If you can master the field of idioms, it would be a great surprise to a lot of native speakers, as idioms are a crucial component in English. Do you know the meaning of breaking a butterfly on a wheel? What does it mean to describe people by the idiom ‘bee’s knee’? Let’s click on to check them out!  


Fly in the ointment : a single thing or person that is spoiling a situation that could have been very positive or enjoyable

It was so sunny in the morning, which is very suitable for hiking, but the downpour later is the only fly in the ointment.   


Social butterfly : Someone who enjoys frequently mingling with other people at social events

I saw her at every party this month – I feel like she is a social butterfly.


Bee’s knee : an excellent person or thing

You shouldn’t compare yourself with her as she is the bee’s knee in our school.


Have a butterfly in one’s stomach : A feeling of nervousness

I am about to have a job interview and I feel like I have a butterfly in my stomach.


Be breaking a butterfly on a wheel : To be applying an excessive amount of force to achieve something minor, unimportant, or insignificant

Just stay on the low! Why breaking a butterfly on a wheel?


After looking at these idioms about flies, which one is your favorite? Remember to keep revising the idioms you have learned before moving on to other topics!


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