IDIOMS AND PHRASES : English prep set 3

IDIOMS AND PHRASES : English prep set 3

Send(one) about one’s business

To send someone away , usually in an unfriendly way

Run in the same groove

Advance in harmony

Wolf in sheep’s clothing

Hypocrite

Chewing the cuds

To muse on, to chat , in an aimless manner

At ease

Embarrassed

Cut corners

Simplify the producers

At the drop of hat

Without delay

Burning question

A widely debated issue

Paddle of own canoe

Depended on himself

At cross purposes

Misunderstanding of each other’s purposes

In raptures

Very enthusiastic

Out of place

Inappropriate

Gets on nerves

Irritate

Wear heart on sleeves

Exposing innermost feeling to others

Like a duck in a thunderstorm

Distressed

Herculean task

Work required great effort

An eye to the main chance

Object to make money

Make flesh creep

Frightened

Himself to himself

In unsociable

Leave high and dry

To leave some one unsupported and unable to manoeuvre

Call in questions

Challenges

Means business

Earnest /sincere

A left handed compliment

An insincere

Once in a while

Occasionally

Kick heels

waste time

Lying down

To show no reaction

Gone down the drained

Wasted

in the offing

About to start

Design on

To have plans to exploit or somehow take of someone advantage or

something

Queer fish

Strange person

Broken reed

A frustrated man

Gather roses only

Seek all the enjoyment of life

At sea

Confused

Lay by the heels

Chance and capture

Hanky‐panky

Jugglery

Stick one’s neck out

To Take a risk

Mare’s nest

A false invention

Back‐chat

Impertinent/disrespectful remarks

Bear in mind

Remember

To cut your teeth

To gain experience

Keeping up appearances

Maintaining outward show

Heads will roll

People will get into serve trouble

Little elbow

Freedom

A bee in bonnet

An obsession about something

Gift of the gab

Fluency of speech

Turn hand

Adapt himself to

Fell flat

Had not effect

Gentleman on large

Has no serious occupation

White elephant

Useless

To let the bygones be bygones

Ignore the past

Come to the crunch

Decisive movement

Keeps a good table

Entertain guest sumptuously

Draw the long bone

Exaggerate

Hold the enemy at bay

Prevented the enemy from coming near

To keep the pot boiling

Keep the controversy alive

Far cry

A long way off

Bolt from the blue

Sudden Sock

Win Hands down

Win easily

On and off

At intervals

With a high hand

Oppressively

Make no bone

Do without hesitation

Get hold of the wrong end of the

stick

Misjudge the situation

On the wan

Declining

Cool as cucumber

Calm and composed

Catch 22

Absurd , a dilemma or difficult circumstance form which there is no

escape because of mutually conflicting of dependent conditions

Pell‐mell

In a disorderedly manner

Plough a lonely furrow

Do without the help of others

Great hand

Expert at

Heap coals on someone’s t head

Make someone feel sorry

Cocksure

Perfectly confident

Cuts both ends

Argument in support of both sides of the issue

Feather own nest

Act for won future benefits

Throw down the gauntlet

Challenge someone, Behaved as very great and important person

On tenterhooks

An anxious suspense

Ride rough shod over

Treat harshly

Do a good turn by

Do a favour

On its last leg

About to perish/expire

Heart out

Suffer silently

Have the mind

Have the willingness

Cushy job

Financial comfortable job

Now and then

Occasionally

Midas touch

Ability to success in all projects

Paint with bright colour

Exaggerated

To set the Thames on fire

A heroic deed

On the wrong side of fifty

Over fifty years old

Out of question

Unthinkable

Brought matters to a head

Create an atmosphere of confrontation

In a jiffy

In a hurry

Double dealing

Deception

Blow own trumpet

To tell other people how good and successful you are

Let the grass grow under the feet

Stayed out

Cut someone dead

To ignore someone totally

Make both end meet

Earn enough

Make light

Treat lightly

Wear the trousers

Dominant

Hole and corner

Secret

Steal someone’s thunder

To lessen someone’s force

Yeoman service

Free, generous help

To the backbone

Completely

Lynch law

Law of the mob

Bitten of more than chew

Trying do to too much

Stalking horse

Trick , something that is used to hide someone’s real purpose

Make hay while the sun rises

Make the best use of a favourable situation

On the wane

Growing less

Lying down

Show no reaction

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