Expressing Surprise and Disbelief with Idiom

English Admin – How to express surprise and disbelief in English conversation. I have posted about some expressions to show surprised and disbelieved feeling. The expressions are used when we are in condition of surprised or if we feel disbelief about some news which we hear.

For further learning about this expression of surprised and disbelieved, students of ESL (English of second language) or EFL (English as foreign language) need to know another materials related to expressions of surprised and disbelieved. This useful further materials the idiom which is commonly used when English speakers feel surprised or disbelieved.

What is idiom? According to, idiom is word, phrase, or expression that can not be understood literally. Idiom has a meaning other than the basic one we would find in the dictionary. Mostly languages have their idioms. Believed or not, Learning idiom makes understanding and using the languages a lot easier and more fun.

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Relating to expressions of surprised and disbelief, I found a very useful reference which tell and describe in detail explanation about some idioms in English which are commonly used to express feeling of surprised and disbelief. Check some below!
1. Words fail me
Meaning: This expression is often used when someone is so shocked, surprised or touched by something that they don’t know what to say.
Example:  What do you think of Bob’s attitude? Words fail me!

2. Wonders will never cease!
Meaning: This saying is used to express pleasure or surprise at something.
Example: Idioms are increasingly popular with learners of English. Wonders will never cease!

3. Knock somebody down with a feather
Meaning: To say “you could have knocked me down with a feather” emphasizes the fact that you were extremely surprised.
Example: When I heard the name of the winner, you could have knocked me down with a feather!

4. Drop a bombshell
Meaning: If someone makes an unexpected or shocking announcement, they drop a bombshell.
Example: Her new husband dropped a bombshell when he announced that he was already the father of three children!

5. Lo and behold!
Meaning: This term is used to express surprise, especially at a sudden or unexpected appearance.
Example: I was watering the flowers, when lo and behold, there was the watch I’d lost!

These idioms to express surprise and disbelief are taken from

For more lessons about how to say surprised and disbelieved feeling, you can read the following posts:

Expressing Disbelief and Shock in English

Expressing Surprised in English

Understanding idioms is not easy. By learning some idiom more and more, we can naturally use them in daily short conversation. Though it need more time. Happy learning English speaking Online.

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