English Quiz: Important Idioms and Phrases

Important Idioms and Phrases:
Idioms and Phrases starting with alphabet “A”
Idioms Phrases
Above all Chiefly, mainly
An Adonis a very handsome man
An apollo a man with perfect physique
Apple Pie Order in perfect order
The apple of discord reason of quarrel
Arcadian life blissful, happy, rural life
As you make your bed, so must you lie on it you will have to bear the consequences of your mistakes or misdeeds
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush having certain which is certain is better than taking a risk for more
A Dime & Dozen Anything that is easy to get
A chip on Your shoulder Being upset for something that happened in past
A house divided against itself cannot Stand Everyone involved must unify & function together or it will not work out
A Leopard can’t change his spots you cannot change who you are
A Penny saved is a Penny earned by not spending money, you are saving money
At wit’s End Not Knowing what to do
A Piece of Cake task that can be done easily
A close fisted man a miser
at loggerheads Disagreeing on everything
A picture paints a thousand words a visual perception is far better descriptive than words
At the eleventh hour at the last moment

Important Idioms and Phrases starting with “B”:

Idioms & Phrases Meaning
Be in a tight corner in a difficult situation
behind one’s back in the absence of one (without one’s knowledge)
Bring to light Disclose
Burn the midnight oil work or study hard
By leaps and bounds Rapidly
By word of mouth By spoken message
Between the devil & deep blue sea Between two dangers
Back to square one having to start all over again
Back To The Drawing Board When an attempt fails and it’s time to start all over
Barking Up The Wrong Tree A mistake made in something you are trying to achieve
Beat a dead horse To force an issue that has already ended
Beating Around The Bush avoiding main topic and not speaking directly of the issue
Bend Over Backwards willing to do anything it takes to help
Bite your tongue to avoid talking
Between a rock and a hard place Stuck between two very bad options
Bite off more than you can chew To take on a task that is way to big
Blood is thicker than water The family bond is closer than anything else
Buy a Lemon the vehicle which constantly gives problem and breaks down continously
Blue moon a rare event or occurence

Important Idioms and Phrases Starting with “C”:

Care killed the cat don’t fret and worry yourself to death
Chicken- hearted timid, weak
Close fist Mean
chip Off the old block one is as good as one’s father
Chew the cud to discuss the matter in a ponderous way, can be reminiscing
Cock and Bull Story An unbelievable tale
Cut to the Chase Leave out all the unnecessary details and just get to the point
Curiosity Killed The Cat Being Inquisitive can lead you into a dangerous situation
Cry Wolf Intentionally raise a false alarm
Cry Over Spilt Milk When you complain about a loss from the past
Crack Someone Up To make someone laugh
Can’t Cut The Mustard Someone who isn’t adequate enough to compete or participate
cut your cloth according to your income live in your income
Idioms and Phrases Starting with “D”:
Donkey’s year a very long year
Double- dealing Deceiving
Dutch Courage courage gained after having alcohol
Drink like a fish drink very heavily
Don’t put all the eggs in one basket Don’t put all your resouces in one possibility
D oozy Outstanding
Dog days of summer Hottest days of summer season
Don’t Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth When someone gives you a gift, don’t be ungrateful
Dead ringer 100% duplicate
Dark horse One who was previously unknown but is now prominent
Idioms and Phrases Starting with “E”:
Evil days A period of misfortune
Eagle eye Quick to discover
Every Dog has his day sooner or later, every one has his share of good fortune
Empty vessels make the most noise those who know or have little knowledge often shout the loudest
Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining Be optimistic, even difficult times will lead to better days
Excuse my French Please forgive me for cussing
Idioms and Phrases Starting with “F”:
Fuddy-duddy: An old-fashioned and foolish type of person.
From Rags To Riches To go from being very poor to being very wealthy
Full Monty “the whole thing” or “completely nude”
Flip The Bird To raise your middle finger at someone
Foam at the Mouth Being enraged and show it
Flash In The Pan Something that shows potential or looks promising in the beginning but fails to deliver anything in the end
Field Day An enjoyable day or circumstance
Finding Your Feet Being comfortable in whatever you are doing
Finger licking’ good
A very tasty food or meal
Feeding Frenzy An aggressive attack on someone by a group
From hand to hand From one person to another
Foul play cheating
Idioms and Phrases Starting with “G”:
Good wine needs no bush there is no need to advertise something good
Get Your Walking Papers Get fired from a job
Get Down to Brass Tacks To become serious about something
Get Up On The Wrong Side Of The Bed Someone who is having a horrible day.
Go Out On A Limb Put yourself in a tough position in order to support someone/something
Go The Extra Mile Going above and beyond whatever is required for the task at hand.
Graveyard Shift Working hours from about 12:00 am to 8:00 am. The time of the day when most other people are sleeping
Go Dutch
Splitting bills
Idioms and Phrases Starting with “H”:
Hit The Sack Go to sleep
Hit The Nail on the Head Do something exactly right or say something exactly right.
Hit The Hay Go to sleep
High on the Hog Living in Luxury
Have an Axe to Grind To have a dispute with someone.
He Lost His Head Angry and overcome by emotions
Head over heels Very excited, joyful
Hell in a Hand basket Deteriorating and headed for complete disaster.
Haste Makes Waste Quickly doing things results in a poor ending
Idioms and Phrases Starting with “I”:
In high spirits Very happy
In a nutshell By summing up the words
If wishes were horses, beggars might ride if all people’s wishes came true every body would be rich
Icing On The Cake When you already have it good and get something on top of what you already have.
Idle Hands Are The Devil’s Tools You are more likely to get in trouble if you have nothing to do
In The Heat Of The Moment Overwhelmed by what is happening in the moment
It Takes Two To Tango A two person conflict where both people are at fault.
Its Anyone’s Call A competition where the outcome is difficult to judge or predict
Idioms and Phrases Starting with “J”:
John bull An English man
Jay walk Crossing the road without using crossing
Joshing me Tricking me
Idioms and Phrases Starting with “K”:
Know the Ropes To understand the details
Knee Jerk Reaction A quick and automatic response
Keep your chin up To remain joyful in a tough situation
Keep An Eye On Him Carefully watching on someone
Idioms and Phrases Starting with “L”:
Loose cannon Someone who can cause damage if not kept in check
Like a chicken with its head cut off To act in anger
Level playing field A fair competition where no side has an advantage
Let The Cat Out Of The Bag To share a secret that wasn’t suppose to be shared
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie To avoid restarting a conflict
Lend Me Your Ear To politely ask for someone’s full attention.
Idioms and Phrases Starting with “M”:
Move Heaven and earth Try one’s best to achieve something in life
Make hay while the sun shines take advantage of all opportunities
Make Both ends meet To make expenditure own limit as per income
Man of Straw
A very weak person
Mother Wit
Common sense
Midas Touch
Who has extraordinary power to make everything profitable
Make No Bones About
To state a fact so there are no doubts
Idioms and Phrases Starting with “N”:
Never cross the Bridge until you come to it don’t anticipate difficulties
Not to know a B from a bull’s foot to be ignorant of even the simplest things
Nig-Nag Poking to irritate someone
Nook and corner At each and every place
No love lost Who has no love in his/her life
Idioms and Phrases Starting with “O”:
On and On
Continue on same thing or process
Oily tongue Language try to please someone
Idioms and Phrases Starting with “P”:
Pandora’s box A box full of difficulties
Play Ducks and Drakes To Waste money on un-usable articles
Pulling one’s leg To make fun of other person
Poison someone’s ears To speak to someone against a person
Putting the cat among the pigeons An unliked statement by no of persons
Idioms and Phrases Starting with “R”:
Royal Road Easy way
Red Tapism Official formalities
Red handed Man caught while committing a crime
Rain like cats and dogs Heavy raining
Idioms and Phrases Starting with “S”:
Stone’s throw Very near
Steal a march Get an advantage by secret means
Stand on one’s own legs Independent
Snake in grass Secret enemy
Smell a rat To suspect
Slip of tongue
Spoken without understanding
See red
Very angry
Shoulder to Shoulder Very fast friend or relative in difficult time

Important Idioms and Phrases Starting with “T”:

Throw cold water Upon To Discourage someone
Tooth and Nail Very hardly/Violently
To have an axe to grind to have some selfish objective in view
To take up arms to fight, to go to war
To cause bad blood to cause rancor
To build castles in the air To day dream
To lead to the altar
To marry

Important Idioms and Phrases Starting with “U”:

Uphill task Very difficult task
Up and Down Good and Bad time

Important Idioms and Phrases Starting with “W”:

White elephant Very expensive but of no use
Wet Blanket Spoils the enjoyment
Word for Word Reply in same manner
Wild goose chase Useless search


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