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Idioms & Phrases
Idiom Above board At arms length At the eleventh hour At sixes and sevens An apple of discord At home Alpha and omega At sea At one’s beck and call An acid test Add fuel to the fire At a snail’s pace To beat about the bush A bone of contention To burn one’s boats To burn candle at both ends To build castles in the air A bolt from the blue By leaps and bounds A burning question To bell the cat A big gun To blow one’s own trumpet A bosom friend A brown study A close shave To cut a sorry figure Take one to task Turn a deaf ear By hook or by crook Gain ground Pay off old scores Put a spoke in one’s wheel Turn over a new leaf Make up one’s mind In the long run In the nick of time Through thick and thin With a high hand Sitting on the fence Bring to light Burn one’s fingers Laugh one’s head off Chew the cud Hard and fast rules Play second fiddle Meaning Honest and open To keep at a distance At the last moment In a disordered manner A cause of quarrel Comfortable The beginning and the end Confused and lost At one’s service A critical test To aggra va te the situation Very slowly Talk irrelevantly A source of quarrel Go back on a decision To waste lavishly Make imaginary schemes Something unexpected Rapidly An important topic To face the risk An important person To praise one’s own achievement A very close friend Dreaming Narrow escape To make a poor show Rebuke Disregard / ignore what one says By fair or foul means Become popular Take revenge To upset one’s plans Change for the better Decide Eventually; ultimately Just at the last moment Under all conditions Oppressively Hesitate between two decisions Disclose Get into trouble by interfering in other’s affairs Laugh heartily Ponder over something Strict rules Take an unimportant part

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Rank and file By fits and starts A wee bit Out of the wood Under his thumb At one’s wits end Between the devil and the deep sea Burn the midnight oil Call a spade a spade Come off with flying colours Hoping against hope Hit the nail on the head An axe to grind Spread like wild fire The gift of the gab Throw out of gear Tooth and nail Take to one’s heels Die in harness Out of the way Read between the lines In cold blood Show a clean pair of heals A thorn in the flesh Smell a rat Nip in the bud Out of the question Stick to one’s guns A man of straw Leave no stone unturned Harp on the same string Take a leaf out of one’s book Like a fish out of water At one’s beck and call Bury the hatchet Feather one’s own nest Leave one in the lurch To eat humble pie To eat your words To make both ends meet In high spirits Kill two birds with one stone Let the cat out of the bag Put the cart before the horse A hard nut to crack In hot water Wash one’s dirty linen in public On tenterhooks To all names Ordinary persons In short periods, not regularly A little Free from difficulties and dangers Under his control In a state where one does not know what to do Between two dangers Work or study hard Spea k fr a n kl y a n d directly Be highly successful Without hope Do or say the exact thing A personal interest in the matter

Spread quickly Talent for speaking Disturb the work With all one’s power Run away Die while in service Strange Understand the hidden meaning Deliberately; without emotion Run away A constant source of annoyance Suspect something foul Destroy in the early stage Impossible Remain faithful to the cause A man of no substance Use all available means Dwell on the same subject Imitate one In a strange situation Under his control End the quarrel and make peace Make money unfairly Desert one in difficulties; leave one in a helpless condition To apologize humbly; to yield under humiliating circumstances To take back what you have said To live within one’s income Very happy To achieve two results with one effort Reveal a secret Put or do things in the wrong order A difficult problem In trouble Discuss unpleasant private matters before strangers - In a state of suspense and anxiety - To abuse

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To get rid of At daggers drawn To play ducks and drakes To take the bull by the horns Rain cats and dogs To move heaven and earth No avail Bark up the wrong tree Keep one at bay Make a clean breast of it Have a card up one’s sleeve Like a cat on hot bricks Cat and dog life Cock and bull story Cry for the moon The pros and cons Be in a tight corner Cross one’s t’s and dot one’s i’s Keep one’s fingers crossed Dispose of Bitterly hostile To act foolishl y or inconsistently To tackle a problem in a bold and direct fashion Rain heavily To make a supreme effort Without any result Accuse or denounce the wrong person Keep one at a distance Confess – especially when a person has done a wrong thing Have a secret plan in reserve Very nervous Life full of quarrels Made up story that one should not believe Ask for the impossible The various aspects of a matter in detail In a very diffi cul t situation Be precise, careful and exact - The anxiety in which you hope that nothing will upset your plans

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