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Idioms and Phrases
Idioms and Phrases
1. Achilles heel- दुखती रग
Meaning: vulnerable spot, a small fault or weakness in a person or system that can result in its failure.Example: The corrupt minister is regarded as the government’s Achilles heel and is expected to resign.
2. A bone of contention- झगड़े की जड़
Meaning: if there is an issue that always causes tension and argumentsExample: A bone of contention between the husband and wife is that the husband always spends too much money.
3. A dead letter-
Meaning: An argument or law not followed by anyone.Example: The blue laws here are a dead letter; all the stores open on Sundays and holidays
4. At the eleventh hour-आख़िरी वक्त में
Meaning: be too late.Example: She always turned her term papers in at the eleventh hour.
5. A queer fish-सनकी व्यक्ति
Meaning: a strange person
Example: I knew his father and he was a queer fish too.
6. A worm’s eye view-
Meaning: having very little knowledge about something
Example: The novel provides us with a worm’s eye view of society.
7. At (on) the heels of
Meaning: close behind or soon after something
Example: As in Mom’s birthday comes on the heels of Mother’s Day
8. Apple of someone’s eyes-आँखों का तारा
Meaning: someone loved very much.
Example: His youngest son was the apple of his eye.
9. Ask for the Moon-
Meaning: to ask for too much.
Example: There’s no point hoping for a permanent peace in the area. It’s like asking for the moon.
10. Asleep at the switch
Meaning: not to be alert on opportunity
Example: Health experts were asleep at the switch when the disease began to spread rapidly again.
11. At sixes and sevens
Meaning: to be lost and bewildered
Example: Riya is at sixes and sevens since the death of her husband.
12. At someone’s beck and call
Meaning: to be always ready to serve
Example: Imagine what it’s like to have a cook and a maid at your beck and call.
13. At an arm’s length
Meaning: to keep at a distance
Example: Ram always keeps his friends at arm’s length, so that no one gets close enough to hurt his feelings.
14. A red letter day
Meaning: an important day
Example: A special occasion, as in When Ram comes home from his tour of duty, that’ll be a red-letter day
15. A nine days wonder
Meaning: pleasure for a short time
Example: His music was derided by an older generation convinced that he was a nine-day wonder.
16. Alma Mater
Meaning: Institution where i got my education
Example: She has been offered the position of professor of international economic policy in Delhi , her alma mater.
17. At the drop of a hat
Meaning-Willingness to do something instantly
Example: She expects me to make dinner at the drop of a hat even if I am very busy with office work
18. A cold Fish
Meaning: A person devoid of emotions
Example: Ram isn’t very demonstrative, but his mother was a cold fish so he probably gets it from her.
19. A cock and bull story
Meaning: An improbable excuse
Example: She told me some cock-and-bull story.
20. Above board
Meaning: straight; without concealment, legitimate; open.
Example: No tricks, please. We want the deal to be above board completely.
1. Every Dog has his day
Meaning: Sooner or later, everyone has his share of good fortune
Example: You may become successful in your business someday. Every dog has his day.
2. Early bird
Meaning: A person who gets up early or arrives early for something.
Example: My brother is an early bird and gets up very early every morning.
3. Egg on
Meaning: to urge or push someone to do something.
Example: The boy is always egging his friend on to do stupid things.
4. Eye of the storm
Meaning: The center of a problem
Example: The politician was in the eye of the storm because of the accounting scandal.
5. Excuse (someone)
Meaning: to forgive someone
Example: We excused the man for his rude comments because he did not know any better.
6. Eagle eye
Meaning: Quick to discover ( Unusually keen sight)
Example: A good students has an eagle eyes for his errors.
7. Empty vessels make the most noise
Meaning: Those who know or have little knowledge often shout the loudest
Example: Ram tells as if he’s an expert on everything, but empty vessels make most noise.
8. Earn one’s keep
Meaning: To perform satisfactory physical labor or to provide other worthy services in return for remuneration, lodging, or other benefits; to support oneself financially.
1.Make a clean breast of- कबूल करना
Meaning: To confess
Use: He made a clean breast of his crime.
2.Make one’s way-खुदकी मेहनत से आगे बढ़ना
Meaning: Advance in life by one’s own efforts.
Use: He had to make his own way in the world as his family was very poor.
3.Man in the street-एक साधारण व्यक्ति
Meaning:An ordinary person
Use:Ram is a man in the street.
4.Man of his word-जो अपने वादों को रखता है
Meaning:One who keeps his promises.
Use: Sandeep by helping me, proves that he is a man of his word.
5.Man of straw- एक कमजोर आदमी
Meaning:A weak person.
Use:When his wife needed his support, he run away and left her facing all the problems all alone. That is why; she called him a man of straw after all.
6.Mark my words- मेरी बात सुनो
Meaning:Listen to me
Use:Mark my words; this boy is going to become a great ruler.
7.Marry money- अमीर से शादी करना
Meaning:To marry a rich person
Use:She married to sandeep Ambani and got rich.
8.Meet one’s death- मर जाना
Use:A friend of mine met his death when he got hit by a train.
9.Minting it- जल्दी से बहुत सारा पैसा कमा लेना
Meaning:Earning a lot of money quickly.
Use:The company is minting it is only due to new manager.
10.Miss the boat- किसी अवसर का लाभ उठाने में विफल
Meaning:To fail to take advantage of an opportunity.
Use:A good business opportunity comes in ram’s life but ram miss the boat.
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