Make a detailed list of the most awful terms and phrases you can come up with, especially if there are kids nearby. It probably contains a lot of the typical suspects, including a lot of S- and F-words. But here are the 5 devastating idioms to insult people.

  • Add fuel to the fire
    – This is one of the most common idiomatic expressions when insulting someone. It means to make a bad situation worse.

Example: Gossiping about our neighbor will just add fuel to the fire.

  • Mumbo Jumbo
    – If you want someone to be aware that they’re talking nonsense, you might want to tell them “mumbo jumbo”. This idiomatic expression defines as words or actions that appear difficult or enigmatic yet have no true meaning.

Example: You don’t believe in horoscopes and all that mumbo jumbo, do you?

  • Peanut Gallery
    – The peanut gallery is an idiomatic expression that means denoting a boisterous group of hecklers or critics who offer unwelcome, incorrect, and useless advice. Though it is occasionally used positively to refer to a vocal audience, it is still mostly used as a negative idiomatic expression.

Example: Without establishing boundaries that you agree on now, you have little chance of surviving long-term as long as she invites a virtual peanut gallery into your private life. (The Times and Democrat)

  • Uppity
    – Have you ever been with someone who is arrogant and self-centered? As if that person is like a celebrity (even though he is not). Might want to tell that person is uppity. It means snobbish and arrogant.

Example: They say, “Love the way you dealt with that uppity teenager!”

  • Hooligans
    – When you call someone, especially young ones, “hooligans,” you are criticizing them for their loud, violent behavior in public.

Example: Hooligans had sprayed paint all over the car.

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