Idioms and Phrases with Hindi meaning

Idioms and Phrases with Hindi and English meaning and example

idioms and phrases starting with “A”

  1. A landslide victory
    Meaning: an election victory won by a huge number of votes. (भारी संख्या में मत प्राप्त करके चुनावी जीत हासिल करना)
    Example: The Prime Minister was delighted that he had proved his critics wrong and the general election had been a landslide victory for his party
  2. A near thing
    Meaning: the state or act of having narrowly avoided an accident or punishment: (दुर्घटना या दंड से बचने की अवस्था या कार्य:)
    Example: Stan should drive more carefully — that was a near thing when he overtook that lorry.
  3. Add insult to injury
    Meaning: add another negative (एक और नकारात्मकता)
    Example: If you say his answer is wrong, and then say you can’t understand, you’ve add insult to injury.
  4. Age before beauty
    Meaning: the older person should be allowed to enter first (वृद्ध व्यक्ति को पहले प्रवेश करने की अनुमति दी जानी चाहिए)
    Example: “Age before beauty,” He said as he opened the door for me.
  5. All ears
    Meaning: listening carefully, trying to hear everything (ध्यान से सुनना, सब कुछ सुनने की कोशिश करना)
    Example: When Dad mentioned hunting, I was all ears. Hove to hunt.
  6. All eyes
    Meaning: watching carefully, staring (ध्यान से देखना, घूरना)
    Example: When the fire truck arrived, the children were all eyes.
  7. All hell broke loose
    Meaning: people did crazy things, everybody was fighting (लोगों ने पागल जेसी हरकत कीं, हर कोई लड़ रहा था)
    Example: When the fire alarm sounded, all hell broke loose.
  8. All in a day’s work
    Meaning: not extra work, just part of my duties (अतिरिक्त काम नहीं, सिर्फ मेरे कर्तव्यों का हिस्सा)
    Example: Mohan said, “Thanks for the help.” “All in a day’s work,” he replied.
  9. All wet
    Meaning: mistaken, do not know what you are talking about (गलत, पता नहीं आप किस बारे में बात कर रहे हैं)
    Example: You’re all wet! You can’t grow bananas in Saskatchewan.
  10. All-out
    Meaning: all your effort, (आपका सारा प्रयास)
    Example: We looked day and night for the lost girt. It was an all-out effort.
  11. An ace up one’s sleeve
    Meaning: an important card to play, an important fact to reveal (खेलने के लिए एक महत्वपूर्ण कार्ड, प्रकट करने के लिए एक महत्वपूर्ण तथ्य)
    Example: To outmaneuver, one needs an ace up one’s sleeve – a unique talent.
  12. As American as apple pie
    Meaning: very American like an American custom (पूर्ण रूप से अमेरिकी, एक अमेरिकी रिवाज की तरह)
    Example: Jeans and T-shirts are as American as apple pie!
  13. As busy as a beaver
    Meaning: very busy, working steadily (बहुत व्यस्त, लगातार काम करना)
    Example: When the teacher returned, The students were as busy as beavers.
  14. As clean as a whistle
    Meaning: without any dirt or marks, smooth and clean (बिना किसी गंदगी या निशान के, चिकना और साफ)
    Example: She keeps her house as clean as a whistle.
  15. As luck would have it
    Meaning: as luck is sometimes good and sometimes bad (जैसे किस्मत कभी अच्छी होती है तो कभी बुरी)
    Example: By the time we arrived, as luck would have it, the fight was over.
  16. As scarce as hen’s teeth
    Meaning: rare, uncommon, not many of them (दुर्लभ, असामान्य, उनमें से कई नहीं)
    Example: Good schools are as scarce as hen’s teeth.
  17. As slow as a dead snail
    Meaning: unbeatable in slowness (सुस्ती में अपराजेय)
    Example: He take runs as slow as a dead snail, only one or two run per over!
  18. At loggerheads
    Meaning: not agreeing, opposed to each other (सहमत नहीं होना, एक-दूसरे का विरोध करना)
    Example: They’re at loggerheads over who owns the farm. They don’t agree.
  19. At one’s wits’ end
    Meaning: very tired and nervous, (बहुत थका हुआ और घबराया हुआ)
    Example: We have been working round the clock. Now we are at one’s wits’ end.
  20. At sixes and sevens
    Meaning: not in agreement, arguing (सहमति में नहीं, बहस करते हुए)
    Example: one day before the cricket match, the whole country was “at sixes and sevens” for the team selection.
  21. A poker face
    Meaning: a face with no expression; showing no emotion (बिना अभिव्यक्ति वाला चेहरा; कोई भाव नहीं दिखाई देना)
    Example: Judge Brady has a poker face. He doesn’t show his emotions.
  22. A run for one’s money
    Meaning: strong competition, an opponent (मजबूत प्रतिस्पर्धा, एक प्रतिद्वंद्वी)
    Example: I should enter the election and give him a run for his money.
  23. A shadow of one’s former self
    Meaning: much lighter than he was before, very thin and weak (वह पहले से बहुत हल्का था, बहुत पतला और कमजोर)
    Example: After twenty years in prison, he was a shadow of his former self.
  24. A shot in the arm
    Meaning: energy, encouragement. (ऊर्जा, प्रोत्साहन)
    Example: Billy Graham’s sermon was inspiring.Like a shot in the arm.
  25. A sweet tooth
    Meaning: a need to eat candy, a craving for sugar (कैंडी खाने की जरूरत, चीनी की लालसा)
    Example: After dinner, well serve mints. Daddy has a sweet tooth, eh.

idioms and phrases starting with “B”

  1. Baby blues
    Meaning: feeling sad when you are pregnant (गर्भवती होने पर दुखी होना)
    Example: After seven months, Ker.& had the baby blues.
  2. Back to the drawing board
    Meaning: back to the beginning. (शुरुआत में वापस)
    Example: If this plan fails, it’s back to the drawing board.
  3. Bare one’s soul
    Meaning: tell the public about your private experiences (अपने निजी अनुभवों के बारे में जनता को बताएं)
    Example: To write a good novel, you may have to bare one’s soul.
  4. Beat a dead horse
    Meaning: continue to ask or try when there is no hope (जब कोई उम्मीद न हो तो पूछना या कोशिश करना जारी रखें)
    Example: They won’t refund your money. You’re beat a dead horse.
  5. Beat one’s head against a stone wall
    Meaning: try an impossible task, work on a futile project (एक असंभव काम की कोशिश करो, एक बेकार परियोजना पर काम करें)
    Example: Preventing war is like beat one’s head against a stone wall.
  6. Behind one’s back
    Meaning: where you cannot see when you are not there (जहाँ आप नहीं हैं, जब आप नहीं देख सकते हैं)
    Example: He says nice things to you, but criticizes you behind your back.
  7. Best Interests at heart
    Meaning: thinking of a person’s needs, (किसी व्यक्ति की ज़रूरतों के बारे में सोचना,)
    Example: When I give you low grades, I still have your best interests at heart.
  8. Big boys
    Meaning: powerful men in business. (व्यापार में शक्तिशाली पुरुष)
    Example: If you want to do business with the big boys, you need money.
  9. Big shot
    Meaning: rich or important person, (अमीर या महत्वपूर्ण व्यक्ति,)
    Example: Randy is a big shot in the movie industry. He owns four studios.
  10. Big wigs
    Meaning: important persons- judges, presidents, etc., (महत्वपूर्ण व्यक्ति- न्यायाधीश, अध्यक्ष, आदि)
    Example: We’ve asked the big wigs to change their decision.
  11. Birds of a feather flock together
    Meaning: people with similar feelings and attitudes (समान भावनाओं और दृष्टिकोण वाले लोग)
    Example: Art and Don are birds of a feather flocking together. They like cars and football.
  12. Blow over
    Meaning: to subside, wane, or pass over with little lasting effect (थोड़े स्थायी प्रभाव के साथ कम, कम या अधिक होना)
    Example: The scandal will soon blow over.
  13. Bone of contention
    Meaning: point of disagreement, controversial point (असहमति का बिंदु, विवादास्पद बिंदु)
    Example: Parental property was the bone of contention between the two sisters.
  14. Bread and butter
    Meaning: the main product, the source of profit (मुख्य उत्पाद, लाभ का स्रोत)
    Example: We sell a variety of lubricants, but the oil filter is our bread and butter.
  15. Bring the house down
    Meaning: cause a lot of cheering applause or laughter (बहुत अधिक तालियाँ या हँसी का कारण)
    Example: If Kurt skates well in Calgary, he’ll bring the house down.

idioms and phrases starting with “C”

  1. Call the shots
    Meaning: make the decisions, decide what happens (निर्णय लेते हैं, तय करते हैं कि क्या होता है)
    Example: Mr. Kinks may be the president, but Ms. Barker calls the shots.
  2. Cat got your tongue
    Meaning: why do you not speak? (भावार्थ: तुम क्यों नहीं बोलते?)
    Example: Before I could reply. she said, -Has the cat got your tongue?”

idioms and phrases starting with “D”

  1. Dutch treat
    Meaning: everyone pays for his/her own lunch, etc.. (हर कोई अपने स्वयं के भोजन, आदि के लिए भुगतान करता है)
    Example: Let’s have a Dutch treat this weekend.

idioms and phrases starting with “E”

  1. Eager beaver
    Meaning: a person who wants to work (एक व्यक्ति जो काम करना चाहता है)
    Example: Joan is an eager beaver in this class_ She likes to work.
  2. Eagle eyes
    Meaning: a person who can see details or errors (एक व्यक्ति जो विवरण या त्रुटियों को देख सकता है)
    Example: We call him Eagle Eyes because he finds so many lost golf balls.
  3. Eat crow
    Meaning: admit you were wrong. take back what you said (स्वीकार करें कि आप गलत थे। आपने जो कहा, उसे वापस लें)
    Example: When I lost the bet, I had to eat crow – admit I was wrong.
  4. Eat one’s words
    Meaning: regret what you said, admit you were wrong (आपने जो कहा, उस पर पछतावा करना की आप गलत थे)
    Example: He told me the answer, and I had to co/toy words I was wrong. I insulted a junior, but later on, I had to eat one’s words.
  5. Egg on
    Meaning: encourage, tell somebody to do something (प्रोत्साहित करना, कुछ करने के लिए किसी को बताना)
    Example: Id/dot want to appear in the exam, but they egg on.
  6. Ego trip
    Meaning: a feeling of self-importance, feeling superior (आत्म-महत्व की भावना, श्रेष्ठ महसूस करना)
    Example: If you tell him he played well, he’ll go on an ego trip.
  7. Every trick in the book
    Meaning: every method or device, every way of doing it (हर विधि या उपकरण, इसे करने का हर तरीका)
    Example: If you want to recover your lost goods, Keiko knows every trick in the book.
  8. Expand one’s horizons
    Meaning: experience or discover new ideas or goals or cultures (नए विचारों या लक्ष्यों या संस्कृतियों का अनुभव या खोज)
    Example: Travel read, discuss – expand your horizons!

idioms and phrases starting with “F”

  1. Face the music
    Meaning: face the results of our actions, be responsible (हमारे कार्यों के परिणामों का सामना करें, जिम्मेदार बनें)
    Example: If you damage the car, you must face the music, please – pay for repairs.
  2. Face up
    Meaning: admit that you did it, (स्वीकार करें कि आपने यह किया,)
    Example: If Karl caused the problem, he’d have to face up.
  3. Fall on deaf ears
    Meaning: talk to people who will not listen, (जो लोग नहीं सुनेंगे उनसे बात करें,)
    Example: If you talk to the workers about management’s problems, your message will fall on deaf ears.
  4. Fence sitter
    Meaning: a person who supports both sides in an argument (एक व्यक्ति जो एक तर्क में दोनों पक्षों का समर्थन करता है)
    Example: Many politicians become fence sitters because they want to please everyone.
  5. Fill one’s shoes
    Meaning: do his work as well as he does (अपना काम वह जैसा करता है वैसा ही करता है)
    Example: If Mia leaves, it won’t be easy to fill one’s shoes. He does two jobs.
  6. Flip-flop
    Meaning: change of opinion, move to the other side (विचार का बदलना, दूसरी तरफ जाना)
    Example: We often see politicians do a flip-flop after they’re elected
  7. Food for thought
    Meaning: ideas worth considering, interesting suggestions (विचार करने लायक विचार, दिलचस्प सुझाव)
    Example: Your comments on Quebec have given me food for thought.
  8. Footloose and fancy-free
    Meaning: carefree, not committed, (लापरवाह, प्रतिबद्ध नहीं)
    Example: When the kids moved out, we were footloose and fancy-free!
  9. For a dog’s age
    Meaning: a long time, 10-15 years (एक लंबा समय, 10-15 साल)
    Example: We haven’t seen Aunt Sophie for a dog’s age.
  10. From pillar to post
    Meaning: Frost one place to another, hither and thither (एक जगह से दूसरी जगह, इधर-उधर)
    Example: He moved from pt//alto post in search of a job.
  11. From rags to riches
    Meaning: frost poverty to wealth, from poor to millionaire (निर्धनता से धन, गरीब से करोड़पति तक)
    Example: She went from rags to riches when she gambled in Vegas.
  12. From the word go
    Meaning: from the beginning, from the start (शुरू से, शुरुआत से)
    Example: You knew I worked for the KGB, You knew it from the word go.
  13. Full steam ahead
    Meaning: as much power as we have, (जितनी शक्ति हमारे पास है)
    Example: I told the Captain about the iceberg and of the approaching danger, but he said, ”Full steam ahead!”

idioms and phrases starting with “G”

  1. Generation X
    Meaning: people born in the 1970’s, a generation that wanted to change the work ethic (1970 के दशक में पैदा हुए लोग, एक ऐसी पीढ़ी जो काम को बदलना चाहती थी)
    Example: Sujit belongs to Generation X; his approach to the tasks on hand suggests that.
  2. Get a life
    Meaning: change your lifestyle, (अपनी जीवन शैली बदलें)
    Example: He never goes out – just stays at home and watches TV, i wish he would get a life.
  3. Get along
    Meaning: co-operate (सहयोग)
    Example: Joey gets along well with everybody.
    Meaning: cope, live, manage (सामना करना, जीना, प्रबंधन करना)
    Example: I don’t know how I’ll get along without you.
    Meaning: go, do not stay here (जाना, यहाँ मत रहो)
    Example: Get along now. Go home, please
  4. Get it off one’s chest
    Meaning: talk about a problem, complain (समस्या के बारे में बात करते हैं, शिकायत करते हैं)
    Example: He can get it off his chest at the meeting.
  5. Get one’s head out of the clouds
    Meaning: be more realistic, (अधिक यथार्थवादी होना)
    Example: You can dream at home, but please get your head out of the clouds when you come to work.
  6. Get one’s wires crossed
    Meaning: get the wrong meaning, communicate poorly (गलत अर्थ प्राप्त करना, खराब संवाद करना)
    Example: We got one’s wires crossed. I said someday, and you heard Sunday!
    Example: Get the things clear once for all. Don’t get one’s wires crossed.
  7. Give one a taste of one’s own medicine
    Meaning: do to one what he has done to you, (उसने जो तुम्हारे साथ किया है, वही करो)
    Example: If Sandeep is sarcastic then give one a taste of his own medicine.
  8. Give one the creeps
    Meaning: cause one to feel scared or uncomfortable (डर या असहज महसूस करने के लिए एक कारण)
    Example: Damon looks like a ghost. He gives me the creeps.
  9. Give one the cold shoulder
    Meaning: be unfriendly towards someone, turn away from someone, (किसी के प्रति मित्रता हो, किसी से दूर हो)
    Example: If you forget to wish her, on her birthday, she’ll give you the cold shoulder.
  10. Glad rags
    Meaning: Best clothes (सर्वश्रेष्ठ कपड़े, त्योहार के कपड़े)
    Example: I’ll come to your Diwali party and wear your glad rags.
  11. Go jump in the lake
    Meaning: Go away and do not return (चले जाओ और वापस मत आओ)
    Example: If he expects us to write a 50-page report, ask him to go jump in the lake.
  12. Go places
    Meaning: Succeed, do well (सफल, अच्छा करो)
    Example: When Percy got his degree, we knew he was going places.
  13. Go the distance
    Meaning: Finish the race, complete the course (दौड़ पूरी करें, पाठ्यक्रम पूरा करें )
    Example: If Mat begins a project, he’ll go the distance.
  14. Go the way of the dodo
    Meaning: Become extinct like the dodo bird (डोडो पक्षी की तरह विलुप्त हो गए)
    Example: If we don’t protect our language, it will go the way of the dodo.
  15. Go too far
    Meaning: Become too excited, (बहुत उत्साहित हो जाना)
    Example: Some soccer fans go too far. They fight and cause damage to life and property
  16. Go with the flow
    Meaning: Do what others do, do what helps everybody (दूसरों के लिए वही करो, जो सबकी मदद करता है)
    Example: Don’t always try to be different. Go with the flow sometimes.
  17. Going great guns
    Meaning: Working very well (बहुत अच्छा काम करना)
    Example: We were going great guns until our goalie got hurt. Then they scored.
    Example: We are going great guns with our project and hope to finish it on time.
  18. Golden age
    Meaning: Best years, time of most prosperity (सबसे अच्छा साल, सबसे समृद्धि का समय)
    Example: He said the decade after World War ll was Canada’s golden age.
  19. Good grief
    Meaning: what a shame, oh no (भावार्थ: क्या लज्जा, अरे नहीं)
    Example: Good grief You hurt the poor creature. It is bleeding!
  20. Good hands
    Meaning: skillful hands, ability to pass, catch, shoot, etc. (कुशल हाथ, पास करने या कैच करने अदि की योग्यता)
    Example: He’s got some good hands working with film.
  21. Got one’s eye on
    Meaning: Am interested in, want to know him/her (जो दिलचस्पी में है, उसे जानना चाहते हैं)
    Example: A Corvette? No. I’ve got one’s eye on a cricket.
  22. Grey area
    Meaning: Unclear topic, vague statement (अस्पष्ट विषय, अस्पष्ट कथन)
    Example: There are many grey areas in the legal system — many vague laws.
  23. Grow up
    Meaning: Become mature, accept responsibility (परिपक्व बनो, जिम्मेदारी स्वीकार करो)
    Example: Grow up, Jerry. Put away your arrogance and act like an adult.
  24. Gung ho
    Meaning: Very enthusiastic very interested (बहुत उत्साही बहुत रुचि रखते हैं)
    Example: They were gung ho about taking ballet lessons.
  25. Greek to (someone)
    Meaning: incomprehensible to someone, as mysterious as a Greek writing (किसी के प्रति असंगत, ग्रीक लेखन जितना रहस्यमय)
    Example: She said it was Greek to her, and that it made no sense at all.

idioms and phrases starting with “H”

  1. Hang-up
    Meaning: A fear or phobia, a personal problem (एक डर या भय, एक व्यक्तिगत समस्या)
    Example: For me, marriage is a hang-up. I can’t commit to one person.
  2. Hang loose
    Meaning: be calm, relax, do not be panicky. (शांत रहें, आराम करें, आतंकित न हों)
    Example: In Goa, they tell all the tourists to hang loose.
  3. Hang on
    Meaning: wait, (रुको,)
    Example: Hang on a second. I have many more Q & A for you.
  4. Hatchet-man
    Meaning: The man who does bad jobs, firing, layoffs, etc., (बुरा काम करने वाला आदमी, गोलीबारी, छंटनी, आदि.)
    Example: oh, there’s Jake, the hatchet-man. Look who is getting fired now?
  5. Have a fit
    Meaning: become very excited, (बहुत उत्साहित हो जाते हैं,)
    Example: Promise me you won’t have a fit if I fail in math.
  6. Have a flat
    Meaning: have a hole in a tire, have a flat tire (एक टायर में छेद है, एक फ्लैट टायर है)
    Example: If you have a flat, phone a service station for help.
  7. Have a fling
    Meaning: live wildlife as a young person (एक युवा व्यक्ति के रूप में जंगली जीवन जीना)
    Example: Dad, did you have a fling during your college days?
  8. Have a go
    Meaning: try to do, attempt (प्रयास करना, कोशिश करना)
    Example: You can have a go at this puzzle. See if you can solve it.
  9. Have a good time
    Meaning: be happy, enjoy yourself (खुश रहो, खुद का आनंद लो)
    Example: You should come to the party. You’ll have a good time.
  10. Have a heart
    Meaning: do not be cruel, have some feelings (क्रूर मत बनो, कुछ भावनाएं हैं)
    Example: Have a heart when you coach the kids. Be gentle with them.
  11. Have an inkling
    Meaning: know, be aware of (पता है, के बारे में पता होना)
    Example: I didn’t have an inkling that you loved him, I didn’t know.
  12. Have designs on
    Meaning: want to take away from, envy, covet (ईर्ष्या, लोभ से दूर जाना चाहते हैं)
    Example: I have no designs on your job Believe me, I don’t want it.
  13. Hit rock bottom
    Meaning: feel very unfortunate, feel very depressed (बहुत दुर्भाग्य महसूस करते हैं, बहुत उदास महसूस करते हैं)
    Example: After his farm was seized, he lost all hope. He hit rock bottom.

idioms and phrases starting with “I”

  1. If looks could kill
    Meaning: the look on your face was evil or hateful (आपके चेहरे पर नज़र बुरी या घृणास्पद थी)
    Example: If looks could kill, I’d be dead. Are you mad at me or something?
  2. In my good books
    Meaning: among the people I like, (जिन लोगों को मैं पसंद करता हूं, उनमें से)
    Example: To get in my good books, you can help me with my homework.
  3. In the lap of luxury
    Meaning: living in comfort. (आराम से रहना)
    Example: If I win the lottery, we’ll be rich. We’ll live and enjoy in the lap of luxury.
  4. In the long haul
    Meaning: after several years, for the long term (कई वर्षों के बाद, लंबी अवधि के लिए)
    Example: In the long haul, you’ll earn more money if you have a degree.
  5. In the wink of an eye
    Meaning: very quickly (बहुत जल्दी)
    Example: In the wink of an eye, the coin disappeared from the man’s hand.

idioms and phrases starting with “J”

  1. Jack of all trades
    Meaning: a person who has many skills (एक व्यक्ति जिसके पास कई कौशल हैं)
    Example: She’s a carpenter, plumber, and cook – a jack of all trades.
  2. Johnny on the spot
    Meaning: being ready to help, being there when needed (मदद के लिए तैयार होना, जरूरत पड़ने पर उपलब्ध होना)
    Example: When I need a ride, you’re always here – Johnny on the spot.
  3. Jump the gun
    Meaning: act too soon, leave early (बहुत जल्दी करना, जल्दी छोड़ देना)
    Example: A good chef waits until the food is cooked. He doesn’t jump the gun.

idioms and phrases starting with “K”

  1. Keep a low profile
    Meaning: not go out much, (ज्यादा बाहर मत जाना)
    Example: He plans to keep a low profile until the boxing match is over.
  2. Keep an eye on
    Meaning: watch to prevent harm (नुकसान को रोकने के लिए देखें)
    Example: Suraj will you keep an eye on the children? I’m going to the store.
  3. Keep the ball rolling
    Meaning: continue the work, encourage one to continue (काम जारी रखें, जारी रखने के लिए प्रोत्साहित करें)
    Example: Ram will keep the ball rolling. He won’t allow the study to stop.
  4. Keep the wolf from the door
    Meaning: keep us fed, prevent hunger (हमें तंग रखना, भूख को रोकना)
    Example: This cheque will keep the wolf from the door. We can buy food.
  5. Kill the goose that lays the golden eggs
    Meaning: lose or destroy the source of wealth (धन के स्रोत को खोना या नष्ट करना)
    Example: If we pollute the environment, we kill the goose that lays the “golden eggs” – we lose everything.
  6. Kill two birds with one stone
    Meaning: get two with one try, do two jobs on one trip (एक कोशिश के साथ दो मिलें, एक यात्रा पर दो काम करें)
    Example: If you sell and advertise at the same time, you kill two birds with one stone.
  7. Knock them down, drag them out
    Meaning: fighting, brawling,(लड़ना, झगड़ना)
    Example: After the game, a few soccer fans began to fight. It was a scene of knock-them-down-drag-them-out.
  8. Know like the back of one’s hand
    Meaning: know an area well, know every feature of the land (एक क्षेत्र को अच्छी तरह से जानना, भूमि की हर विशेषता को जानना)
    Example: I have lived here for years. I know this farming land like the back of my hand.

idioms and phrases starting with “L”

  1. Let the cat out of the bag
    Meaning: to reveal a secret or a surprise by accident (दुर्घटना से कोई रहस्य या आश्चर्य प्रकट करना)
    Example: When Bill glanced at the door, he let the cat out of the bag.
  2. Lick one’s wounds
    Meaning: become healthy again, recover from a defeat (फिर से स्वस्थ हो जाना, एक हार से उबरना)
    Example: After losing the election, he went home to lick his wounds.
  3. Light at the end of the tunnel
    Meaning: a sign of progress, feeling hopeful because your grief/struggle will soon be finished. (प्रगति का एक संकेत, उम्मीद महसूस करना क्योंकि आपका दुःख या संघर्ष जल्द ही समाप्त हो जाएगा)
    Example: After four years of study, I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. I would soon graduate.
  4. Like a bolt from the blue
    Meaning: Something unexpected, surprising, shocking (कुछ अप्रत्याशित, आश्चर्यजनक, चौंकाने वाला)
    Example: Rajeev Gandhi’s assassination was a bolt from the blue for the Congress contesting the elections.
  5. Lips are sealed
    Meaning: will not talk about it (इसके बारे में बात नहीं करेंगे)
    Example: I won’t tell anybody that you love the coach. My lips are sealed.
  6. Live on the edge
    Meaning: live in danger, from drugs or disease or crime (ड्रग्स या बीमारी या अपराध से खतरे में रहते हैं)
    Example: Most of today’s youth live on the edge.
  7. Lucky streak
    Meaning: a series of lucky wins (भाग्यशाली जीत की एक श्रृंखला)
    Example: He lost the bet on the sixth race, and his lucky streak ended.

idioms and phrases starting with “M”

  1. Make a clean sweep
    Meaning: win all games in a series (एक ही श्रृंखला में सभी खेल जीतना)
    Example: The Jets made a clean sweep of the series-winning all the four games.
  2. Make a mountain out of a molehill
    Meaning: make a problem bigger, exaggerate a problem (किसी समस्या को बड़ा बनाना, एक समस्या को बढ़ा देना)
    Example: I have spent only Rs.50, not Rs.500! Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.
  3. Make hay while the sun shines.
    Meaning: work while the weather is good, work while we have time and helpers (मौसम अच्छा होने पर काम करें, हमारे पास समय और मददगार होने पर काम करें)
    Example: There’s a demand for our product, and we have a large stock. Let’s make hay while the sun shines!
  4. Make no bones about it
    Meaning: admit it, speak openly about it (इसे स्वीकार करें, इसके बारे में खुलकर बोलें)
    Example: She’s in love with her student. She makes no bones about it.
  5. Make something of yourself
    Meaning: be successful, be respected for your skill and honesty (सफल हो, अपने कौशल और ईमानदारी के लिए सम्मानित हो)
    Example: I want to select an path and make something of myself.
  6. Make the most of it
    Meaning: do the best you can (सबसे अच्छा आप कर सकते हैं)
    Example: When you speak to your children, make the most of it. Persuade them not to fight.
  7. Make one’s hair stand on end
    Meaning: cause you to be afraid (डरने का कारण)
    Example: Strange sounds began coming from the closet. It was enough to make one’s hair-stand on end.
  8. Make one’s head spin
    Meaning: confuse you, amaze you (आपको भ्रमित करना, आपको विस्मित करना)
    Example: All the numbers on this sheet will make your head spin.
  9. Make oneself scarce
    Meaning: leave, do not stay (छोड़ो, खड़े मत रहो)
    Example: If you see a tiger in the jungle, make yourself scarce.
  10. Mind of one’s own
    Meaning: independent thinker (स्वतंत्र विचारक)
    Example: Deepak doesn’t copy the work of his friends; he has a mind of his own.
  11. Misery loves company
    Meaning: sad people want to be with other sad people (दुःखी लोग दूसरे दुःखी लोगों के साथ रहना चाहते हैं)
    Example: Sad Chandra found solace in sadder Rita’s house; after all, misery loves company.
  12. Money doesn’t grow on trees.
    Meaning: money is not easy to get, we value our money (पैसा पाना आसान नहीं है, हम अपने पैसे को महत्व देते हैं)
    Example: Today’s youth indulge in reckless spending, not realizing that money doesn’t grow on trees.
  13. Monkey business
    Meaning: nonsense, foolishness (बकवास, मूर्खता)
    Example: I’ve had enough of your monkey business. No more foolishness.
  14. Mop the floor with us
    Meaning: perform so well that the audience wants more (इतना अच्छा प्रदर्शन करना कि दर्शक और अधिक देखना चाहें)
    Example: We loved the Jagjeet Singh’s concert, the virtuoso mopped the floor with us.
  15. More money than brains
    Meaning: rich but not intelligent (धनी लेकिन बुद्धिमान नहीं)
    Example: The car he purchased is not worth it; evidently, he has more money than brains.
  16. More than welcome
    Meaning: we invite you, please come to our place (हम आपको आमंत्रित करते हैं, कृपया हमारे स्थान पर आएं)
    Example: Mira invited them to stay. “They were more than welcome to sleep at his place,”
  17. More than one can shake a stick at
    Meaning: a lot, too many, (बहुत, बहुत सारे)
    Example: Reena has more cats than you can shake a slick at – over 30!
  18. Motherhood and apple pie
    Meaning: statements about mom and home etc. (माँ और घर आदि के बारे में कथन)
    Example: The readers want news and facts. not motherhood and Apple Pie.
  19. Move one to tears
    Meaning: cause you to feel sadness or sympathy, (आप उदासी या सहानुभूति महसूस करने का कारण बनते हैं)
    Example: The songs in the latest album by Pankaj Udhas will move you to tears.

idioms and phrases starting with “N”

  1. Not for all the tea in China
    Meaning: no; never; not if you gave me all the tea in China (नहीं; कभी नहीँ; नहीं अगर आपने मुझे चीन की सारी चाय दी)
    Example: “Would you like to live in space?” “No. Not for all the tea in China!
  2. Not half bad
    Meaning: quite good, better than expected (काफी अच्छा, उम्मीद से बेहतर)
    Example: Peter’s performance was not half bad. she is able to doing much better.
  3. Not on one’s life
    Meaning: no; it is dangerous (नहीं, यह खतरनाक है)
    Example: “Can I shoot with your gun?” I asked. “Not on your life,’ she replied.
  4. Not on one’s tintype
    Meaning: no, never, (नहीं, कभी नहीं,)
    Example: Mom said, ‘You’re not going to Vegas – not on your tintype!
  5. Not playing with a full deck.
    Meaning: not rational, (तर्कसंगत नहीं)
    Example: People say he’s not stable – at times not playing with a full deck.
  6. Not worth a plugged nickel
    Meaning: worthless, good for nothing (बेकार, किसी काम का नहीं)
    Example: In 1945, no stocks are useful for plugged nickel.
  7. No questions asked
    Meaning: one will not be asked to explain or pay (किसी को समझाने या भुगतान करने के लिए नहीं कहा जाएगा)
    Example: If he returns the stolen car, them will be no questions asked.
  8. No shrinking violet
    Meaning: a bold woman, not a timid woman (बोल्ड महिला, डरपोक महिला नहीं)
    Example: Barb will defend her rights. She’s no shrinking violet.

idioms and phrases starting with “O”

  1. Off one’s trolley
    Meaning: (informal) insane, very foolish ((अनौपचारिक) पागल, बहुत मूर्ख)
    Example: You must be off your trolley if you think that I’m going to buy that wrecked car from you.
  2. Off the top of my head
    Meaning: without thinking carefully (बिना सोचे समझे)
    Example: I accepted the job offer off the top of my head;
  3. Off the wall
    Meaning: (informal) strange, weird ((अनौपचारिक) अजीब, अजीब)
    Example: I don’t understand Chris — some of her comments we completely off the wall.
  4. Off to a good start
    Meaning: a successful beginning (एक सफल शुरुआत)
    Example: Jimmy’s off to a good start in math. He has the basic skills.
  5. Off your rocker
    Meaning: crazy, not rational (पागल, तर्कसंगत नहीं)
    Example: You gave away your piano? You’re off your rocker!
  6. Old wives’ tale
    Meaning: a myth, an old story that contains little truth (एक मिथक, एक पुरानी कहानी जिसमें थोड़ा सच होता है)
    Example: The slander against the commissioner fumed out to be an old wives’ tale.
  7. On a silver platter
    Meaning: like a beautiful gift, served in style (एक सुंदर उपहार की तरह)
    Example: Success won’t come on a silver platter. You have to work fork.

idioms and phrases starting with “P”

  1. Phase one out
    Meaning: confused, surprised (भ्रमित, हैरान)
    Example: I was not prepared for the exams. The sight of the question paper nearly phased me out.
  2. Pick one’s brains
    Meaning: To ask somebody a lot of questions (किसी से बहुत से प्रश्न पूछना)
    Example: Sonia wants to pick your brains about Freud and Jung.
  3. Pick oneself up
    Meaning: do not quit, persevere (छोड़ना मत, दृढ़ रहना)
    Example: Don’t let failures stop you. Pick yourself up and by again.
  4. Play a mean game
    Meaning: play very welt play to win (जीतने के लिए बहुत ही सघन खेल खेलना)
    Example: Ingrid may beat you She plays a swan game of chess.
  5. Play deed
    Meaning: pretend to be dead, lie down as if you are dead (मृत होने का दिखावा करें, लेट जाएं जैसे कि आप मर चुके हैं)
    Example: When the loin attacked me, I just played dead.
  6. Play for time
    Meaning: to delay a decision or action to see if conditions improve (यह देखने के लिए कि क्या हालात सुधर रहे हैं, किसी निर्णय या कार्रवाई में देरी करने के लिए)
    Example: I’m playing for time — I’m not accepting the job which I’ve boon offered until I know that I’m getting a substantial pay miss, in my present firm.
  7. Play havoc with
    Meaning: Interfere with, cause sudden changes (अंतर के साथ, अचानक बदलाव का कारण)
    Example: The supervisor’s action played havoc with the morale of the workers resulting in a decline in productivity.
  8. Play it for all its worth
    Meaning: get the most out of it, dramatize It (इसका अधिकतम लाभ उठाएं, इसे नाटकीय रूप दें)
    Example: When Uncle Saul tells a SIM, he plays it for all its worth.
  9. Play one’s cards right
    Meaning: behave in the best way, do the right things (सबसे अच्छे तरीके से व्यवहार करना, सही काम करना)
    Example: If you play your cards right at the Interview, you should get the job.
  10. Play on one’s heartstrings
    Meaning: cause one to feel emotional, make one feel sentimental (भावनात्मक महसूस करने के लिए एक कारण है, भावुक होना)
    Example: The movie Hey Jude will play on your heartstrings, It will make you cry.
  11. Play second fiddle
    Meaning: accept a lower position (निम्न स्थिति स्वीकार करें)
    Example: Kith won’t play second fiddle to her Ho Wants to be the boss.
  12. Play the ham
    Meaning: act for an audience (दर्शकों के लिए काम करते हैं)
    Example: After a couple of drinks, he likes to play the ham — and be a clown.
  13. Politically correct
    Meaning: appropriate, A language/behavior that deliberately hies to avoid offending a particular group. (उपयुक्त, एक भाषा / व्यवहार जो किसी विशेष को अपमानित करने से बचने के लिए जानबूझकर उपयोग में लाई जाती है)
    Example: Advertise for a salesperson. Use the politically correct term.
    Example: The directives of the Vice-Chancellor are politically correct.
  14. Pop one’s buttons
    Meaning: feel very proud, be full of pride (बहुत गर्व महसूस करना, गर्व से भरा होना)
    Example: When you received the trophy, did you pop your buttons?
  15. Pour oil on troubled waters
    Meaning: to try to bring peace and calm to a violent situation, angry person. etc.: (हिंसक स्थिति, क्रोधी व्यक्ति को शांति और शांति लाने की कोशिश करना, आदि..)
    Example: My two friends are always arguing and I am left to pour oil on troubled waters.
  16. Praise one to the skies
    Meaning: Praise him a lot (उसकी बहुत प्रशंसा करें)
    Example: Wade is an excellent student. His teachers praise him to the skies.
  17. Prepare like crazy
    Meaning: Prepare thoroughly, be ready for an event or test (अच्छी तरह से तैयारी करें, किसी घटना या परीक्षा के लिए तैयार रहें)
    Example: Before I went for a job interview I prepared like crazy.
  18. Pretty as a picture
    Meaning: Very pretty, beautiful (बहुत सुंदर, खूबसूरत)
    Example: How do I look At my new dress?” “Pretty as a picture, my dear.”
  19. Pull In one’s horns
    Meaning: not to be so aggressive, stop attacking or criticizing (इतना आक्रामक न होना, हमला करना या आलोचना करना बंद करें)
    Example: Father’s advice is to pull In your horns, or you could be dismissed.
  20. Pull one’s weight
    Meaning: to do one’s share of a task (किसी कार्य का एक हिस्सा करना)
    Example: We have to get all these books packed up by tonight, and so we’ll all have to pull our weight.
  21. Pull out all the stops
    Meaning: work as hard as possible (जितना संभव हो उतना कठिन काम)
    Example: You’re losing this match. If you want to win, you’ll have to pull out all the slops.
  22. Pull strings
    Meaning: to use personal influence or power to gain some kind of advantage (किसी प्रकार का लाभ प्राप्त करने के लिए व्यक्तिगत प्रभाव या शक्ति का उपयोग करना)
    Example: Vicky’s father might have pulled a few strings to get him a job in the law firm.
  23. Pull the wool over one’s eyes
    Meaning: deceive you. trick you, fool you (आपको धोखा देना, तुम्हें छल, मूर्ख बनाना)
    Example: Don’t let her pull the wool over your eyes. He’s a real cheat.
  24. Pull up stakes
    Meaning: move away, go to live In another place (दूर हटो, जीने के लिए दूसरी जगह जाओ)
    Example: We pull up stakes when winter comes. We move to Arizona.
  25. Pull up one’s socks
    Meaning: do better, improve (बेहतर करो, सुधार करो)
    Example: He’ll have to pull up his socks In math – or else his position would go down.
  26. Push the right buttons
    Meaning: say the right things, do the right things (सही चीजें कहें, सही चीजें करें)
    Example: The players want to play for Pat. She pushes all the right buttons.
  27. Put In a good word for
    Meaning: to try to help someone achieve something by saying good things about them to someone with influence (किसी के बारे में अच्छी बातें कहकर किसी को कुछ हासिल करने में मदद करने की कोशिश करना)
    Example: I’m applying for a job In your office. Could you put in a good word for me with your boss?
  28. Put one’s foot down
    Meaning: say no to something (कुछ न कहना)
    Example: When the media ask if they can cover a restricted topic, I put my foot down.”
  29. Put one’s neck on the line
    Meaning: risk one’s job or safety (किसी की नौकरी या सुरक्षा को जोखिम में डालना)
    Example: As a manager, I’ll put my neck on the line for a good employee.
  30. Put the wind-up
    Meaning: (someone) to cause (someone) to be concerned or anxious (चिंतित होना, किसी को चिंतित करना)
    Example: The manager really put the wind up to Leela when he told her that if she was late again, she would be sacked.

idioms and phrases starting with “T”

  1. Turn (somewhere) upside down
    Meaning: to cause confusion and mess (somewhere), Usually when looking thoroughly for something ((कहींपर) भ्रम और गड़बड़ी पैदा करने के लिए, आमतौर पर जब किसी चीज की पूरी तरह से तलाश होती है)
    Example: The police turned the students’ belongings upside down looking for drugs But failed to find any.
  2. Turn up trumps
    Meaning: To behave well or to do the right thing, especially unexpectedly (अच्छा व्यवहार करना या सही काम करना, विशेष रूप से अप्रत्याशित रूप से)
    Example: Joy has a reputation for being mean, but he turned up trumps when he lent us money for the deposit on our flat

idioms and phrases starting with “W”

  1. Walk It
    Meaning: to win or succeed easily (आसानी से जीतना या सफल होना)
    Example: I have an exam tomorrow, but I’ve done so much preparation that I expect to walk it.
  2. Watch one’s step
    Meaning: to be careful and cautious (सावधान और सतर्क रहना)
    Example: You had better watch your step if you join that department because the manager is very strict.

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