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:
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 :
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 :
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.
Punishment of death:
Ex: The culprit was awarded capital punishment by the court.
A narrow escape:
Luckily he had a close shave in the motor accident.
The step-mother shed crocodile tears at the death of her step-son.