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Table 5 Thematic index of Oxford Dictionary of Idioms along with the frequencies per million

From: A thematic corpus-based study of idioms in the Corpus of Contemporary American English

Idiom Frequency Frequency per million
Action
 Roll up your sleeves 480 0.91
 Take the plunge 367 0.69
 Press the button 342 0.65
 Put your money where your mouth is 190 0.36
 Hit the ground running 184 0.35
 Rest on your laurels 169 0.32
 Watch someone’s smoke 128 0.24
 Get cracking 54 0.10
 Start the ball rolling 52 0.10
 Lead from the front 48 0.09
 Keep your nose to the grindstone 40 0.08
 Hot to trot 32 0.06
 Shake a leg 29 0.05
 Strike while the iron is hot 19 0.04
 Set the wheels in motion 18 0.03
 Put your shoulder to the wheel 16 0.03
 Get the show on the road 15 0.03
 Hammer and tongs 12 0.02
 Get (or pull) your finger out 9 0.02
 Rest on your oars 5 0.01
 Stir your stumps 4 0.01
 Go for the doctor 4 0.01
 Have many irons in the fire 1 0
 Get weaving 1 0
 At the coalface 1 0
 No peace for the wicked 0 0
 Put (or set) your hand to the plough 0 0
 Get the bit between your teeth 0 0
Age
 Over the hill 212 0.40
 Have seen (or known) better days 167 0.32
 On your last legs 95 0.18
 Long in the tooth 63 0.12
 Ancient (or old) as the hills 35 0.07
 Second childhood 28 0.05
 You can’t teach an old dog new tricks 18 0.03
 Past it 10 0.01
 There’s no fool like an old fool 10 0.02
 Have one foot in the grave 10 0.02
 Out of the ark 7 0.01
 The bloom is off the rose 7 0.01
 Full of years 7 0.01
 Pass your sell-by date 5 0.01
 Put years on someone 4 0.01
 Threescore years and ten 3 0.01
 There’s many a good tune played on an old fiddle 0 0
 The vale of years 0 0
 Stricken in years 0 0
 Have had a good innings 0 0
Ambition
 Set your sights on 461 0.87
 Fly high 392 0.74
 Think big 325 0.62
 Fire in the (or your) belly 113 0.21
 Reach for the stars 64 0.12
 Room at the top 48 0.09
 Bite off more than you can chew 46 0.09
 Punch your ticket 44 0.08
 Raise (or lower) your sights 41 0.08
 Set your heart (or hopes) on 40 0.08
 Punch above your weight 22 0.04
 Run before you can walk 0 0