Idiom is a group of words in a fixed order that have a particular meaning that is different from the meanings of each word on its own. Today we are going to learn 10 – IDIOM OF THE DAY on this lesson.
1) pull your socks up
Meaning: (informal) to try to improve your performance, work, behaviour, etc.
You’re going to have to pull your socks up.
I am pulling my socks up to be able to pass the chartered accountancy exam this time.
2) dab hand
Meaning: (UK informal) an expert or skilled person
Chitra’s a dab hand in the kitchen, isn’t she?
Amirtha has proved once again she’s a dab hand at tennis.
IDIOM OF THE DAY
3) back to square one
Meaning: return to the starting point, start all over again
If they do not accept our proposal, we will be back to square one.
If this doesn’t work we’re back to square one.
4) the ball is in your court
Meaning: it is your/somebody’s responsibility to take action next
They’ve offered me the job, so the ball’s in my court now.
We did what we could, and now the ball is in your court.
5) hands down
Meaning: (informal) easily and without any doubt
They won hands down.
It is hands down the best movie this year.
6) go hot and cold
Meaning: to experience a sudden feeling of fear or worry
When the phone rang I just went hot and cold.
7) a cold fish
Meaning: someone who seems unfriendly and who does not share their feelings
She is a cold fish.
8) hustle and bustle
Meaning: noise and activity:
I love the hustle and bustle of the marketplace.
I don’t like the hustle and bustle of big cities.
9) break the ice
Meaning: to do or say something that makes people feel more comfortable, especially at the start of a meeting or party
I tried to break the ice by talking to the people next to me about the weather.
At the conference will have several activities to help people break the ice.
What activity are you planning to help break the ice at the conference?
10) inside out
Meaning: If you know something inside out, you know it very well:
He’s the best person to tell you how to get there because he knows the city inside out.
Meaning: with the inside part facing out:
She put her sweater on inside out.
Turn the bag inside out and let it dry.
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