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Idiom of the day: 31-05-2019
To mind (one’s) p’s and q’s
Meaning: To behave courteously and politely.
Example Sentence: Be sure to mind your p’s and q’s when you visit the parliamentarian next week.
Meaning: The term ‘ballpark figure’ is used to describe an estimation of something; an estimation of a figure or number.
Example Sentence: That’s just a ballpark figure- the organizers don’t even know how many guests actually attended the event.
Food for thought
Meaning: The term ‘food for thought’ may be used in context to say that one must consider thinking about something carefully and deeply.
Example Sentence: After reading and understanding the law of attraction, it gave me food for thought on how thoughts impact the quality of our life.
Up to the mark
Meaning: The term ‘up to the mark’ is used to describe something that is good, excellent and meets or exceeds the standards or expectations.
Example Sentence: Tim’s performance in the grand-finale was up to the mark.
Meaning: The term ‘goody-goody’ is used to describe someone who behaves like an extremely well mannered and well behaved person in order to please the person in authority.
Example Sentence: Tim’s colleagues called him a goody-goody after he agreed to work overtime to please his manager.
Meaning: The term ‘straight talk’ is used to describe a talk or discussion that is fair, frank and honest.
Example Sentence: The anchor is popular for his straight talk and engaging discussions with the guests.
Step up (one’s) game
Meaning: To describe someone’s attempt to improve the skills, talents to perform better than anyone else
Example Sentence: Tim really needs to step up his game if he really wants to get selected and play for the National team.
On a silver platter
Meaning: Something that is delivered with ease to someone without any effort.
Example Sentence: Tim doesn’t need to apply for a job. His father has a huge business, he would get everything served on a silver platter.
Dabble in (Something)
Meaning: To do something occasionally or as a hobby or interest.
Example Sentence: Kim only dabbled in photography since she always loved clicking pictures.
Meaning: Someone who is bossy and always tries to control the behavior of others.
Example Sentence: Everyone in the office hates Kim. She is such a bossy boots, always taking control of every activity in the office.
as (gentle) as a lamb
Meaning: Used to describe someone who is caring, pleasant calm and composed.
Example Sentence: The lady at the childcare center was as gentle as lamb with the children.
be like two peas in a pod
Meaning: Used to describe two people who have similar interests, thoughts, tastes, appearances, etc.
Example Sentence: Tim and Ted have the same sense of humor. They are exactly like two peas in a pod.
To poke fun at someone
Meaning: To taunt, laugh or to make fun of someone to ridicule them.
Example Sentence: His friends poke fun at him because he cannot even ride a bicycle.
Meaning: To talk something which is straight-forward and to the point.; To engage in some serious and worthy conversation.
Usage: We have to complete the project by the end of the week. So, instead of wasting time discussing the hurdles and difficulties, let’s talk turkey
Kick the tires
Meaning: To test someone or something against a standard before taking a decision.
Usage: Ted is too smart. He doesn’t buy anything online quickly before he kicks the tires of something he wants to buy
The Bee’s Knees
Meaning: Something that is extremely great and of a high-standard; Someone who is outstanding, excellent or great.
Usage: Hey you should try mango shake at this place. It’s truly the bee’s knees!
To have (something) at (ones) fingertips
Meaning: To have something within one’s reach; To have something handy; To carry something everywhere.
Example Sentence: I always have a dictionary at my fingertips, so that I can improve my vocabulary.
Through thick and thin
Meaning: To stay together under all circumstances no matter how difficult the situation is.
Example Sentence: Our pets – Kukkie and Mickey were with us through thick and thin. May God now grant them peace.
to drink like a fish
Meaning: The term “to drink like a fish”, is used in a context to describe someone who takes alcohol frequently.
Usage: Tim really drank like a fish at Nikki’s engagement party last night.
have the advantage of
Meaning: To have an advantageous or good opportunity in comparison to other people, situation or things.
Usage: I am confident about my job selection since I have the advantage of my work experience which is considered an important factor in the selection process.
an eager beaver
Meaning: It is used in a context to describe someone who is industrious, hardworking, enthusiastic and eager to learn, adapt and work.
Example Sentence: Tim is such an eager beaver that he arrives to work an hour early.
Meaning: It means mentally prepared and excited about something. It can also mean to describe the feeling of excitement and enthusiasm.
Example Sentence: Or team was actually a bit nervous but as our coach motivated, we psyched up to participate in the final football match.
Meaning: Appreciation that one earns for doing some good work
Example Sentence: You are going to get some brownie points from your manager for accepting his overtime tasks and duties.
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