Elementary facts:

Ex: He does not know even the A.B.C of political science.

A bed of roses

Full of joys and pleasure:

Ex: To a rich man, life is a bed of roses.

A bed of thorns.

Full of sufferings and sorrows:

Ex: To a poor man, life is a bed of thorns.

a big gun:

An important figure:

Ex: He is a big gun today

A black sheep:

A disgraceful man:

Ex: He is the black sheep of his family, because he has been in prison for several times.

A bolt from the blue.

A sudden shock or calamity:

Ex: The sad and untimely death of his young son came to him as a bolt from the blue.

A bone of contention.

A cause of quarrel:

Ex: This small piece of land is bone of contention between the two brothers.

A broken reed:

A person or thing that cannot be depended upon:

Ex: He is only a broken reed, how long can you depend on him?

A burning question.

An important question or topic of the day:

Ex: Third world war is a burning question.

A cat’s paw:

To make’s somebody a tool:

Ex: He used his friend as a cat’s paw to achieve his purpose.

A chicken hearted person:

A cowardly person:

Ex: A chicken-hearted person like him should not think of joining army.

A child’s play:

Something very easy:

Ex: It is not a child’s play to succeed in life.

A clean slate:

A fresh beginning

Ex: Let us forget all our former  differences and start with a clean slate.

A cock and bull story:

An imaginary of false story

Ex: Raju invented a cock and bull story to justify his absence.

A cool head:

A calm judgment:

Ex: If you think over problem with a cool head, you will solve it.

A dead letter:

No longer in use:

Ex: The Sharada act is now a dead letter.

A drug in the market:

A thing unsaleable due to its lack of demand:

Ex: His books have proved to be a drug in the market.

A fatal disease:

A disease that ends in death:

Ex: Cancer is a fatal disease.

A fish out of water:

To be in a uncomfortable position:

Eg: she feels like a fish out of water in the new school

A fool’s paradise:

State of joy based on false hopes:

Ex: You will be living in fool’s paradise, if you expect to get one lakh of rupees in the lottery.

A happy-go-lucky type:


Ex: He is a happy-go-lucky type

A hard nut to crack:

A problem difficult to solve:

Ex: The refugee problem turned out to be a hard nut to crack for the government.

A hen-packed husband:

A husband under the   control or thumb of his wife:

Ex: He is a hen-pecked husband and has no voice in the family.

A jack of all trades:

A person supposed to know everything but master of none:

Ex: My friend is a jack of all trades, but master of none.

A lion’s share:

A major share:

Ex: He got the lion’s share of his father’s property.

A lame excuse:

False excuse:

Ex: He invented a lame excuse for not doing his work.

A mare’s nest:

An unfounded rumour or elude:

Ex: The police follower up the clue, but it proved to be mare’s nest.

A queer fish:

A strange person:

Ex: Our new officer is a queer fish, nobody likes his company.

A rainy day:

A time of difficulty or proverty:

Ex:  A wiseman always lays by something against a rainy day.

A red letter day :

An important day:

Ex: The day when our country became free use a red letter day in our history.

A thorn is one’s flesh:

Something or someone that continuously irritates.

Ex: His sister is a thorn in his flesh.

A wet blanket :

A cause of discouragement :

Ex:  Don’t  invite Hari to the party, he is only a wet blanket.

A wash out :

Quite dull:

Ex: He is a complete wash out ;he can not pass this year,

A wind fall:

Unexpected good forture:

Ex: He had a wind fall and suddenly became rich.

A wild goose chase:

A foolish and useless search:

Ex: The hunt for the hidden treasure was nothing but a wild goose chase.

A wolf in a sheep’s clothing :

A deceiver:

Ex: Don’t trust him, he is a wolf in a sheep’s clothing.

An iron hand :

Sever hand :

Ex: Akbar put down the revolt with an iron hand.

An apple of one’s eye :

An object of love, the most valuable  possession:

Ex: She an apple of her parent’s eyes.

At a pinch:

In a difficulty:

Ex: I can never forget him, because he helped me at a pinch.

At an arm’s length:

To keep aloof, to avoid; to keep at a distance:

Ex: I keep the gamblers at an arm’s length.

At one’s finger’s tips or ends:

To be expert:

Ex: I have all subjects at my finger’s ends or tips; so examination has no fear for me.

At the eleventh hour:

At the last moment:

Ex: he received some help at the eleventh hour.

Bear a grudge:

To have bitter feeling:

Ex: he bears a personal grudge:

Between the devil and the deep sea:

To be in a fix or between two great difficulties:

Ex: She was between the devil and the deep sea when I met her.

Blow one’s own trumpet:

To speak proudly of one’s oneself:

Ex: I don’t like to talk with him, he ilways blowing his own trumpet.

By hook or by crook:

By all means:

Ex: He will certainly get his work done by hook or by crook.

Capital punishment:

Punishment of death:

Ex: The culprit was awarded capital punishment by the court.

Close shave:

A narrow escape:

Luckily he had a close shave in the motor accident.

Crocodile tears:

False tears:

The step-mother shed crocodile tears at the death of her step-son.

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