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
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
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
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
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
35. Hang on by fingernails -
Meaning - Continuing to do something in a very difficult
Example - The market of watches has suffered a big loss after
the arrival of mobile phones. The survivors are just hanging on by their
36. Pull out all the stops -
Meaning - Doing everything you can to make something
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
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
39. Going places -
Meaning - Exhibiting talent and ability that will lead to a
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
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
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
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
Example - She is not happy in Africa. She has a bee in he
bonnet about moving to Dubai.