Some popular Idioms you might have forgotten
What are Idioms ?
An idiom is a phrase where the words together constitute a meaning that is different from the dictionary meanings of the individual words. Sometimes idioms makes perfect sense in a sentence which a single word can’t replace. Here in this blog I am putting some of the idioms which are commonly used and are interesting enough to remember and understand.
- A1 : If something is A1, it means it is good.
- Acid test : An acid test is done to prove something good or worth.
- Across the board : applies to everyone.
- All along : since the beginning.
- All & sundry : emphasizing on ‘each and everyone’.
- All road lead to Rome : it shows that there may be different correct ways of doing the same thing.
- Alter ego : generally refers to very close and intimate friend.
- Any Tom, Dick & Harry : means anyone. Its a kind of slang and may be used in a derogatory sense. e.g. Any Tom, Dick & Harry can tell you the difference between rectangle and parallelogram.
- AWOL : it stands for “Absent Without Official Leave”; originated as a military term when someone goes on leave without asking for permission or without telling to anyone. Sometimes it is misinterpreted as “AWay On Leave” which is actually the antonym to the actual meaning.
- Back Burner : putting something on low priority.
- Back to Square One : to start something from scratch once again.
- Bad workers always blame their tools : when someone does his job badly and then claims his equipments or tools for the bad quality, but in actuality it might not be the case. In Hindi also there is a saying, “Naach na jaane, aangan teda”.
- Ball is in your court : means somebody has already completed his part, now you have make a decision or the next step.
- Bare your soul : to tell someone your personal or true feelings.
- Beat around the bush : if someone doesn’t tell anything clearly or specifically but puts it in a very vague way, that is beating around the bush.
- Beauty is in the eye of the beholder : means that different people will find different things beautiful and that the differences of opinion don’t matter greatly.
- Better late than never : it is self explanatory. Now a days it is widely used in traffic sense to communicate that reaching home safe is always better than never reaching there. So better reduce your speed.
- Better safe than sorry : used to recommend being cautious rather than taking a risk.
- Between the lines : to find the real meaning or message in what you are reading or hearing. The meaning which is not generally the literal interpretation of the words.
- Big Bucks : making good money.
- Big Picture : defining in a broad sense, overall perspective.
- Bird in the hand is worth two in the bush : means it is always worth to have the one which is very certain instead of waiting for more uncertain things. In Hindi also there is a saying, “9 Nagad na 13 Udhar” (9 in cash is better than owing all 13).
- Bird’s eye view : seeing something very clearly.
- Birds of a feather flock together : means people having same interest will stick together. In Hindi, “Chor Chor mausere bhai”, means the same thing.
- Bite the bullet : means to accept or face something unpleasant and unavoidable.
- Black & White : means if it is crystal clear who or what is right or wrong, it’s all in Black & White. In Hindi, it is “Doodh ka doodh, paani ka paani”.
- Blood is thicker than water : means blood or family relations are always stronger than others.
- Zero Tolerance : means no error accepted. e.g. if police have a zero tolerance zone, then it won’t overlook any crime, no matter how small or trivial it may be.