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Idioms and Phrases July Series: July 31:
Back to basics:
Meaning: Used in a context when someone is starting to learn something again from the beginning.
Example Sentence: Since you have forgotten all the principles and formulas, so let’s get back to basics again.
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A love/hate relationship:
Meaning: Used to describe a relationship between two people that is often alternating between love and hate.
Example Sentence: Sameer and Samaira had a love/hate relationship for 5 years, but deep down they did care about each other.
Bend over backwards:
Meaning: Used in a context when someone tries very hard to achieve something.
Example Sentence: I keep bending over backwards to lose weight, and I’ve lost five kgs in the last month.
Meaning: Used to describe working hours that are short and similar to a bank.
Example Sentence: Alisha owns an online shopping company and she works banker’s hours most days.
Barking up the wrong tree:
Meaning: Used in a context when someone is looking for something at the wrong place.
Example Sentence: Anik is barking up the wrong tree. He should go to the authorities and inform about the issue.
As cocky as the king of spades:
Meaning: Used to describe a person who is boastful and overly proud of his achievements.
Example Sentence: Alicia is as cocky as the king of spades. She thinks that she can do anything.
Break a Leg:
Meaning: Used in context to wish someone good luck.
Example Sentence: I know you can do it! Break a leg!
Come down in price:
Meaning: To lower the price of one’s product
Example Sentence: The company decided to come down in price in order to capture the market share.
Pull yourself together:
Meaning: To become calm and behave normally again after being angry or upset.
Example Sentence: Come on, pull yourself together. There’s no point in discussing and arguing about the issue.
Meaning: Used to describe a person who likes to attend parties and socialize.
Example Sentence: The new bar has come up with exciting events and parties for party animals.
Meaning: Used to describe a person who is clever, intelligent and capable.
Example Sentence: Anita is a bright spark in her class.
A lame excuse:
Meaning: Used in a context when an excuse is unsatisfactory and unacceptable.
Example Sentence: Samaira always gives lame excuses for her absenteeism to her boss.
Eat a humble pie:
Meaning: Used in a context when a person admits or apologizes without hesitation; to suffer humiliation.
Example Sentence: Sandra had to eat a humble pie when she was caught making fun of her friend Samaira.
To give someone stick:
Meaning: Used in a context to criticize, judge, or disapprove someone for something.
Example Sentence: The crowd gave the players a lot of stick for their terrible performance.
Poke one’s nose into something:
Meaning: Used when a person has the habit of interfering with other people’s business.
Example Sentence: Sandra has the habit of poking her nose everyone’s affairs.
Meaning: Used to say that something is done only for business purposes and not for personal reasons.
Example Sentence: I know you all excited to fly to Australia, but remember that we are not going there for a vacation. It’s strictly business.
Strike a pose:
Meaning: Used in a context when people dramatically pose for the camera.
Example Sentence: After the ring ceremony, both the bride and bridegroom struck a pose looking at each other.
Strike the Bargain:
Meaning: Used in a context when people reach an agreement or negotiate a deal on something.
Example Sentence: Anisha finally struck the bargain with the shop-keeper for the articles for her new home.
In black and white:
Meaning: Used in a context when something is shown in writing.
Example Sentence: Anik asked his subordinate to give the complaint in black and white.
Barking up the wrong tree:
Meaning: Used in a context when a person makes the wrong choice.
Example Sentence: Sameena is barking up the wrong tree. Instead of discussing the problems, she should focus on finding solutions.
Pat somebody on the back:
Meaning: Used in a context to praise somebody for doing something good and appreciative.
Example Sentence: Sameer received a pat on the back for handling the project and making it a big success.
A piece of old tackie:
Meaning: Used in a context when a task is easy and simple to achieve.
Example Sentence: See? I told you that the application would be a piece of old tackie.
A piece of cake:
Meaning: Used in a context to describe a task that is easy to accomplish or achieve.
Example Sentence: Solving this puzzle is a piece of cake for me.
cop an attitude
Meaning: Used to describe the attitude of a person which is opposite or negative.
Example Sentence: Anik copped an attitude when his friend corrected him about his behavior in the class.
Be a shining example of someone:
Meaning: Used to describe someone who is an excellent or ideal example of someone.
Example Sentence: Anik is a shining example of an entrepreneur. He knows how to convert an idea into business opportunities.
As easy as pie:
Meaning: Used to describe a task or a job that is easy to achieve.
Example Sentence: It is as easy as pie to defeat our opponents in the game.
Beauty is skin deep:
Meaning: Used in a context to say that a person’s character is more important than their physical appearances.
Example Sentence: She said Beauty is skin deep and so she is confident enough to win the pageant that is going to be held at the college.
Best of both worlds:
Meaning: A situation in which one can get the advantages of two different or contrasting things at the same time.
Example Sentence: I got a deal that let me stay in a five-star luxury resort with many services at two-star prices. My stay at the resort was the best of both worlds.
Be ahead of the pack
Meaning: Used to describe a person who is the best in a particular area or discipline.
Example Sentence: Anik was chosen in the team because he is ahead of the pack.
Be as tough as old boots:
Meaning: Used to describe a person who is strong and extremely stubborn to achieve his goals.
Example Sentence: Anik is as tough as old boots. He goes after his goals and aspirations.
Earn an honest buck:
Meaning: Used in a context, when a person earns money honestly, legally, and through his hard work.
Example Sentence: Anik didn’t accept the bribe because he wants to earn an honest buck.
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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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