ENGLISH VOCAB ( IDIOMS AND PHRASES)

1.    A damp squib (complete failure )
Example: The visit of our Foreign Minister to USA proved a damp squib on terrorist issue.

2.    ABC ( very common knowledge ) :
Example: He doesn’t know ABC of Physics.

3.    Alpha and Omega ( First and last letter of Greek alphabet, means beginning and end )
Example: The alpha and omega of British policy was to keep the Indians divided.

4.    An eye wash ( a pretence)
Example: He does nothing without self interest, all his excuses are but on eye was.

5.    Back and Call (at the service)
Example: Don’t worry I am at your back and call.

6.    Between the cup and the lips ( On the point of achievement)
Example: Until I got the appointment letter in hand, I was not sure of the posting as there were many slips between the cup and the lips.

7.    By fits and starts ( irregularly)
Example: Work done by fits and starts never completes in time.

8.    Curtain lecture ( a reproof by wife to her husband)
Example : My younger brother never pays any attention to his wife’s curtain lecture.

9.    Fire and brimstone ( fearful penalties )
Example: The USA has threatened Iraq with fire and brimstone if she refuses to follow the resolutions of UNO.

10.  Gird up the loin ( to be ready) :
Example: We should gird up the loin to fight the poverty and menace of dowery.

11.  Helter skelter ( here and there )
Example: On arrival of the police the strikers ran helter skelter.

12.  Hush money ( a bribe )
Example : He managed to escape punishment by paying hush money.

13.  Weal and Woe (prosperity and adversity )
Example: I will abide by you in all weal and woe.

14.  To assume airs ( to pretend superiority )
Example: He is in the habit of assuming airs in the presence of his in laws.

15.  Ever and anon ( now and then )

Example: She goes to temple ever and anon.