This article will help you know about some of the idioms and phrases in English that can help you improve your English speaking skills. Read the sentences to have a clear idea of the meaning. Idioms have different meaning of what is actually said. Below you will find idioms and phrases with their meanings and sentences in English.

Serial No.Idioms/ PhrasesMeaningSentence
1Once in a blue moonSomething that happens very rarelyIn Rajasthan, it rains once in a blue moon.
2A piece of cakeSomething which is easily achievedGetting to the top is definitely not a piece of cake.
3Beating around the bushTo avoid the main topicThe criminal was beating around the bush when asked to explain the detail of the incident.
4From the horse's mouthFrom the person directly concernedThis news can not be fake as I have heard it from the horse's mouth.
5Chip on your shoulderWhen someone is upset about something that happened a while agoHe has a chip on his shoulder because she ditched him.
6Cry over spilt milkTo complaint about loss or failure from the pastThere is no use of crying over spilt milk. It is better to move on and Smile.
7Spill the beansTo disclose a secretRam spilled the beans about the surprise we have planned for kids.
8Kick the bucketTo dieThese days, kicking the bucket can require a lot more preparation than living.
9Lend a handTo assist or to helpHe lend his hand for Rama's wedding.
10Come hell or high waterPossible obstacles in your pathI have decided that come hell or high water I will become a doctor.
11Taste of your own medicineWhen someone receives the same treatment, usually negative, that he/she gives to othersShe is always taunting others and hurting their sentiments. I just wish someone would give her a taste of her own medicine.
12Miss the boatBe too slow to take advantage of an opportunityDon't be stupid to miss the boat.
13Golden handshakeA big sum of money given to a person when he/she leaves a company or retiresThe management of the company wanted to decrease their workforce. They offered a golden handshake to their aged employees.
14See eye to eyeBe in full agreementRam and Shyam can not see eye to eye.
15To cut cornersTo take shortcuts; to save money or effort by finding cheaper or easier ways to do somethingThe contractor then tries to cut corners by sacrificing on quality, reducing manpower and using inferior quality cleaning agents.
16Apple of one’s eyeBeing cherished more than others areSam is the apple of his teacher's eye for his childlike behavior.
17Icing on the cakeSomething that turns good into greatIndia’s victory over England on India’s Independence Day was like icing on the cake.
18On the same pageIn agreementI am glad that we are on the same page.
19Cost an arm and a legBe very expensiveHis laziness made him miss his flight to Chandigarh. The next ticket cost him an arm and a leg.
20Ball is in your courtWhen it is up to you to make the next decision or step.Now the ball is in your court; decide whether you want to reply or not.

I hope you have understood the idioms clearly. Stay tuned with Englishneed for more updates. Read about daily use sentences in English with meaning in Hindi.




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