Idioms Dictionary With Meaning and Sentences Part 23

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.Off colour

Meaning: –not in the usual form

Use:-He is off colour and does not appear cheerful.

2. To show one’s colours

Meaning: –to reveal one’s true intentions by no longer pretending

Use –In the time of my need he showed his colours.

3. To come off flying colours

Meaning: –to succeed brilliantly

Use:-He came off with flying colours

in the final examination.

4. To commit to memory

Meaning: –to learn by heart

Use:-He has committed the whole book to memory.

5. Too many cooks spoil the broth

Meaning: –When there are more workers than necessary they are likely to get in each other’s way and the result is apt to be a failure

Use:-He was attended by four doctors, yet he died; too many cooks spoiled the broth.

6. To send to Coventry

Meaning: –to boycott; to refuse to be on familiar terms or to have any dealings with someone

Use:-He tried to be friendly with his class-fellows but they sent him to Coventry.

7. An admirable Crichton

Meaning: –a very talented person

Use:- An admirable Crichton is successful in life.

8. Crocodile tears

Meaning: –hypocritical tears

Use:-He shed crocodile’s tears at his uncle’s death.

9. By hook or crook

Meaning: –by fair means or foul

Use:-He wants to succeed in life by hook or crook.

10. As the crow flies.

Meaning: –in a direct line, the shortest distance between two points

Use:-For reaching the post office, turn left and then go as the crow flies.

11. To take up the cudgels

Meaning: –to champion or fight for someone

Use:-He has taken up the cudgels against his corrupt officer.

12. In curry favour

Meaning: –to seek favour by flattery

Use:-He does not work but tries to curry favour of his officer.

13. Cut and dry

Meaning: –ready-made

Use:-He is in search of a cut and dry formula for success.

14. To cut a dash

Meaning: –to make an impression

Use:-He cut a dash by his excellent performance.

15. A cut-throat

Meaning: –a murderer

Use:-The police has caught the cut-throat who committed two murders.

16. To be at daggers drawn

Meaning: –to be deadly enemies

Use:-Santa Singh and Banta Singh are at daggers drawn over a piece of land.

17. To have the sword of Damocles hanging over one’s head

Meaning: –to be in imminent danger of losing one’s life; to live in constant fear of some impending danger

Use:-As his post is temporary, he has the sword of Damocles hanging over his head.

18. A Daniel

Meaning: –an imperial judge) (Shakespeare, “Merchant of Venice”; Daniel I-VI)

Use:-The officer is so honest that people call him a Daniel.

19. A dare-devil

Meaning: –a fearless, reckless man

Use:-He fought like a dare-devil in the battle.

20. Up to date

Meaning: –recent, modern

Use:-This is an up to date directory.

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