An idiom is a common word or phrase with a culturally understood meaning that differs from what its composite words’ denotations would suggest. For example, an English speaker would understand the phrase “kick the bucket” to mean “to die” – and also to actually kick a bucket

  1. Once in a blue moon

 Meaning- Something that happens very rarely

Sentence- Once in a blue moon, the blue jay can be seen in these parts of the forest.

  1.  Beating around the bush

Meaning- Avoiding the main topic

Sentence- The President was beating around the bush when the citizens demanded a reason for the forgery of legal documents.

  1. Chip on your shoulder

Meaning- When someone is upset about something that happened a while ago

Sentence- He has a chip on his shoulder for being abandoned by his parents in his childhood.

  1. Cry over spilt milk

Meaning- Complaining about a loss or failure from the past

Sentence- He was mad because he couldn’t clear the cut off due to a silly mistake. But, then he realized there was no use crying over spilt milk and decided to become more careful.

  1. Spill the beans

Meaning- To disclose a secret

Sentence- The little one spilled the beans about the surprise vacation we had planned.

  1. Piece of cake

Meaning-Something that is easy to understand or do

Sentence- I thought that the problem would be tough, but it turned out to be a piece of cake!

  1. Blessing in disguise

Meaning- Something good and useful that did not initially seem that way

Sentence- His accident was a blessing in disguise because it gave him a lot of time to think about his life while he was recovering, and as a result, he made some important decisions that improved his life.

  1. Come hell or high water

Meaning-Possible obstacles in your path (will not stop you)

Sentence- I have decided that come hell or high water I will become an engineer.

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  1. Taste of your own medicine

Meaning- When someone receives the same treatment, usually negative, that he/she gives to others

Sentence- She is always taunting others and hurting their sentiments. I just wish someone would give her a taste of her own medicine.

  1. Golden handshake

Meaning- A big sum of money given to a person when he/she leaves a company or retires

Sentence- The management of the company wanted to decrease their workforce. They offered a golden handshake to their aged employees.

  1. Mean business

Meaning-Being serious/dedicated

Sentence-The border is sealed by troops who mean business.

  1. Apple of one’s eye

Meaning-Being cherished more than others are

Sentence-Sam is adored by his teacher for his childlike nature. He is the apple of her eye.

  1. The best of both worlds

Meaning-The benefits of widely differing situations, enjoyed at the same time.

Sentence-I had the best of both worlds since I worked as an ordinary member of the team but got to learn from the leaders.

  1. Feeling a bit under the weather

Meaning-Feeling slightly ill

Sentence-I may not be able to jog today, as I am feeling a bit under the weather.

  1. Icing on the cake

Meaning-Something that turns good into great

Sentence-India’s victory over England on India’s Independence Day was like icing on the cake.

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