Idiomatic expressions or Idioms can be explained as a group of words in a fixed order, having a particular meaning different from the meaning of each word understood in its own. An Idiom is a phrase or a fixed expression that has a figurative, or sometimes literal
meaning. This means Idioms have a deeper meaning than their literal surface meaning.
Examples of some Idioms and their meanings
|Draw the line||Know the limit of something|
|Let the cat out of the bag||Reveal a secret|
|Lead a woman to the altar||Marry her|
|Live under the cloud||Unpopular|
|Lock horns with each other||Contest|
|Let sleeping dogs lie||Don’t stir up a claim|
|Live form hand to mouth||To spend as soon as you receive|
|Leave no stone unturned||Try every means and method|
|Keep the flag flying||Continue the good work|
|Kick the bucket||To die|
|Keep one’s head above the water||To survive|
|Kiss the dust||Surrender|
|To pick to pieces||To analyse critically|
|To go parri-passu||To go hand-in-hand or at the same time|
|To prepare for the rainy day||To get ready for unfavourable future|
|To play to the gallery||To seek cheap popularity|
|To be a pace setter||To be the first to do something|
|To pour oil on troubled waters||To make peace|
|Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown||Not an easy task to be a leader|
|To sit on the fence||To be neutral , indecisive|
|To bell the cat||To attempt a dangerous task|
|Take the bull by the horn||To dare something perilous|
|A square peg in a round hole||Unfit|
1. She is pulling my leg. – to pull someone’s leg means to tease them by telling them something untrue.
2. When will you drop them a line? – to drop someone a line means to send a note to or call someone.
3. You should keep an eye out for that. – to keep an eye out for something means to maintain awareness of it so that you notice it as it occurs.
4. I can’t keep my head above water. – to keep one’s head above water means to manage a situation.
5. It’s raining cats and dogs. – to rain cats and dogs means to rain very heavily (a downpour).
6. Oh no! You spilled the beans! – to spill the beans means to let out a secret.
7. Why are you feeling blue? – to feel blue means to feel sad.
8. That jacket costs an arm and a leg. – an arm and a leg means a large amount of money.
9. It is not rocket science. – not rocket science means something is not difficult.
10. Put a cork in it. – put a cork in it is an impolite way to say, “shut up!” (another idiom), be quiet, and stop talking.
11. I’m screwed . – to be screwed means that one is doomed, is in big trouble, or has really messed up.
Find the meanings of these idioms
- To meet one’s water loo
- Once in a blue moon
- Let bygone be bygone
- Much ado about nothing
- To bury one’s machete
- A stitch in time saves nine
- Cut your coat according to your cloth
- To burn the candle at both ends
- To develop a cold feet
- A red letter day
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