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.