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Note for Idioms and Phrases - IP by Abhishek Apoorv

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Idioms and Phrases Capsule - PDF Hi readers, Here given 280 Idioms & phrases with their meaning. These phrases are picked from previous exam papers. It will help you improve your English language as well as descriptive paper score. Phrases with Meaning 1) A bird in the hand is worth two in the bushHaving something that is certain is much better than taking a risk for more, because chances are you might losing everything. 2) A blessing in disguise - Something good that isn’t recognized by first 3) Bull in china shop- One who causes damage 4) A chip on your shoulder- Being upset for something that happened in the past 5) A damp squib- Complete failure 6) A dime A dozen - Anything that is common and easy to get 7) A doubting Thomas - A skeptic who needs physical or personal evidence in order to believe something 8) A drop in the bucket- A very small part of something big or whole 9) A fool and his money are easily parted - It’s easy for a foolish person to lose his/ her money 10) A gentleman at large- An unreliable person 11) A green horn- Inexperienced 12) A house divided against itself cannot stand- Everyone involved must unify and function together or it will not work out. 13) A leopard can’t change his spots - You cannot change who you are 14) A lost cause - A hopeless case, a person or situation having no hope of positive change. 15) A man of straw - A weak person 16) A mare’s nest- A false invention 17)

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A penny saved is a penny earned - By not spending money, you are saving money (little by little) 18) A picture paints a thousand words- A visual presentation is far more descriptive than words 19) A piece of cake- A task that can be accomplished very easily 20) A slap on the wrist - A very mild punishment 21) A stalking horse- Pretence 22) A steal- Very inexpensive, a bargain 23) A taste of your own medicine - When you are mistreated the same way you mistreat others 24) A toss-up- A result hat is still unclear and can go either way 25) A wolf in sheep’s clothing- A dangerous person pretending harmless 26) ABC: Very common knowledge about to - Ready to, just going to 27) Above all- Mainly, especially 28) Above board- Fair and honest 29) According to- In the order of; on the authority of 30) Actions speak louder than words- It’s better to actually do something than hust talk about it 31) Add fuel to the fire- Whenever something is done to make a bad situation even worse than it is 32) Against the clock- Rushed and short on time 33 ) All (day, week, month, year) long - The entire day, week, month, year 34) All along- All the time, from the beginning (without change) 35) All and Sundry- Without making any distinction 36) All bark and no bite- When someone is threatening and/ or aggressive but not willing to engage in a fight 37) All greek to me- Meaningless and incomprehensible like someone who cannot read, speak, or 38) All in all- Considering everything 39) All in the same boat- When everyone is facing the same challenges 40) All of a sudden- Suddenly, without warning (All at once) 41) All right- Acceptable, fine; yes, okay 42) Alpha and omega- First and last letter of Greek alphabet, means beginning and end

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43) An arm and a leg- Very expensive, A large amount of money 44) An axe to grind- To have a dispute with someone 45) An eye wash- A pretence 46) An iron hand- By force 47) Apple to my eye- Someone who is cherished above all others 48) As a matter of fact- Really, actually (also: as to) 49) As for- Regarding, concerning (also: as to) 50) As high as a kite - Anything that is high up in the sky 51) As soon as- Just after, when 52) As usual- as is the general case, as is typical 53) At all- To any degree (also: in the least) 54) At heart- Basically, fundamentally 55) At last- Finally, after a long time 56) At least- A minimum of, no fewer (or less) than 57) At odds- In dispute 58) At sixes and seven- Persons who are having different opinions 59) At the drop of a hat- Willing to do something immediately 60) Back and call- At the service 61) Back and forth- In a backward and forward motion 62) Back seat driver- People who criticize from the sidelines, much like someone giving unwanted advice 63) Back to square one- Having to start all over again 64) Back to the drawing board- When an attempt fails and it’s time to start all over 65) Bag and baggage- with all goods 66) Baker’s dozen- Thirteen 67) Bank on- Depend on, count on 68) Barking up the wrong tree- A mistake made in something you are trying to achieve 69) Bated breath- In anxiety, expectancy 70) Beat a dead horse- To force an issue that has already ended 71) Beating around the bash- Avoiding the main topic, not speaking directly about the issue 72) Bend over backwards- Do whatever it takes to help. Willing to do anything

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73) Between a Rock and a Hard place- Stuck between two very bad options 74) Between Scylla and Charybdis- Choice between two unpleasant alternatives 75) Between the cup and the lips- On the point of achievement 76) Bite off more than you can chew - To take on a task that is a way to big 77) Bite your tongue- To avoid talking 78) Black and white- In writing 79) Blood is thicker than water - The family bond is closer than anything else 80) Blow hot and cold- Having no stand, shows favour at one time and unfavour at another 81) Blue moon- A rare event or occurrence 82) Body and soul- Entirely 83) Break a leg- A superstitious way to say ‘Good Luck’ without saying ‘Good Luck’, 84) Buy a lemon- To purchase a vehicle that constantly gives problems or stops running after you drive it 85) By & by- Gradually 86) By all means- Certainly, definitely, naturally (also: of course); using any possible way or method 87) By far- By a great margin, clearly 88) By fits and starts- Irregularly 89) By heart- By memorizing 90) By hook or by crook- By any means 91) By leaps and bound- speedily 92) By oneself- Alone, without assistance 93) By the way- Incidentally 94) Call a spade a spade- Straight talks 95) Can’t cut the mustard- Someone who isn’t adequate enough to compete or participate 96) Cast iron stomach- Someone who has no problems, complications or ill effects with eating anything 97) Cats and bull story- Untrue story 98) Cats and dogs- Heavy rain 99) Charley horse- stiffness in the leg/ A leg cramp 100) Chew someone out- Verbally scold someone

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