English Quiz: Important Idioms and Phrases

Important Idioms and Phrases:
Idioms and Phrases starting with alphabet “A”
Above allChiefly, mainly
An Adonisa very handsome man
An apolloa man with perfect physique
Apple Pie Orderin perfect order
The apple of discordreason of quarrel
Arcadian lifeblissful, happy, rural life
As you make your bed, so must you lie on ityou will have to bear the consequences of your mistakes or misdeeds
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bushhaving certain which is certain is better than taking a risk for more
A Dime & DozenAnything that is easy to get
A chip on Your shoulderBeing upset for something that happened in past
A house divided against itself cannot StandEveryone involved must unify & function together or it will not work out
A Leopard can’t change his spotsyou cannot change who you are
A Penny saved is a Penny earnedby not spending money, you are saving money
At wit’s EndNot Knowing what to do
A Piece of Caketask that can be done easily
A close fisted mana miser
at loggerheadsDisagreeing on everything
A picture paints a thousand wordsa visual perception is far better descriptive than words
At the eleventh hourat the last moment

Important Idioms and Phrases starting with “B”:

Idioms & PhrasesMeaning
Be in a tight cornerin a difficult situation
behind one’s backin the absence of one (without one’s knowledge)
Bring to lightDisclose
Burn the midnight oilwork or study hard
By leaps and boundsRapidly
By word of mouthBy spoken message
Between the devil & deep blue seaBetween two dangers
Back to square onehaving to start all over again
Back To The Drawing BoardWhen an attempt fails and it’s time to start all over
Barking Up The Wrong TreeA mistake made in something you are trying to achieve
Beat a dead horseTo force an issue that has already ended
Beating Around The Bushavoiding main topic and not speaking directly of the issue
Bend Over Backwardswilling to do anything it takes to help
Bite your tongueto avoid talking
Between a rock and a hard placeStuck between two very bad options
Bite off more than you can chewTo take on a task that is way to big
Blood is thicker than waterThe family bond is closer than anything else
Buy a Lemonthe vehicle which constantly gives problem and breaks down continously
Blue moona rare event or occurence

Important Idioms and Phrases Starting with “C”:

Care killed the catdon’t fret and worry yourself to death
Chicken- heartedtimid, weak
Close fistMean
chip Off the old blockone is as good as one’s father
Chew the cudto discuss the matter in a ponderous way, can be reminiscing
Cock and Bull StoryAn unbelievable tale
Cut to the ChaseLeave out all the unnecessary details and just get to the point
Curiosity Killed The CatBeing Inquisitive can lead you into a dangerous situation
Cry WolfIntentionally raise a false alarm
Cry Over Spilt MilkWhen you complain about a loss from the past
Crack Someone UpTo make someone laugh
Can’t Cut The MustardSomeone who isn’t adequate enough to compete or participate
cut your cloth according to your incomelive in your income

Idioms and Phrases Starting with “D”:
Donkey’s yeara very long year
Double- dealingDeceiving
Dutch Couragecourage gained after having alcohol
Drink like a fishdrink very heavily
Don’t put all the eggs in one basketDon’t put all your resouces in one possibility
D oozyOutstanding
Dog days of summerHottest days of summer season
Don’t Look A Gift Horse In The MouthWhen someone gives you a gift, don’t be ungrateful
Dead ringer100% duplicate
Dark horseOne who was previously unknown but is now prominent

Idioms and Phrases Starting with “E”:
Evil daysA period of misfortune
Eagle eyeQuick to discover
Every Dog has his daysooner or later, every one has his share of good fortune
Empty vessels make the most noisethose who know or have little knowledge often shout the loudest
Every Cloud Has A Silver LiningBe optimistic, even difficult times will lead to better days
Excuse my FrenchPlease forgive me for cussing
Idioms and Phrases Starting with “F”:
Fuddy-duddy:An old-fashioned and foolish type of person.
From Rags To RichesTo go from being very poor to being very wealthy
Full Monty“the whole thing” or “completely nude”
Flip The BirdTo raise your middle finger at someone
Foam at the MouthBeing enraged and show it
Flash In The PanSomething that shows potential or looks promising in the beginning but fails to deliver anything in the end
Field DayAn enjoyable day or circumstance
Finding Your FeetBeing comfortable in whatever you are doing
Finger licking’ good
A very tasty food or meal
Feeding FrenzyAn aggressive attack on someone by a group
From hand to handFrom one person to another
Foul playcheating

Idioms and Phrases Starting with “G”:
Good wine needs no bushthere is no need to advertise something good
Get Your Walking PapersGet fired from a job
Get Down to Brass TacksTo become serious about something
Get Up On The Wrong Side Of The BedSomeone who is having a horrible day.
Go Out On A LimbPut yourself in a tough position in order to support someone/something
Go The Extra MileGoing above and beyond whatever is required for the task at hand.
Graveyard ShiftWorking 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 SackGo to sleep
Hit The Nail on the HeadDo something exactly right or say something exactly right.
Hit The HayGo to sleep
High on the HogLiving in Luxury
Have an Axe to GrindTo have a dispute with someone.
He Lost His HeadAngry and overcome by emotions
Head over heelsVery excited, joyful
Hell in a Hand basketDeteriorating and headed for complete disaster.
Haste Makes WasteQuickly doing things results in a poor ending

Idioms and Phrases Starting with “I”:
In high spiritsVery happy
In a nutshellBy summing up the words
If wishes were horses, beggars might rideif all people’s wishes came true every body would be rich
Icing On The CakeWhen you already have it good and get something on top of what you already have.
Idle Hands Are The Devil’s ToolsYou are more likely to get in trouble if you have nothing to do
In The Heat Of The MomentOverwhelmed by what is happening in the moment
It Takes Two To TangoA two person conflict where both people are at fault.
Its Anyone’s CallA competition where the outcome is difficult to judge or predict

Idioms and Phrases Starting with “J”:
John bullAn English man
Jay walkCrossing the road without using crossing
Joshing meTricking me

Idioms and Phrases Starting with “K”:
Know the RopesTo understand the details
Knee Jerk ReactionA quick and automatic response
Keep your chin upTo remain joyful in a tough situation
Keep An Eye On HimCarefully watching on someone

Idioms and Phrases Starting with “L”:
Loose cannonSomeone who can cause damage if not kept in check
Like a chicken with its head cut offTo act in anger
Level playing fieldA fair competition where no side has an advantage
Let The Cat Out Of The BagTo share a secret that wasn’t suppose to be shared
Let Sleeping Dogs LieTo avoid restarting a conflict
Lend Me Your EarTo politely ask for someone’s full attention.

Idioms and Phrases Starting with “M”:
Move Heaven and earthTry one’s best to achieve something in life
Make hay while the sun shinestake advantage of all opportunities
Make Both ends meetTo 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 itdon’t anticipate difficulties
Not to know a B from a bull’s footto be ignorant of even the simplest things
Nig-NagPoking to irritate someone
Nook and cornerAt each and every place
No love lostWho has no love in his/her life
Idioms and Phrases Starting with “O”:
On and On
Continue on same thing or process
Oily tongueLanguage try to please someone

Idioms and Phrases Starting with “P”:
Pandora’s boxA box full of difficulties
Play Ducks and DrakesTo Waste money on un-usable articles
Pulling one’s legTo make fun of other person
Poison someone’s earsTo speak to someone against a person
Putting the cat among the pigeonsAn unliked statement by no of persons

Idioms and Phrases Starting with “R”:
Royal RoadEasy way
Red TapismOfficial formalities
Red handedMan caught while committing a crime
Rain like cats and dogsHeavy raining

Idioms and Phrases Starting with “S”:
Stone’s throwVery near
Steal a marchGet an advantage by secret means
Stand on one’s own legsIndependent
Snake in grassSecret enemy
Smell a ratTo suspect
Slip of tongue
Spoken without understanding
See red
Very angry
Shoulder to ShoulderVery fast friend or relative in difficult time

Important Idioms and Phrases Starting with “T”:

Throw cold water UponTo Discourage someone
Tooth and NailVery hardly/Violently
To have an axe to grindto have some selfish objective in view
To take up armsto fight, to go to war
To cause bad bloodto cause rancor
To build castles in the airTo day dream
To lead to the altar
To marry

Important Idioms and Phrases Starting with “U”:

Uphill taskVery difficult task
Up and DownGood and Bad time

Important Idioms and Phrases Starting with “W”:

White elephantVery expensive but of no use
Wet BlanketSpoils the enjoyment
Word for WordReply in same manner
Wild goose chaseUseless search


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