50 Idioms with Meaning – Most Used Idioms with PDF

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50 Idioms with Meaning!

Here is the list of 50 useful idioms with their meaning and examples, memorize these useful idioms list to speak more efficiently.

Idioms with meaning

1.    Fed up with annoyed or bored  She is really fed up with the nursing profession.
2.    Feel/take someone’s pulse to count the heartbeats of someone  The nurse took her pulse.
3.    Few and far between occasional  He calls on me a few and far between.
4.    Fight shy of to avoid doing something or getting involved in something  He fought shy of an open quarrel.
5.    Fight to death a fight that ends when someone is killed or something is destroyed  We will fight to the death to defend our honor.
6.    Fight with one’s back to the wall fight very hard  You will have to fight with your back to the wall to win the race.
7.    Find fault with to criticize somebody or something, often unfairly  She’s always finding fault with the children’s work.
8.    First and foremost primarily, first of all  The first and foremost task of a teacher is to teach.
9.    Flesh and blood used for saying that someone has the same qualities that all people share  They now realize that their hero is, after all, only flesh and blood.
10.  Flog/ beat a dead horse to waste time on something you know is not going to happen  To try to win her love is to flog a dead horse.
11.  Fly in the ointment a problem that spoils something or makes it difficult  The only fly in the ointment is that I cannot use my house for the party
12.  Follow suit to do the same as someone else has just done  Our school offered free admission and other schools followed suit.
13.  For a rainy day to save something, especially money, for a time when you will need it  John Saves money for the rainy days of old age.
14.  For good/for good and all permanently, forever  Joe finally left Turkey for good.
15.  For the sake of in order to help, improve, or please someone or something  She sings for the sake of joy.
16.  For want of sth because of a lack of sth  He could not marry her for want of money.
17.  Foul play behavior that is not fair or honest  He will use any amount of foul play to get his aim.
18.  Freudian slip slip of the tongue, an accidental mistake  She made a Freudian slip and revealed all her plans.
19.  From scratch without any previous preparation or knowledge  She learned English from scratch in six months.
20.  From the horse’s mouth from a reliable source  They have got it straight from the horse’s mouth that the boss is retiring.

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21.  Get/gain/take/hold have the upper hand control or an advantage over a person or situation  Pakistan got the upper hand in the second innings against India
22.  Get / Set to work to start doing a piece of work  He set to work on his plan.
23.  Get on someone’s nerves to annoy someone  She keeps on crying it really gets on my nerves.
24.  Get rid of to throw away something  Let us get rid of these useless old things.
25.  Get the better of to defeat someone in a game, argument, etc.  Pakistan finally got the better of India in the match.
26.  Get to the bottom of something to find out the true cause of a bad situation  Try to get to the bottom of the problem to solve it.
27.  Get/Have wind of something to find out about something secret  How did she get wind of our plan?
28.  Gird up one’s loins to prepare for something difficult or dangerous  We should gird up our loins to face the problem.
29.  Give a false coloring to misinterpret  He gave a false coloring to my statement and began to quarrel with me.
30.  Give a good account of oneself succeed  She gave a good account of herself in the examination.
31.  Give and take if there is give and take between people, each person allows the other to get something that they want  We can solve the problem by giving and take.
32.  Give full/free rein to to allow a feeling to be expressed freely  Finally, she gave full rein to her love for John.
33.  Give oneself airs, put on airs be proud  He is too humble to give herself airs.
34.  Give rise to initiate  She never gives rise to her feelings.
35.  Give somebody a piece of one’s mind to rebuke, to scold  The father gave him a piece of his mind for telling such a lie.
36.  Give the devil his due do justice  To give the devil his due, I admit that this robber helps the poor.
37.  Give up the ghost of a person-to die, of a machine to stop working completely My car gave up the ghost last night.
38.  Give vent to to express very strong anger or sadness  She wept bitterly at the death of her husband giving vent to her sorrow.
39.  Give/Create a false impression deceive, mislead  She always gives a false impression about her money.

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40.  Give/Show someone the cold shoulder to ignore someone in an obvious manner  This officer is not popular as he gives everyone the cold shoulder.
41.  Go /Swim with the stream to think or do something like others  Easier to go with the stream than to go against the stream.
42.  Go back on/upon one’s word/promise to fail to fulfill one’s promise  You can rely on Gilbert, he would not go back on his word.
43.  Go far/a long way be successful  She is hardworking and will go a long way in life.
44.  Go out of one’s way to do something to make an extra effort to do something though it is not easy to do  Joe really went out of his way to me feel welcome.
45.  Go the way of all flesh to die  Elena went the way of all flesh in 2008.
46.  Go through fire and water to do something very dangerous for someone  Joe is my true friend and will go through fire and water for me.
47.  Go to any lengths / great lengths to do something be ready to use any meeting to achieve something  Rima is ready to go to any lengths to get his aim.
48.  Go to law to go to court in order to settle the problem  The two brothers went to law over the issue of property
49.  Go to pieces to be so upset that you cannot behave in a sensible way  He just went to pieces after his wife’s death.
50.  Go to rack and ruin to become less successful  His business is going to rack and ruin.

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