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Idioms and Phrases

Idioms and Phrases

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Idioms and Phrases
Idioms are words, phrases or expressions that are either grammatically unusual or their meaningscannot be taken literally. When we say that “It’s
raining cats and dogs
wedon’t mean that cats and dogs are raining from the sky but we mean that
It’srainingheavily
”.A dictionary explains an idiom as “a group of words in a fixed order that havea particular meaning that is different from the meanings of each wordunderstood on itsown.To "
have bitten off more than you can chew
" is an idiom that means you havetried to do something which is too difficult for you
.
 Anidiom facilitates towards thespeaking of the language, decreases its load and makesit appearmore beautiful.Itsymbolizes your better understanding of the language and thustheuse of suchexpression frames the view of the listener.Given here is a list of few important idioms.We have tried our best to keep this topic simple and easy so that our readers can learnit by heart at a single stroke…
Here it goes…
 
 A
A big cheese
-an important or a powerful person in a group or family
A bird’s eye view
-a view from a very high place whichallows you to see a large area
A bone of contention
-something that people argue for a longtime
A cock and a bull story
-a story or an explanation which is obviously not true.
At the crack of the dawn
-very early in morning
A cuckoo in the nest
-someone in a group of people but not liked by them.
A litmustest
-a method which clearly proves something
As the crow flies
-measuring distance between two places in a straight line.
A dead letter 
-an argument or law not followed by anyone.
At the drop of the hat
-u do something easily and without any preparation
An early bird
-someone who gets early in the morning
An educated guess
-a guess which was likely to get corrected
At the eleventh hour 
-be too late.
 
A queer fish
-a strange person
A wakeup call
-an event done to warn someone
A worm’s eye view
-having verylittle knowledge about something
A witch hunt
-an attempt to find and punish those who have options that are believedto be dangerous
At the heels of 
-to follow someone
A dish fit for Gods
-something of very high quality
A game of two equal halves
-a sudden change in circumstances
Afraid of one’s own shadow
-to become easily frightened
Against the clock
-to be in a hurry to do something before a particular time
Air one’s dirty laundry
-to make public something embarrassing that should be keptsecret.
All systems go-
everything is ready.
An arm and a leg
-a large amount of money
Appear out of now here
-to appear suddenly without warning.
Apple of someone’s eye
-someone loved very much.
Ask for the moon
-to ask for too much.
Asleep at the switch
-not to be alert on opportunity
At sixes and sevens
-to be lost and bewildered
At someone’s beck and call
-to be always ready to serve

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