Using idioms while confabulating is the hallmark of a proficient speaker. If you’re looking forward to enhancing your level of vocabulary, then the list of idioms given in this post can surely be of great help to you. I have chosen ten commonly used idioms that you might want to use in day-to-day conversations. You will most probably chance upon them time and again in English news debates and television shows. So if you are ready, let’s go!
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a breath of fresh air
Meaning: Something or someone new and unique that makes everything appear highly refreshing or exciting
- I think the seminar turned out to be a tad boring, only your presence added a breath of fresh air.
- Don’t you think this beautiful piece of furniture will add a breath of fresh air to our dining room?
be all in a day’s work
Meaning: If something hard is said to be all in a day’s work, it means it is part of the job one is doing.
- Sandra Rosario will have to interview two singers and one politician the day after tomorrow. I hope she doesn’t complain this time again, for she should know this is all in a day’s work for her.
- I am more often than not scared of interacting with people who visit the medical store, but you know very well that it’s all in a day’s work for me.
Meaning: A person or company is said to have deep pockets if it has a lot of money.
- You should think twice before lending her such a large sum of money. Contrary to what you think, you don’t verily have deep pockets.
- We would have helped you had we had deep pockets. But at that time, we were bankrupt.
Meaning: If a problem runs or goes deep, it means it has not only existed for a long time but is also very serious.
- Nepotism runs deep in Bollywood, and none here has second thoughts on that.
- The problem of corruption goes so deep in this system that satraps think twice before talking about the same.
Meaning: This idiomatic expression is used to state that something is first handed over to someone who asks for it first.
- Do you know Amazon is currently offering a massive discount on ten super cool mobile phone models? As there are limited stocks, it’s first-come, first-served. So I suggest you order one right off the bat.
- Next week, we’ll be distributing milk gratis to the poor. Needless to say, it’s going to be first-come, first-served.
right off the bat
Meaning: Right now/Immediately
- I feel you need to start preparing for your term-end examinations right off the bat.
- Do you think we must consult a good doctor right off the bat?
come under fire
Meaning: To get broadsided or criticised
- If you don’t complete this task before Sunday, you’ll definitely come under fire from not only your superiors but also your co-workers.
- The President of the United States of America has come under fire from all quarters for his mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Note: ‘From all quarters’, which is also an idiomatic expression, means ‘from a lot of people or places’.
as free as a bird
Meaning: Utterly independent
- You can do whatever you want. You’re as free as a bird here.
- They made a mistake by letting him as free as a bird when he was young. He has shockingly spent all the money he had and is now seeking monetary help from his old acquaintances.
beyond/without a shadow of a doubt
Meaning: With no doubt at all
- Oh! Without a shadow of a doubt, this is the most fascinating temple I have visited in a decade.
- Roger, beyond a shadow of a doubt, is the culprit.
Meaning: Not meant to attract a lot of attention
- Their wedding reception was such a low-key affair that none of us had got a whiff of it until we heard about it the day before yesterday.
- I want to keep my birthday celebration low-key this year.
I hope this list of idioms helped you enhance your existing level of vocabulary. You may leave a comment below to share your thoughts on what you feel about this post. Try incorporating at least two idioms in your comment so I may know you’ve got the hang of them! Remember you are free to ask me questions or get your doubts clarified. I will respond to all the comments.
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