English Idioms Illustrated 4+

Aidan Potts

Designed for iPad

    • 1.7 • 3 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



English Expressions Explained!

* Top 10 iPad Apps for Learners of English -englishtrackers.com
* Top 9 English Grammar and Punctuation Apps -topapps.net
* Reached Top 10 in Education in 38 countries!
* Top five apps for learning English South China Morning Post
*Nearing 1.000.000 downloads!

What is the meaning behind English IDIOMS, and where do they come from?

Join Professor Potts and a MILLION users to discover the secret history of HUNDREDS of beautifully illustrated English idioms, from "Achilles’ heel" to "Wrong side of bed".


An idiom is an expression or term that is unique to a language, whose meaning can not be understood by reading the words. The origins of these unusual phrases are astonishing, poetic, bizarre and sometime mysterious.


English Idioms Illustrated is enjoyed by English students, teachers and enthusiasts alike. The origin and meaning of each idiom is masterfully illustrated and explained by Professor Potts. Download now to see for yourself!


There are 35 free idioms.
If you want more idioms, you need to make an in-app purchase for the whole collection…and support the author/artist !!!

Currently there are 250 idioms including:

Achilles’ heel
Bite the bullet
Cross the Rubicon
Dark horse
First rate
Guinea pig
In a nutshell
Jump on the bandwagon
Knuckle down
Lion’s share
Mad as a hatter
No holds barred
Once in a blue moon
Point blank
Real McCoy
Salt of the earth
Turn over a new leaf
Up to scratch
Wild goose chase


Professor Potts is a dashing investigator who loves nothing more than jet-setting around the world exploring scientific mysteries. His butler has a PhD in nuclear science and his dog will only eat bones from the Jurassic period.

Aidan Potts -his alter ego- has a slightly more tedious biography. Aidan was born in London 1963 and 6 months later he moved to Nigeria, followed by Bogota, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, Tripoli, Libya and the Turks and Caicos. He studied History of Art at University College London, then began working as an illustrator for the British press. Among his books are “Uneversaurus” and “The Smash Smash Truck”.

This app was built by Alex Owen- Hill

What’s New

Version 3.0.5

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

Version 3.0.5 has lowered the age restriction and has a new lower price.
The upgrade is free to all those with paid version 3.0.0.
NOTE TO USERS OF 2.0 the app will be free to all from the 3nd April to the 9th April.
This is so we can allow previous paying customers to get the full version in in-app purchase they paid for.
Version 3.0 was a complete rebuild, returning to the older much loved version with larger illustrations and the ability to download idioms for reading offline (without a wifi connection)..
It has 50 new strips.
If you have suggestions on how to improve the app please let us know, we appreciate your input.

Ratings and Reviews

1.7 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

Thornless berry ,

Engaging history to teach idioms!

Thanks for this app. Plenty of people love the facts of history, will appreciate the clear, compelling illustrations, and will incidentally learn (and hopefully retain) the meanings of these non-literal sayings. The summary of what the idioms mean is concise but clear, and cuts to the chase beautifully. The accompanying illustrations also a good aide-memoire.

aphrodiet ,

Paid twice before.

I paid twice for upgrade before, i downloaded this app on my new phone, I became a free member again. Pls update me as a paid member.

M37$ ,


I paid for the app , after I bought a new phone I tried to use the app with my only Apple ID but asking me to pay again !!! This is not fare ! Please fix then I give you five stars!

Developer Response ,

Hello I am the author, illustrator and creator of this app. As I work alone with limited funds I am prone to making mistakes. I am very, very sorry for the loss of data which means previous buyers of the app can no longer access the full version. I take customer satisfaction very seriously and you can contact me through the app, the Facebook page, my website or by emailing me at profpotts@professorpotts .com. I will refund you in full, or supply you with a free version of the app. I don’t want anyone to feel ripped off. Once again my sincere apologies and please could you edit your comment to reflect my genuine attempt to do the right thing. Many thanks Aidan Potts

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