We talk often, but do you know what if I say, you just shot the breeze or maybe that You and I speak the same language. If you don’t read more and find out.
To shoot the breeze:
Sentence-: We are just sitting in the backyard and shooting the breeze, why don’t you join us?
Meaning-: To chat in a relaxed way about something. So, what are you doing? You are just sitting in the backyard and chatting about something trivial.
To speak the same language:
Sentence: Aman and Anupriya speak the same language.
Meaning: Speaking the same language doesn’t mean they literally speak the same language, it means they agree with each other or think alike.
To talk a mile a minute:
Sentence: She really talks a mile in a minute. It makes it so hard for me to understand what she is saying.
Meaning: It means she speaks really fast.
To spill the beans:
Sentence: I just spill the beans and trust me I feel so much relaxed now.
Meaning: It doesn’t mean that she has literally spilled some beans. All it means is to confess.
To talk someone into something:
Sentence: Anvesha easily talked her into gymnastics.
Meaning: She convinced or persuaded her to take gymnastics.
Sentence: They are left with no dice
Meaning: to show that there are no chances of success.
Speak of the devil:
Sentence: Speak of the devil and she is here.
Meaning: It means a person comes just after we mention their name.
Have swallowed a dictionary:
Sentence: Has she swallowed the dictionary?
Meaning: use long and difficult words when speaking
Die in your bed:
Sentence: Some people are lucky enough to die in their bed.
Meaning: To suffer a peaceful and natural death
Sentence: Just tune her in, she can be a great asset.
Meaning: aware or able to understand something
There is a way of scoring high in IELTS. Cramming high vocabulary words or learning thousands of idioms or banging your head over those often confusing grammar rules is not going to help you in IELTS. What matters in IELTS or any other exam, is how well you can apply the knowledge that you have. For instance, how well you can use those vocabulary words, or those idioms in your speaking or writing.
For this week, let us focus on five idioms and make use of them in the various letters you write or the essays you practice or the speaking tests you work on. By the end of this week, I will update the various posts I have used the following idioms, hoping that you will share the work you have done. Let us begin.
BREAK THE NEWS
SENTENCE – Taylor and Calvin are going to get married next month, but they haven’t yet broken the news to their friends.
MEANING – to make something known.
COST AN ARM AND LEG
SENTENCE – The fee of the college costed me an arm and leg.
MEANING – to be very expensive
SENTENCE – Rihanna realised that the job as a cashier was a dead-end job.
MEANING – a job that won’t lead to anything else
SENTENCE – Let us face it, Hitler will soon send us to the chambers.
MEANING – accept a difficult situation.
GIVE ONE THE CREEPS
SENTENCE – That movie on zombies gives me creeps.
MEANING – to create a feeling of disgust or horror
If you have got the life, try hard to not be a waste of space. Go on, read more and learn some of the most interesting idioms.
WASTE OF SPACE
SENTENCE-: sometimes the people we consider waste of space are the ones who are the most talented.
MEANING-: someone perceived as useless or incompetent.
WATCH THE TIME
SENTENCE-: watch the time while playing, you surely don’t want to be late, right?
MEANING-: ensure that you are aware of the time
WATCH THE WORLD GO BY
SENTENCE-: stop watching the world go by and start doing something for yourself.
MEANING-: spend time observing other people going about their business
WATCH YOUR BACK
SENTENCE-: Watch your back, you are now the candidate of A party.
MEANING-: protect yourself against danger, usually from someone unexpected off.
THE WATCHES OF NIGHT
SENTENCE-: The watches of night have become quite disastrous for me these days, because of the murder I saw that day.
MEANING-: the time of the night when you cannot sleep.
SENTENCE-: Indian people spend money in marriages like water.
MEANING-: in great quantities
OF THE FIRST WATER
SENTENCE-: Milkha Singh is of the first water.
MEANING-: extreme or unsurpassed kind
WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE
SENTENCE-: Stop focusing on the water under the bridge, there are other matters that need your attention.
MEANING-: used to refer to situations or events that happened in past and are no longer of any importance.
SENTENCE-: Narendra Modi has surely made waves in the past one year.
MEANING-: create a significant impression
WAX AND WANE
SENTENCE-: The economic condition of our country has undergone many wax and wanes before settling to something this constant.
MEANING-: undergo alternate ups and downs