Smart Idioms( MUHAVRE)

                            Smart Idioms (MUHAVRE)

  1. A hot potato
  2. Speak of an issue (mostly current) which many people are talking about and which is usually disputed
  3. A penny for your thoughts
  4. A way of asking what someone is thinking
  5. Actions speak louder than words
  6. People’s intentions can be judged better by what they do than what they say.
  7. Add insult to injury
  8. To further a loss with mockery or indignity; to worsen an unfavorable situation.
  9. At the drop of a hat
  10. Meaning: without any hesitation; instantly.
  11. Back to the drawing board
  12. When an attempt fails and it’s time to start all over.
  13. Ball is in your court
  14. It is up to you to make the next decision or step
  15. Barking up the wrong tree
  16. Looking in the wrong place. Accusing the wrong person
  17. Be glad to see the back of
  18. Be happy when a person leaves.
  19. Beat around the bush
  20. Avoiding the main topic. Not speaking directly about the issue.
  21. Best of both worlds
  22. Meaning: All the advantages.
  23. Best thing since sliced bread
  24. A good invention or innovation. A good idea or plan.
  25. Bite off more than you can chew
  26. To take on a task that is way to big.
  27. Blessing in disguise
  28. Something good that isn’t recognized at first.
  29. Burn the midnight oil
  30. To work late into the night, alluding to the time before electric lighting.
  31. Can’t judge a book by its cover
  32. Cannot judge something primarily on appearance.
  33. Caught between two stools
  34. When someone finds it difficult to choose between two alternatives.
  35. Costs an arm and a leg
  36. This idiom is used when something is very expensive.
  37. Cross that bridge when you come to it
  38. Deal with a problem if and when it becomes necessary, not before.
  39. Cry over spilt milk
  40. When you complain about a loss from the past.
  41. Curiosity killed the cat
  42. Being Inquisitive can lead you into an unpleasant situation.
  43. Cut corners
  44. When something is done badly to save money.
  45. Cut the mustard [possibly derived from “cut the muster”]
  46. To succeed; to come up to expectations; adequate enough to compete or participate
  47. Devil’s Advocate
  48. To present a counter argument
  49. Don’t count your chickens before the eggs have hatched
  50. This idiom is used to express “Don’t make plans for something that might not happen”.
  51. Don’t give up the day job
  52. You are not very good at something. You could definitely not do it professionally.
  53. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
  54. Do not put all your resources in one possibility.
  55. Drastic times call for drastic measures
  56. When you are extremely desperate you need to take drastic actions.
  57. Elvis has left the building
  58. The show has come to an end. It’s all over.
  59. Every cloud has a silver lining
  60. Be optimistic, even difficult times will lead to better days.
  61. Far cry from
  62. Very different from.
  63. Feel a bit under the weather
  64. Meaning: Feeling slightly ill.
  65. Give the benefit of the doubt
  66. Believe someone’s statement, without proof.
  67. Hear it on the grapevine
  68. This idiom means ‘to hear rumors’ about something or someone.
  69. Hit the nail on the head
  70. Do or say something exactly right
  71. Hit the sack / sheets / hay
  72. To go to bed.
  73. In the heat of the moment
  74. Overwhelmed by what is happening in the moment.
  75. It takes two to tango
  76. Actions or communications need more than one person
  77. Jump on the bandwagon
  78. Join a popular trend or activity.
  79. Keep something at bay
  80. Keep something away.
  81. Kill two birds with one stone
  82. This idiom means, to accomplish two different things at the same time.
  83. Last straw
  84. The final problem in a series of problems.
  85. Let sleeping dogs lie
  86. Meaning – do not disturb a situation as it is – since it would result in trouble or complications.
  87. Let the cat out of the bag
  88. To share information that was previously concealed
  89. Make a long story short
  90. Come to the point – leave out details
  91. Method to my madness
  92. An assertion that, despite one’s approach seeming random, there actually is structure to it.
  93. Miss the boat
  94. This idiom is used to say that someone missed his or her chance
  95. Not a spark of decency
  96. Meaning: No manners
  97. Not playing with a full deck
  98. Someone who lacks intelligence.
  99. Off one’s rocker
  100. Crazy, demented, out of one’s mind, in a confused or befuddled state of mind, senile.
  101. On the ball
  102. When someone understands the situation well.
  103. Once in a blue moon
  104. Meaning: Happens very rarely.
  105. Picture paints a thousand words
  106. A visual presentation is far more descriptive than words.
  107. Piece of cake
  108. A job, task or other activity that is easy or simple.
  109. Put wool over other people’s eyes
  110. This means to deceive someone into thinking well of them.
  111. See eye to eye
  112. This idiom is used to say that two (or more people) agree on something.
  113. Sit on the fence
  114. This is used when someone does not want to choose or make a decision.
  115. Speak of the devil!
  116. This expression is used when the person you have just been talking about arrives.
  117. Steal someone’s thunder
  118. To take the credit for something someone else did.
  119. Take with a grain of salt
  120. This means not to take what someone says too seriously.
  121. Taste of your own medicine
  122. Means that something happens to you, or is done to you, that you have done to someone else
  123. To hear something straight from the horse’s mouth
  124. To hear something from the authoritative source.
  125. Whole nine yards
  126. All of it.
  127. Wouldn’t be caught dead
  128. Would never like to do something
  129. Your guess is as good as mine
  130. To have no idea, do not know the answer to a question

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