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Idioms and Phrases - Usage and examples

Discussion in 'Education & Personal Growth' started by Deepali_deepali, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. Deepali_deepali

    Deepali_deepali Gold IL'ite

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    We come across thousands of phrases. Many of them are known to us but there are some we may not have used or heard. So, I wish to know more of them and share that I know.These are some idioms and phrases, that we use in our daily English language.

    1. Piece of Cake- Something easy. Ex. - Making Rajma is a piece of cake for me.

    2. At Stake - At risk. Ex. - Raju has made Satyam's business and repo at stake.

    3. Beyond Question -Undoubtedly. Ex. - Chitvish's recipes are beyond question, easy and tasty to make.

    4. Paint the town Red- enjoy nightlife with drinks. Ex.- Yesterday, all the boys of my class painted the town red.

    5. Dress to kill - Wear one's finest clothes. Ex. - You are dressed to kill today, your fiancee will marry you today itself.

    Kindly share more...I'll come up with more of them..
     
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  2. Padmini

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    dear deepali,
    very useful. nice way to impart the knowledge
    about idioms and phrases. thank you for sharing.
    with love
    pad.
     
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    Hi Deepali

    glad to share.

    1.Achilles' Heel--weakness, flaw.Eg.-He is an A student in Math, but English is his Achilees' heel.

    2.Add Fuel to the Fire--to make a bad situation worse. Eg.-I was already angry with you, and when you forgot to pick me up, that really added fuel to the fire.

    3.Apple of your eye--a person or thing that is greatly loved.Eg.-Smitha is the apple of my eye.

    4.As the crow flies--measured in a straight, direct line between two places. Eg. Jenny lives only a few blocks from school as the crow flies.

    5.At the drop of a hat--without delay. Eg. John would have gone to the football game at the drop of a hat.
     
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    Dear Sundarusha,

    I appreciate your interest in adding more useful idioms..Thanks.. Keep posting more..

    1. Baby Blues -Feelings of depression/ anxiety. Eg. I am having baby blues thinking of the labour pain.

    2. A feather in one's cap - Symbol of achievement - Eg. Infinitehopes has another feather in her cap by winning best blog contest this month.

    3. A safe pair of hands - A reliable person- Eg. She needs not to worry, as she is now in safe pair of hands.

    4. Out of the woodwork - Out in the open from concealment . Eg. Shikha's court marriage is out of the woodwork now.

    5. Coax to do - to insist. Eg - Indusladies has really coaxed me to make more paintings.
     
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    Few more --

    1. Caught in the crossfire - Caught in between two enemies. Eg.- I just wanted to clear the misunderstanding, but never knew that i'll led myself caught in the crossfire.

    2. Dead and Buried -
    gone forever -Eg- You should not tell this to your hubby now, when it is already dead and buried.

    3. A penny for your thoughts -
    To ask about what someone is thinking about - Eg.- Why are you silent since half an hour, may i give you a penny for your thoughts?

    4. A steal -
    less costly than worth. - Eg.- I can't stop myself buying these paintings, see, it's a steal.

    5. Mad as a badger - Crazy - Eg.- How can you ask him to leave his job.Have you gone mad as a badger?
     
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    Very useful ones for our day to day usage.

    ICING ON THE CAKE---------- an added bonus factor which comes along with something you acquire.
    BLUE EYED ONE.....................Most favourite
    CHIP OF THE OLD BLOCK...........exactly like somebody
     
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    Very Excellent thread DEEPALI and very very useful too

    Thank you very much for starting the thread and also for sharing examples

    Few from me::

    GO DUTCH........Dividing the cost equally ......

    POT LUCK DINNER - where everbody brings something

    Hey, THE FIRST ONE, i learned from IL ONLY , and eagerly waiting to learn more and more
     
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    Thanks a lot Geevee..for sharing these useful idioms..Please share more..
     
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    Hi Lata,

    Contributions from the seniors is absolutely encouraging..Thanks for sharing these idioms...
     
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    Another set of phrases -

    1. Get your goat - Making angry - Ex. I'll get my mother's goat if I don't reach home on time..

    2. A pretty penny - Expensive. Ex. This dress is pretty penny than its worth.

    3. Add insult to injury - Making bad situation worse.Ex. Calling Shikha to resolve the matter was like adding insult to injury.

    4. Root and branch - formal. Ex. The company has announced his achievement root and branch.

    5. Go it alone- to do something oneself. Ex. I generally go it alone when I take up something.
     

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