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List of Idioms - Class 8 English Revision Notes

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  • A hot potato
    Speak of an issue which many people are talking about and which is usually disputed
  • A penny for your thoughts
    A way of asking what someone is thinking
  • Actions speak louder than words
    People's intentions can be judged better by what they do than what they say.
  • Add insult to injury
    To further a loss with mockery or indignity; to worsen an unfavorable situation.
  • An arm and a leg
    Very expensive or costly. A large amount of money.
  • At the drop of a hat
    Meaning: without any hesitation; instantly.
  • Back to the drawing board
    When an attempt fails and it's time to start all over.
  • Ball is in your court
    It is up to you to make the next decision or step
  • Barking up the wrong tree
    Looking in the wrong place. Accusing the wrong person
  • Be glad to see the back of
    Be happy when a person leaves.
  • Beat around the bush
    Avoiding the main topic. Not speaking directly about the issue.
  • Best of both worlds
    Meaning: All the advantages.
  • Best thing since sliced bread
    A good invention or innovation. A good idea or plan.
  • Bite off more than you can chew
    To take on a task that is way to big.
  • Blessing in disguise
    Something good that isn't recognized at first.
  • Burn the midnight oil
    To work late into the night, alluding to the time before electric lighting.
  • Can't judge a book by its cover
    Cannot judge something primarily on appearance.
  • Caught between two stools
    When someone finds it difficult to choose between two alternatives.
  • Costs an arm and a leg
    This idiom is used when something is very expensive.
  • Cross that bridge when you come to it
    Deal with a problem if and when it becomes necessary, not before.
  • Cry over spilt milk
    When you complain about a loss from the past.
  • Curiosity killed the cat
    Being Inquisitive can lead you into an unpleasant situation.
  • Cut corners
    When something is done badly to save money.
  • Cut the mustard
    To succeed; to come up to expectations; adequate enough to compete or participate
  • Devil's Advocate
    To present a counter argument
  • Don't count your chickens before the eggs have hatched
    This idiom is used to express "Don't make plans for something that might not happen".
  • Don't give up the day job
    You are not very good at something. You could definitely not do it professionally.
  • Don't put all your eggs in one basket
    Do not put all your resources in one possibility.
  • Drastic times call for drastic measures
    When you are extremely desperate you need to take drastic actions.
  • Elvis has left the building
    The show has come to an end. It's all over.
  • Every cloud has a silver lining
    Be optimistic, even difficult times will lead to better days.
  • Far cry from
    Very different from.
  • Feel a bit under the weather
    Meaning: Feeling slightly ill.
  • Give the benefit of the doubt
    Believe someone's statement, without proof
  • Hear it on the grapevine
    This idiom means 'to hear rumors' about something or someone.
  • Hit the nail on the head
    Do or say something exactly right
  • Hit the sack / sheets / hay
    To go to bed.
  • In the heat of the moment
    Overwhelmed by what is happening in the moment.
  • It takes two to tango
    Actions or communications need more than one person
  • Jump on the bandwagon
    Join a popular trend or activity.
  • Keep something at bay
    Keep something away.
  • Kill two birds with one stone
    This idiom means, to accomplish two different things at the same time.
  • Last straw
    The final problem in a series of problems.
  • Let sleeping dogs lie
    Do not disturb a situation as it is - since it would result in trouble or complications.
  • Let the cat out of the bag
    To share information that was previously concealed
  • Make a long story short
    Come to the point - leave out details
  • Method to my madness
    An assertion that, despite one's approach seeming random, there actually is structure to it.
  • Miss the boat
    This idiom is used to say that someone missed his or her chance
  • Not a spark of decency
    Meaning: No manners
  • Not playing with a full deck
    Someone who lacks intelligence
  • Off one's rocker
    Crazy, demented, out of one's mind, in a confused or befuddled state of mind, senile.
  • On the ball
    When someone understands the situation well.
  • Once in a blue moon
    Meaning: Happens very rarely.
  • Picture paints a thousand words
    A visual presentation is far more descriptive than words.
  • Piece of cake
    A job, task or other activity that is easy or simple.
  • Put wool over other people's eyes
    This means to deceive someone into thinking well of them.
  • See eye to eye
    This idiom is used to say that two (or more people) agree on something.
  • Sit on the fence
    This is used when someone does not want to choose or make a decision.
  • Speak of the devil!
    This expression is used when the person you have just been talking about arrives.
  • Steal someone's thunder
    To take the credit for something someone else did.
  • Take with a grain of salt
    This means not to take what someone says too seriously.
  • Taste of your own medicine
    Means that something happens to you, or is done to you, that you have done to someone else
  • To hear something straight from the horse's mouth
    To hear something from the authoritative source.
  • Whole nine yards
    Everything. All of it.
  • Wouldn't be caught dead
    Would never like to do something
  • Your guess is as good as mine
    To have no idea, do not know the answer to a question

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