Idioms and Phrases May Series: Learn a new idiom daily.

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Idioms and Phrases: May 31:

Be on cloud nine:

Meaning: Used to describe someone who is extremely happy and joyous.

Example Sentence: Jack is on cloud nine ever since his colleague agreed to go on a date.

And that’s a wrap for May series, here’s the link to June series: Idioms and Phrases June Series: Learn a new idiom daily.


May 30:

Close ranks:

Meaning: Unite together and fight to achieve a common objective.

Example Sentence: All the board members decided to close ranks to improve the efficiency and profitability of the company.


May 29:

As cocky as the king of spades:

Meaning: Used to describe a person is arrogant and proud by nature.

Example Sentence: Anik’s manager is as cocky as the king of spades. He thinks that he can do anything.


May 28:

Air one’s dirty linen in public:

Meaning: Used in a context when people discuss other’s private quarrels or problems in front of others.

Example Sentence: Ameesha has a habit of gossiping and discussing other’s private matters. I just hate such people who air one’s dirty linen in public.


May 27:

Cut someone down to size:

Meaning: Used in a context when you make someone realize that they are not as important or intelligent as they think.

Example Sentence: Sandra was interfering in every decision of the company and so her boss cut her down to size in no time.

Idioms and Phrases May Series: Cut someone down to size
Idioms and Phrases May Series: Cut someone down to size

May 26:

Shoot from the hip:

Meaning: Used in a context when someone speaks bluntly or harshly without thinking of the consequences.

Example Sentence: Jack wants to appoint a receptionist who is amicable, attractive and who doesn’t shoot from the hip.


May 25:

Keep one’s words:

Meaning: Used to when someone does something as promised or is expected to keep promises.

Example Sentence: James always keeps his words. He will definitely help you when you ask.


May 24:

The tail is wagging the dog:

Meaning: Used in a context to say that a small group in an organization or institution is controlling the large group.

Example Sentence: It’s better to talk about the tail wagging the dog. Else the heads of various departments might go on strike.


May 23:

Put the cat among the pigeons:

Meaning: Used in a context when you say or do something that makes people angry and uncomfortable.

Example Sentence: She put the cat among the pigeons by accusing others in the office of misusing organization’s dinner allowance for working extra hours.


May 22:

Make a mountain of a molehill:

Meaning: Used in a context when you make something unimportant to seem important.

Example Sentence: One bad interview doesn’t mean you’re struggling to get the job. Don’t make a mountain of a molehill.


May 21:

Clear the decks:

Meaning: Used in a context when you remove all the hurdles to get started on that work.

Example Sentence: By sanctioning the budget and filling the vacancies, the committee has cleared the decks for our new office.


May 20:

Call the shots:

Meaning: Used in a context when someone has the ultimate power and authority to make decisions.

Example Sentence: In this company, the wife of the CEO calls the shots.

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May 19:

Eat like a horse:

Meaning: Used to describe a person who eats a lot. A glutton.

Example Sentence: He looks so lean, but he eats like a horse.


May 18:

Cool your heels:

Meaning: Wait for something, especially when it’s annoying.

Example Sentence: I spent two hours cooling my heels in the waiting room while the CFO was busy in a meeting.


May 17:

Pay someone back in his/her own coin:

Meaning: If you pay someone back in his/her own coin, you treat him/her in the same way he/she treated you.

Example Sentence: By refusing to help her colleague, she paid him back in the same coin.


May 16:

Sell like hotcakes:

Meaning: Used to describe something that is so popular and gets disposed of very quickly giving instant success.

Example Sentence: The newly launched iPhone has many unique features and therefore it’s selling like hotcakes.


May 15:

An old hand:

Meaning: Used to describe a person who is an expert in something.

Example Sentence: This software is very complicated. It needs an old hand to manage it.


May 14:

Cock of the walk:

Meaning: Used to describe a person who is arrogant and tries to dominate others in a group.

Example Sentence: After winning the competition, John became cock of the walk for many days.


May 13:

An oldie but a goodie:

Meaning: Used to describe something that is old but is still excellent and is up to the current standards. Also used to describe a person who is old and yet is likeable.

Example Sentence: Amit, try this one. It’s an oldie but a goodie.

Idioms and Phrases May Series: An oldie but a goodie.
Idioms and Phrases May Series: An oldie but a goodie.

May 12:

An elder statesman:

Meaning: Used to describe a person who is experienced and successful in one area.

Example Sentence: Because Anik is the elder statesman in our company, even the CEO takes his suggestions in implementing various policies.


May 11:

An Admirable Crichton:

Meaning: Used to describe a person who excels in one or more disciplines and who has supreme competence.

Example Sentence: Anik does every task with perfection. He is surely an admirable Crichton.


May 10:

Bounce back:

Meaning: Used in a context to describe that something that recovers or returns back to a good condition.

Example Sentence: Samaira might not have impressed the judges with her dance, but she is strong enough to bounce back with her new dance style.


May 9:

Be the bee’s knees:

Meaning: Used to describe something that is exceptionally great, superb, best or of a high grade.

Example Sentence: You must try the Neapolitan pizza at this place. It’s the bee’s knees, it really is.


May 8:

Beard the lion in his den:

Meaning: Used in a context when you challenge someone at their own place.

Example Sentence: If he continues to refuse my calls, I’ll have to beard the lion in his den.


May 7:

Play cat and mouse:

Meaning: Used in a context when a person tries to tease, confuse or fool another person by trying to trick them into making a mistake so that they have an advantage.

Example Sentence: The famous businessman spent his time playing cat and mouse with the judge.


May 6:

A ballpark estimate:

Meaning: Used in a context when you ask someone to give a rough estimate; A rough estimation of expenditure.

Example Sentence: The shopkeeper was giving a ballpark estimate when Samaira asked about the price of the articles.

Idioms and Phrases May Series:  A ballpark estimate
Idioms and Phrases May Series: A ballpark estimate

May 5:

Bring someone to terms:

Meaning: Used in a context when you make someone agree to something or do something.

Example Sentence: Sandra is working hard to bring both the parties to terms.


May 4:

Be full of beans:

Meaning: Used to describe a person who is healthy, enthusiastic and active most of the time.

Example Sentence: Neha is always full of beans when she goes to work.


May 3:

Be as happy as a clam at high tide:

Meaning: Used in a context to describe someone who is happy, content and joyous.

Example Sentence: I know I’ll be happy as a clam at high tide the day Samaira agrees to marry me.


May 2

Be as nice as pie:

Meaning: Used in a context when someone is friendly or pleasant especially when you don’t expect them to be.

Example Sentence: I thought John was very arrogant and proud, but he is really as nice as pie. He helped me in preparing my notes for classroom task.


May 1

Keep up the good work:

Meaning: Used in a context when you want to encourage a person to do something they are doing, or to appreciate somebody’s work.

Example Sentence: I just loved the way you recorded your new song. Keep up the good work.


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  2. Learning new words will not be sufficient, try to include those words in your daily conversations.
  3. Besides learning new words, Keep discussing those words from time to time. Furthermore, Discuss them with someone who is interested in vocabulary.
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