B.Com Part 1 Functional English Idiomatic Phrases 100 idiomatic expressions 50 idiomatic expressions 50 idioms with meaning and sentences common idioms English idioms famous idioms idiom dictionary idiom examples idiomatic idiomatic expressions idiomatic phrases idioms idioms and phrases idioms and their meanings idioms with sentences list of idioms phrase dictionary phrases list
A bed of roses Those who thinks that life is a bed of roses, live in a fool’s paradise.
A bull in china’s shop He is a misfit and is rightly called a bull in china’s shop.
A bone of contention Kashmir is a bone of contention between India and Pakistan.
Above board His honesty is above board.
A blind alley He turned back when he reached the blind alley.
A blessing in disguise Losing the job proved a blessing in disguise for me.
A child’s play It is not a child’s play to pass the degree examination; you will have to work hard.
A cat’s paw He used Ali as a cat’s paw for theft.
A close fisted man He is a close fisted man in his everyday buying.
A drawn match The match resulted in a drawn match as nobody won.
A dead end We shouldn’t bring our relations to a dead end.
A dog in the manger Everyone avoids his company as he is a dig in the manger.
A fish out of water A true scholar is like a fish out of water when he away from library.
A gala day It was a gala day when Pakistan won the World cup.
A jailbird He is a jailbird and seldom remains outside the prison.
A man of letters This is a world of science but a man of letters has his own place.
A man of parts Only a man of parts can run our country.
A man of straw He is a man of straw and cannot face opposition.
A narrow escape Yesterday, he had a narrow escape from a serious accident.
A rotten egg A rotten egg can spoil others.
An iron will Mr. Jinnah was the man of an iron will.
Add fuel to fire The speech of the labour leader added fuel to fire and the factory workers went on strike.
A fishy story I don’t believe his fishy story.
Add insult to injury He called him a thief and added insult to injury be saying that his father was a cheat.
After one’s own heart He furnished his house after his own heart.
Again and again If you do this exercise again and again, you will master it.
Alive and kicking He is likely to be selected as he is alive and kicking.
All at sea The candidate was all at sea and could not answer a single question.
All in all The president is all in all in this organization.
All and sundry All and sundry attended the religious ceremony.
Apple of discord Their father’s property is an apple if discord among the brothers.
An axe to grind He is selfish and will not help anyone unless he has an axe to grind.
An amazon He always imagines an amazon as his wife.
An oily tongue Beware of his oily tongue, he befools others.
A fair-weather friend He proved a fair-weather friend when he refused to help me.
A sugar daddy The woman went off on a nice winter holidays with her sugar daddy.
A wet blanket Everyone avoids him company as he is a wet blanket.
As a matter of fact As a matter of fact, he is my brother.
As cool as cucumber He was as cool as cucumber before the test.
AT a stone’s throw My College is at a stone’s throw from my house.
At arm’s length You must keep the bad boys at an arm’s length.
At beck and call He is at the beck and call of his father.
At daggers drawn The two brothers are at daggers drawn since the death of their father.
At hand My examinations at hard.
At large A murderer is at large in the town; beware of him.
At length I have spoken to him about you at length.
At the eleventh hour The public meeting was cancelled at the eleventh hour because of sudden change in weather.
At once He changed his attitude at once.
At a stretch It rained here yesterday at a stretch.
At sixes and sevens He left the room at sixes and sevens and went out.
Wild gooses chase Search for the lost child without the help of police proved a wild goose chase.
An apple of one’s eyes Being the only son of his parents; he is an apple of their eyes.
At one’s wits ends On seeing the police. He was at his wits ends.
At one’s finger’s end The lesson is on his finger’s end.
At the top of He is at the top of his teaching career.
Bed debt The debt is not likely to be paid and, thus, consider it a bad debt.
Bad blood Don’t create bad blood between two good friends.
Bad and baggage I shall be very happy when you get out of my house with bag and baggage.
Behind the scene I don’t know what happened behind the scene.
Bee in the cap He has a bee in his cap about going to USA.
Be in keeping with Your deeds are not in keeping with your words.
Be taken aback He was taken aback at the sudden change in price.
Be taken in: He was taken in by the cunning merchant.
Bear the brunt of: I had to bear the brunt of defeat in the cricket match.
Bear in mind Bear in mind, health is a great gift of God.
Beat about the bush You are wasting my time by beating about the bush; tell me plainly what you want.
Beat black and blue He was beaten black and blue by some robbers.
Beat the air He merely beat the air, for nobody listened to what he said.
Better half The husband had full confidence in his better half.
Bird of passage He will not settle down at one place, for he is a bird of passage.
Bird’s eye view He took a bird’s eye view of the building.
Black sheep A black sheep spoils the whole lot.
Blow one’s own trumpet He does not listen to anyone but blows his own trumpet.
Blow hot and cold He is strange as he blows hot and cold at the same breath.
Blue stocking She is a blue stoking and is highly respected.
Bolt from the blue The death of his only son proved for him a bolt from the blue.
Bosom friend We study together as he is my bosom friend.
Bottleneck The new policy turns out to be a bottleneck for the company.
Bread and butter These days, everyone thinks more of his bread and butter than anything else.
Break the ice We sat silent when one of us broke the ice and we started talking.
Break the news He died in an accident and no one had the courage to break the news to his mother.
Bring home his forceful speech brought home to us the true meaning of democracy.
Bring to book Crime will decrease if the offenders are brought to book quickly.
Bring to light His misdeeds have been brought to light.
Broken reed I asked for his help but he proved a broken reed.
Build castles in the air Do something in practical instead of building castles in the air.
Burn mid-night-oil He burn mid-night-oil and got first division in M.A.
Burn the candle at both ends He burnt the candle at both ends after the death of his father.
Bury the hatchet Let us bury the hatchet and be friends again.
Burning question The Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan is a burning question.
By and by He does not agree with me now, but I hope to convince him by and by.
By dint of Ibrahim succeeded by dint of hard work.
By and large He has many flaws but he is a good fellow by and large.
By fair or foul means She is determined to win by fair or foul means.
By fits and starts Those who work by fits and starts seldom succeed in life.
By hook or by crook The state of Israel wants to expand itself by hook or by crook.
By leaps and bounds He is making progress by leaps and bounds.
By all means He wants to go there by all means.
By word of mouth The news came to me by word of mouth.
Call a spade a spade It takes real courage to call a spade a spade.
Call in question Many doctors called the efficiency of this medicine in question.
Call names The little boy began to weep when his playmate called him names.
Call to account The principle called the mischievous student to account, and fined him.
Call to mind Before doing any favour; call to mind hi cruel attitude.
Carry the day With his forceful speech he carried the day and won the first prize.
Carry weight His arguments do not carry weight.
Cast aside The project for building a new college was cast aside for want of funds.
Cast a spell His forceful speech cast a spell on the audience.
Cast a slur upon She cast a slur upon the fair name of her family with her wicked deeds.
Cat and dog life Both husband and wire, are leading cat and dog life.
Cheek by jowl The master and the slave sat cheek by jowl on the prayer rug.
Cock and bull story No intelligent person will believe your cock and bull stories.
Cold war There is a cold war between India and Pakistan.
Cold blood He killed his enemy in cold blood.
Come of age He will come of age next year.
Come to blows They came to blows over the distribution of gold.
Come to light His crimes came to light at last.
Come to grief She came to grief at the sorrowful sight of the disaster.
Come to terms I came to terms with my old friend.
Compare notes The two friends compared notes over new education policy.
Crocodile tears He is shedding crocodile tears over the death of his rival.
Cry for the moon His desire to but a motor is nothing but a cry for the moon.
Cry over spilt milk It is useless to cry over spilt milk.
Cut a (sorry) figure He cut a sorry figure in the examination.
Dance attendance on You will not dance attendance on you master.
Dark horse She proved a dark horse and secured the first position.
Dead letter This custom is now a dead letter here.
Deliver the goods The can’t deliver the goods according to office’s expectation.
Die in harness Mr. Jinnah died in harness.
Double face One cannot trust a double-faced person.
End in smoke He tried his best to save himself from ruin but all his efforts ended in smoke.
Eat one’s words He ate his words and refused to admit the reality.
Every inch He is every inch a true Muslim.
Eyewash His expression of grief at the death of his rival is only eyewash.
Face the music She had to face the music for her misdeeds.
Fairy play We went to have fairy play everywhere.
Fair Sex We must respect our fair sex.
Fall to work They fell to work the moment they came home.
Fall a prey to He fell a prey to the bait by the enemy.
Fall short of He fell short of money and could not continue his studies.
Fall back upon They fall back upon candles in cast of breakdown.
Fall flat My advice fell flat on him.
Feather one’s nest The rulers do nothing but just feather their nests.
Few and far between Your visits are few and far between.
Find fault with One cannot please one who is bent upon finding fault with everything.
First and foremost It is our first and foremost duty to be sincere with our country.
Fish in troubled water To fish in troubled water is an evil passion.
Flesh and blood To collect wealth is in the flesh and blood of a man.
Flay in the ointment His presence in the party was a fly in the ointment.
For good He has sold all of his property and has left this city for good.
For the sake of He struggled hard for the sake of money.
Foul Play It proved a foul play due to the partial umpire.
French leave He is on French leave as he left the office without informing his officer.
From hand to mouth A poor man lives from hand to mouth on his little salary.
Get rid of Get rid of bad friends.
Get wind of He got wind of the intrigues against him.
Gift of the gab A teacher should have the gift of the gab communicate his ideas.
Get into hot water The students gets into hot water with the new system of examination.
Give and take Most of the disputes can be settled if the parties adopt a give and take policy.
Give oneself airs He gives himself airs on his knowledge of English.
Give vent to She gives vent to her feelings in tears.
Give up the ghost The old man gave up the ghost after a long illness.
Go a long way It will go a long way in the promotion of the country.
Go through We have not gone through the matter yet.
Go to pieces Once he was a successful man but now he has gone to pieces.
Go to dogs He is spending his money foolishly and will soon go to dogs.
Grease the palm He greased the office’s palm to get the job.
Half-heartedly He is working half-heartedly in depression.
Hand and glove Both the neighbors and hand and glove with each other.
Hand in hand Poverty and poor health often go hand in hand.
Hard and fast The club has hard and fast rules to govern the behavior of its member.
Hard nut to crack To pass the test without preparation is a hard nut to crack.
Have clean hands He is innocent and has clean hands in this case.
Gave cold feet He had cold feet in front of his seniors and said nothing.
Heart and soul He put his heart and soul in his work and succeeded.
High time It is high time to go there.
Hitabelow the belt It is unfair to hit below the belt.
Hobson’s choice The only muddy water in the village proved a Hobson’s choice for us.
Hope against hope To think that you can win the war is to hope against hope.
Hue and cry He raised hue and cry at the horrible sight.
In a fix He has been offered two posts and now he is in a fix what to accept and what to reject.
In a nutshell In a nutshell, our teachers are competent and intelligent.
In black and white The agreement was put in black and white.
In full swing The match was in full swing when I reached the stadium.
In high spirits He was in high spirits on the day of marriage.
In hot water Alice is in hot water these days.
In letter and spirits He followed the instruction in letter and spirits.
In short In short, he struggled and struggled but no avail.
In the teeth of In the teeth of opposition, he continued his efforts and succeeded.
In the air It is in the air that the government will soon announce some important decisions.
In the long run Truth shall prevail in the long run.
In the nick of time He reached the station in the nick of time to catch the train.
Ins and outs He does not know the ins and outs of this case.
Keep abreast of A doctor has to keep abreast of the progress in medical science.
Keep an eye on The teacher must keep an eye on his students.
Keep pace with Old generation should try to keep pace with old one.
Keep up appearances Both the sisters area against each other but they try to keep up appearances.
Keep body and soul together He kicked the bucket last night due to illness.
Kill two birds with one stone Only a clever person can kill two birds with one stone.
Kith and kin We must look after out poor kith and kin.
Lame excuse I do not believe in his lame excuse.
Lead by the nose It is his wife who leads him by the nose.
Learn by heart The child has learnt many poems by heart.
Leave in the lurch One must not leave one’s friends in the lurch.
Leave no stone unturned He left no stone unturned in search of his lost child but to no avail.
Lend a hand Will you lend a hand to me?
Let the cat out of the bag One of the thieves let the cat out of the bag and all were arrested.
Lick the dust He had to lick the dust when he me Muhammad Ali in the ring.
Lion’s share When the assets of British India were divided, India Got a lion’s share.
Live in fool’s paradise Those who think that life in a bed of roses, live in fool’s paradise.
Look sharp You should look sharp or you will miss the train.
Lose one’s head He is short-tempered and loses his head very often.
Lose heart Never lose your heart at failure.
Maiden speech It was his maiden speech in the Assembly but he did very well.
Make amends for He is working hard to make amends for his failure in the examination.
Make fun of He made fun of me at the party.
Make both ends meet With his small income he can hardly make both ends meet.
Make faces It is unmannerly to make faces at others.
Make good You will have to make good the loss.
Make headway You will have to work hard to make headway in the business.
Make up one’s mind He has made up his mind to go abroad for higher studies.
Move heaven and earth He moved heaven and earth to win the election but failed.
Necessary evil Examination are a necessary evil for the dull students.
Nip in the bud We should try to nip the evil in the bud.
Now and then He visits cinema now and then.
Null and void The law is now null and void and is not in practice.
Of one’s own accord He left the college hostel of his own accord.
Off and on He has been visiting us off and on for the last ten years.
Off hand He is learned man and can speak off hand any topic.
On the air This program is going on the air.
On the eve of The College grounds were decorated on the eve of Annual sports.
On the whole He has some shortcomings but on the whole he is a fine person.
On the anvil The new education policy is on the anvil.
Once and for all Tell me once and for all what do you want from me.
Once in a blue moon He comes here once in a blue moon.
Out and out He is out and out a liar.
Over and above He has a large income over and above his monthly salary.
Overhead and ears He is in debt overhead and ears these days.
Pandora’s Box This will prove a Pandora’s box for him as he would have face many problems.
Part and parcel A reading room is part and parcel of library.
Pay lip service to He only pays lip service and does not do anything for the poor.
Play truant Many careless students play truant from the class.
Play with fire It is dangerous to play with fire.
Pocket an insult He could not hit back and had to pocket an insult.
Point blank He gave me a point blank refusal.
Poison one’s ears She poisoned his ears and he became a rebel.
Poke one’s nose He always pokes her nose in such matters.
Pros and cons Before doing something, you must examine the pros and cons connected with it.
Put the cart before She put the cart before the horse and made a mess of things.
Rainy day We must lay by money for a rainy day.
Rank and file The rank and file of the organization was against it.
Read between the lines You must read between the lines of the statement by foreign politicians.
Red handed The thief was caught red handed.
Red-letter day 14TH of August is a red-letter day.
Rest on one’s laurels He rested on his laurels after getting the achievement.
Rise to the occasion He rose to the occasion and defeated root and branch.
Royal road There is no royal read success.
Run short of He has run short of money nowadays.
Safe and sound The child was safe and sound among the beasts.
Scot free Others were punished while he got scot free.
Set a good example We should set a good example for our juniors.
Set to work Do not waste time, set to work immediately.
Show the white feather How showed the white feather and fled from the battlefield.
Small talk I enjoyed small talk in the party.
Snake in the grass I thought him a friend but he was a snake in the grass.
Soft corner I have a soft corner for him because of his fine habits.
Spick and span Their house is always spick and span.
Split hairs He is in the habit of splitting hairs.
Spread like wild fire The news of his death spread like wild fire in the city.
Square deal That was a square deal as everything was fair.
Square meal He is so poor that he even does not have square meal.
Storm in a teacup The quarrel between the girls is nothing but just a storm in a teacup.
Stand on ceremony Do not stand on ceremony and feel yourself at home.
Stick to one’s guns He always sticks to his guns and does not listen to anyone.
Sum and substance I do not know the sum and substance of the incident.
Take care of Take care of yourself.
Take a fancy to He has taken a fancy to your children.
Take into account Before pronouncing punishment; we must take his age into account.
Take into Consideration Before pronouncing punishment, we must take his age into consideration.
Take the bull by the horns You should take the bull by the horns and speak the truth.
Take one’s time Before making any decision, take your time.
Take to heart He has taken his mother’s death very much to heart.
Take to one’s heels The thief took to his heels as he saw the policeman.
Take to task The teacher took him to task for not doing his homework.
Talk shop Whenever he comes to me; he talks shop most of the time.
The man in the street Even the man in the street knows about it.
Through thick and thin I shall be with you through thick and thin.
Thorough and through Jameel is a philosopher thorough and through.
Throw light on The teacher threw light on the world affairs.
Throw cold water upon She threw cold water upon his plans.
Till the cows come home I can wait for the decision, till cows come home.
Time and again He applied for a job time and again.
Tooth and nail They opposed me tooth and nail but could not succeed.
Turn a deaf ear They turned a deaf ear to their teacher’s advice.
Turn over a new leaf He turned over a new leaf after his marriage.
Turn tables He turned tables with his amazing performance.
To be at home in He is at home in English.
To be hard up His family has always been hard up.
To smell a rat I smell a rat that they are planning against us.
Under a could He is under a cloud nowadays due to having unfriendly relations with his boss.
Uphill task Gird up your loins; it is an uphill task.
Up to the mark He is up to the mark and is likely to be selected for this post.
Up to date Keep your account up to date.
Ups and downs He has seen many ups and downs in life.
Weather the storm She refused to resign, intending to weather the storm.
While elephant A can for a poor man is a white elephant.
White lie What he said was a white lie.
Wolf in sheep’s clothing Everybody avoids him because he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Work Wonders The extra water in diet works wonders for skin.
With a view He went to the stadium with a view to watching match.