Category: Idioms and Phrases

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IDIOMS AND PHRASES 1. At one’s wit’s end  (perplexed) Sohan was at his wit’s end to find that his younger brother has taken poison. 2. At one’s fingertips  (complete knowledge) All the rules of synthesis are at his fingertips. 3. At the spur of the moment  (without delay) In an interview we must reply at […]

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IDIOMS AND PHRASES 1. By hook or by crook  (by one means or another) He is determined to obtain first division in his class by hock or by crook. 2. Bear the brunt of  (to bear the main shock of) The poor have to bear the brunt of increasing prices. 3. Bell the cat  (to […]

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IDIOMS AND PHRASES 33. Beside the mark  (irrelevant) No body agreed with him because his arguments were beside the mark. 34. Burn one’s fingers  (to get into trouble) Those who interfere in the affairs of others, often burn their fingers. 35. Brown study  (reverie, day dream) He could not follow the significance of my offer. […]

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IDIOMS AND PHRASES 1. Carry matters with a high hand  (to deal with a person strictly) The owner of the industry carried matters with a high hand and expelled two workers who were caught doing mischief in the office. 2. Clip one’s wings  (to weaken the power) My elder sister is very ambitious but my […]

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IDIOMS AND PHRASES 18. Cloven hoof  (the evil intention) The Chinese showed the cloven hoof in 1962. 19. Cut throat  (tough) It is very difficult for Indian Industry to survive in the teeth of international cut throat competition. 20. Call in question  (doubt) You should not call in question my honesty. 21. Cheek by jowl […]

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IDIOMS AND PHRASES 1. Dig the grave  (to tarnish, to destroy) By taking side of the culprit he dug the grave of his reputation. 2. Draw the long bow  (exaggerate) In calling him the best politician of the world, his followers draw the long bow. 3. Die in harness  (die while working) Our Principal died […]

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IDIOMS AND PHRASES 1. Eat humble pie  (to apologize) Inspite of his constant bragging he lost the match and had to eat humble pie. 2. Eat one’s words  (take a statement back) I warned my friend to be very careful in her speech otherwise she would have to eat her own words. 3. End in […]

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IDIOMS AND PHRASES 1. Flesh and blood  (human nature) People in some villages are so poor that their sufferings are more than a flesh and blood can endure. 2. Fish in troubled waters  (to take advantage of the trouble of others) Shrewd businessmen fish in troubled waters when there is scarcity of things. 3. Follow […]

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IDIOMS AND PHRASES 13. Fly off the handle  (to lose one’s temper) When his father questioned him about money, he flew off the handle. 14. French leave  (to be absent without permission) Those who take french leave should not be pardoned. 15. Fair and square  (upright) My father advised me to be fair and square […]

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IDIOMS AND PHRASES 1. Gain ground  (to succeed slowly & steadily) The belief in the abolition of dowry system is gaining ground. 2. Get off Scot free  (to escape without punishment) A murderer can also very easily get off scot free for lack of evidence. 3. Grease the palm  (to bribe) Now a days if […]

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IDIOMS AND PHRASES 12. Green horn  (inexperienced) Though a green horn in political field, he appears to have a bright future. 13. Give up the ghost  (pass away, die) After long illness he gave up the ghost last week. 14. Go the whole hog  (to do something thoroughly) You will have to go the whole […]

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IDIOMS AND PHRASES 1. Hold water  (sound, tenable) His statement will not hold water as it is not based on facts. 2. Hang together  (support one another) The two statements delivered by the leader of the party do not hang together. 3. Hope against hope  (hope inspite of disappointment) Sohan’s case is very weak and […]

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IDIOMS AND PHRASES 19. High & dry  (a difficult situation) He was left high & dry by his business partners. 20. Hit the nail on the head  (to do the right thing at the right time) He hit the nail on the head by resigning his job. 21. Hobson’s choice  (no alternative) The employees in […]

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IDIOMS AND PHRASES 1. III at ease  (uncomfortable) A student is often ill at ease when he has to see the Principal after he has done something wrong. 2. In a fix  (In a dilemma) The whole police department is in a fix about the threatening letters written by the kidnappers. 3. In a fair […]

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IDIOMS AND PHRASES 1. Jaundiced eye  (prejudice) You must not evaluate the success of your rivals with a jaundiced eye. 1. Keep body and soul together  (to maintain life) These days because of rising prices it is difficult to keep body and soul together. 2. Keep at an arm’s length  (to keep at a distance) […]