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List of Idioms Used in Daily Life
Below is the List of Idioms Used in Daily Life:
- Fed up with: annoyed or bored: She is really fed up with the nursing profession.
- Feel/take someone’s pulse: to count the heartbeats of someone: The nurse took her pulse.
- Few and far between: occasional: He calls on me few and far between.
- Fight shy of: to avoid doing something or getting involved in something: He fought shy of an open quarrel.
- Fight to death: a fight that ends when someone is killed or something is destroyed: We will fight to the death to defend our honor.
- Fight with one’s back to the wall: fight very hard: You will have to fight with your back to the wall to win the race.
- Find fault with: to criticize somebody or something, often unfairly: She’s always finding fault with the children’s work.
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- First and foremost: primarily, first of all: The first and foremost task of a teacher is to teach.
- Flesh and blood: used for saying that someone has the same qualities that all people share: They now realize that their hero is, after all only flesh and blood.
- Flog/ beat a dead horse: to waste time on something you know is not going to happen: To try to win her love is to flog a dead horse.
- Fly in the ointment: a problem that spoils something or makes it difficult: The only fly in the ointment is that I cannot use my house for the party
- Follow suit: to do the same as someone else has just done: Our school offered free admission and other schools followed suit.
- For a rainy day: to save something, especially money, for a time when you will need it: John Saves money for the rainy days of old age.
- For good/for good and all: permanently, forever: Joe finally left Turkey for good.
- For the sake of: in order to help, improve, or please someone or something: She sings for the sake of joy.
- For want of sth: because of a lack of sth: He could not marry her for want of money.
- Foul play: behavior that is not fair or honest: He will use any amount of foul play to get his aim.
- Freudian slip: slip of the tongue, an accidental mistake: She made a Freudian slip and revealed all her plans.
- From scratch: without any previous preparation or knowledge: She learned English from scratch in six months.
- From the horse’s mouth: from a reliable source: They have got it straight from the horse’s mouth that the boss is retiring.
- Get/gain/take/hold have the upper hand: control or an advantage over a person or situation: Pakistan got the upper hand in the second innings against India
- Get / Set to work: to start doing a piece of work: He set to work on his plan.
- Get on someone’s nerves: to annoy someone: She keeps on crying it really gets on my nerves.
- Get rid of: to throw away something: Let us get rid of these useless old things.
- Get the better of: to defeat someone in a game, argument, etc.: Pakistan finally got the better of India in the match.
- Get to the bottom of something: to find out the true cause of a bad situation: Try to get to the bottom of the problem to solve it.
- Get/Have wind of something: to find out about something secret: How did she get wind of our plan?
- Gird up one’s loins: to prepare for something difficult or dangerous: We should gird up our loins to face the problem.
- Give a false coloring to: misinterpret: He gave a false coloring to my statement and began to quarrel with me.
- Give a good account of oneself: succeed: She gave a good account of herself in the examination.
- Give and take: if there is give and take between people, each person allows the other to get something that they want: We can solve the problem by giving and take.
- Give full/free rein to: to allow a feeling to be expressed freely: Finally, she gave full rein to her love for John.
- Give oneself airs, put on airs: be proud: He is too humble to give herself airs.
- Give rise to: initiate: She never gives rise to her feelings.
- Give somebody a piece of one’s mind: to rebuke, to scold: The father gave him a piece of his mind for telling such a lie.
- Give the devil his due: do justice: To give the devil his due, I admit that this robber helps the poor.
- Give up the ghost: of a person-to die, of a machine to stop working completely: My car gave up the ghost last night.
- Give vent to: to express very strong anger or sadness: She wept bitterly at the death of her husband giving vent to her sorrow.
- Give/Create a false impression: deceive, mislead: She always gives a false impression about her money.
- Give/Show someone the cold shoulder: to ignore someone in an obvious manner: This officer is not popular as he gives everyone the cold shoulder.
- Go /Swim with the stream: to think or do something like others: Easier to go with the stream than to go against the stream.
- Go back on/upon one’s word/promise: to fail to fulfill one’s promise: You can rely on Gilbert, he would not go back on his word.
- Go far/a long way: be successful: She is hardworking and will go a long way in life.
- Go out of one’s way to do something: to make an extra effort to do something though it is not easy to do: Joe really went out of his way to me feel welcome.
- Go the way of all flesh: to die: Elena went the way of all flesh in 2008.
- Go through ire and water: to do something very dangerous for someone: Joe is my true friend and will go through fire and water for me.
- Go to any lengths / great lengths to do something: be ready to use any meeting to achieve something: Rima is ready to go to any lengths to get his aim.
- Go to law: to go to court in order to settle problem: The two brothers went to law over the issue of property
- Go to pieces: to be so upset that you cannot behave in a sensible way: He just went to pieces after his wife’s death.
- Go to rack and ruin: to become less successful: His business is going to rack and ruin.
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