Rules For Idioms And Phrases
Idioms and Phrases Rules:
Idioms generally demonstrate behavior of human, reaction to certain thing, habits and traditions. An, idiom is a set of certain words which when used together, brings out a meaning which is entirely different from the meaning of each word when it is used individually.
To explain Phrases we can say that they are a counterpart of the Idioms. This means that both Idioms and phrases can be used inter-changeably and with each other.
Rules For Idioms And Phrases:-
Idioms and Phrases are literal terms that induce a meaning that may be otherwise hidden behind the actual words.
- They have a cultural value attached to themselves.
- They are metaphorical in the sense that if you extract the literal meaning of all the words stated then it would be too unusual to believe or even farcical.
- Idioms and phrases have the capacity to add a flavor to a boring prose or book and are used by authors to add something interesting or remove monotones from their writing.
While reading and answering Idioms and Phrases we can say that there is a slight difference in the two.
Let’s now see some examples of both the sections below:
- Being comfortable in one’s skin –
If you take the literal meaning it would be absurd to even explain. However the actual meaning here that we can extract is ‘the feeling of being comfortable with yourself’. One’s skin means own skin or to simplify ‘yourself’
- Beat around the bush –
With this idiom it doesn’t mean to actually take a bat and beat the bush but to talk about everything around the topic and try to ignore / avoid the main topic, the person, or a particular thing.
- Deep down – deeper feelings
- Group of men and women – group of men and group of women
- Challenge of imagination – challenging to be imaginative
- Latin and Greek – some strange meaning
Some Idioms and Phrases
|S.No||Idioms & Phrases||Meaning|
|1||To cut a sorry figure||To make a poor show|
|2||With a high hand||Oppressively|
|3||Burn one’s fingers||Get into trouble by interfering in other’s affairs|
|4||Chip on your shoulder||When someone is upset about something that happened a while ago|
|5||Piece of cake||Something that is easy to understand or do|
|6||Golden handshake||A big sum of money given to a person when he/she leaves a company or retires|
|7||Spill the beans||To disclose a secret|
|8||Blessing in disguise||Something good and useful that did not initially seem that way|
|9||To be in the doldrums||To be in low spirits|
|10||Break the ice||To initiate a social conversation or interaction|
|11||Hear it on grapevine||To hear rumors about something or someone|
|12||Be on cloud nine||Be very happy|
|13||At the drop of a hat||Willingness to do something instantly|
|14||Afraid of one’s own shadow||To become easily frightened|
|15||A house of cards||A poor plan|
|16||To pour oil on troubled waters||To make peace|
|17||Don’t put all your eggs in one basket||Do not put all your resources in one basket (in one place or thing)|
|18||Blow up||To explode|
|19||Back Up||To support and sustain|
|20||Back Upon||To be relevant|
|21||Break off||To end or discontinue|
|22||Call forth||To provoke|
|23||Call out||To shout|
|24||Call upon||To order|
|25||Carry on||To continue|
|26||Cast away||To throw aside|
|27||Catch up with||To overtake|
|28||Come off||To take place|
|29||Cry Down||To make little of|
|30||Catch up with||To overtake|
|31||Cut out||Designed for|
|32||Drop in||To Visit Casually|
|33||Drop out||To fall|
|34||Fall down||From a higher position to a lower one|
|35||Fall under||To come under|
|36||Get along||To Prosper; To Progress; To Proceed|
|37||Get on with||To Live Pleasantly Together; To Progress|
|38||Knock out||To win by hitting another one|
|39||Keep something at bay||Keep something away|
|40||Out on a limb||Do something risky|