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⭐Blue-eyed boy
Definition:
A person highly regarded by someone and treated with special favor
Example:
He was the blue-eyed boy of the boss.
⭐Born to the purple
Definition:
If someone is born to the purple or in the purple, they are born into a reigning family or privileged class.
Example:
She was the only child born to the purple.
⭐Browned off
Definition:
Annoyed, upset, angry, bored, fed up, disgusted.
Example:
He was browned off when he was ill treated.
⭐Fair-haired boy
Definition:
A person highly regarded and by someone or a group and treated with special favor
Example:
Before he was fired out, he had been the fair-haired boy of the boss.
⭐Feel blue
Definition:
To feel sad.
Example:
She felt blue after her divorce.
⭐Green light
Definition:
Permission to go ahead with something such as a project.
Example:
As a result of the severe drought, the government has given the green light for importing cereals.
⭐In the pink
Definition:
Healthy.
Example:
He has been in the pink since he decided to go on a diet and exercise regularly.
⭐Out of the blue
Definition:
Something which is totally unexpected.
Example:
She sent him a letter, out of the blue, telling him that she was in love with another guy.
⭐Red flag
Definition:
A sign or signal that something is wrong
Example:
She considered that playing with her feelings was a red flag. She wouldn’t tolerate anyone to do so.
⭐Red ink
Definition:
A euphemism for financial loss.
Example:
There is too much red ink in the company’s financial statement.
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⭐Red-letter day
Definition:
A particularly significant day, usually very positive, sometimes very negative.
Example:
Monday was a red letter day for her. She accomplished a lot and had fun doing it.
⭐Scream blue murder
Definition:
To shout or complain loudly because you are annoyed about something.
Example:
Because he didn’t get what he wanted, he screamed blue murder.
⭐Until one is blue in the face
Definition:
Pointless efforts while trying to convince someone or change his mind.
Example:
His parents tell him to do his homework until they are blue in the face. In fact, he never does his homework.
⭐Whiter than white
Definition:
Said about someone who is totally fair and honest.
Example:
That little boy is whiter than white. He never does anything wrong.
⭐Yellow journalism
Definition:
Journalism which is sensationalistic and of questionable accuracy and taste.
Example:
This paper is practising yellow journalism with its reports on sex scandals.
⭐A steal
Definition:
A steal refers to a good deal
Example:
“You look great in these shoes!”
“They’re at 70% discount! I paid Just $30!”
“Wow that’s really a steal! It’s such a great deal.”
⭐Beat the rap
Definition:
To beat the rap means to evade conviction and punishment for a crime.
Example:
The lawyer helped John beat the rap after being caught by the police.
⭐Cat burglar
Definition:
A cat burglar refers to a thief who enters a building by skillfully climbing to a building without attracting notice.
Example:
He was known for being a cat burglar.
⭐Dog’s age
Definition:
The idiom dog’s age refers to a long period of time.
Example:
Hi Jane! It’s been a dog’s age since we last met.
⭐Feel your age
Definition:
to realize that you are growing old.
Example:
I really felt my age at work. All my colleagues looked very young.
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⭐Crime doesn’t pay
Definition:
This idiom is used to suggest that crime will ultimately not benefit a person.
Example:
Doing something illegal to get money may be tempting for some, but in fact crime doesn’t pay.
⭐Highway robbery
Definition:
This expression is used to refer to a price or a fee that is exorbitantly high.
Example:
The price for wine in this restaurant is simply highway robbery
⭐In the dock
Definition:
To be on trial in court
Example:
The accused stood in the dock.
⭐On the run
Definition:
Fleeing or running from the police.
Example:
The murderer is still on the run.
⭐On the take
Definition:
This idiom is used to describe a person who is in a position of authority and takes or seeks to take bribes or illegal income.
Example:
This is a country where many officials are on the take.
⭐Scream bloody murder
Definition:
If you scream bloody murder, you protest loudly and angrily as if something very serious has happened.
Example:
There is no point in screaming bloody murder about the new law.
⭐Serve time
Definition:
Saying that someone is serving time means that he is in prison.
Example:
After the gangster had served his time in jail, he got married and found a job.
⭐Set a thief to catch a thief
Definition:
The best person to catch a thief is another thief, because he or she knows how thieves think.
Example:
The government set a thief to catch a thief.
⭐Stool pigeon
Definition:
An informer, especially one who is a spy for the police.
Example:
He was killed by a gangster because he was thought to be a stool pigeon.
⭐The weed of crime bears bitter fruit
Definition:
The phrase the weed of crime bears bitter fruit means that nothing good comes from criminal schemes.
Example:
Don’t mislead yourself. You will pay for your crimes one day; the weed of crime bears bitter fruit.
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⭐There is honor among thieves
Definition:
When you say there is honor among thieves, this means that even among criminals there is honor and that they do not commit crimes against each other.
Example:
The gangsters had a strong respect for their old boss which demonstrate that there is honor among thieves.
⭐Thick as thieves
Definition:
Intimate, close-knit.
Example:
Alan and John attended a boarding school together and were thick as thieves.
⭐Another nail in one’s coffin
Definition:
One in a series of events which lead to downfall or inevitable failure.
Example:
After the bankruptcy and the death of his only son, divorce is just another nail in his coffin.
⭐At death’s door
Definition:
If you say you are at death’s door you mean that you are very close to the end of your life.
Example:
She was so ill and was at death’s door for more than a month.
⭐Be dead in the water
Definition:
The idiom dead in the water means that something is unsuccessful and it seems impossible that it will be successful in the future.
Example:
The whole economy is dead in the water.
⭐Between life and death
Definition:
A situation involving the danger of dying or being killed.
Example:
The little kid lay all night between life and death.
⭐Bite the dust
Definition:
The phrase bite the dust has two meanings: to die AND to break; to fail.
Examples:
My laptop finally bit the dust.
Too many soldiers bit the dust in the second world war.
⭐Breathe one’s last
Definition:
The phrase breathe one’s last means to die.
Example:
After he had suffered from leukemia for years, he breathed his last at about three o’clock in the morning.
⭐Dance on someone’s grave
Definition:
To celebrate a person’s death triumphantly.
Example:
He said to his enemies that he would recover his strength and would surely dance on their graves.
⭐Dead and buried
Definition:
No longer in use or under consideration, irrelevant, forgotten.
Example:
All past animosities are dead and buried now.
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⭐Dead meat
Definition:
Someone in danger of death or severe punishment.
Example:
You’ll be dead meat if you go on treating these poor people like that.
⭐Dead right
Definition:
If someone is dead right, it means that they are absolutely correct.
Example:
Nancy: His wife is really beautiful.
Lacy: You’re dead right!
⭐Dead to the world
Definition:
Said about someone who is sound asleep or unconscious.
Example:
He slept right through the night and was still dead to the world when I went out.
⭐Dead wood
Definition:
Workers no longer contributing to an organization.
Example:
There’s a lot of dead wood in this company.
⭐Done to death
Definition:
If something is done to death, it is used or discussed so many times that it has become boring.
Example:
That theme has been done to death by generations of poets.
⭐Kiss of death
Definition:
Something that may seem good and favourable but that actually brings ruin to hopes, plans, etc.
Example:
Her marriage to that guy was the kiss of death for Hina’s happiness.
⭐Love somebody to death
Definition:
To love somebody very much.
Example:
He loves her to death.
⭐Meet one’s death
Definition:
To die.
Example:
A friend of mine met his death/end when he got hit by a car.
⭐Nothing is certain but death and taxes
Definition:
You will undoubtedly die. You will certainly have to pay taxes.
Example:
Lacy: I can’t believe how much tax money we have to pay for setting up this business.
Alice: You know, nothing is certain but death and taxes.
⭐Over my dead body
Definition:
Under no circumstances; absolutely not.
Example:
He wants to get all the money for himself. Well, it will be over my dead body!

⭐Wouldn’t be caught dead
Definition:
Said about something that you would not like to do, or would rather die than do it.
Example:
I would not be caught dead in such a miniskirt.
⭐About as useful as a chocolate teapot
Definition:
Something is about as useful as a chocolate teapot means that it is totally useless.
Example:
A car in a heavy traffic jam is as useful as a chocolate teapot. Use a bike instead!
⭐Above the salt
Definition:
If someone is above the salt they are of high standing or honor.
Example:
In medieval times lords used to sit above the salt.
⭐All one’s eggs in one basket
Definition:
the state of having invested heavily in just one area or of having devoted all of one’s resources to one thing.
Example:
The stock market decline wouldn’t have hurt him so badly if he hadn’t had all his eggs in one basket
⭐Apple of somebody’s eye
Definition:
Said about someone whom you love the most and you are very proud of.
Example:
His son is the apple of his eye.
⭐Bad egg
Definition:
Bad person
Example:
Just ignore him. He’s a bad egg.
⭐Banana repulic
Definition:
A small country, especially one in Central America, that is dependent on a single export commodity (traditionally bananas) and that has a corrupt, dictatorial government.
Example:
Banana republic countries need democratization.
⭐Bear fruit
Definition:
The phrase bear fruit means to yield successful results.
Example:
He thinks his new plan will undoubtedly bear fruit.
⭐Below the salt
Definition:
If someone is below the salt they are common or of low standing.
Example:
In medieval times servants used to sit below the salt.
⭐Big Apple
Definition:
The phrase Big Apple is a nickname for New York City.
Example:
Have you visited the official website of the Big Apple?

⭐Bring home the bacon
Definition:
Get a job and bring home money earned from this job.
Example:
When her husband got fired, she decided to look for a job because someone has to bring home the bacon.
⭐Butter up
Definition:
To praise or flatter excessively.
Example:
Why are you buttering up the boss?
⭐Carrot and stick
Definition:
An offer involving a reward and/or the threat of punishment.
Example:
The president took a carrot and stick approach to the protests against his new laws.
⭐Chew the cud
Definition:
The idiom chew the cud means to think carefully about something.
Example:
She wanted to chew the cud before she could let them know about her decision.
⭐Cool as a cucumber
Definition:
Very calm.
Example:
It’s amazing that he never shows his emotions even when he has a lot of problems. He’s cool as a cucumber.
⭐Couch potato
Definition:
Lazy person.
Example:
He is a couch potato.
⭐Cream of the crop
Definition:
The phrase cream of the crop means the best of all.
Example:
Don’t worry about your studies; you are the cream of the crop.
⭐Eat humble pie
Definition:
Said when you admit that you were wrong.
Example:
In the begining he boasted that she would get the best grade. But then she was forced to eat humble pie.
⭐Eye candy
Definition:
A very attractive person or persons or any object or sight with considerable visual appeal.
Example:

  1. I’m going to the beach to check out some eye candy.
  2. The computer graphics added lots of eye candy to that movie.
    ⭐Food for thought
    Definition:
    Information or knowledge that is worthy of contemplation.
    Example:
    The ideas developed in this book have certainly given me food for thought.

⭐Forbidden fruit
Definition:
Illicit pleasure or something desired that is forbidden.
Example:
She has always been his forbidden fruit because she’s his teacher.
⭐Get out of a jam
Definition:
Get out of a bad situation.
Example:
I need some help getting out of a jam.
⭐Go bananas
Definition:
To become very angry.
Example:
He went bananas when he heard the news.
⭐Hot potato
Definition:
An awkward or delicate problem with which nobody wants to be associated.
Example:
Gun control in the United States has always been a hot potato for politicians.
⭐Into a jam
Definition:
In a difficult situation.
Example:
He found himself in a jam when he was caught cheating.
⭐Like chalk and cheese
Definition:
When things or people are like chalk and cheese, they are different although they are superficially alike.
Example:
His two sons are like chalk and cheese.
⭐Low-hanging fruit
Definition:
The phrase low-hanging fruit refers to something that is easily achieved or obtained.
Example:
After they started their small company, they wanted to go after the low-hanging fruit.
⭐Separate the wheat from the chaff
Definition:
To separate things of value from things of no value.
Example:
We got a lot of applicants for the job. But we are trying to separate the wheat from the chaff.
⭐She’ll be apples
Definition:
Everything will be all right.
Example:
‘What about our trip to the mountain. They say it will snow all night long’
‘Don’t worry. She’ll be apples.’
⭐Sour as vinegar
Definition:
The phrase sour as vinegar very sour and disagreeable.
Example:

  1. This cheese is sour as vinegar.
  2. Mike is sour as vinegar this morning.

⭐Spill the beans
Definition:
To reveal a secret. 1
Example:
Why did you spill the beans about our new project? It was supposed to be top secret.
⭐That’s the way the cookie crumbles
Definition:
Said to show that things don’t always turn out the way we hope.
Example:
In spite of her kindness she is the least popular in her class. But, that’s the way the cookie crumbles.
⭐Walk on eggs
Definition:
be very careful
Example:
I was walking on eggs when I told her about the truth.
⭐Walk on eggshells
Definition:
To be very careful
Example:
He was walking on eggshells when he was talking to him about his wife.
⭐You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar
Definition:
It is much easier to get what you want by being polite rather than by being rude and insolent.
Example:
Just be polite when you ask for something. You know, you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar
⭐A watched pot never boils
Definition:
This expression is used to mean that things appear to go more slowly if one waits anxiously for it.
Example:
There’s no point running downstairs for every mail delivery. A watched pot never boils.
⭐Armchair critic
Definition:
An armchair critic is a person who knows or pretends to know a lot about something in theory rather than in practice.
Example:
He is such an armchair critic; he has no experience in the subject but he is ready to give plenty of advice.
⭐Be part of the furniture
Definition:
If someone or something is part of the furniture, they have been somewhere so long as to seem an integral part of the place.
Example:
She worked for that company for so long that she became part of the furniture.
⭐Bring the curtain down
Definition:
To bring the curtain down to something means to bring something to an end.
Example:
I am asking for a divorce. It’s time to bring the curtain down.
⭐Bring to the table
Definition:
To bring something to the table means to contribute something to a group effort.
Example:
Ali has to bring to the table.

⭐Call on the carpet
Definition:
To reprimand; to censure severely or angrily.
Example:
I hope he wouldn’t be called on the carpet by the boss.
⭐Cut a rug
Definition:
To dance.
Example:
The couple impressed everybody when they cut a rug at the party.
⭐Darken someone’s door
Definition:
To darken someone’s door means to be an unwelcome visitor.
Example:
Never darken my door again!
⭐Doormat
Definition:
The phrase To be a doormat or to be treated like a doormat describes a weak person who is abused by others
Example:
His colleagues treat him like a doormat.
⭐Draw the curtain on / over
Definition:
To draw the curtain on or over something means to bring it to an end.
Example:
I think it’s time for me to draw the curtain on a long career of teaching.
⭐Have a lot on one’s plate
Definition:
This idiom is used to mean that one is very busy and have commitments.
Example:
Alice: Are you coming to the party tonight, Jane?
Jane: No, I have a lot on my plate right now.
⭐In one’s cups
Definition:
Drunk; in the act of consuming alcohol liberally.
Example:
He couldn’t be understood because he was in his cups.
Quick one
Definition:
To have a drink before going somewhere.
Example:
Let’s have a quick one before we go to work.
⭐Safety in numbers
Definition:
safety in numbers is the hypothesis that, by being part of a large physical group, an individual is proportionally less likely to be the victim of a mishap, accident, attack, or other bad event.
Example:
Nobody went sightseeing alone, knowing that there was safety in numbers.
⭐Take forty winks
Definition:
The idiom take forty winks means to take a nap for a short period of time.
Example:
I’ll just take forty winks before getting ready for work.
⭐Take the fifth
Definition:
To decline to answer, especially on grounds that it might be incriminating.
Example:
If you ask me who stole the wallet, I will simply take the fifth.
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