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What are Idioms in English?
Idioms exist in every language. An idiom is an expression that has a different meaning and nature instead of common words. An idiom is a language, dialect, or style of speaking peculiar to a people. The idiom is an expression, that has a totally different meaning from the usual meaning of the constituents elements.
List of Idioms with Meaning and Examples
Below is the list of idioms with meaning and examples:
- Your own flesh and blood: someone who is a part of your family: A cruel person has no affection even for his own flesh and blood.
- Turn over a new leaf: adopt a different lifestyle, start in a different way: After his failure, he turned over a new leaf and began to work hard.
- Ups and downs: times of good and bad luck: All people have their ups and downs.
- Wet blanket: someone who spoils other people’s enjoyment: As he is a wet blanket, he is not invited to the parties.
- Turn coat: a man who very often changes his course of action: Do not trust him as he is a turncoat.
- Turn one’s back upon: get away from something or someone, avoid something: Do not turn your back upon him.
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- To the extent of: up to a certain limit: He insulted her to the extent that she slapped him.
- With a high head: proudly: He is a proud man and always walks with a high head.
- To and fro: backward and forward: He kept walking to and fro in confusion.
- Up-to-date: latest: He published an up-to-date edition of the book
- Time and again: again and again: He requested me time and again to lend him some money.
- Throw dust in someone’s eyes: to deceive someone: He robbed me of my money by throwing dust in my eyes.
- To stop short of: to suddenly stop from doing something: He stopped short of calling his master cruel.
- Throw light on: explain: He threw light on the whole plan.
- Tit for tat: a blow for blow: He tore my shirt, so I Put ink on his suit. That is tit for tat.
- With might and main: with all power and strength: He tried to lift the stone with might and main but in vain.
- Turn tail: to run away from difficulty: He turned tail when he saw a big snake.
- Ways and means: materials available for doing something: He uses all the ways and means of getting money.
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- With a view to: with the intention of: He went there with a view to seeing her.
- Turn the tables on somebody: to reverse a situation completely: He will turn the tables on you one day, and he will be the boss.
- To lick the dust/to bite the dust: to die, fail, or be defeated: His plan to win the race bit the dust.
- To keep one’s word: to fulfill one’s promise: I said I would meet the deadline, and I kept my word.
- Win/gain one’s laurels: gain fame and honor: I you work hard you will win your laurels.
- Worth one’s salt / true to one’s salt: deserving the pay that one gets: If you do not do your job properly, you are not worth your salt.
- Without fail: with certainty: John visits his mother every day without fail.
- To have the gift of the gab: to have the ability to speak confidently: Our leader is getting popular as he has the gift of the gab.
- Turn a deaf ear to: to ignore: refuse to listen)
- To hit the mark: to succeed in an attempt to do something: She finally hit the mark by getting the job of the manager in the firm.
- Vain of: proud a: She is vain of her beauty.
- Through thick and thin: in spite of all difficulties: She remained loyal to her husband through thick and thin.
- Under a cloud: under suspicion: Someone stole some money at work, and now everyone is under a cloud of suspicion.
- Turn somebody’s head: to make someone feel proud: Success has not turned her head, she is still as humble as before.
- Through and through: completely: Take his story with a grain of salt as he is a liar through and through.
- Turn Turtle: turn upside down: The boat turned turtle in the mid of the river.
- Within a stone’s throw: at a short distance: The hospital is within a stones throw from here.
- Under cover: secretly: The plan for the escape was made under cover.
- Wear and tear: minor damage from frequent use: The sofa shows a lot of wear and tear
- The sum and substance: main idea: The sum and substance of the whole story is that Gloucester was banished.
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- With open arms: in a very friendly way: They welcomed their guests with open arms.
- With one’s eyes open: to be especially alert: They went into the deal with their eyes open.
- Up to the mark: of an acceptable standard: This book is really up to the mark.
- Time and tide: no wait: Time and tide wait for none.
- To err is human: to make mistakes is human nature: To err is human, to forgive is divine.
- To rain cats and dogs / To rain buckets: rain heavily: We cannot go out as it is raining cats and dogs.
- Wash one’s hands of sth or sb: to get rid of by: We should wash our hands of the selfish friends.
- Tooth and nail: with full force: We will fight tooth and nail to defend Pakistan.
- To work/ perform miracles: to achieve a very good result: You have performed miracles by getting a first in the race.
- To hit the nail on head: to say or do exactly the right thing: Your analysis really hit the nail on the head.
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