List of Popular English Idioms with their meanings and sentences

These important English Idioms are very important from the exam point of view. These Idioms often comes in the exams like SSC, Banking and other Government and Non-Government Exams. So, Just mug up these Idioms and Phrases with their meanings and sentences before you appear in your exam.

Idioms Definition

  • An expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its separate words, but has a separate meaning of its own.
  • A style or form of artistic expression that is characteristic of an individual, a period or movement.

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Popular English Idioms

To cry over spilled milk

Meaning – To regret vainly over an irretrievable loss

 Sentence – It is useless to cry over spilled milk when one has failed in the examination.

To take to one’s heels

Meaning – To run away, being afraid

Sentence – On seeing the Policeman, the thief took to his heels.

To show a clean pair of heels

Meaning – to flee away, usually from a battlefield

Sentence – The enemy showed a clean pair of heels when our soldiers started fusillade. (firing a large number of shots very quickly or simultaneously)

To have too many irons in the fire

Meaning – To be involved in many activities at a time

Sentence – He is extremely busy because he has too many irons in the fire.

A broken reed

Meaning – An unreliable person

Sentence – Don’t depend on him because he is a broken reed.

Every inch

Meaning – In all respects

Sentence – He is every inch a lovable man.

A lame excuse

Meaning – A pretension

Sentence – It is a lame excuse to say that hard work does not pay.

A French leave

Meaning – Leave without permission

Sentence – Ram is on French leave.

An apple of one’s eye

Meaning – A most lovable person

Sentence – He being the only child, is an apple of his parents’ eye.

By fits and starts

Meaning – Irregularly

Sentence – Those who work by fits and starts can hardly succeed in life.

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