PhraseMix – Conquering Phobia

Idiomatic expressions have long played an important role in the English language. In fact, the use of idioms is so widespread that an understanding of these expressions is essential to successful communication, whether in listening, speaking, reading, or writing.

An idiom’s symbolic sense is quite different from the literal meaning or definition of the words of which it is made. There are a large number of Idioms and they used very commonly in all languages. There are approximately at least 25,000 idiomatic expressions in the English language.

Idioms in fact, evolve the language and they are the building blocks of a language and civilization as well they have great intensity to make a language interesting and dynamic. Just reading once doesn’t make any change but using it in our daily conversation will do!!

1. A blessing in disguise
Meaning : seems bad, but is actually good
Example : Accidentally registering for the wrong class was actually a blessing in disguise.

2. Beating around the bush
Meaning : not discussing what is important/procrastinating
Example : I needed to study, but I kept beating around the bush.

3. Break a leg
Meaning : wishing someone to do well/ good luck
Example : You will do fine on your presentation. Go break a leg out there.

4. Get out of town
Meaning : I don’t believe you
Example : You got an A in your Finance class? Get out of town!

5. Hold your horses
Meaning : wait/calm down
Example : Hold your horses. I am still eating my lunch.

6. I was knocked on my heels
Meaning : I was surprised
Example : I was knocked on my heels when I realized I got the job.

7. I’ll toss it around
Meaning : to casually suggest an idea to people
Example : I am tossing around the idea of having a party this weekend.

8. It’s all flooding back to me
Meaning : beginning to remember something you once forgot
Example : When I saw my childhood bicycle memories all came flooding back to me.

9. Let’s bounce
Meaning : to leave
Example : The football game is over, let’s bounce.

10.To touch base
Meaning : to contact someone
Example : I need to touch base with Jeremy about the new office reports.

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