Idiom of the day: Learn Idioms every day – May series

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Idiom of the day
Idiom of the day

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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.

Idiom the day: to mind (one's) p's and q's
Idiom of the day: to mind (one’s) p’s and q’s

30-05-2019

Ballpark figure

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.

Idiom of the day: ballpark figure
Idiom of the day: ballpark figure

29-05-2019

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.

Idiom of the day: Food for thought
Idiom of the day: Food for thought

28-05-2019

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.

Idiom of the day: Up to the mark
Idiom of the day: Up to the mark

27-05-2019

a goody-goody

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.

a goody-goody
a goody-goody

26-05-2019

Straight talk

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.

straight talk
straight talk

25-05-2019

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.

Step up (one's) game
Step up (one’s) game

16-05-2019

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.

Idiom of the day: On a silver platter
Idiom of the day: On a silver platter

15-05-2019

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.

Idiom of the day: Dabble in (Something)
Idiom of the day: Dabble in (Something)

14-05-2019

Bossyboots

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.

Idiom of the day: Boosyboots
Idiom of the day: Boosyboots

13-05-2019

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.

Idiom of the day: as (gentle) as lamb
Idiom of the day: as (gentle) as lamb

12-05-2019

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.

Idiom of the day: be like two peas in a pod
Idiom of the day: be like two peas in a pod

11-05-2019

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.

Idiom of the day: To poke fun at (someone)
Idiom of the day: To poke fun at (someone)

10-09-2019

Talk Turkey

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

Idiom of the day: Talk Turkey
Idiom of the day: Talk Turkey

09-05-2019

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

Idiom of the day: Kick the tires
Idiom of the day: Kick the tires

08-05-2019

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!

Idiom of the day: the Bee's Knees
Idiom of the day: the Bee’s Knees

07-05-2019

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.

Idiom of the day: to have (something) at (one's) fingertips
Idiom of the day: to have (something) at (one’s) fingertips

06-05-2019

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.

Idiom of the day: Through Thick and thin
Idiom of the day: Through Thick and thin

05-05-2019

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.

Idiom of the day: to drink like fish
Idiom of the day: to drink like fish

04-05-2019

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.

Idiom of the day: Have the advantage of
Idiom of the day: Have the advantage of

03-05-2019

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.

Idiom of the day: an eager beaver
Idiom of the day: an eager beaver

02-05-2019

Psyched up

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.

Idiom of the day: Psyched up
Idiom of the day: Psyched up

01-05-2019

Brownie Points

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.

Idiom of the day: Brownie points
Idiom of the day: Brownie pointsIdiom of the day

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