Idioms and Phrases

Video Lesson on Idioms and Phrases

The use of idioms and proverbs in a language adds colour to it and makes it more interesting for the listeners. In this video on improving English communication, we are going to deal with some common idioms used in the language which you can use in your day to day conversation to make it more effective and interesting.

We will learn 25 idioms in Part I of our video. I will explain you the meaning of each Idiom and then give you an example to use it.

To practice them further, try to make your own sentences using each of them and read them aloud. Gradually, you will find that you are abosulutely comfortable in using them in your day to day talks.

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Idioms Examples

Acid Test

Meaning: Acid test proves the effectiveness of something.
Example: I practiced hard at the dance sessions but the acid test will come when the master will assess our solo performances.

Cut the ground from under feet

Meaning: When you cut the ground from under someone's feet, you do something which weakens their position.
Example: When team India hit more than 350 runs in the ODI, they cut the ground from under the opponent's feet.

Chase your tail

Meaning: Spending a lot of time and energy doing a lot of things but actually achieving too little.
Example: He's been chasing his tail all week collecting data but the report is still not ready

Whole bag of tricks

Meaning Means trying all the clever means to achieve something.
Example It was really difficult to find the information even after applying the whole bag of tricks.

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