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English Idioms

a bed of roses
a bone of contention
a fair-weather friend
a gala day
a man of letters
a narrow escape
a red-letter day
a white elephant
a wild goose chase
above board
animal spirits
at a loss |
at large
at the eleventh hour
bad blood
by fits and starts
by leaps and bounds
casting vote
child’s play
every inch
few and far between
French leave
heart and soul
in a fix
kith and kin
maiden speech |
oily tongue
once and for all
over head and ears
part and parcel
rank and file
spick and span
through and through
to break the ice
to bring to book
to call a spade a spade
to carry weight
Life in Pakistan is not a bed of roses.
Where to go on holiday is always a bone of contention in
our family.
He is just a fair-weather friend.
Eid is a gala day.
He is a scholar and a man of letters.
He had a narrow escape from death.
Eid is a red-letter day.
When he bought the car, he didn’t know it was going to
be a white elephant.
It turned out to be a wild goose chase.
The deal was completely open and above board.
The beautiful weather brought out his animal spirits.
He found himself at a loss for words.
The escaped prisoners are still at large.
He postponed the meeting at the eleventh hour.
There is bad blood between the two families.
He worked on his assignment by fits and starts.
Pakistan is progressing by leaps and bounds.
The chairman gave his casting vote in favor.
Driving a car is not child’s play.
He knows every inch of the city.
Jobs are few and far between at the moment.
He took French leave today and went to the cinema.
He put his heart and soul into everything he did.
He is putting his heart and soul into the project.
I was really in a fix when I missed the plane.
He invited all his kith and kin to his wedding.
She was terrified of making her maiden speech.
Nobody likes him because he has oily tongue.
They broke up once and for all.
He is over head and ears in debt.
Dreams are part and parcel of life.
The rank and file are unhappy with the chairman’s
His room was spick and span.
He was wet through and through.
I tried to break the ice by talking to the people next to me.
I will bring him to book for his crimes.
Let’s call a spade a spade. He’s a liar.
He is the only politician who calls a spade a spade.
His opinion carries weight.
to cut a sorry figure
to die in harness
to end in smoke
to face the music
to fall prey to
to make both ends meet
to make fun of
to nip in the bud
to take a fancy to
to talk shop
under a cloud
ups and downs
She cuts a sorry figure among her friends.
She doesn’t want to retire – she’d rather die in harness.
The plan ended in smoke.
Sooner or later, he’s going to have to face the music.
He fell prey to the influence of bad kids.
We had a hard time making both ends meet.
Don’t make fun of me.
It’s important to nip the evil in the bud.
He takes a fancy to Chinese food.
Let’s not talk shop on the weekend.
He is always under a cloud at the school.
Every relationship has it ups and downs
Phrasal Verbs
Phrasal Verbs
abide by
break down
break into
break out
carry out
come by
cut down
fall in with
fall out
fall to
give in
go up
look down upon
put up with
run over
see off
take after
turn on
work out
Players must abide by the rules of the game.
She was about to have a break down.
The burglars into his house.
The war broke out between the two countries.
He carried out several experiments in the lab.
A good job is hard to come by.
A lot of soldiers were cut down by the enemy fire.
She fell in love with me.
The couple fall out over money.
There was a lot of work to do, so they fell to immediately.
He gave in his complaint to the court.
Don’t give up and don’t give in.
A huge cheer went up when he arrived.
You should never look down upon the poor.
I can’t put up with you any longer.
He accidentally ran over a cat.
He went to see off his brother at the airport.
He takes after his father.
You'll have to turn on all her charms to persuade her.
Things didn’t work out between us.