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  Idioms Meaning Sentences
1. A bad egg a man without character I do not trust a bad egg.

He is a bad egg.

A bad egg cannot be trusted.

2. A bag of bones a lean person or animal After a prolonged illness he became a bag of bones.
3. A beast of burden an animal used for carrying burdens/loads The ass is a beast of burden.
4. A beast of pray an animal that kills other animals for food The tiger is a best of prey.
5. A bed of down

A bed of roses

A bed of flowers

a comfortable position Life is not a bed of roses.
6. A bed of thorns Life is really a bed of thorns.
7. A bee in one’s bonnet

A bee in one’s head

crack-brained Mr. Gandhi had a bee in his bonnet.
8. A bird of passage a migratory bird /

a person who never stays in one place for long

He is a bird of passage like a gypsy/gipsy.
9. A bird of prey The hawk is a bird of prey.
10. A bird’s eye view I took a bird’s eye view of the city of Kolkata from the aeroplane.

I had a bird’s eye view of Kolkata.

11. A bird’s eye view I took a bird’s eye view of the entire scene.
12. A bitter pill something disagreeable which must be accepted or endured
13. A black look an angry look She cast a black look at us.

When I went to him, he gave me a black look.

14. A black sheep

 

You are a black sheep.
15. A blessing in disguise an unwelcome that proves in the end
16. A bolt from the blue something quite unexpected The news of his death came to me just like a bolt from the blue.
17. A bone head A bone head does not know how to talk to his elders.
18. A bone of contention a subject of dispute
19. A broken reed A broken reed cannot help you in your distress.
20. A bunch of fives I shall give you a bunch of fives if you misbehave me.

I gave her bunch of fives for her rude behavior/misbehavior.

21. A chip on the shoulder I have a chip on the shoulder as you misbehaved with me.
22. A clean bill of health The authority gave my car a clean bill of health.
23. A close shave a narrow escape from a danger or an accident I fell down from the bus and had a close shave yesterday.
24. A cut above She was a cut above other girls in the class.
25. A dead end Their discussion has come to a dead end.
26. A dead end job A dead end job is not to my liking.

I do not like a dead end job.

I do not want a dead end job.

27. A deed-end job I do not like/want a deed-end job.
28. A dog’s chance no chance at all You have a dog’s chance to succeed.
29. A dog’s dinner anything untidy You have made a dog’s dinner.
30. A drug in the market This type of cream has become a drug in the market.
31. A far cry It is a far cry from Kolkata to Delhi.
32. A feather in one’s cap The award is a feather in his cap.
33. A fish out of water an uncomfortable position I feel just like a fish out of water here.
34. A fool’s paradise You are now living in a fool’s paradise.
35. A foregone conclusion an inevitable result / an anticipated result Her failure in the examination was a foregone conclusion.
36. A going concern This diary farm is a going concern for the Government.
37. A great deal of A great deal of money was spent for my education.

Spent a great deal of money for her education.

38. A hard nut to crack a person difficult to deal with or reform / a difficult person to deal with He is a hard nut to crack.

It is hard nut to crack.

Over-population is hard nut to crack in India.

39. A household word Netaji is a household word in India.
40. A jail-bird a habitual criminal A jail-bird is hated by all.
41. A jaundiced eye A teacher should not have a jaundiced eye.
42. A labour of love a task one delights in The hard work done by a mother for her child is a labour of love.

To work selflessly for the welfare of the people is a labour of love.

43. A laughing stock an object of ridicule By his foolish remark he made himself a laughing stock.

She made herself a laughing stock by her foolish remark.

44. A leap in the dark Entering business without any experience is like a leap in the dark.
45. A least

At the least

taking the lowest estimate
46. A lot a good deal He earns a lot.
47. A lot of I have not a lot of time to read.
48. A lot of much/ a great deal I have given him a lot of money.
49. A man in the street an ordinary man Even a man in the street knows this.
50. A man of letters A man of letters is respected everywhere.
51. A man of one’s word A man true to one’s word He is a man of his word.
52. A man of part an able man He is a man of parts.
53. A man of the world an experienced man He is a man of the world.
54. A mass of parts an able man He is a man of parts.
55. A mixed bag I invited a mixed bag in the meeting.
56. A monkey business As he knows a monkey business well, he will cheat you in the long run.
57. A narrow escape a close shave
58. A nine days’ wonder a temporary sensation caused for a few day and then forgotten Nobody will remember your contribution which is a nine days’ wonder.

The much talked of project proved a nine days’ wonder.

59. A piece of I have got a piece of paper.             Here is a piece of good news.
60. A piece of cake It is nothing but a piece of cake for me to solve.

The match was a piece of cake for me.

61. A piece of work What a piece of work is man!
62. A red rag to a bull something that enrages a person.
63. A red-letter day memorable day
64. A running battle There was a running battle for years between two families.
65. A shot in the dark What you say is a shot in the dark.
66. A slow coach slow going person/ a person who thinks or acts slowly A slow coach cannot shine in life.
67. A smack in the eye It was a smack in the eye.
68. A street Arab a poor homeless child A street Arab broke the window pane.
69. A tall order unreasonably long order or demand It is a tall order for us to construct the building in a month.
70. A tall story The incident written in the book is a tall story.
71. A thorn in one’s side or flesh My stepmother looks upon me as a thorn in her side or flesh.
72. A vexed question The future of the country is a vexed question.

Refuge problem is a vexed question in India.

73. A willing horse A willing horse must complete this work in a week.
74. A word in season advice at a time when it is likely to be useful A word in season from his father saved the boy from danger.
75. ABC primary knowledge You do not know the ABC of painting.
76. Above all more than anything else / chiefly He was, above all, a poet.
77. Above board beyond doubt Her dealings were open and above board.
78. Above oneself elated conceited
79. Above water out of trouble or difficulty
80. According as in proportion as Please act according as you have been instructed.
81. According to in accordance with Act according to your word.

According to the Bible, God created the earth.

82. Acid test a test that proves the true value of something To solve the issue is an acid test for me.

 

83. After all in spite of everything Your friend is, after all, an honest man.

 

84. Again and again repeatedly Try again and again to succeed.

 

85. Against a rainy day for bad times Lay by something against a rainy day.
86. Against the clock I am working against the clock to finish the work today.

 

87. Airs and graces You lost many friends because of your airs and graces.
88. Alive and kicking Though she is over ninety, she is alive and kicking.
89. All along all the while He all along stood first.

I was all along present there.

90. All along the whole way / the whole distant
91. All and Sundry everybody and anybody / one and all / all and all All and sundry joined the invitation.

All and sundry were invited to the function.

92. All at once suddenly All at once she burst into tears.
93. All attention be wholly attentive Be all attention in the classroom.
94. All but almost / nearly He was all but beaten.

He was all but killed.

95. All ears Be all ears to your teachers’ advice.
96. All for I am all for fair play.
97. All in exhausted I was all in after the journey.

I was all in after the game.

98. All in all supreme He is all in all in the school.
99. All moonshine What you say is all moonshine.
100. All of a sudden suddenly
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