Idioms 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 Sentences 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 decision. 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 Sentences 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.