Idioms and Phrases - Important Points

Idioms and Phrases - MCQ

Idioms are a collection of words or phrases which have a figurative meaning that is generally well established and known. So these words can’t be taken at their literal meanings since they would sound farcical. 

Idioms are a useful tool in linguistics. It allows the authors to play with words and make it interesting to read. Idioms are often used in stories, poems and even in the spoken words.

A phrase is a small group of words that are like a unit. Phrases are unlike idioms, they are actually direct and to the point.

Here’s a list of some common idioms and phrases with their meanings:



Beat around the bush

To avoid talking about what’s important

Get your act together

Get organized and do things effectively

Hit the sack

Go to sleep

Sweet tooth

Love sweet things

Your guess is as good as mine

I do not know

Good things come to those who wait

To have patience

Back against the wall

Stuck in a difficult circumstance with no escape

Talk a blue streak

Talk a lot

Up in arms

Being grumpy or angry about something

Scrape the barrel

Making the most of the worst situations or things because you can’t do anything about it

The eleventh-hour

Last chance to do something

Burn your boats/bridges

Doing something that makes it impossible to go back to the original state.

Break fresh/ new ground

Doing something that has never been done before

Sell like hot cakes

Quick sellout

The lion’s share

The majority

Run around in circles

Putting efforts into something that is not a worthwhile result

On cloud nine

Being very happy

Left out in the cold

Being ignored

Blow hot and cold

Alternate inconsistently between moods and actions

Cut corners

Doing something in an easier and least expensive manner

Boil the ocean

Taking up an almost impossible or overly ambitious project

Keep an ear to the ground

Staying informed and updated about everything

Eat like a horse

Eating too excessively

A snowball effect

The aspect of momentum in every event and how they build upon each other

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