Idioms & Phrases

201.Fly in the ointmentA light unpleasant thing that obstruct the enjoyment of something
202.Fool’s paradiseA state of being happy for foolish or unfounded reasons
203.For a songA very low price
204.Forty winksA nap
205.French leaveA leave without information or permission
206.Fringe benefitsAn additional benefit apart from salary
207.From hand to mouthProviding only bare essential
208.Flesh and bloodA human being with his natural limitation
209.Full blownFully developed
210.Gala dayCelebration day
211.Get away withTo escape
212.Get down toTo attend to work seriously
213.Get into a soupGet into a trouble
214.Get into hot waterGet into a trouble
215.Get off scot freeTo escape without punishment
216.Get on one’s nervesTo irritate or annoy
217.Get the wind ofTo know the secrets
218.Go the whole hogDo something fully, completely
219.Give up the ghostTo die, stop working, stop doing something
220.Go down well withApplauded by
221.Get the wind upTo be scared
222.Give me a handTo take help
223.Gain groundBecome popular
224.Gribble- gabbleFoolish talk
224.Gift of the gabGive a piece of mind/to talk speaking
225.Go scot freeTo escape from punishment
226.Go through fire and waterTo brave any danger
227.Go the whole hogTo do something thoroughly
228.Go to dogsTo deteriorate/degenerate
229.Go to rack and ruinTo decay or get destroyed
230.Good SamaritanA person who helps and pays sympathy to those in distress
231.Grass widowA woman who is separated, divorced or lives apart from her husband
232.Grease the palmTo bribe
233.Green roomA lounge in a theatre or studio for the performers to get ready
234.Grist to one’sSomething that can be used for one’s advantages
235.Gung hoExtremely excited
236.Halcyons daysPeaceful days
237.Hammer and sickleA symbolic representation of communism in general madman
238.Hammer and tongsTo do something with great energy
239.Hand and glove withIn close co-operation
240.Hang by a threadBe in a risky situation
241.Hard nut to crack mA difficult problem to solve / a person difficult to understand
242.Hard and fast rulesStrict rules
243.Haul over the coalsTo take to task, to reprimand
244.Have a big mouthTo gossips more or tells secret
245.Have fingerTo be involved in something
246.Have one’s hand fullTo be completely occupied
247.Have one’s wayThe way one wants
248.Have several iron in the fireTo be involved in many project or activities at the same time
249.Hem and haw aroundTo be evasive
250.Head onIn a very direct manner
251.Heart bleedFeel genuine sympathy for someone
252.Hen-pecked husbandAdmirer of one’s own wife in a servile manner
253.Herculean taskTask requiring tremendous effort
254.Heart in the right placeGood natured
256.High and dryIn a deprived situation (alone)
257.High handOverbearing
258.High livingLiving with comfort and ease
259.Hit below the beltTo strike unfairly
260.Hit the jackpotGaining a big/ great success (specially by luck)
261.Hit the nail on the headTo do the right thing at the right time
262.Hobson’s choiceNo alternatives
263.Hole and corner policySecret policy
264.Hold no waterNot correct or true
265.Hold someone to leashTo restrain
266.Hoping against hopeWithout hope
267.Hue and cryAny loud public outcry
268.Hush moneyMoney given to someone to keep something secret
269.Hush – hushVery secret
270.In a fixIn difficulty
271.In a flutterExcited
272.In a wayHopeful
273.In cahootsTo conspiracy with someone
274.In no timeVery quickly indeed
275.In  a fogConfused, not able to understand
276.In a nutshellIn very brief form
277.In black and whiteIn printed or written form
278.In full swingAt the height of activity
279.In the bluesIn dumps depressed
280.In the long runUltimately
281.In the nick of the timeAt the last possible moment
282.In the same boatSharing the same problems
283.In vogueIn the current fashions
284.Ins and outsIntricacies or complications / full detail
285.Iron hand/ iron fistRigorous control
286.Itching palmCraving forbribe
287.Itsy bitsyVery small or tiny
288.Jack of all trades and master of noneA person knows many different kinds of work but is a master of none
289.Jail wordA person who is or has been confined in jail
290.Jaundice eyeTo look at a conclusion prematurely
291.Kangaroo’s courtIllegal court
292.Keep one’s cards close to one’s chestHiding something
293.Keep ones eye on the ballBe ready for something
294.Keep one’s finger crossesTo wait expectantly
295.Keep one’s wordTo keep one’s promises
296.Keep the ball rollingTo maintain the progress of a project or plan
297.Keep one’s pot boilingEarn hardly enough for living
298.Keep someone under thumbTo keep someone under one’s control
299.Keep the wolf from the doorTo avert poverty/ starvation
300.Kill two birds with one stoneDoing two things at the same time whileeffort is made for one
301.Kith and kinBlood relation/Nepotism
302.Knit one’s browTo frown
303.Lady’s manA man who is fond of the company of women
304.Lame excuseFalse excuse/baseless excuse
305.Latin and greekUnable to understand
306.Left-handed complementAn insult disguise as a compliment
307.Lion’s shareLarge part
308.Live in an ivory towerLiving in comfort and being unaware of realities of other’s miseries
309.Live wireEnergetic
310.Loaves and fishesMaterial benefit
311.Look of coloursLook ill or unhealthy
312.Look through coloured glassesTo see with different
313.Lady killerMan who is very attractive to women
314.Laying offDismissal from jobs of
315.Laugh one’s head offLaugh heartily
316.Laughing stockOne who is ridiculed
317.Lump in the throatA tight or uncomfortable feeling in throat due to emotions
318.Mad as a march hareCrazy and insane
319.Make a clean breast ofTo tell the truth about something especially something bad or illegal you have done or you do not
320.Make up one’s mindDecide
321.Maiden nameA woman’s surname before marriage
322.Maiden speechFirst speech
323.Make a hashTo mess up
324.Make a mountain out of a mole hillTo exaggerate a minor difficulty
325.Make both ends meetTo live within one’s means
326.Make hay while the sun shinesTo take the benefit of an opportunity
327.Make or marTo make or destroy
328.Make the best of both the worldsGetting benefited from both the sides
329.Make a dry faceTo show disappointment
330.Make a bee line forTo go directly towards something
331.Make a clean breast ofTo confess without resource
332.Make up one’s mindTo decide
333.Man of meansA wealthy man
334.Man of ironMan with strong will-power
335.Man of letterLearned person
336.Man of partsA man of qualities
337.Man of spiritA man full of enthusiasm
338.Man of strawA weak person or idea that is easy to defeat
339.Man of the worldAn experienced person
340.Man of wordTrue to one’s word or promises
341.Man of GodA male priest
342.Match made in heavenA happy and harmonious marriage or partnership
343.Mare’s nestA false invention/rumour
344.Mealy mouthedSoft-spoken
345.Midas touchA man with extraordinary powers
346.Mince mattersTo moderate or restrain one’s language
347.Mind one’s P’s and Q’sTaking care of behaviour properly
348.Miss the beatTo lose an opportunity
349.Monkey aroundTo waste time here and there
350.Mother witCommon sense
351.Move heaven and earthTry one’s best
352.Make one’s markBecome famous, well known
353.Milk of human kindnessGood feelings towards others
354.Made of moneyVery wealthy
355.Man of/in the streetOrdinary, average person
356.Make head or tailUnderstand
357.Meet one’s waterlooMake one feel terrified, horrified
358.Much cry and little woolLots of fanfare for something which have very little importance
360.Narrow escape / close shaveTo escape by a little margin
361.Neck and cropCompletely
362.Nig-nagA noun used to address someone (with jock and furnace)
363.Nine day’s wonderSomething that arouses great interest but for a very short period
364.Not bat an eyelidNot to show any shock, worry or surprise
365.Null and voidIneffective
366.Nurse and grudgeBear resentment for long period
367.Oily tongueFlattering words
368.Old flames die hardDifficult to forget old things
369.On one’s guardVigilant, careful
370.On one’s last legsClose to collapsing
371.Once for allFor the last time / conclusively
372.Out of sortsUnwell, slightly ill
373.Out of the questionImpossible
374.Out of the wayStrange
375.Out of the woodFree from difficulties and danger
376.Once in a blue moonVery seldom
377.Once and for allWith finality
378.Open questionA question which may have more than one answer
379.Open secretThat many people know about but that is supposed to be a secret
380.Palmy daysProsperous / affluent days
381.Pandora’s boxA source of extensive but unforeseen troubles
382.Part and parcelInseparable part
383.Past masterAn expert
384.Pay off old scoresTake revenge
385.Pay the piperTo bear the cost of something/some service rendered
386.Pay through his noseTo pay dearly
387.Penny wise pound foolishCareful about trifles but wasteful in large venture
388.Pin one’s earsback Listen carefully
389.Pick someone’s brainsTo ask someone for advice, suggestions and information about, something they know about
390.Pick up the gauntletTo accept the challenge
391.Pied PiperA leader who makes irresponsible promises
392.Play duck and drakesTo waste money
393.Play second fiddleTo be at a subordinate position
394.Play truantTo be absent from duty without permission
395.Poison someone earsTo speak against one to another
396.Poke one’s noseTo interfere
397.Past masterAdept/ skilled
398.Pour oil on troubled waterTo pacify the matters
399.Pros and consTo evaluate the advantages and disadvantages
400.Pull one’s legsTo make fun of or to tease

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