English Grammar: Idioms Part 2 English Grammar: Idioms Part 2


English Grammar: Idioms Part 2English Grammar: Idioms Part 2



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  • A bolt from the blue : Unexpected incident
  • A chip on your shoulder : Being upset for something that happened in past
  • A slap on the wrist : Very mild punishment
  • A stone through : Short distance
  • A wolf in sheep clothing : A person who cannot be trusted
  • Add fuel to the fire : To worsen a situation
  • Against the clock : As fast as possible before a deadline
  • All Greek to me : Something which cannot be understood
  • An arm and a leg : Very expensive
  • An axe to grind : To have dispute with someone
  • At one's wit's end : Not knowing what to do
  • At sixes and sevens : In utter disorder
  • At the drop a hat : Showing readiness
  • At the eleventh hour : At the last moment
  • Baker's dozen : Thirteen
  • Beat a dead horse : To force an issue that has already ended
  • Beating around the bush : Avoiding the main topic
  • Bite your tongue : To avoid talking
  • Blue moon : A rare event
  • Burn one's fingers : Get oneself into trouble
  • Burn the candle at both ends : Exhaust ones physical or mental resources by over work
  • Call a spade a spade : Speak frankly
  • Cock and bull story : Unbelievable story
  • Come off with flying colors : Highly successful
  • Cry over split milk : Regret over past action
  • Dark horse : Unexpected winner
  • Dutch courage : Courage shown after become drunk
  • Eat humble pie : Become humble after ill luck
  • Fish in trouble water : Make profit when others in trouble
  • Flesh and blood : To refer someone's family
  • Get your walking papers : To be fired
  • Good Samaritan : Person helping others without any expectation
  • Greasing the palm : Bribing
  • Head over heals : With great joy
  • Hold your horse : Be patient
  • In high spirit : Very happy
  • Keep body and soul together : Money in order to live comfortably
  • Keep the wolf from the door : Avoid starvation
  • Kick the bucket : Die
  • Leave no stone upturned : Do everything one can
  • Lend an ear to : Listen patiently
  • Let sleeping dogs lie : Not to restart a dispute
  • Let the cat out of the bag : Make something public
  • Like a chicken with its head cut off : To act madly
  • Make both ends meet : Struggle to live with limited income
  • Mum's the word : Close one's mouth and utter no word
  • Nip in the bud : To prevent something from developing
  • On the fence : Something yet to be decided
  • Over the top : Exorbitant
  • Pick up your ears : Pay attention
  • Pipe down : To shut up or be quiet
  • Queer fish : Strange person
  • Queer the pitch : Ruin a plan
  • Sell for a song : At a very low price
  • Smell a rat : To sense a danger in advance
  • Southpaw : Left handed person
  • Storm in tea cup : Unimportant event
  • Swan song : Last performance
  • Tie the knot : To get married
  • Till the cows come home : Very late
  • To keep one's eyes : To be extremely watchful
  • To steal someone's thunder : Claim someone's achievement
  • Tongue in cheek : A harmless joke
  • Use your loaf : Act sensibly
  • Wet blanket : Useless person
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