Let’s take a look at some of the important Idioms & Phrases asked in the English section.
Be a chicken
- Meaning: Be a coward.
- Example: Don’t be a chicken. Talk to her about your love for her
A little bird told me
- Meaning: Said when you don’t want reveal the source of your information.
- Example: A little bird told me about your birthday.
As gentle as a lamb
- Meaning: Said about kind , innocent, mild-mannered people.
- Example: She is as gentle as a lamb. That’s why everybody likes her.
Back the wrong horse
- Meaning: to support someone or something that later cannot be successful.
- Example: Don’t back the wrong horse! You know he cannot win the elections.
Be a cold fish
- Meaning: be a person who is distant and unfeeling
- Example: He rarely talks to his colleagues. He’s a cold fish.
Be like a fish out of water
- Meaning: to feel uncomfortable in a situation
- Example: After her divorce, she was like a fish out of water
Beat a dead horse
- Meaning: (Also flog a dead horse.) To persist or continue far beyond any purpose, interest or reason.
- Example: If you continue talking about something that cannot be changed, you are beating a dead horse.
Call off the dogs
- Meaning: said when you want someone to stop criticizing you
- Example: Please, call off the dogs. I apologize for what I have done.
Big fish in a small pond
- Meaning: One who has achieved a high rank or is highly esteemed, but only in a small, relatively unimportant, or little known location or organization.
- Example: Dr. Jones could get a professorship at an Ivy League university, but he enjoys being a big fish in a small pond too much to ever leave Hannover College.
- Meaning: someone or something which is a dependable source of appreciable amounts of money; a moneymaker.
- Example: The type writers production which had been their cash cow for so many years witnessed a collapse of sales.
A mare’s nest
- Meaning: a false invention
- Example: the involvement of teachers in the scheme proved to be a mare’s nest.
- Meaning: in dispute
- Example: The members of the group were at odds over the selection procedure.
No love lost
- Meaning: intense dislike
- Example: There is no love lost between the two neighbours.
Rub one the wrong way
- Meaning: annoy
- Example: If you rub him the wrong way, he is bound to react.
Turn the corner
- Meaning: pass the crisis
- Example: The doctor says that the patient has turned the corner.
Sow wild oats
- Meaning: irresponsible pleasure seeking
- Example: After sowing his wild oats Ram has decided to stick to the straight and narrow path in future.
With a high hand
- Meaning: oppressively
- Example: He was a king who ruled his subjects with a high hand.
A good turn
- Meaning: an act of kindness
- Example: He did me a good turn by recommending me for the post of Vice – president.
A moot point
- Meaning: undecided
- Example: The question of abolition of property is still a moot point.
Hole and corner
- Meaning: secret
- Example: I don’t want any more hole-in-the-corner deals, from now all our business will be done in the open.