Idioms & Phrases

401.Pull the wool over somebody’s eyesTo mislead/Cheat


402.Pull a long faceLook gloomy
403.Put a spoke in one’s wheelTo obstruct the execution of the
404.Put in cold storageTo keep a work pending
405.Put one’s foot downTo act fiemly
406.Put one’s shoulders to the wheelTo work or exert oneself heavily
407.Put the cart before the horseTo do things wrongly
408.Put the cat among pigeonsTo say/do something that causes trouble or make many angry
409.Quarrel with one’s bread and butterTo fight with the executive or employer, who is providing one’s means of living
410.Queer fishStrange person
411.Quite the thingFashinable, in fashion
412.Quits withEven with, revenged on
413.Rain cats and dogsRain very heavily
414.Rank and fileOrdinary persons
415.Rainy dayFuture time of need, especially financial need
416.Read between the linesTo understand the hidden meaning
417.Red carpetTo give special welcome to someone
418.Red handedExactly while committing a crime or doing something wrong
419.Red herringSomeone to distract attention
420.Red letter dayA memorably important or happy occasion
421.Red tapismStrict adherence to excessive paper work and official formalities
422.Rest on one’s laurelsDepending on the achievement made in the past
423.Rhyme or reasonSense, logic or meaning
424.Right hand manOne’s most supporter person
425.Rock the boatTo disturb a situation which was otherwise stable
426.Rolling stoneA restless person
427.Royal roadAn easy or direct way of achieving a desired result
428.Rule the roostTo dominate
429.Run amuckMade with murderous frenzy
430.Run into the sandTo fail to achieve a result
431.Run of the millAverage / common
432.Run the gauntletTo go through an unpleasant experience
433.Root and branchCompletely
434.Sail under false coloursTo pretend to be something that you are not
435.Save one’s skinTo save oneself
436.See eye to eyeShowing agreement/to agree
437.See pink elephantAny visual hallucination arising due to intoxication
438.See redBe very angry
439.See throughComprehend
440.Seem side of lifeImmoral side of society
441.Send shivers down the spineTo make someone feel very frightened
442.Set at naughtTo disregard or treat as of no importance
443.Set one’s face againstTo oppose with determination
444.Set one’s heart onTo have as one’s ambition to obtain something
445.Set one’s teeth on edgeTo irritate or annoy someone
446.Set someone by earsTo incite people
447.Set the Thames on fireTo achieve something amazing
448.Shoulder to shoulderWith united effort
449.Show white featherTo show cowardice
450.Sine dieIndefinitely
451.Sitting ducksDefenceless and easy prey
452.Sit on the fenceRefuse to take side in a dispute
453.Slip of the tongueSpoken unintentionally
454.Slow coachA person with lazy approach of working
455.Small fryInsignificant person
456.Smell a ratTo suspect something wrong done
457.Smooth sailingEasy progress
458.Snake in the grassA secret enemy
459.Shake in the shoesA tremble with fear or apprehension
460.Show the dragon’s teethTo create future trouble for yourself or others
461.Show a clean pair of healsRun away
462.Speak one’s mindSpeak what one really thinks
463.Spick and spanIn order/neat and clean
464.Stand bySupport
465.Stand on one’s legsTo be self dependent
466.Stand/stick to one’s gunsTo be strict and determined
467.State somebody in good steadTo be of great use and benefit to someone
468.Steal a marchTo obtain an advantage by secret means
469.Steal the marchTo go ahead secretly
470.Step into another’s shoesTo take over a job/responsibility of some other person
471.Stiff-necked personStubborn or arrogant
472.Stir a fingerMaking effort
473.Stone’s throwVery near
474.Street ArabsA homeless person (especially who survive by begging)
475.Sum and substanceMain idea or gist
476.Swan songThe last ceremony or farewell
477.Sweat of one’s browHard labour
478.Swelled headGrand opinion of oneself/conceited
479.Sworn enemyPeople enemies
480.Sang froidComposer
481.Spilling the beansReveal the information indiscreetly
482.Set the record lightGive the correct account
483.Safe and soundQuite well
484.Salad daysAdolescence
485.Shake a legTo go fast, hurry
486.Spread like wild fireSpread quickly
487.Sweet of the browHard labour
488.Take away one’s breathTake by storm
489.Take by stormTo surprise unexpectedly
490.Take into accountTo consider
491Take one at one’s wordTo be convinced of one’s sincerity and act in accordance with his /her statement
492.Take the bull by the hornsTo adopt the most direct but the most dangerous way of facing a difficulty
493.Take to one’s heelsTo run away
494.Take up armsTo fight
495.Take lyingdown Accept insult
496.Talk bigTo boast or brag
497.Talk of the townTo be the person or subject everyone is taling about it
498.The printer’s devilsError in printing
499.Think twiceTo consider carefully before deciding
500.Tight cornerIn a difficult situation
501.The forth estateThe press
502.Thick-skinned personNot easily offended, insensitive
503.Through thick and thinIn good and bad times
504.Throw cold waterTo criticise or stop someone from doing something that he is enthusiastic about
505.Throw down the gauntletTo challenge
506.Tooth and nailTo violently
507.Toil and moilHard lbour
508.True to one’s saltLoyal person
509.Turn a deaf ear toNot to pay attention to
510.Turn his headTo make  person to feel too proud in a way that other people find annoying
511.Turn one’s coatTo change one’s party
512.Turn out toTo be found to be
513.Turn over a new leafTo be entirely changed (for good)
514.Turn the cornerTo pass through a critical point in a process
515.Turn turtleTo overturn
516.Turn the tableTurn the situation completely
517.Turn up her nose atTo reject, dismiss scornfully
518.Throw out of gearDisturb the work
519.Take to one’s heelsRun away
520.To go the whole hogTo do complete
521.Time and tideCourse of time
522.The long and short ofIn brief
523.Throw a spannerTo sabotage a plan
524.Through down the gauntletTo challenge
525.To allow the grass to grow  under one’s feetTo be lazy
526.To crow overTriumph over someone
527.To be above boardTo be honest in any business deal
528.To blow a fuseTo turn someone angry
529.To be on apexTo be at highest point
530.To be on one’s mindTo worry about something
531.To beat a hasty retreatGo away hurriedly
532.To blow one’s stack up/below a fuse/gasketTo lose one’s temper, become extremely angry
533.Take your medicineTo the consequences of something you have done wrong
534.To curry favourTo win favour of
535.To make head or tail ofBe able to understand at all
536.To leave someone in the lurchTo desert someone in his difficulties
537.To join forcesJoin together, become united
538.To kick off a rowRaise dispute
539.To move heaven and earthTo do all possible effort
540.To many irons in the fireTo be involved in several activites
541.To play a second fiddleTo be in a subordinate position
542.To sow the wind and reap the whirlwindTo start some kind of trouble that grows much larger that one has planned
543.Turn a blind eyeTo ignore intentionally
544.To laugh in or up one’s sleevesTo Be secretly amused
545.Take one to taskRebuke, scold, castigate
546.Turn a deaf earDisregard / ignore what one says
547.Turn up one’s nose atTo take lightly with contempt
548.Under a cloudUnder suspicious
549.Under the nose ofTo Right in front of someone
550.Under the roseSecretly
551.Under the thumb ofUnder the power influence of
552.Up and doingActive in work
553.Up one’s sleevesAn item kept hidden and used whenever required
554.Uphill taskDifficult task
555.Upon one’s sweet willOneself desire or wish
556.Ups and downsGod and bad times
556.Upset the apple cartTo create difficulty
557.Up and doingActive
558.Utopian schemeA visionary scheme though impractical
560.Vexed questionMuch debated and discussed
561.Wake up callAlarm of danger
562.Wash dirty linen in publicTo expose private affair in public
563.Wash hand ofTo have nothing to do
564.Weal and woeJoy and sorrow, prosperity and adversity
565.Wear a long faceTo look gloomy
566.Weather the stormSurvive by coming out of difficulties
568.Wet behind the earsInexperienced
569.Wet blanketOne who spoil the enjoyment
570.Wheels within wheelsA series of intricately connected events
571.White elephantExpensive but no use
572.White lieA minor lie
573.When the crunch comeThe moment of decision
574.Will  the wispElusive / unreal
575.Wild goose chaseUseless effort
576.WindfallSudden gain received unexpectedly
577.Winning spreeOutburst of an activity
578.Win laurelsTo win honours
579.With a grain of saltTo accept with misgiving
580.With a high handOppressively
581.With one accord\in on voiceUnanimously
582.With open armsWith happiness
583.With one accord/in one voiceUnanimously
584.Without rhyme or reasonWithout any justification
585.Wolf in sheep’s clothA malicious person in harmless or benevolent disguise
586.Word for wordIn exactly the same word
587.Word of mouthInformal oral communication
588.Wry faceDisappointed look
589.Yeoman’s serviceExcellent work
590.Zip your lipsTo shut up or keep quiet about something


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