100 idioms and their meanings and examples - part 2

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26. Eat, sleep and breathe something -

Meaning - Being so enthusiastic and passionate about somehting that you think about it all the time.

Example - My son has recently learnt cycling. He eats, sleeps and breathes it now.

27. With bells on -

Meaning - When you are delighted and eager to go somewhere, you are said to go with bells on.

Example - The new year party at the beach is most awaited. I will be there - with bells on.

28. Fever pitch -

Meaning - When a feeling is very intense and exciting, it is said to be at a fever pitch.

Example - His love for music had reached a fever pitch before he became a world known musician.

29. Blood, sweat and tears -

Meaning - Something that requires a lot of effort and hard work.

Example - Being the team of Indian cricket team is not just a matter of luck for him, it is his blood, sweat and tears which has got him here.

30. Have on the brain -

Meaning - Thinking or talking about it all day long.

Example - He has just got engaged. Now, he has his fiance on his brain all the time.

31. Fling yourself into -

Meaning - Doing something with a lot of energy and enthusiasm.

Example - Flinging himself into the exercise routine is the reason for his good physique.

32. Raring to go -

Meaning - Being very eager and enthusiastic about the idea of doing something.

Example - My kids wish to see the animals. They are raring to go to zoo.

33. Xerox subsidy -

Meaning - Using the office photocopier for personal use.

Example - The office now has a strict policy about xerox subsidy.

34. Get a grip on yourself -

Meaning - Controlling your feelings to deal with a situation.

Example - Reema saw her jwellery and cash missing from the almirah. After the initial shock, she got a grip on herself and called up the police.

35. Hang on by fingernails -

Meaning - Continuing to do something in a very difficult situation.

Example - The market of watches has suffered a big loss after the arrival of mobile phones. The survivors are just hanging on by their fingernails.

36. Pull out all the stops -

Meaning - Doing everything you can to make something successful.

Example - The deadline for the project is fast arriving; we have pulled out all the stops for timely completion.

37. Buckle down -

Meaning - Doing some hard work with determination and full attention.

Example - Getting through the exam for civil services is possible when you have buckled down yourself.

38. First out of the gate -

Meaning - Being the first one to make a start at something.

Example - John and his friends had decided to voice their opinion against the new economic policy. John was the first one to be out of the gate.

39. Going places -

Meaning - Exhibiting talent and ability that will lead to a successful future.

Example - Rakesh was a performer at the school sports club. It was obvious that he was going places.

40. Have one's heart set on -

Meaning - Possessing a determination to obtain something.

Example - He has not become a renowned cardiologist just by chance. He has his heart set on it after his father passed away with a cardiac arrest.

41. Make headway -

Meaning - Progress in what you are trying to achieve.

Example - The police have made a headway with their investigation in the terror attack on the city last friday.

42. Punch above one's weight-

Meaning - Performing beyond your ability.

Example - He was not the best swimmer around but he could win the gold medal at the state swimming competition by working hard and punching above his weight in the finals.

43. Sink your teeth into -

Meaning - doing something with a lot of energy and enthusiasm.

Example - Marie joined the badminton coaching classes. She sank her teeth into the practice sessions.

44. Stand one's ground -

Meaning - Maintaining your position.

Example - He stood his ground in support of his friend inspite of several family interferences.

45. Close to home -

Meaning - A comment which is true and makes you uncomfortable is close to home.

Example - Tom's comment about his friend's unethical activities was quite close to home. He looked quite embarassed.

46. Carry the torch for -

Meaning - Having strong feelings for someone who can not be yours.

Example - He has been carrying a torch for Mamta, who is now married to Nitin, since they studied together in college.

47. Cork up something -

Meaning - Failing to express your emotions.

Example - She did not let her grief pour out when her father passed away. Its not good for her to cork up his feelings.

48. Cut to the quick -

Meaning - Hurting someone deeply or offending them.

Example - Joe had worked for 10 years with all his loyalty for his company. He was cut to the quick when his boss held him responsible for the theft.

49. Fish out of water -

Meaning - Feeling uncomfortable in unfamiliar surroundings.

Example - Being a french, I felt like a fish out of water in the group of Japanese

50. Bee in one's bonnet -

Meaning - Carrying an idea which constantly occupies your thoughts.

Example - She is not happy in Africa. She has a bee in he bonnet about moving to Dubai. 

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Why all this idioms lidis...but it still good

Btr 06-2-2018 10:49 AM


kana nga buang ako maghimo og komentaryo sa maong pinulongan

idiomboiiiiiILoveidoimsWOOOOOOO 03-29-2018 02:51 PM


this stuff is wacky and interesting. I love idiots!!!!!

Slickydicky69 03-29-2018 02:48 PM


Being the team of Indian cricket team is not just a matter of luck for him, it is his blood, sweat and tears which has got him here. - Probably, being the leader of Indian cricket team...

Ann 10-12-2015 04:09 AM


thanks u helped a lot with my half yearlies i hope i have got the spelling of yearlies right and let me tell u this is a much needed site many people benefit from it love this site and its makers such sites come up no need for school at all and freedom for children will also be there:-)

shreya agrawal 09-8-2015 12:37 PM

Law and political sciences

there is always a reward for a good work only the great councilor would reward you for these idiomatic expressions which are indispensable to me even as a potential jury and administrator.-(gracias).

Nkeze Fongang 05-27-2015 07:03 PM

English Language

It Makes You Know New Words And It So Interesting

Adelaja Ayokunle 04-9-2015 03:50 AM

Grammar and Spelling mistakes

Please check your grammar and spelling. There are numerous mistakes but still the article is quiet good.Thanks for posting.

Andrew Nakamura 04-1-2015 09:08 AM


naa pirralu baguntayi evaraina naakutara

Gadde Hemanth Choudary 03-23-2015 08:40 AM

english language

so interesting.

fred nwachukwu 02-5-2015 06:48 PM


it is interesting

sindhuja 12-24-2014 06:07 AM


im very understand about idiom::)

Queenderella 07-20-2014 04:52 PM


idoms and phrase are most important in our daily life for talking with each other

BRAJESH SINGH 06-8-2014 11:48 PM


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