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Idioms and Phrases January Series: January 31:
Nuts and bolts:
Meaning: Used in a context when you want to discuss some detailed facts and practical aspects of something.
Example Sentence: Amita is discussing the nuts and bolts of the new partnership agreement with the members.
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Bitten by the bug:
Meaning: Suddenly get excited or interested in something especially in some kind of activity, hobby or task.
Example Sentence: Sania decided to join the art club. It seems like she’s been bitten by the art bug.
Bounce off the walls:
Meaning: Used in a context to describe someone who is energetic and enthusiastic.
Example Sentence: Sam can’t wait to start his new job. He’s bouncing off the walls.
Keep nose to grindstone:
Meaning: Used in a context to describe someone’s hard work especially during study or academic projects.
Example Sentence: Sania was so determined to become a chartered accountant that she kept her nose to the grindstone all year.
No Strings attached:
Meaning: Used in a context when something is offered or given without any conditions.
Example Sentence: I managed to get a loan with no strings attached.
Be in a different league:
Meaning: Used in a context to describe someone or something as superior, and unique.
Example Sentence: The newest car from Hyundai is completely in a different league.
A bit beyond one’s ken:
Meaning: Used in a context when something is beyond one’s ability to understand the mater or task.
Example Sentence: The stuff they’re teaching in this advanced mathematics class is a bit beyond my ken.
Meaning: Used in a context when someone takes the help of influential people in order to obtain an advantage.
Example Sentence: Sheena finally found a job she wanted. Her father just pulled a few strings.
Corridors of power:
Meaning: Used to describe the higher levels of government officials where important decisions are made.
Example Sentence: The new policies and procedures regarding public employment opportunities are in the corridors of power at the present time.
Smooth someone’s ruffled feathers:
Meaning: Used in a context when a person tries to placate or calm an irritated or annoyed person.
Example Sentence: Since Alisa took the criticism badly, Amit tried to smooth her ruffled feathers.
At one’s fingertips:
Meaning: Used in a context when something is within the reach or physically accessible at the convenience.
Example Sentence: Sandra always has a dictionary at her fingertips so that she can easily learn new words.
Earn one’s wings:
Meaning: Used in a context when a person proves his skills and abilities.
Example Sentence: Even though Charlie was criticized and ridiculed for his inabilities to speak and write during his college, he really managed to earn his wings by becoming a successful writer.
An Alladin’s cave:
Meaning: Used to describe a place that is full of valuable, exciting or interesting things.
Example Sentence: Sandra’s apartment is an Alladin’s Cave of books, arts, antiques and acrylic paintings.
Be not on speaking terms:
Meaning: Used in a context when two people are not willing to talk to each other.
Example Sentence: Sarah and Jenni are not on speaking terms ever since they had an argument over their favorite actors.
Be as quiet as a mouse:
Meaning: Used in a context asking someone to be quiet; maintain silence.
Example Sentence: Sameena warned all her students to be as quiet as a mouse during the presentation.
As bold as brass:
Meaning: Used to describe someone who is bold and confident but in an arrogant manner.
Example Sentence: Kim walked up, as bold as brass, walking into the Minister’s cabin.
Beam with Pride:
Meaning: Used in a context when someone smiles broadly and radiantly with pride for someone; Smile with pleasure, satisfaction, and pride.
Example Sentence: Sam was simply beaming with pride when his wife was awarded the best employee.
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A sucker for something:
Meaning: Used in a context to describe someone who is fascinated or attracted to something.
Example Sentence: I’ve always been a sucker for cottage cheese pizzas.
A one-horse race:
Meaning: Used in a context to describe a participant who is more superior and is likely to win.
Example Sentence: After various interviews and tests, it’s clearly a one-horse race. Nobody can beat Kim’s experience, qualifications.
Meaning: It means to carefully choose or select something that is best or profitable or beneficial for you among various alternatives.
Example Sentence: Ema asked her employees to work on all the complaints and not just cherry-pick the issues that are easy to resolve.
Meaning: Used to describe someone chattering and engaging in meaningless talks
Example Sentence: Bella can you keep quiet for some time? Your chin music is distracting me from my work.
Keep something at arm’s length:
Meaning: Used in a context to describe something that you want to avoid or keep it at a distance.
Example Sentence: I’ve more productive time in the day because I’ve decided to keep video games at arm’s length.
I’m all ears:
Meaning: Used in a context when someone wants to say that he is listening to what is being said.
Example Sentence: Sam just tell me what you want to say, I’m all ears.
Be full of beans:
Meaning: Used in a context to describe someone who is healthy, energetic and active.
Example Sentence: Sam is always full of beans when he goes to work.
A man of means
Meaning: Used in a context to describe someone who is rich; someone who has deep pockets.
Example Sentence: What a beautiful car! He must be a man of means.
It’s good to have you:
Meaning: Used in a context when you are happy to have someone usually a guest at your place.
Example Sentence: It’s good to have you, Samantha. Make yourself at home.
As smart as a whip:
Meaning: Used in a context to describe someone who’s smart, intelligent and knowledgeable.
Example Sentence: Sam is as smart as a whip, he can solve any mathematic equation with ease.
Earn one’s spurs:
Meaning: Achieve or accomplish a particular status; prove one’s skill in a particular area.
Example Sentence: After completing my law degree, I earned my spurs working as a legal advisor for banking companies.
Ahead of the pack:
Meaning: Used in a context to describe someone who is better, ahead and has an advantage over his/her competitor.
Example Sentence: Simpson’s brother was ahead of the pack in the entire competition.
A pat on the back:
Meaning: Used in a context when you praise or appreciate someone for what they have done.
Example Sentence: Amita patted all the students on the back for their dedication and hard work in completing the tasks.
A new lease of life:
Meaning: Used in a context to describe that someone is more energetic and successful than they were earlier.
Example Sentence: Samantha’s project suddenly got a new lease of life when the developers agreed to provide more funding
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Some Tips to improve vocabulary:
- Learn new words every day so that you can increase your word power.
- Learning new words will not be sufficient, try to include those words in your daily conversations.
- Besides learning new words, Keep discussing those words from time to time. Furthermore, Discuss them with someone who is interested in vocabulary.
- Carry a dictionary. Wait, that doesn’t mean that you carry a huge bulky dictionary, You have many apps available on both android and ios platforms. Download them.
- Understand the root words. This will make your job easier.
- Another key point is to use flashcards to memorize new words.
- Read frequently.
- Make a note of word that you don’t know accordingly and refer that in a dictionary.
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- Furthermore, you can also find many apps that notify you of a new word every day.
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