Friday, July 8, 2011

idioms and phrases - G 3

 List - 3

 41. To come to light ( to be revealed )
  ** Mohan's guilt has now come to light.

 42. To cry over spilt milk ( to feel sorry for the past losses )
  ** To feel sorry for the past losses is simply to cry over spilt milk.

 43. To catch red-handed ( to catch in the very act )
  ** The thief was caught red-handed while he was breaking into the house.

 44. To come of age ( to attain maturity )
  ** You must look after your affairs yourself as you have come of age.

 45. To die in harness ( to die while working )
  ** Nelson died in harness while fighting.

 46. To dance attendance on a person ( to please a person by flattering him )
  ** Kawal always dances attendance on his boss.

 47. To do a yeoman's service ( to help in need )
  ** They did a yeoman's service by helping the persons in the drought- stricken area.

 48. To dig a grave of one's reputation ( to do something to destroy one's reputation )
  ** By joining the company of drunkards, he is trying to dig the grave of his father's reputation.

 49. To end in smoke ( to fail )
  ** He wanted to earn a lot of money, but all his plans ended in smoke.

 50.To eat one's words (to withdraw one's words )
  ** He promised to help me, but when the time of help came, he ate his words.

 51. To eat the humble pie ( to pocket an insult )
  * He had to eat the humble pie when he was defeated in the election.

 52. To fan the flame ( to excite the anger )
  ** His father turned him out of his house. But when he came back, his entrance fanned the flame of his father's anger.

 53. To fall flat ( to have no effect )
  ** The good advice of the parents fell flat on the son.

 54. To face the music ( to face a difficult situation )
  ** The notorious dacoit who was arrested by the police, is facing the music in the jail.

 55. To fall foul of ( to quarrel with )
  ** I do not want to fall foul of my neighbours.

 56. To feel the pulse ( to find out one's inner feelings )
  ** Smt. Indira Gandhi was a great politician. She had felt the pulse of her countrymen.

 57. To fight shy of ( to be shy )
  ** He fights shy of talking with girls.

 58. To follow suit ( to follow example )
  ** If you are sincere and punctual to your duty, your sub-ordinates will also follow suit.

 59. To follow the beaten track ( to be traditionalist )
  ** Most of our country-men follow the beaten track in every affair.

 60. To gain ground ( to succeed slowly and steadily )
  ** The separatists should not be allowed to gain ground.


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