Idiom of the week

Act of God

Meaning:  when something happens (usually an accident) and no human is responsible; often an act of nature


  • When the tree fell on my car, the insurance company said it was an act of God and wouldn’t pay.
  • The thief told the police that he didn’t know how the diamonds got in his pocket, it was an act of God.
  • I was struck by lightning two times on the same day, is that an act of God?

Pop Quiz: What would be considered an act of God?

a) a forest fire started by campers

b) a war because of religion

c) a volcano erupting

Read the answer below…

C, a volcano erupting is the correct answer. When a volcano erupts, no one is to blame

Now try to find a way to use this idiom in your conversation today

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4 thoughts on “Idiom of the week

  1. Sze Wong says:

    Yesterday, My friend fell down in her house, it was an act of God.

  2. mya says:

    When my family came to the U.S.,my eldest daughter left alone. It was an act of god.

  3. Juan says:

    All damages and injuries caused by natural phenomena such as the big tsunami in 2004 and the Hurricane Sandy 2012, etc., were acts of the God

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