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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Spill the beans
Meaning- To disclose a secret
Sentence- The little one spilled the beans about the surprise vacation we had planned.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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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- 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.
- 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.
- Mean business
Sentence-The border is sealed by troops who mean business.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.