Definitions For Idiom And Phrase
Idiom Definition :
An idiom is a group of two or more words which we have to treat as a unit in learning a language. We cannot arrive at the meaning of the idiom just by adding together the meaning of the words inside it. [to carry out = execute]
Phrase Definition :
Phrase is a group of words usually without predicate especially preposition with the word. [with blue eyes]
A fixed or set expression that cannot be determined from the individual parts.
|Alarm bells start to ring
|Alarm bells start to ring when I found out that he still lived with his mother.
|Nancy does not know even the ABC of Maths.
|And so on
|He dances, sings and plays music and so on.
|I had my cup in the morning, as usual.
|Albatross around your neck
|The company that he founded in 1990 is now an albatross around his neck.
|There were 100 people there, all told.
|All in all
|As his father is no more, Mr. David himself is all in all in his family.
|Michael has travelled all over the world.
|There are trees all along the road.
|I am all for it
|At last, we got at the conclusion
|At best he is a good master.
|No doubt, he is a strict but a helping man at bottom.
|He comes here, at times.
|After the work was over, I was really at ease.
|My exam is at hand.
|At a time
|Give me 100$ at a time.
|Robert looks rough and tough but he is kind at heart.
|A bank draft is payable at sight.
|At sixes and sevens
|All the books were at sixes and sevens.
|Go there at once.
|Robert talks as if he is my boss.
|As for his appointment so many letters have come
|As a rule
|As a rule, the first letter of a proper noun is always capital.
|As a result of
|As a result of police firing, three persons were killed at Paris on 25th of December, 2012.
|As long As
|As long as you believe in God you will be happy.
|You will surely feel there at home.
|AS well as
|Robert as well as David have gone.
|This medicine will act on the heart.
|Stella acted for me while I was ill.
|You will have to account for every rupee you spent.
|On account of
|One account of illness, she did not cook today.
|On no account
|On no account I believe in what she says.
|Turn to account
|If you are offered with chance by the boss, turn to account.
|All the same
|No doubt Sarah has been busy, all the same she should have written.
|Hope you will agree with me that Sarah is a good girl.
|She has been offered the position of Professor of international economic policy at princeton, her alma mater.
|Be out of the ark
|My grandfather’s hat was straight out of the ark.
|He will go bananas if he sees the room in this state.
|Have your hands full
|It is no use asking Rosy for help, she is got her hands-full looking after the kids.
|The green-eyed monster
|Do you think his criticisms of Robert are valid or is it just a case of the green-eyed monster?
Idioms And Phrases In English
|All walks of life
|in all aspects of life
|Gandhi had disciples from all walks of life.
|to consist of
|Our class consists of 55 students.
|To be one in essence
|to the same
|Men and women are one in essence.
|To be a part of
|to belong to something
|Non-violence is a part of Indian tradition.
|To be fit for
|to be suitable
|She is fit for the post of a typist.
|To find out
|The police found out the thief.
|To serve the purpose
|to meet the requirement
|Scholorship alone will not serve the purpose.
|To come across
|Everyday we come across processions in our roads.
|due to (because of)
|Thanks to the bold knocks of Sachin, India won the match.
|To be gifted with
|to be blessed with
|Man is gifted with reasoning power.
|To bring about
|Marriage brought about great changes in his behaviour.
|To lie dormant
|We should not allow our skills lie dormant in ourselves.
|To wake up
|to rise and act
|When the opportunity knocks at our door, we should wake up.
|In the largest measure
|in great quantities
|Arnold helped the Tsunami victims in the largest measure.
|She is very sensitive by nature.
|To bestow on
|to give as a gift
|Nature has bestowed many riches on us.
|in term of
|in relation of
|The politicians should undertake projects in terms of their necessity for the people.
|To take the lead
|to go forward
|India should take the lead to spread the message of no-violence.
|A far cry
|something difficult to achieve
|A casteless society has become a far cry.
Examples Of Idioms And Phrases In English Grammar
|To get to
|It look four hours to get to the heart of the city.
|In hot pursuit
|following quickly behind
|The police are in hot pursuit of the most-wanted criminal.
|to get down
|As soon as I stepped off the bus, I saw David.
|In the wake of
|coming after or following something
|Japan surrendered in the wake of dropping atom bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
|Come to a halt
|come to a sudden end.
|The car came to a halt as the railway gate was closed.
|Turn out to be
|to prove to be
|Most of the politicians turn out to be selfish.
|Hard to come by
|difficult to find
|an honest leader is very hard to come by these days.
|To sit out
|to stay in a place and wait for something unpleasant or boring to finish
|It is very difficult to sit out a one-side cricket match.
|En rout to
|on the way
|Our bus broke down en route to Paris.
|To know like the back of one’s hand
|to be very familiar with something or some place.
|I know every street in London like the back of my hand.
|Experience of a life time
|to be remembered till the death of somebody
|My first air travel was an experience of a life time.
|very near in time
|I have a lot of assignments at hand.
|on the final leg
|on the last part of (the journey)
|Our final leg of the trip was by camel.
|To tread on
|The servant-maid helped the children to tread on the uneven road.
|as a total
|In all, there were ten elephants in the herd.
|At the mercy of
|unable to stop somebody or something harming the other because of one’s control over someone
|The wife does not want to put herself at the mercy of her husband.
|To head back
|The England Cricket team is heading back to the country after its historic win.
|To come to life
|to become exciting or full of activity
|The galleries came to life when Sachin lifted the ball to the galleries.