Using idioms while speaking is the hallmark of a proficient speaker. If you’re looking forward to enhancing your level of vocabulary, then the list of idioms given in this post, we feel, will be of tremendous help to you. We have chosen ten commonly used idioms that you might want to use in day-to-day conversations. You will most probably chance upon them time and again in English news debates and television shows. So if you are ready, let’s go!
a breath of fresh air
Meaning: Something or someone new and unique that makes everything appear highly refreshing or exciting
- I think the seminar turned out to be a tad boring, only your presence added a breath of fresh air.
- Don’t you think this beautiful piece of furniture will add a breath of fresh air to our dining room?
be all in a day’s work
Meaning: If something hard is said to be all in a day’s work, it means it is part of the job one is doing.
- Sandra Rosario will have to interview two singers and one politician the day after tomorrow. I hope she doesn’t complain this time again, for she should know this is all in a day’s work for her.
- I am more often than not scared of interacting with people who visit the medical store, but you know very well that it’s all in a day’s work for me.
Meaning: A person or company is said to have deep pockets if it has a lot of money.
- You should think twice before lending her such a large sum of money. Contrary to what you think, you don’t verily have deep pockets.
- We would have helped you had we had deep pockets. But at that time, we were bankrupt.
Meaning: If a problem runs or goes deep, it means it has not only existed for a long time but is also very serious.
- Nepotism runs deep in Bollywood, and none here has second thoughts on that.
- The problem of corruption goes so deep in this system that satraps think twice before talking about the same.
Meaning: This idiomatic expression is used to state that something is first handed over to someone who asks for it first.
- Do you know Amazon is currently offering a massive discount on ten super cool mobile phone models? As there are limited stocks, it’s first-come, first-served. So I suggest you order one right off the bat.
- Next week, we’ll be distributing milk gratis to the poor. Needless to say, it’s going to be first-come, first-served.
right off the bat
Meaning: Right now/Immediately
- I feel you need to start preparing for your term-end examinations right off the bat.
- Do you think we must consult a good doctor right off the bat?
come under fire
Meaning: To get broadsided or criticised
- If you don’t complete this task before Sunday, you’ll definitely come under fire from not only your superiors but also your co-workers.
- The President of the United States of America has come under fire from all quarters for his mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Note: ‘From all quarters’, which is also an idiomatic expression, means ‘from a lot of people or places’.
as free as a bird
Meaning: Utterly independent
- You can do whatever you want. You’re as free as a bird here.
- They made a mistake by letting him as free as a bird when he was young. He has shockingly spent all the money he had and is now seeking monetary help from his old acquaintances.
beyond/without a shadow of a doubt
Meaning: With no doubt at all
- Oh! Without a shadow of a doubt, this is the most fascinating temple I have visited in a decade.
- Roger, beyond a shadow of a doubt, is the culprit.
Meaning: Not meant to attract a lot of attention
- Their wedding reception was such a low-key affair that none of us had got a whiff of it until we heard about it the day before yesterday.
- I want to keep my birthday celebration low-key this year.
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