|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.|
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|