In the article below you will see the most used idioms related to media along with illustrations to be useful for ESL learners.
Idioms Related to Media
1. Surf the net/web – to spend time looking at different pages on the Internet.
- He stayed up all night surfing the net.
2. Get your wires crossed –a misunderstanding between people, usually related to making arrangements.
- I’m afraid they got their wires crossed and he printed the wrong book.
- We got our wired crossed about when to meet.
3. To take by storm – to captivate people ‘s attention; when something becomes very popular.
- The new politician is really taking this town by storm! The new movie is taking theaters by storm.
4. It went viral -quickly and widely spread or popularized especially by person-to-person electronic communication.
- A viral video. It was amazing how fast the story went viral.
5. Behind closed doors – Events which take place hidden from view.
- The meeting took place behind closed doors. The presidents made plans behind closed doors.
6. Both sides of the coin – To see both points of view in an argument.
- To be a diplomat, you must see both sides of the coin.
- Being able to understand both sides of the coin is important for building strong relationships and bringing unity.
7. Pull the wool over (someone’s) eyes – To deceive.
- She is angry because they pulled the wool over her eyes.
- He is a sharp man! You cannot easily pull the wool over his eyes.
8. Raise/lift the curtain – To make something public; disclose.
- The president decided to lift the curtain on the new plans.
- When will you lift the curtains for the new story line?
9. Turn a blind eye – To ignore something and pretend not to see it.
- Too many people turn a blind eye to the helpless. Instead of helping her, he just turned a blind eye.
10. No news is good news – If you don‘t hear any news it means nothing is wrong.
- A: Have you heard from them yet? I’m worried!
- B: Don’t worry. No news is good news.
11. Whistle-blower – a person who tells police, reporters, etc., about something (such as a crime) that has been kept secret.
- Edward Snowden, formerly of the CIA, blew the whistle on the NSA.
- The journalist was a famous whistle blower after exposing the truth.
12. A corporate whistle-blower [=a person who works for a corporation and tells people about the corporation’s illegal activities]