Commonly Used Idioms Part -3

Want to add more spice to your writing ? Here are some more idiomatic expressions that will make your piece piquant and exciting.

Idiom Meaning Sentence
Make a pig of oneself to eat too much, too fast or too noisily Please don’t embarrass me by making a pig of yourself in the party.
Leave someone high and dry To leave someone helpless. All the children ran away and left Billy high and dry to take the blame for the broken window.
Latch Onto To become closely connected to someone or something,

Get hold or grasp of something

More and more countries latched onto computer technology as an important tool for development.

Carol quickly latched on to how the sewing machine works

Rub the wrong way To irritate He rubbed many people in his office the wrong way by his cockiness.
Go hell for leather To go somewhere or do something very quickly. He was going hell for leather to go to his school as he was already late.
Have one’s moment in the sun A brief instance in which an otherwise obscure, unremarkable, or humble person draws attention. That band got their moment in the sun during the 70s
Bend over backwards to work very hard to accomplish something for someone

to try very hard to do something, especially to help or please someone else

He will bend over backwards to help you.

The government is bending over backwards to garner people’s support.

Drive up the wall To annoy or irritate someone All his talk about moving to California nearly drove me up the wall.
Bend someone’s ear To talk to someone perhaps annoyingly Jake has been bending Jill’s ears for over an hour.
Fend/shift for oneself To take care and provide for one’s own self ,instead of depending on others. Jim’s parents do not have to worry about Jim. He is very good at fending/shifting for oneself.
Duck and cover To dodge a difficult issue or a question. The candidate’s first reaction to the questions from the opposition was to duck and cover.
fight tooth and nail To fight with the ferocity and intensity of an animal, using all one’s resources. The NGO workers fought tooth and nail for the oppressed to get their land back from the crooked landlords.
tongue in cheek if you say something as tongue and cheek, you say it as a joke, although it might seem serious. “I am always the one who is responsible for anything bad that happens in Indian cricket”,Dhoni gave a tongue-in-cheek reply to a question at the post-match press conference after India suffered the ignominy of their first ever series defeat against Bangladesh.
hold one’s horse To wait for a moment Please hold your horses before disregarding my idea. Let me explain you the benefits.
make no bones about To make no bones about something means to say something in a way that leaves no doubt, or to have no objection to it, to say something frankly and directly. He made no bones about his constant failure at his job.
love you to the moon and back love you more than anything. I love you to the moon and back.
make ends meet Manage so that one’s financial means are enough for one’s needs On that salary Enid had trouble making ends meet.

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