Idioms and Phrases with Meaning and Examples
- Hush Money: To Bribe
Example- Every business house uses hush money to leaders.
- In A Fix: In A Difficulty
Example- My friend is always in a fix.
- In A Good Manner: Polite
Example- He talked to us in a good manner.
- In Disguise Of: Unfortunate Event
Example- Running late for work turned out to be a blessing in disguise of.
- In Full Swing: In full speed
Example- Teaching work in school is going in full swing.
- In Hand And Glove: very thick or close
Example- You and I are hand and glove with each other.
- In Hot Water: In A Painful Position
Example- He is in hot water.
- In Short: Briefly
Example- Always answer in short.
- In The Long Run: At Last
Example- Work hard otherwise in the long run you will repent in the future.
- In The Wind: Secretly
Example- It is in the wind that he is going to be dismissed.
- Iron Hand: Brutality
Example- I always use an iron hand.
- Iron Will: Strong Determination
Example- Indira Gandhi was a lady of an iron will.
- Kith And Kin: Blood Relations
Example- I never believe my kith and kin.
- Milk Of Human Kindness: Kindness
Example- Some people have no milk of human kindness in them.
- Neck To Neck: Side By Side
Example- There will be a neck-to-neck race in the playground.
- Next To Nothing: Much Less or Very Less
Example- Your knowledge of English is next to nothing.
- Nook & Corner: Everywhere
Example- Many boys are wandering in every Nook & corner of the city.
- Not To Care A Fig For: No Tension
Example- I do not care a fig for what people say.
- Of No Avail: Useless
Example- The education of today is of no avail.
- Off And On: Time And Again
Example- You are requested to meet me off and on.
- Off Hand: Without Preparation
Example- Many boys take the examination off hand.
- Oily Tongue: To Flatter
Example- He is our manager’s favorite person because of his oily tongue.
- On A Par: Equal
Example- We should behave on a par.
- On Last Legs: About To Fall
Example- Our present government is on its last legs.
- On The Alert Of: Cautions
Example- You are in danger therefore you should be on the alert of your life.
- On The Cards : Clear
Example- It is on the cards that he will get a first class.
- On The Eve Of: On The Occasion Of
Example- A group photograph was taken on the eve of his transfer.
- On The Score Of: Because Of
Example- I could not attend the meeting on the score of ill health.
- On The Sly: Secretly
Example- Boys & girls love on the sly.
- On The Spur Of The Moment: At Once
Example- I set out on my journey at the spur of the moment.
- On The Very Of: On The Point Of
Example- The old fox was on the very of death.
- On The Wane: Decreases
Example- The moon is on the wane.
- Once For All: Finally
Example- We must decide once for all.
- Open Secret: A Secret That Everybody Knows
Example- It is an open secret that they love each other.
- Order Of The Day : Something Very Common
Example- Corruption is the order of the day in India.
- Out And Out: Completely
Example- The exam paper was out and out of what have been taught to us in school.
- Out Of Date: Not In Use
Example- This hairstyle is out of date.
- Out Of Fashion: Something Unpopular
Example- Hindi has become out of fashion in modern India.
- Out Of Place: Unfit To The Occasion
Example- People should not speak out of place.
- Out Of Question: Impossible
Example- His success is out of the question.
- Out Of Sorts: Not In Good Health
Example- Today I am out of source, therefore I cannot come to you this evening.
- Out Of The Frying Pan Into The Fire: from a bad situation to the worst one
Example- The prisoner came out the jail but he was attacked by robbers. It was just like out of the frying pan into the fire.
- Out Of The Way: Difficult
Example- I met a person who lives in out-of-the-way conditions in a village.
- Over Head And Ears: Completely
Example- This man is overhead and ear in loan.
- Point Blank: Clearly
Example- He can also see point blank at night.
- Right And Left: On all sides
Example- He was in danger so he began to run right and left.
- The Olive Branch: An Offer For Peace
Example- We should hold the olive branch.
- To Add Fuel To Fire: to make a miserable situation even worse
Example- Shouting at a crying child just add fuel to the fire.
- To Bank Upon: to expect something or depend on something happening
Example- You should not bank upon others.
- To Be All And End All: Main Purpose
Example- To be an IAS officer is his all and end-all for me.
- To Be In Good Books: Pleased with you
Example- Yesterday I helped some people so I am in the neighbor’s good book.
- To Be In The Bad Books Of: In Disfavour
Example- He was in the bad books of his boss.
- To Be On The Lookout For: In Search For
Example- I am on the lookout for a job.
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