Idioms Dictionary With Meaning and Sentences Part 14

By | April 26, 2019

Study of idioms and phrases is very important to learn the English language. We are providing 100 idiomatic expressions which can be said idioms examples. Through this idioms dictionary, you will learn idioms and phrases English. So if you are searching for  10 idioms and their meanings with sentences, 20 idioms with their meanings and sentences you are at the right place. These 1000 English phrases are going to prove the Oxford dictionary of English idioms. These can be downloaded as idioms and phrases pdf. So Enjoy this phrases list and use for idioms and phrases for SSC cgl pdf.


1. An Apollo

Meaning: – a man with a perfect physique

Use: – Even an Apollo cannot lift this stone.

2. The apple of discord

Meaning: –a cause of strife, contention, or quarrel

Use: –Land is the apple of discord between the two brothers.

3. To upset the apple cart

Meaning: –to disturb the peace

Use: –His tricks have upset the apple cart of his rival.

4. Apple pie order

Meaning: –In perfect order

Use: –I keep all my things in an apple pie order

5. To be tied to his mother’s apron strings

Meaning: –to be under the control and influence of his mother

Use: – As he is tied to his mother’s apron strings, he cannot take any decision by himself.

6. To keep a person at arm’s length

Meaning: – to avoid coming in contact with a person

Use: – I always keep selfish friends at arm’s length.

7. To take up arms

Meaning: –to fight; to go to war

Use: –Bhagat Singh took up arms against the British Rule.

8. To receive with open arms

Meaning: – to welcome cordially

Use: –My friend in Mumbai received me with open arms.

9. To have an axe to grind

Meaning: –to have some selfish objective in view

Use: –Behind his offer of help he has an axe to grind

10. A Babel

Meaning: –A confused noise

Use: – I was disturbed by a Babel of voices from the next room.

11. Red tape

Meaning: –the term used to describe the delay in attending to matters in government departments because of official routine and formality

Use: –The case was delayed because of the red tape in the government office.

12. To give

Meaning: – (a person) plenty of rope (to allow a person to act as he pleases in order that he may commit some blunder)

Use: –He is spoilt because his father has given him plenty of rope.

13. Rough and tumble

Meaning: –in a disorderly manner

Use: –My books are rough and tumble in the room.

14. To win the rubber

Meaning: –to win the majority of a given set of matches in a tournament, e.g. cricket

Use: –Australia won the rubber in the tournament.

15. To cross the Rubicon

Meaning: –to take a decisive step from which there is no turning back; to cast the die

Use: –He has crossed the Rubicon and has become a poet.

16. To pay off old scores

Meaning: –to have one’s revenge for an offence of long-standing

Use: –By ruining his rival he paid off old scores.

17. To see daylight

Meaning: –to begin to understand

Use: –At first he did not believe me but in the end, he saw daylight.

18. To see red

Meaning: –to be mad with anger

Use: –When he found out the plot against him, he saw red

19. A close shave

Meaning: –a narrow escape

Use: –His car collided with a tractor but he had a close shave.

20. To take silk [to become a Q.C.

Meaning: –Queen’s Counsel

Use: –With hard labour, he was able to take silk.

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