get is what you see
Ain't nothing more to it
And if you want to love a woman like me
It takes a man to do it

“What Goes Around Comes Around” by Justin Timberlake

This idiom tells us about the rule of “boomerang”: if you do something bad to somebody, it may come back to you eventually and hurt you even more.

'Cause I know that you're living a lie
But that's okay, baby, 'cause in time you will find
What goes around, goes around, goes around
Comes all the way back around

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