By: Blonde Two

Have you ever noticed how many of our idioms include the word ‘walk’? A while ago now, I spent a happy afternoon sitting on Dartmoor and ‘collecting’ as many of these beauties as I could think of. Most of my idioms presented walking in a positive light although a few were negative, some I had never heard of. The English language is, I fear, a fickle tutor. Here are a few Blonde favourites, do feel free to add any that you think I may have forgotten.

Walking idioms with a positive theme

‘Walking on air.’ To walk wearing expensive cushioned walking boots.

‘Walking on sunshine.’ To walk wearing expensive cushioned walking boots that are far too hot in the summer.

‘Take a walk on the wild side.’ To avoid the leeward side of a hill or mountain and get blown off the windward side.

‘To walk the walk.’ To undertake a perambulation without running, skipping, hopping or hobbling.

‘Worship the ground he walks on.’ To love someone so much that you love his floors (but not his windows) enough to clean them.

‘Walk down memory lane.’ To take a wrong turning through excessive use of the phrase, ‘It’s this way, I recognise it from last time.’


Walking idioms with a negative theme

‘Walk the plank.’ To dive headlong into a simmering pit of sharks.

‘Take a long walk off a short pier.’ To dive headlong into the sand, thus avoiding the simmering pit of sharks but experiencing a bad concussion.

‘Run before you can walk.’ To fall head first in a Dartmoor bog because you have decided to go for the ‘speed rather than accuracy’ approach.


Walking idioms I had never heard of

‘Walk softly and carry a big stick.’ To approach a potential argument with a willingness to debate, but the ability to strike back.

‘Cock of the walk.’ You’ll have to look that one up yourself… I am far too embarrassed to do so!