Saturday, August 20, 2011

idioms and phrases - B 1

   Idiomatic Pairs of Nouns

      List - 1

1. Bread and butter (material welfare)
 *  We should work hard for our   bread and butter.

2. Body and soul (entirely)
 *  Dinesh has given himself to the pursuit of pleasure, body and soul.

3. At the beck and call (at the service)
  *  My friend is always at my beck and call.

4. (To play) ducks and drakes (to waste money)
 *  Mohit has ruined himself by playing ducks and drakes.

5. (Through) fire and water (through every sort of difficulty)
 *  Seema remained with Sohan through fire and water.

6. Flesh and blood (human nature)
 *  Flesh and blood can bear it no longer.

7. ( By) fits and starts (irregularly)
 *  Mita does her work by fits and starts.

8. Fire and fury (enthusiasm)
*  The Principal's speech was full of fire and fury.

9. By hook or by crook (by fair or foul means)
 *  Today, every one wants to get ajob by hook or crook.

10. Heart and soul (earnestly)
 *  He is working heart and soul to pass the examination in a good division.

11. Kith and kin (blood relations)
  *  One should love one's kith and kin.

12. By leaps and bounds (rapidly)
  *  The population of India is increasing by leaps and bounds.

13. Over head and ears (excessively)
  *  He is running in debt over head and ears.


Thursday, August 18, 2011

idioms and phrases - B 2

 Idiomatic Pairs of Nouns 
    List - 2

14. Ins and Outs ( ull details)
  *  Everyone should know the ins and outs of their business.

15. Under lock and key (in a safe place)
  *  Kanta keeps her ornaments under lock and key.

16. Latin and Greek (unintelligible)
  *  Her speech proved to be Latin and Greek to the audience.

17. Odds and ends (bits)
  *  The last chapter of his thesis deals with odds and ends.

18. Pros and cons (For and against)
  *  Please consider the pros and cons of this issue.

19.Time and tide (course of time)
 *  Time and tide wait for none.

20. Tooth and nail (vehemently)
 *  Gandhiji fought for India's freedom tooth and nail.

21. Part and parcel (a thing which is a component part of a specified whole)
 *  Every citizen should consider himself as a part and  parcel of India.

22.The rank and file (all with distinction)
 *  The government should make schemes keeping in view the wider interest of the rank and file.

23. Sum and substance (the whole meaning)
  *  He told me the sum and substance of his plans.

24. Ups and downs (change in fortunes)
  *  Life is full of ups and downs.

25. Null and void (illegal)
  *  The order of the court has become null and void.

26. Ways and means (neccessary funds)
  *  We should find out ways and means to carry out our plans.