Idioms to practice English: A fly on the wall

English Idioms

Idioms to practice English: A fly on the wall

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a fly on the wall = an unnoticed observer

Let’s talk about the phrase a “fly on the wall.”  If you are a fly on the wall, you hear something without other people noticing. Another way of describing it is a person who hears something private. This idiom is most often used to talk about something you wish you heard.

In context

Megan: What are they talking about in that meeting?

Bob: They’re writing the new contracts.

Megan: I wish I could be a fly on the wall in there.

Bob: Me too, I want to know what they’re saying.


Talk about it: Tell a coworker or classmate about a time you wanted to be a fly on the wall!

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