A to Z Idioms and Phrases PDF

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A to Z Idioms and Phrases

An Idiom is an expression or way of speaking that is used in common parlance. They are the amalgamation of words that convey a separate meaning altogether. A Phrase is a collection of words that stands together as a single unit in a sentence, typically as part of a clause or a sentence. A Phrase does not contain any subject and verb so it cannot convey any thought. Example:- Noun Phrase, Verb Phrase, and Prepositional Phrase.

A Phrase is a combination of words that functions as a single unit. These components make it into a larger sentence or clause. Phrases, unlike Idioms, are straightforward and to the point. They don’t have any figurative interpretations; the term means exactly what the words say.

A to Z Idioms and Phrases

S.No. Idioms & Phrases Meaning
1. Rank and File Ordinary People
2. By fits and starts In short periods, not regularly
3. A wee bit A little
4. Out of the wood Free from difficulties and dangers
5. Under his thumb Under his control
6. At one’s wit’s end In a state where one does not know what to do
7. Between the devil and the deep sea Between two dangers
8. Burn the midnight oil Work or study hard
9. Call a spade a spade Speak frankly and directly
10. Come off with flying colors Be highly successful
11. Hoping against hope Without hope
12. Hit the nail on the head Do or say the exact thing
13. An axe to grind A personal interest in the matter
14. To get rid of Dispose of
15. At daggers drawn Bitterly hostile
16. To play ducks and drakes To act foolishly or inconsistently
17. To take the bull by the horns To tackle a problem in a bold and direct fashion
18. Rain cats and dogs Rain heavily
19. To move heaven and earth To make a supreme effort
20. No avail Without any result
21. Bark up the wrong tree Accuse or denounce the wrong person
22. Keep one at bay Keep one at a distance
23. Make a clean breast of it Confess – especially when a person has done a wrong thing
24. Have a card up one’s sleeve Have a secret plan in reserve
25. Like a cat on hot bricks Very nervous
26. Cat and dog life Life full of quarrels
27. Cock and bull story Made up story that one should not believe
28. Cry for the moon Ask for the impossible
29. The pros and cons The various aspects of a matter in detail
30. Be in a tight corner In a very difficult situation
31. Cross one’s t’s and dot Be precise, careful and one’s i’s exact
32. At arm’s length To keep at a distance
33. Out of the question Impossible
34. Out of the way Strange
35. Show a clean pair of heals Run away
36. Keep one’s fingers crossed The anxiety in which you hope that nothing will upset your plans
37. In the nick of time Just at the last moment
38. Sitting on the fence Hesitate between two decisions
39. Spread like wild fire Spread quickly
40. The gift of the gab Talent for speaking
41. By hook or by crook By fair or foul means
42. Feather one’s own nest Make money unfairly
43. Throw out of gear Disturb the work
44. Take to one’s heels Run away
45. Tooth and nail With all one’s power
46. Die in harness Die while in service
47. Take a leaf out of one’s book Imitate one
48. Leave no stone unturned Use all available means
49. A man of straw A man of no substance
50. Read between the lines Understand the hidden meaning

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