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Idioms and their Usage

List of Important Idioms with their meanings and usage.


  • An expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its separate words, but has a separate meaning of its own.
  • A style or form of artistic expression that is characteristic of an individual, a period or movement.

1. To cry over split milk

Meaning – To regret vainly over an irretrievable loss

 Sentence – It is useless to cry over split milk when one has failed in the examination.

2. To take to one’s heels

Meaning – To run away, being afraid

Sentence – On seeing the Policeman, the thief took to his heels.

3. To show a clean pair of heels

Meaning – to flee away, usually from a battle field

Sentence – The enemy showed a clean pair of heels when our soldiers started fusillade. (firing large number of shots very quickly or simultaneously)

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4. To have too many irons in the fire

Meaning – To be involved in many activities at a time

Sentence – He is extremely busy because he has too many irons in the fire.

5. A broken reed

Meaning – An unreliable person

Sentence – Don’t depend upon him because he is a broken reed.

6. Every inch

Meaning – In all respects

Sentence – He is every inch a lovable man.

7. A lame excuse

Meaning – A pretension

Sentence – It is a lame excuse to say that hard work does not pay.

8. A French leave

Meaning – Leave without permission

Sentence – Ram is on a French leave.

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