100 Important Idioms And Their Meanings

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Idioms play a crucial role in language and communication, allowing us to express ideas and convey messages in a colorful and concise manner. These phrases, often metaphorical in nature, have deep-rooted cultural and historical significance, and understanding them can greatly enhance our fluency in English.

In this article, we present 100 important idioms along with their meanings, providing you with a comprehensive resource to unravel the richness of the English language.

S.No. Idiom Meaning
1. To add insult to injury To intensify a person
2. To be born with a silver To be born in a rich family Spoon in one’s mouth
3. A bolt from the blue An expected disaster
4. To blow one’s own trumpet To boast
5. A bone of contention Cause of quarrel
6. To burn one’s fingers To suffer
7. To beat black & blue To beat mercilessly
8. To cast an aspersion To bring discredit
9. To cry over spilt milk To feel sorry for what has happened
10. To cut a sorry figure To make a poor impression
11. To die in harness To die while doing one’s duty
12. To end in smoke To fail
13. To go to the dogs To be ruined
14. To hang in the balance To remain undecided
15. To hit the nail on the head To do the right thing at the right time
16. To hold water To sound logical
17. To live no stone unturned To try one’s level best
18. To live from hand to mouth To live with great difficulty
19. To make up one’s mind To decide
20. To see eye to eye with Agree
21. To play ducks and drakes Waste
22. To put the cart before the hors To do a thing in a wrong way
23. To have too many irons in the fire To have too many things in hand
24. To read b/w the lines To try to understand the hidden meaning
25. To turn over a new leaf To change for the better
26. To take the bull by horns To face difficulties boldly
27. To win laurels To distinguish oneself
28. At daggers drawn At enmity or fighting
29. Blake and white Written
30. By leaps and bounds Very fast
31. In cold blood deliberately
32. Laid up with Confined to bed
33. Ins and outs Full details
34. A black sheep Scoundrel; a bad person
35. A cock and bull story An absurd tale
36. A gala day A day of festivity; a holiday with rejoicing
37. A hard nut to crack A difficult person or problem to deal with
38. A turn coat One who changes one’s opinion or party
39. A fool’s paradise In a state of happiness founded on vain hopes
40. Beat a retreat To retire before the enemy
41. To be on the horns of a dilemma To have a choice b/w two equal evils
42. To beat about the bush Approach a subject in a round about method
43. Bury the hatchet To make peace
44. By fits and starts Irregularly
45. Capital punishment Death sentence
46. By hook or by crook By fair or foul means
47. Eat humble pie To face humiliation
48. Hit below the belt To act unfairly
49. In apple pie order In perfect order
50. Leave one in lurch To desert in difficulty
51. To make a clean breast of To confess fully one’s faults
52. To nip the evil in the bud To destroy an evil in early stage
53. Pick holes in another’s coat To find fault with another
54. Scot free To go unpunished
55. Smell a rat To have a reason to suspect
56. Through thick and thin Through every difficulty
57. True to one’s salt Faithful to one’s master
58. To turn the corner To begin to improve
59. With a grain of salt To accept a statement with doubt as to its complete true
60. Worship the rising sun To respect one rising in power
61. A Herculean task An extremely difficult or dangerous task
62. A fish out of water In a wrong place
63. A leap in the dark An act of which we can’t force consequences
64. A thorn in one’s side A constant source of annoyance
65. To be at one’s beck and call Under one’s absolute control
66. Bread and Butter Means of subsistence
67. Burn one’s fingers To get into trouble
68. Burn the candle at both ends Use up too much energy
69. To cut the Gordian knot To solve the difficulty
70. Cut and dried Ready-made
71. Feather one’s own nest To make money by unfair means
72. To fish in troubled water To do something under very unpromising circumstance
73. To give oneself airs Affected manners
74. To give the devil his due To allow even a bad man the credit due
75. To hang by thread To be in a critical condition
76. A henpecked husband A man habitually snubbed by his wife
77. Hush money Money given as a bribe to hush or make one keep silent
78. Kick up a row Make a great noise
79. To let the cat out of the bag To reveal a secret
80. Null and void Not valid; of no effect
81. On the spur of the moment At once
82. Pay one back in one’s own coin To treat in the same way as one has been treated
83. Put in cold storage To forget or neglect something
84. Pull wires To manage the show by secret Influence
85. Read b/w the lines To hit at the real meaning
86. Sit on the fence To avoid taking sides; to remain neutral
87. A square deal Justice
88. Sword of Damocles Treating danger
89. To take up the gauntlet To accept the challenge
90. To eat one’s heart out To suffer silently, bitterly
91. B/t the devil and the deep sea B/w two dangers equally harmful
92. A sweet tooth A liking for sweetmeat
93. A dark horse An unknown person
94. A bottleneck Anything that cause delays
95. To put one’s foot down To show determination
96. A wet blanket A grumbling, depressing person
97. To throw up the sponge To acknowledge defeat
98. A feather in one’s cap Something to be proud of
99. A red letter day An auspicious day
100. Bag and baggage With all one’s belongings


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