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Useful Idioms and Phrases To Improve English Writing and Speaking

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Here are some useful and popular idioms and phrases to improve English writing and speaking, very useful for new learners

  1. To win laurels; To win fame
    Sachin has won laurels as a poet
  2. To turn a deaf ear: to neglect
    Nowadays many students turn a deaf ear to parents’ and teachers’ advice
  3. a bone of contention: a cause of quarrel
    This compound wall is the bone of contention between these two neighbors
  4. To move heaven and earth: to make all possible efforts
    He moved heaven and earth to get admission to the college
  5. Now and then: occasionally
    He drinks now and then so he is stable now
  6. a red letter day: a memorable day
    15th August is a red letter day in Indian history
  7. to smell a cat: to suspect
    To be honest, I smell a rat about your percentage in the school report
  8. a dead letter: no longer in practice
    The practice of the Sati system is a dead letter in India
  9. out of spirits: to be depressed
    He got fewer marks and now he is out of spirits
  10. To build castles in the air: to dream more than reality
    some people have a habit of building castles in the air
  11. all in all: everything
    In most families, the grandfather is all in all in taking important decisions
  12. The apple of one’s eye: loved
    Dont trouble him, he is the apple of his parents’ eye
  13. a cock and bull story: the false story
    Please don’t tell me a cock and bull story
  14. Better half: wife
    My better half is a very considerate lady
  15. like a fish out of water: in trouble
    When I went to Mumbai for the first time, I felt like a fish out of water
  16. Bad blood: enmity
    There is bad blood between India and Pakistan for Kashmir
  17. Blue blood: belonging to the royal family
    He has a graceful nature as he has blue blood
  18. to throw cold water: to discourage
    Please don’t throw cold water on our new ideas
  19. Mutton-headed: foolish
    Don’t listen to him, he is mutton headed
  20. a black sheep: a disrespectful person
    We hate him, he is a black sheep in our society
  21. Once in a blue moon: rarely
    He comes to Nanded once in a blue moon
  22. a cat nap: a short sleep
    I am going to have a cat nap
  23. chicken-hearted: coward 
    He will not  go to that house, he is chicken-hearted
  24. butter hearted: very emotional
    please don’t trouble him, he is butter hearted
  25. stone hearted: strong-willed emotionless
    He will not cry , he is stone hearted
  26. a rat race: fierce competition
    Today in every field there is a rat race
  27. a wild goose chase: useless effort
    If you want to compete with Bill Gates, it is a wild goose chase
  28. Mad as a hornet: very angry
    Dont trouble him, he is mad as a hornet
  29. Let sleeping dogs lie: Leave it alone or in peace
    Don’t make noise, let sleeping dogs lie or else we will be in danger
  30. Hen pecked husband: one who is in the supremacy of better half
    He won’t do anything without asking her, he is a hen-pecked husband

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