General Knowlegde

IDIOMS

   
A bed of roses ……………… Pleasant or easy situation
A cock and bull story ……………… A fanciful and unbelievable tale.
A leopard cannot change its spots ……………… The notion that things cannot change their innate
nature
As keen as mustard ……………… Very enthusiastic.
Back to square one ……………… Back to the beginning, to start again.
Baker’s dozen ……………… Thirteen
Below the belt ……………… An unfair tactic
Call a spade a spade ……………… to describe something as it really is.
Chip on his shoulder ……………… To harbour a grudge.
Cold shouldered ……………… Be treated in an unfriendly way.
Come hell or high water ……………… Persevere no matter what difficulties are encountered
Crocodile tears ……………… Fake tears
Cut to the chase ……………… Get to the point - leaving out unnecessary
Daylight robbery ……………… Blatant and unfair overcharging.
Excuse my French ……………… Please forgive my swearing
End of story ……………… The talking is over - there’s no more to be said.
Fall on your sword
……………… Commit suicide or offer your resignation.
From sea to shining sea
……………… From one coast to another.
Get off on the wrong foot
……………… Make a bad start to a project or relationship.
Get used to it
……………… Accept that what you want isn’t going to be.
Get your feet wet
……………… To get your first experience of something.
Have an axe to grind
……………… Have an ulterior motive.
Head over heels
……………… Excited
Hit the hay
……………… Go to bed.
Hold your horses
……………… Hold on; be patient.
Hot off the press
……………… Freshly printed.
Hanky-panky ……………… Trickery - double dealing.
In a Nutshell ……………… In very few words; briefly; clearly and to the point.
In the limelight ……………… At the centre of attention.
It never rains but it pours ……………… When troubles come they come together.
Keep your nose to the grindstone ……………… Apply yourself conscientiously to your work
Kick the bucket ……………… Die
Knee jerk reaction ……………… An automatic response to something.
Knock off ……………… To finish work for the day.
Know the ropes ……………… To understand how an organisation works.
Know which way the wind blows ……………… To understand what is happening in changing
circumstances
Labour of love ……………… Work undertaken for the pleasure of it
Laughing-stock ……………… A figure or object of ridicule and laughter.
Learn the ropes ……………… Learn something new.
Level playing field ……………… Fair competition, where no advantage is shown
Lie low ……………… Keep out of sight.
Let the cat out of the bag ……………… To reveal a big secret, often unintentionally.
Living on borrowed time ……………… Living after the time you would have expected to have
died
Make a mountain out of a molehill ……………… To assume something is much worse than it actually is.
Make waves ……………… To cause a lot of trouble.
Mind one’s Ps and Qs ……………… To be very careful and/or to behave correctly.
Mumbo jumbo ……………… Nonsense
Never never land ……………… A utopia promised in the place of a real benefit.
New kid on the block ……………… A new arrival in a group of young friends.
Nip in the bud ……………… Put a stop to something while it is still in its early
development
Off the hook ……………… Someone have avoided punishment or criticism for
something they have done.
On cloud nine ……………… be extremely happy.
Paddle your own canoe ……………… Act independently and decide your own fate.
Paper tiger ……………… person who appears to have power but is in reality
ineffectual
Pass the buck ……………… Pass responsibility on to someone else.
Put your best foot forward ……………… Put your best foot forward
Quick buck ……………… make some money easily
Red tape ……………… Bureaucratic rules and paperwork.
Rise and shine ……………… Get out of bed.
Scot free ……………… escape pursuers or avoid payment.
Shot in the arm ……………… stimulus
Take a back seat ……………… Take no active part.
Thorn in the flesh ……………… persistent difficulty or annoyance.
Tie the knot ……………… Get married.
Water under the bridge ……………… past event that is no longer worth agonizing over.
White elephant ……………… Something that is more trouble than it is worth.