Friday, July 8, 2011

idioms and phrases - A 3

31.A henpecked husband (a husband under the influence of his wife) A henpecked husband cannot do anything against the wishes of his wife.

32. Hush money (bribe) He gave the magistrate hush money and purchased justice.

33.An iron will (strong will) Sardard Patel was a man of iron will.

34.A jail bird (a notorious offender who has been to jail several times )The thief who broke into her house, was a jail-bird.

35.A laughing stock (one at whome everybody laughs ) Kallu is a laughing stock.

36.A man of straw (an insignificant man ) No body believes Sohanlal. .He is a man of straw.

37.The olive branch (offer of peace ) Pakistan is not prepared to hold out the olive branch to India.

38.Point blank (directly) Shomu refused to help me point blank.

39.A past master (an expert) Mr.Atal Bihari Vajpayee is a past master in speaking effectively.

40.A red-letter day (a fortunate day )15th August is a red-letter day in the history of India.

41.A rainy day (a time of adversity) We must save money for a rainy day.

42.Red tape (excessive official formality) The main cause of delay of justice is red tape policy.

43.Scot -free (free from punishment) If criminals go scot free, crimes will increase .

44. A moot point (a point still open for discussion ) Please let me know a moot point of the meeting.

45.A nine day's wonder (something the charm of which will soon fade away) Raj is spending money lavishly.It is a nine day's wonder.

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