Idioms & Phrases Questions

Idioms & Phrases Questions

  1. A dime a dozen – Very common
  2. A piece of cake – Something easy
  3. Actions speak louder than words – What you do reveals the real you
  4. Add insult to injury – Make a bad situation even worse
  5. Back in saddle – Resume duty
  6. Be behind the times – Be old fashioned
  7. Behind the scenes – Unknown to everyone
  8. Bite off more than one can chew – To take on more than one can  deal with
  9. Call a spade a spade – Say the truth about something, even if it is not pleasant
  10. Cash-strapped – Impoverished
  11. Chill out – To calm down
  12. Come hell or high water – In spite of any obstacles
  13. Cool It – To relax
  14. Couch Potato – Lazy person
  15. Cross that bridge – Solve the problem
  16. Cut to the chase – Talking about the important point and leaving out the detail
  17. Down-to-earth – Practical and direct
  18. Eat humble pie – Admit that you are wrong
  19. Every cloud has a silver lining – Something promising is there in any difficult situation
  20. Falling head over heels – Falling deeply in love with someone
  21. Fit as a fiddle – Healthy and strong
  22. Flying off the handle – Suddenly becoming enraged
  23. Full of sound and fury – Merely loud and angry words but ineffective
  24. Get something off your chest – Express something that has been worrying you, and you want to say
  25. Get the hang of – Learn how to use
  26. Go off at a tangent – Change the subject immediately
  27. Hats off to – Congratulations to
  28. In a fog – Confused and dazed
  29. In the blink of an eye – Within a very short period of time
  30. It was the last straw – The situation had become unbearable
  31. Jump on the bandwagon – Get involved in an activity because it is likely to succeed
  32. Jumped the gun – Acted hastily
  33. Keep a civil tongue – Speak with great politeness
  34. Keep up appearances – To pretend to be happier or richer so as to conceal the real situation
  35. Keep your shirt on – To remain cool
  36. Kept a stiff upper lip – Remained expressionless
  37. Let off the hook – Allowed to escape from blame
  38. Like talking to a brick wall – Inattentive
  39. Look after – Take care of
  40. Look before you leap – Think carefully of the consequences
  41. Looking for a needle in a haystack – Attempting something impossible
  42. Looking for greener pastures – Exploring new opportunities
  43. Made out of whole cloth – Entirely false and fabricated
  44. Make a beeline – Go straight to
  45. Neither fish nor fowl – Something which can neither be categorized easily nor be accepted befittingly
  46. Not mince (your) words – State your opinion clearly
  47. Old hand – Experienced
  48. Once in a blue moon – Happening only rarely
  49. Out of bounds – Forbidden
  50. Parthian shot – Parting hit
  51. Plain as day – Very obvious and easy to understand
  52. Pull up his socks – Make a greater effort to improve
  53. Pall yourself together – Regain composure
  54. Received a new lease of life – Became energetic again
  55. Reinventing the wheel – Wasting one’s time for things that have already been satisfactorily done
  56. Rub the wrong way – Annoy someone
  57. Sleep on it – To wait before making a decision
  58. Stir up a hornet’s nest – Provoke trouble
  59. Take one’s hat off to someone – Show admiration
  60. Take something with a pinch of salt – To believe only part of something
  61. Take the heat – Receive criticism
  62. The big fish – Main leaders
  63. The straw that broke the camel’s back – To be the last in a series of events leading one to feel that it is intolerable
  64. To cost an arm and a leg – Very expensive
  65. To fall on deaf ears – To be ignored
  66. To have a gut feeling – To feel an instinct or intuition
  67. To leave someone in the lurch – To desert someone in his difficulties
  68. Touch all bases – Include everything
  69. Under the weather – To be in low spirits
  70. Up in arms – Angry about something
  71. Upset someone’s applecart – Doing something that fails someone’s plan
  72. Vanish into the air – Completely disappear

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