Most frequently asked IDIOMS and PHRASES

frequently asked IDIOMS and PHRASES

Most frequently asked IDIOMS and PHRASES:


1) Rank and file – Ordinary persons
2) By fits and starts – In short periods, not regularly
3) A wee bit – A little
4) Out of the wood – Free from difficulties and dangers
5) Under his thumb – Under his control
6) At one’s wit’s end – In a state where one does not know what to do
7) Between the devil and the deep blue sea – Between two dangers deep sea
8) Burn the midnight oil – Work or study hard
9) Call a spade a spade – Speak frankly and directly
10) Come off with flying colors – Be highly successful
11) Hoping against hope – Without hope
12) Hit the nail on the head – Do or say the exact thing
13) An axe to grind – A personal interest in the matter
14) To get rid of – Dispose of
15) At daggers drawn – Bitterly hostile
16) To play ducks and drakes – To act foolishly or inconsistently
17) To take the bull by the horns – To tackle a problem in a bold and direct fashion
18) Rain cats and dogs – Rain heavily
19) To move heaven and earth – To make a supreme effort
20) No avail – Without any result
21) Bark up the wrong tree – Accuse or denounce the wrong person
22) Keep one at bay – Keep one at a distance
23) Make a clean breast of it – Confess – especially when a person has done a wrong
24) Have a card up one’s sleeve – Have a secret plan in reserve
25) Like a cat on hot bricks – Very nervous
26) Cat and dog life – Life full of quarrels
27) Cock and bull story – Made up story that one should not believe
28) Cry for the moon – Ask for the impossible
29) The pros and cons – The various aspects of a matter in detail
30) Be in a tight corner – In a very difficult situation
31) Cross one’s t’s and dot – Be precise, careful and one’s I’s exact
32) Keep one’s fingers crossed – The anxiety in which you hope that nothing will upset
your plans
33) Spread like wildfire – Spread quickly
34) The gift of the gab – Talent for speaking
35) Throw out of gear – Disturb the work
36) Tooth and nail – With all one’s power
37) Take to one’s heels – Runaway
38) Die in harness – Die while in service
39) Out of the way – Strange
40) Read between the lines – Understand the hidden meaning
41) In cold blood – Deliberately; without emotion
42) Show a clean pair of heals – Runaway
43) A thorn in the flesh – A constant source of annoyance
44) Smell a rat – Suspect something foul
45) Nip in the bud – Destroy in the early stage
46) Out of the question – Impossible
47) Stick to one’s guns – Remain faithful to the cause
48) A man of straw – A man of no substance
49) Leave no stone unturned – Use all available means
50) Harp on the same string – Dwell on the same subject

Most frequently asked IDIOMS and PHRASES

51) Take a leaf out of one’s book – Imitate one
52) Like a fish out of water – In a strange situation
53) At one’s beck and call – Under his control
54) Bury the hatchet – End the quarrel and make peace
55) Feather one’s own nest – Make money unfairly
56) Leave one in the lurch – Desert one in difficulties; leave one in a helpless condition
57) To eat humble pie – To apologize humbly; to yield under humiliating circumstances
58) To eat your words – To take back what you have said
59) To make both ends meet – To live within one’s income
60) In high spirits – Very happy
61) Kill two birds with one stone – To achieve two results with one effort
62) Let the cat out of the bag – Reveal a secret
63) Put the cart before the horse – Put or do things in the wrong order
64) A hard nut to crack – A difficult problem
65) In hot water – In trouble
66) Wash one’s dirty linen – Discuss unpleasant in public-private matters before
67) On tenterhooks – In a state of suspense and anxiety
68) To all names – To abuse
69) To bell the cat – To face the risk
70) A big gun – An important person
71) To blow one’s own – To praise one’s own trumpet achievement
72) A bosom friend – A very close friend
73) A brown study – Dreaming
74) A close shave – Narrow escape
75) To cut a sorry figure – To make a poor show
76) Take one to task – Rebuke
77) Turn a deaf ear – Disregard / ignore what one says
78) By hook or by crook – By fair or foul means
79) Gain ground – Become popular
80) Pay off old scores – Take revenge
81) Put a spoke in one’s wheel – To upset one’s plans
82) Turn over a new leaf – Change for the better
83) Make up one’s mind – Decide
84) In the long run – Eventually; ultimately
85) In the nick of time – Just at the last moment
86) Through thick and thin – Under all conditions
87) With a high hand – Oppressively
88) Sitting on the fence – Hesitate between two decisions
89) Bring to light – Disclose
90) Burn one’s fingers – Get into trouble by interfering in other’s affairs
91) Laugh one’s head off – Laugh heartily
92) Chew the cud – Ponder over something
93) Hard and fast rules – Strict rules
94) Play second fiddle – Take an unimportant part
95) Above board – Honest and open
97) At the eleventh hour – At the last moment
98) At sixes and sevens – In a disordered manner
99) An apple of discord – A cause of quarrel
100) At home – Comfortable

Most frequently asked IDIOMS and PHRASES

101) Alpha and omega – The beginning and the end
102) At sea – Confused and lost
103) At one’s beck and call – At one’s service
104) An acid test – A critical test
105) Add fuel to the fire – To aggravate the situation
106) At a snail’s pace – Very slowly
107) To beat about the bush – Talk irrelevantly
108) A bone of contention – A source of quarrel
109) To burn one’s boats – Go back on a decision
110) To burn candle at both ends – To waste lavishly
111) To build castles in the air – Make imaginary schemes
112) A bolt from the blue – Something unexpected
113) By leaps and bounds – Rapidly
114) A burning question – An important topic
115) A big gun – An important person
116) To blow one’s own – To praise one’s own trumpet achievement
117) A bosom friend – A very close friend
118) To cut a sorry figure – To make a poor show
119) Take one to task – Rebuke
120) Run through – To squander or waste
121) Run over – To drive over
122) Alive and kicking – Active and healthy
123) Behind one’s back – In the absence of
124) To break the ice – To break the silence
125) A cold fish – A person devoid of emotions
126) To cross the Rubicon – To take a decisive step
127) Double-dealing – Deceiving
128) To die hard – Change with great difficulty
129) To fight a losing battle – Struggle without hope of success
130) Once in a blue moon – Very rarely
131) At a premium – Difficult to get or obtain
132) To play the game – To act honestly
133) To plough a lonely furrow – To work without help or support
134) Lock, stock, and barrel – Completely
135) The long and the short – The main point
136) The bottom line – The final criteria
137) To kick one’s heels – To wait with nothing to do
138) Make off with – To run away with
139) Pass away -To die
140) To make a pig of oneself -To over-eat
141) Donkey’s years – A very long time
142) To pull one’s leg – to joke; tease someone
143) To talk through one’s hat – To talk ignorantly
144) To make one’s mouth water – To stimulate one’s appetite
145) By word of mouth – By spoken message
146) To get the better of someone – To take advantage of someone
147) To rub shoulders – To come into close contact
148) A snake in the grass – A hidden enemy
149) A close shave – A narrow escape
150) Chip off the old block – As good as one’s father
151) To pull a long face – To look sad
152) To turn a deaf ear – To ignore
153) To turn the tables – To reverse the situation
154) To call someone names – To abuse someone
155) Above board – Honest and open
156) At arm’s length – To keep at a distance
157) To build castles in the air – Make imaginary schemes

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