Idioms Dictionary With Meaning and Sentences Part 18

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. To make believe

Meaning: –to feign or pretend

Use:-He made me believe that he was rich.

2. To bell the cat

Meaning: –to do something extremely dangerous

Use:-Asking the boss for Increasing the salary was like belling the cat.

3. To hit below the belt

Meaning: –to act unfairly in a contest

Use:-If you hit below the belt, you will be punished.

4. To give a person a wide berth

Meaning: –to keep as far away from him as possible

Use:-As he is dishonest, I always like to give him a wide berth.

5. His better ball

Meaning: –a man’s wife

Use:-He is fully under the control of his better half.

6. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

Meaning: –certainly is better than the possibility

Use:- I don’t want to wait for the prices to go up for selling my scooter as I believe that a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

7. An old bird is not to be caught with chaff

Meaning: –Experienced people are not easily fooled or deceived

Use:-You cannot make him pay you money; an old bird is not to be caught with chaff

8. To take the bit between one’s teeth

Meaning: –to get out of control; to become a manageable

Use:-Because his father’s excessive love, Manpreet has taken the bit between his teeth.

9. To bite the dust

Meaning: –to be defeated in war

Use:- In the war India made Pakistan bite the dust.

10. The bitter bit

Meaning: –to cheat the cheater

Use:-The bitter was bitten at last when he picked the pocket of a thief.

11. His bark was worse than his bite

Meaning: –lie usually makes a lot of vain verbal threats

Use:-Although his actions were harmless his bark was worse than his bite.

12. Let me see it in black and white

Meaning: –Write it down

Use:-The agreement was in black and white.

13. A wet blanket

Meaning: –a person who discourages others; one who is a damper to the enjoyment

Use:-Don’t take him to the picnic, he is like a wet blanket.

14. To have kissed the blarney stone

Meaning: –to have a very persuasive tongue

Use:-Although he has kissed the blarney stone, he cannot befool me.

15. In cold blood

Meaning: –deliberately; not in passion

Use:-It was a murder in cold blood.

16. Blood is thicker than water

Meaning: –One usually takes the side of one’s relation against another who is not of one’s own blood

Use:-He appeared as a witness in favour of his criminal son; after all blood is thicker than water

17. To blow hot and cold

Meaning: –to do one thing at one time and the opposite soon after

Use:-I don’t trust him, for he always blows hot and cold.

18. A bluestocking

Meaning: –a learned woman, inclined to pedantry

Use:- She is respected in the society of scholars, as she is a bluestocking.

19. Once in a blue moon

Meaning: a very rare occurrence

Use:-He visits me once in a blue moon.

20. Blue Ribbon

Meaning: –the highest prize in any sport competition or tournament

Use:-He won the Blue Ribbon in the athletic meet.

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