Here is a list of idioms and phrases prepared especially to help the students who are willing to crack CLAT UG.

Here is a list of idioms and phrases prepared especially to help the students who are willing to crack CLAT UG.

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CLAT UG: Idioms & Phrases

1. A blessing in disguise - A good thing that seemed bad at first

2. Comparing apples to oranges - Comparing two things that cannot be compared

3. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree - Children are very similar to their parents.

4. Decked up – Put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive

5. Do something at the drop of a hat - Do something without having planned beforehand

6. Get something out of your system - Do the thing you have been wanting to do so you can move on

7. On the ball - Doing a good job

8. Cutting corners - Doing something poorly to save time or money

9. Take it with a grain of salt - Do not take something very seriously

10. Cut somebody some slack - To not be so critical

11. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch - Do not count on something good happening until it has happened

12. Hang in there - Do not give up

13. The whole nine yards - Everything, all the way

14. The best thing since sliced bread - An outstanding invention

15. Get out of hand - Get out of control

16. Hit the nail on the head - Get something exactly right

17. Get a taste of your own medicine - Get treated the way you have been treating others

18. Kill two birds with one stone - Get two things done with a single action

19. Let the cat out of the bag - Give away a secret

20. Spill the beans - Give away a secret

21. Hit the sack - Go to sleep

22. Break a leg - Good luck

23. Every cloud has a silver lining - Good things come after bad things

24. He has bigger fish to fry - He has bigger things to take care of than what we are talking about now

25. The best of both worlds - An ideal situation

26. There is a method to his madness - He seems crazy, but he is clever

27. Your guess is as good as mine - I have no idea

28. Live and learn - I made a mistake

29. Give someone the cold shoulder - Ignore someone

30. The devil is in the details - It looks good from a distance, but when you look closer, there are problems

31. Bite your tongue – To avoid talking

32. It’s not rocket science - It’s not complicated

33. There are other fish in the sea - It’s ok to miss this opportunity. Others will arise.

34. It’s raining cats and dogs - It’s raining hard

35. Miss the boat - It’s too late

36. Beat around the bush - Avoid saying what you mean, usually because it is uncomfortable

37. The ball is in your court - It’s your decision

38. By the skin of your teeth - Just barely

39. We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it - Let’s not talk about that problem right now

40. To make matters worse - Make a problem worse

41. Break the ice - Make people feel more comfortable

42. A penny saved is a penny earned - Money you save today you can spend later

43. That’s the last straw - My patience has run out

44. There’s no such thing as a free lunch - Nothing is entirely free

45. On thin ice - On probation. If you make another mistake, there will be trouble.

46. Birds of a feather flock together - People who are alike are often friends

47. Good things come to those who wait - Be patient

48. Take a rain check - Postpone a plan

49. Put something on ice - Put something on hold

50. Once in a blue moon - Rarely

51. Slow and steady wins the race - Reliability is more important than speed

52. Saving for a rainy day - Saving money for later

53. Under the weather - Sick

54. Easy does it - Slow down

55. A dime a dozen - Something common

56. Go back to the drawing board - Start over

57. Call it a day - Stop working on something

58. Actions speak louder than words - Believe what people do and not what they say

59. Throw caution to the wind - Take a risk

60. Bite off more than you can chew - Take on a project that you cannot finish

61. Look before you leap - Take only calculated risks

62. A penny for your thoughts - Tell me what you’re thinking

63. Make a long story short - Tell something briefly

64. You can say that again - That’s true, I agree

65. The elephant in the room - The big issue, the problem people are avoiding

66. The early bird gets the worm - The first people who arrive will get the best stuff

67. He’s a chip off the old block - The son is like the father

68. Latin and Greek– Unable to understand

69. Better late than never - Better to arrive late than not to come at all

70. Like a chicken with its head cut off– To act in a frenzied manner, crazily

71. Don’t cry over spilt milk - There’s no reason to complain about something that can’t be fixed

72. So far, so good - Things are going well so far

73. It isn’t over till the fat lady sings - This isn’t over yet

74. You can’t judge a book by its cover - Don’t judge something by the way it appears

75. Play devil’s advocate - To argue the opposite, just for the sake of argument

76. Barking up the wrong tree - To be mistaken, to be looking for solutions in the wrong place

77. Go on a wild goose chase - To do something pointless

78. Bite the bullet - To get something over with because it is inevitable

79. To get bent out of shape - To get upset

80. A picture is worth 1000 words - Better to show than tell

81. Pull someone’s leg - To joke with someone

82. Add insult to injury - To make a bad situation worse

83. Let someone off the hook - To not hold someone responsible for something

84. Rain on someone’s parade - To spoil something

85. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you - Treat people fairly. Also known as “The Golden Rule”

86. Give someone the benefit of the doubt - Trust what someone says

87. Wrap your head around something - Understand something complicated

88. Costs an arm and a leg - Very expensive

89. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush - What you have is worth more than what you might have later

90. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket - What you’re doing is too risky

91. Pull yourself together - Calm down

92. Get your act together - Work better or leave

93. You can’t have your cake and eat it too - You can’t have everything

94. Time flies when you’re having fun - You don’t notice how long something lasts when it’s fun

95. No pain, no gain - You have to work for what you want

96. Ignorance is bliss - You’re better off not knowing

97. It takes one to know one - You’re just as bad as I am

98. Don’t give up your day job - You’re not very good at this

99. There is no such thing as a free lunch - Things that are offered for free always have a hidden cost

100. It takes two to tango - Some actions need the participation of two persons

101. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link - If one member of a team doesn’t perform well, the whole team will fail.

102. A blessing in disguise – An misfortune that eventually results in something good happening later on.

103. A chip on your shoulder – Being upset about something that happened in the past

104. A damp squib – Complete failure

105. A dime a dozen – Anything that is common and easy to get

106. A man of straw – A weak person

107. A mare’s nest – A false invention

108. A picture paints a thousand words - An image of a subject conveys its meaning or essence more effectively than a description does.

109. A piece of cake - Something easily achieved

110. A piece of cake – Something is very easy.

111. A snowball effect - The aspect of momentum in every event and how they build upon each other

112. A taste of your own medicine – When you are mistreated the same way you mistreat others

113. A toss-up – A result that is still unclear and can go either way

114. An eyewash – Misleading or deceptive statements

115. At sixes and seven – Persons who are having different opinions

116. At the drop of a hat – Willing to do something immediately

117. Back against the wall - Stuck in a difficult circumstance with no escape

118. Be hand and foot - In all possible ways; by all means

119. Bear the palm - Be victorious

120. Beat around the bush - To avoid talking about what’s important

121. Bed of roses - An easy, comfortable situation.

122. Bend over backwards - Do whatever it takes to help, willing to do anything

123. Between the cup and the lips – On the point of achievement

124. Bite off more than you can chew – To take on a task that is way too big to handle

125. Bite the bullet – Decide to do something unpleasant that you have avoiding doing.

126. Bite your tongue – To avoid talking

127. Bits and Pieces– small things of different types

128. Blow hot and cold - Alternate inconsistently between moods and actions

129. Boil the ocean - Taking up an almost impossible or overly ambitious project

130. Break a leg – Means ‘good luck’ (often said to actors before they go on stage).

131. Break fresh/ new ground - Doing something that has never been done before

132. Burn your boats/bridges - Doing something that makes it impossible to go back to the original state.

133. Call a spade a spade– Straight talks

134. Call it a day – Stop working on something

135. Can’t cut the mustard– Someone who isn’t adequate enough to compete or participate

136. Cast a shadow on - Spoil or let down

137. Cast iron stomach– Someone who has no problems, complications or ill effects with eating anything

138. Cut corners - Doing something in an easier and least expensive manner

139. Dog days of summer– The hottest day of the summer season

140. Doing the rounds – to be passed from one person to another

141. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch– Don’t rely on it until you sure of it

142. Don't put all your eggs in one basket - A piece of advice which means that one should not concentrate all efforts and resources in one area.

143. Eat like a horse - Eating too excessively

144. Ever and anon– Now and then, occasionally

145. Field day– An enjoyable day or circumstance

146. Fool’s errand - Useless undertaking

147. For the time being - Temporarily

148. From the horse’s mouth - From a reliable source

149. Get your act together - Get organized and do things effectively

150. Get your walking papers - Get fired from the job

151. Getting a taste of your own medicine – Being treated the same unpleasant way you have treated others.

152. Giving someone the cold shoulder – To ignore someone.

153. Good things come to those who wait - To have patience

154. Gray matter - Intelligence

155. Hear it on grapevine - To hear rumours about something or someone

156. Hit the sack - Go to sleep

157. Keep an ear to the ground - Staying informed and updated about everything

158. Kick the bucket– Die

159. Know the ropes– To understand the details

160. Left out in the cold - Being ignored

161. Let someone off the hook– To allow someone, who has been caught, to not be punished

162. Let the cat out of the bag – To accidentally reveal a secret.

163. Like a chicken with its head cut off– To act in a frenzied manner, crazily

164. Lock and key - In a safe place

165. No pain no gain – You have to work hard for something you want

166. On cloud nine- Being very happy

167. Once in a blue moon – An event that happens infrequently.

168. Put off – an evasive reply, to delay doing something, especially because you do not want to do it

169. Put the best foot forward - Start impressively

170. Rise and shine - Wake up and get out of bed promptly

171. Rome was not built in a day - Important work takes time

172. Run around in circles - Putting efforts into something that is not a worthwhile result

173. Scrape the barrel - Making the most of the worst situations or things because you can’t do anything about it

174. See eye to eye – This means agreeing with someone.

175. Sell like hot cakes - Quick sellout

176. Sixth sense - A supposed power to know or feel things that are not perceptible by the five senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch.

177. Smell a rat - To sense that someone has caused something wrong

178. Speak of the devil – This means that the person you’re just talking about actually appears at that moment.

179. Stealing someone’s thunder – Taking credit for someone else achievements.

180. Stick one’s neck out - To take a risk

181. Takes a beating – to be damaged because of performing badly or being criticized

182. The ball is in your court one needs – To take some action to keep something going

183. The best of both worlds – This means you can enjoy two different opportunities at the same time.

184. The elephant in the room – A matter or problem that is obviously of great importance but that is not discussed openly.

185. The last straw – The final source of irritation for someone to finally lose patience.

186. Through thick and thin - Under all circumstances, no matter how difficult

187. Tie the knot - To marry a mate

188. To add insult to injury – To make a situation worse.

189. To cost an arm and a leg – Something is very expensive.

190. To cut corners – To do something badly or cheaply.

191. To feel under the weather – To not feel well.

192. To hit the nail on the head – To describe exactly what is causing a situation or problem.

193. To kick the bucket - To die

194. To kill two birds with one stone – To solve two problems at once.

195. To make a long story short - Used to end an account of events quickly

196. Turn a blind eye - Pretend not to notice.

197. Up in arms - Being grumpy or angry about something

198. Wet one’s whistle - Have a drink

199. When pigs fly – Something that will never happen.

200. Your guess is as good as mine - I do not know

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