civil English

Idioms and Phrases

Idioms and Phrases
To topple the apple cart to destroy one’s imaginary plans
To blow hot and cold to change one’s positions quickly
To build castles in the air to indulge in imaginary schemes
To blow one’s own trumpet to praise oneself
To add fuel to flames to make a bad situation worse
To foot the bill to pay the charges
Dutch courage made by taking intoxicated substance
Bury the hatchet forget the difference
To make much ado about nothing to make a lot of commotion over silly matters
To be born with a silver spoon to be rich by birth
To play the game to act honestly
To come off with flying colours to be successful
To have clean hands to be free from guilt
To make a clean breast of to confess everything
To keep wolf from the door to keep away starvation
To have no backbone to have no character
To burn the candle at both ends to spend lavishly
To put the cart before the horse to do things in the reverse order
To play second fiddle to take less important place
No love lost between not in good terms
The boot is on the other leg the true position is exactly the reverse
Between the devil and the deep blue sea between two difficulties
Birds of the same feather persons of like tastes
The best of both worlds benefits connected with two different areas
To cry over spilt milk to worry about past matters
To beat around the bush to avoid the main point
Gift of the gab ability to speak eloquently
To bring to book to punish
A bird’s eye view general view
An acid test a difficult test
An apple of discord a cause of rivalry
All and sundry everyone without distinction
To give one a piece of mind to give somebody an unpleasant truth
A close-fisted person a miser
Chip of the old block child that inherits his father’s or mother’s traits
Black and blue severely
Let the cat out of the bag to make known a secret
To keep open house show hospitality
To grease the palm to bribe
The rank and the file undistinguished mass
To read between lines understand the hidden meaning
Pros and cons the advantages and disadvantages of something
To rub shoulders with to come into contact with
To play ducks and drakes squander
To move heaven and earth make every possible effort
To nip in the bud destroy in the early stage of growth
Throw up one’s card accept defeat
To settle an old score to take vengeance
Rolling stone active person
The olive branch offer of peace
To snap one’s fingers to be anxious
A pipe dream an impractical plan
To lose one’s head to become confused and over excited
To spell the beans to reveal secret information
To get cold feet to be afraid