Idioms Dictionary With Meaning and Sentences Part 8

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 put the cart before the horse

Meaning:-to do first what ought to be done afterwards; to reverse the proper order of things

Use:-By taking the last step first, he tried to put the cart before the horse.

2. To fight like cats and dogs

Meaning:-to be always quarrelling and fighting

Use:-Guru and his wife always fight like cats and dogs.

3. To catch one’s eye

Meaning:-to attract attention

Use:-She caught everyone’s eye at the function.

4. To take the chair

Meaning:-to preside at a meeting

Use:-Mohan took the chair at the meeting of the working committee.

5. To ring the changes

Meaning:-to he continually making alterations and trying new methods

Use:-He never follows old methods and is always ringing the changes.

6. Catch at a straw

Meaning: –a help in dire need

Use:- A drowning man catches at a straw.

7. Chicken-hearted

Meaning:-weak, timid, cowardly

Use:- He appears to be very brave but in fact, he is a chicken-hearted fellow.

8. A chip of the old block

Meaning: –a son resembling his father in the face, disposition, habits etc

Use:-He resembles his father in appearance and actions; he is a chip off the old block

9. Close-fisted

Meaning:-mean, miserly

Use:-Don’t expect any charity from him as he is a close-fisted man.

10. To carry coals to Newcastle

Meaning:-to do anything superfluous or unnecessary

Use:-Newcastle, a great coal port in England. By teaching business tips to that great businessman, you are trying to carry coal to Newcastle.

11. To haul over the coals

Meaning:-to scold severely; to reprimand

Use:-If you make a noise, your teacher will haul you over the coals.

12. Cut your coat according to your cloth

Meaning:-Live within your means make what you possess serve your need)

Use:-If you don’t cut your coat according to your cloth, you will repent.

13. To be cock-sure

Meaning:-to be absolutely certain; extremely self-reliant

Use:-He is cock-sure of getting the First division.

14. Off colour

Meaning:-not in the usual form

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

15. To come off flying colours

Meaning:-to succeed brilliantly

Use:-He came off with flying colours in the final examination.

16. An admirable Crichton

Meaning: –a very talented person

Use:- An admirable Crichton is successful in life.

17. Crocodile tears

Meaning:-hypocritical tears

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

18. By hook or crook

Meaning:-by fair means or foul

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

19. 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.

20. To take up the cudgels

Meaning:-to champion or fight for someone

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

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