12 common English idioms and phrases with their meaning

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12 common English idioms and phrases with their meaning

12 common English idioms and phrases with their meaning

Here we will discuss “12 common English idioms and phrases with their meaning”

  1. Sea change

Meaning: to have a big change in perspective

Example:

a) There are a see change in his personality after he married.

b) Since she started working out there has been a sea change in her appearance.

c) After getting job in TCS his behavior is just like see change.



2. Take over

Meaning: to take control of something.

Example:

a) I can’t believe that they were able to launch a takeover of our company.

b) He will take over the project from me when I go on leave.

c) India used to go in and take over countries by force.

3.You can’t teach an old dog new trick

Meaning: you can’t make others change their habits.

Example:

a) I tried to make my mother learn how to use a smart phone but it was just like you can’t teach an old dog new trick.

b) I convinced to my uncle do not take alcohol but his condition is just like you can’t teach an old dog new trick.

c) I motivate to my friend try to secure good score in exam but he did not listen my words so I said you can not teach an old dog new trick.

4.Wind up

Meaning: to be annoyed by someone / to come to an end

Example:

a) My father really knows how to wind me up.

b) Guys let’s wind up our speaking session.

c) Never ever try to wind up your passion.

5.In a row

Meaning: something that occurs in a sequence.

Example:

a) Since I faced a problem, all the problems are in a row toward my goal.

b) When John bought a bike for the first time, he was gifted with a lot of gifts in a row.

c) He has been sick from three days in a row and now he is taking medicine.

6.Figure of speech

Meaning: It is easier to understand than an idiom as you do not have to be familiar with the language in order to decipher it

Example:

a) An idiom is a figure of speech

b) I am so hungry that “I could eat a horse” is an example of figure of speech.

C) that man really rubs me the wrong way . do not looks shocked, it is just a figure of speech.

7.Black hole

Meaning: a place in which things are lost never to be seen again.

Example:

a) My memory is a black hole. I have to write everything important down.

b) Our national airline has become a massive black hole in the economy.

c) The new administration has become a black hole.

8.Of course

Meaning: with absolute certainty.

Example:

a) “Do you like my new car?’ of course.

b) Of course, I will help you to move .That’s what friends are for.

c) May I sit here. Yes of course.

10 Idioms and Phrases with their meaning

9.Hold tongue

Meaning: to keep quite when one would rather speak.

Example:

a) When she said that she was very hard working I had to hold my tongue.

b) You better hold your tongue while we are in a museum, young man.

c) You need to hold your tongue while the principal is talking during assemble today.

10.Pardon me

Meaning: a way of getting someone’s attention.

Example:

a) Pardon me, Would you mind helping me over here?

b) Pardon me? You want me to do what?

c) Pardon me, but I believe the answer is incorrect.

12 common English idioms and phrases with their meaning

11. Eat crow

Meaning: being humble when proven wrong

Example:

a) If I unable to score 90 percent in exam I will eat crow.

b) When someone catch mistake I feel eat crow.

c) One of my friend found his purse in my pocket so I feel at that moment eat crow.

12.Roll the dice

Meaning: to gamble or take a chance on something or someone

Example:

a) Running behind the political parties makes me roll the dice.

b) I read so many novels during my exam time which provoked me roll the dice.

c) Lets roll the dice to find an answered the question.

We have discussed 12 common English idioms and phrases with their meaning in English Language.

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12 common English idioms and phrases with their meaning

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