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⭐Go through the roof
Definition:
Become very angry.
Example:
She went through the roof when she realized she had lost everything.
⭐Hit a home run
Definition:
To be successful.
Example:
They hit a home run with their excellent performance in the new play.
⭐Hit the ceiling
Definition:
To become very angry and start shouting.
Example:
He hit the ceiling when he knew the truth.
⭐Hit the roof
Definition:
To become angry and start shouting.
Example:
The teacher hit the roof when the student was very late again.
⭐Home away from home
Definition:
A place where you are at ease as if you were at home.
Example:
When I used to visit her, it was really a real home away from home.
⭐Home free
Definition:
To be certain of being successful because you have finished the most difficult part.
Example:
Once you hand in the last part of your dissertation, you’re home free.
⭐Home truths
Definition:
The phrase home truth refers to an unpleasant fact about oneself.
Example:
It is high time I told him a few home truths.
⭐Man’s home is his castle
Definition:
People are free to do whatever they want to in their own home
Example:
He was furious when they told him not to listen to his favorite music in his own home. He told them that a man’s home is his castle.
⭐Men make houses, women make homes
Definition:
It’s often the men who build or acquire houses for their families, but it’s usually women who provide the things that make a house into a home.
Example:
When her husband bought the house, she took charge of decorating and tidying it up. It’s true that men make houses, women make homes.
⭐Roof something over
Definition:
To build a roof over something.
Example:
After the earthquake they had to roof the shed over.
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⭐Sweep something under the rug
Definition:
To hide something because it’s embarassing.
Example:
Because many famous people were involved in the affair, everything was swept under the rug.
⭐The home straight
Definition:
The last part of a difficult work.
Example:
It was such a difficult project to work on, but we are on the home straight.
⭐The home stretch
Definition:
The last part of a difficult work.
Example:
We are in the home stretch after a year of hard work.
⭐Wake up on the wrong side of bed
Definition:
To be easily annoyed.
Example:
She must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. She didn’t stop shouting all day long.
⭐Above suspicion
Definition:
This phrase is used to describe a person who is honest enough that no one would suspect.
Example:
That guy is a peaceful man; he is above suspicion.
⭐On in years
Definition:
Old; advanced in age.
Example:
My wife is dead and I am getting on in years.
⭐Of a certain age
Definition:
Said about people who are not young.
Example:
This shop sells clothes for women of a certain age.
⭐Above the law
Definition:
Not subject to the law, exempt from the laws that apply to everyone else.
Example:
Nobody is above the law.
⭐Bend the law
Definition:
The phrase to bend the law means to cheat a little bit without breaking the law.
Example:
He just bent the law a little bit to get what he wanted.
⭐Case-by-case
Definition:
Separate and distinct from others of the same kind.
Example:
All applications are scrutinized on a case-by-case basis.
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⭐Hold someone accountable
Definition:
To consider someone responsible for something.
Example:
I hold you accountable for whatever happens to my daughter.
⭐Justice is blind
Definition:
This expression means that justice is impartial and objective.
Example:
No matter who you are, you must respect the law. Justice is blind!
⭐Law of the jungle
Definition:
This expression means survival of the strongest or the fittest.
Example:
Some economists think that capitalism is governed by the law of the jungle.
⭐Law unto oneself
Definition:
This idiomatic expression describes a person who behaves in an independent way, ignoring rules and what is generally accepted as correct.
Example:
Shazia is a law unto herself; she doesn’t want to abide by the rules.
⭐Lay down the law
Definition:
Tell people what they should do in a forceful and stern way.
Example:
Please don’t lay down the law; we know what we have to do.
⭐Necessity knows no law
Definition:
Necessity knows no law is a proverb. It means that being desperate and having no means may lead you to do illegal things.
Example:
He was dealing in illegal drugs because he had to feed four kids. Necessity knows no law.
⭐One’s word is law
Definition:
The idiom one’s word is law means that what someone says must be obeyed.
Example:
There’s no point trying to do things differently. The manager’s word is law around here. Just do what he asks you to do.
⭐Possession is nine points of the law
Definition:
If you really possess something, you will easily claim its ownership than someone who just says it belongs to him or her.
Example:
The jacket you are wearing is presumed to be yours, unless someone can prove that it is not. Possession is nine points of the law.
⭐Read the riot act
Definition:
If you read the riot act to someone, you warn or reprimand them energetically or forcefully
Example:
The principal read the riot act to the trouble makers
⭐Signed, sealed and delivered
Definition:
This expression refers to a document or an agreement which has been officially signed and completed satisfactorily.
Example:
John: “Hey, have you finalized the purchase of the estate yet?”
Leila: “Yes, I got all the documents… signed, sealed, and delivered!”
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⭐The letter of the law
Definition:
This idiom is used when one is obeying the literal interpretation of the law, but not the intent or the spirit of those who wrote the law.
Example:
Judges mustn’t follow the letter of the law, but its spirit.
⭐The long arm of the law
Definition:
This idiomatic expression refers to the far-reaching power of the authorities or the police.
Example:
Don’t try to escape! The long arm of the law will catch you wherever you may go.
⭐The spirit of the law
Definition:
When one obeys the spirit of the law but not the letter, one is doing what the authors of the law intended, though not necessarily adhering to the literal wording.
Example:
A judge who adheres to the spirit of the law is concerned with the intent and purpose of the lawmaker.
⭐Unwritten law
Definition:
The phrase unwritten law refers to an accepted rule in spite of its informality.
Example:
It’s an unwritten law to take your hat off during the national anthem.
⭐A fact of life
Definition:
This idiom is used to refer to something which is unpleasant and which people accept because they cannot change it.
Example:
Violence has become a fact of life among teenagers these days.
⭐A life-saver
Definition:
This phrase is used to refer to something or someone that saves a person in a difficult situation or critical moment.
Example:
Thank you so much for your help. You’re a real lifesaver!
⭐A new lease of life
Definition:
This idiom is used to refer to an occasion when something gives you the chance to become happy or healthy and makes you more energetic than before.
Example:
His new job has given him a new lease of life.
⭐All walks of life
Definition:
Occupations
Example:
Those who attended the wedding represented all walks of life.
⭐Between life and death
Definition:
This phrase is used to refer to a situation where both living and dying are possible.
Example:
After his terrible accident, he was for a long time between life and death.
⭐Charmed life
Definition:
The phrase “charmed life” refers to a life protected as if by magic charms. It describes a person who is very lucky and is strangely unaffected by dangers and difficulties.
Example:
Everybody believes that he leads a charmed life. He was lucky enough to survive after a terrible car accident.
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⭐Dog’s life
Definition:
A miserable, unhappy existence.
Example:
I have to work everyday from dawn to sunset and come back home to take care of the children. It’s really a dog’s life.
⭐For the life of me
Definition:
This idiom is used colloquially to mean “if one’s own life depended on it.” It
Example:
I couldn’t for the life of me remember where I met her.
⭐Get a life
Definition:
This is an idiom that indicates that someone’s life is boring and pointless and that they should make their life more interesting.
Example:
Stop complaining! Get a life.
⭐Give the kiss of life
Definition:
To give the kiss of life means to help a person who has stopped breathing by giving them artificial respiration, that is to say, by blowing into their mouth and pressing their chest.
Example:
He saved a victim of an accident by giving him the kiss of life.
⭐Larger than life
Definition:
renowned OR very influential.
Example:
He is such a special man; somewhat larger than life.
⭐Low-life
Definition:
A low-life is a person who is considered morally unacceptable by their community. They include thieves, drug dealers, drug users, alcoholics, thugs, prostitutes and pimps.
Example:
I saw him with a bunch of lowlifes.
⭐Run for one’s life
Definition:
To run for your life means to run away to save one’s life.
Example:
A lion escaped from the zoo. Run for your life.
⭐Shelf life
Definition:
The length of time something will last.
Example:
This medicine has a short shelf life.
⭐Slice of life
Definition:
The phrase slice of life refers to a realistic representation of everyday experience in art and entertainment e.g. a movie, play, book
Example:
The movie is a slice of life about the life of a group of students.
⭐You can bet your life
Definition:
This idiom is used to mean that you are absolutely certain that something is true or will happen.
Example:
You can bet your life they’ll get married.

⭐Blind date
Definition:
A social meeting where the two people have never met before.
Example:
I went on a blind date yesterday but it was a total fiasco.
⭐Cupboard love
Definition:
The phrase cupboard love refers to affection that is given purely to gain something from someone.
Example:
It was just cupboard love, and what she really wanted was the money she used to get from him.
⭐Fall for someone
Definition:
To fall in love with someone.
Example:
He fell for her because she’s so beautiful.
⭐Fall head over heels for someone
Definition:
To be in love with someone very much
Example:
They fell head over heels in love with each other.
⭐Fall in love with someone
Definition:
To come to have feelings of love for someone
Example:
They fell in love with each other from the moment they saw each other.
⭐Fall out of love
Definition:
To stop being in love with someone.
Example:
She fell out of love with him when she knew he had been hiding secrets from her.
⭐For the love of God
Definition:
It is used to express surprise, annoyance, or some similar feeling
Example:
For the love of God, stop shouting!
⭐Go steady with someone
Definition:
To date one person regularly and exclusively.
Example:
Lisa has been going steady with that guy for a year now.
⭐Love is blind
Definition:
The idiom love is blind means that a person who is in love can see no faults or imperfections in his/her beloved
Example:
A: I can’t see why Anaya likes Shakeel. He isn’t even good-looking.
B: Love is blind.
⭐Love nest
Definition:
A place where a couple can enjoy each other’s company.
Example:
They rent an apartment which has become their love nest.

⭐Love someone to bits
Definition:
To love someone very much.
Example:
She is the woman I love to bits.
⭐Match made in heaven
Definition:
Two people, so well-suited to each other that their marriage is likely to be happy and successful.
Example:
As soon as they met, they liked each other and decided they should get married. They were really a match made in heaven.
⭐Misery loves company
Definition:
The phrase misery loves company means that if someone is miserable, they like others to be miserable too so that they can feel better about themselves.
Example:
I see that you got into a lot of trouble, but since your colleague is in trouble too, that makes you feel better. Misery loves company, doesn’t it?
⭐Puppy love
Definition:
A childish love between two
Example:
As they were still very young nobody took their puppy love seriously.
⭐Send love to someone
Definition:
An affectionate greeting or message given to someone.
Example:
Lisa sent her love to all the family.
⭐Tough love
Definition:
A way of helping someone with compassionate use of strict disciplinary measures. The aim is to attempt to improve their behavior.
Example:
The only way to help him get rid of his drug-addiction is to adhere to the principle of tough love.
⭐A man of action
Definition:
A man who is inclined to act first rather than think about things and discuss them.
Example:
Bill is really a man of action.
⭐A man’s man
Definition:
The phrase a man’s man refers to a man known for traditionally masculine interests and activities.
Example:
Alex is what you would call a man’s man.
⭐As one man
Definition:
If a group of people do something as one man, they do it unanimously, in complete agreement.
Example:
They all rose as one man, supporting the poor family.
⭐Company man
Definition:
The phrase company man refers to a worker who is more loyal to his employer than to his fellow workers.
Example:
He has never criticized the boss; he has always been a company man.

⭐Every man has his price
Definition:
The phrase every man has his price means that everyone can be bribed if you know how much or what to bribe him or her with.
Example:
“I offered him ten thousand dollars to sign the agreement, but he refused.”
“Just keep trying! Give him more. You know, every man has his price!”
⭐Every man jack
Definition:
The phrase every man jack means every person without exception.
Example:
All the volunteers contributed their time towards cleaning up the city, every man jack of them.
⭐Jangle someones’s nerves
Definition:
To annoy someone or to make them nervous.
Example:
The noise of the kids jangled my nerves.
⭐Make a man of someone
Definition:
To make a young person become more experienced or act like an adult and take responsibility.
Example:
A couple of years in a foreign country will make a man of him.
⭐Man cannot live by bread alone
Definition:
Used to mean that things like poetry, art, music, etc are necassary for people just as food.
Example:
People need to read some poetry! Man cannot live by bread alone.
⭐Man of means/woman of means
Definition:
The phrase a man of means refers to someone who is very rich.
Example:
What a beautiful car! He must be a man of means.
⭐Man of straw
Definition:
A weak person.
Example:
When his wife needed his support, he run away and left her facing all the problems all alone. That is why, she called him a man of straw after all.
⭐Marked man/marked woman
Definition:
Someone who is singled out as a target for attack.
Example:
As a witness to the murder, he knew he was a marked man.
⭐Men in blue
Definition:
It refers to the police or policemen.
Example:
The men in blue are chasing the drug dealer.
⭐No use to man or beast
Definition:
Said about something or someone that is completely useless.
Example:
That old car is no use to man or beast.

⭐Old wives’ tale
Definition:
A wrong traditional theory or belief, often about health.
Example:
The idea of drinking alcohol to relieve you from flu is an old wives’ tale.
⭐Scarlet woman
Definition:
A prostitute
Example:
She was the scarlet woman of the town.
⭐To a man
Definition:
Without exception.
Example:
All the neighbors were present at the meeting and they all, to a man, agreed to help the poor family.
⭐A dime’s worth
Definition:
An insignificant amount
Example:
At best, he’ll make a dime’s worth of difference with his interference in the affair.
⭐Bank on
Definition:
To expect something or rely on.
Example:
Can I bank on your friend’s predictions about the stock market?
⭐Bet your bottom dollar
Definition:
This idiom is used to say that one can be sure about something.
Example:
You can bet your bottom dollar. The whole thing will end tragically.
⭐Big bucks
Definition:
Lots of money.
Example:
The new managing director must be making big bucks after his promotion.
⭐Blank cheque
Definition:
This phrase is used to mean that one is given an unlimited freedom of action.
Example:
The president has been given a blank cheque to conduct a war against the enemy.
⭐Coining it
Definition:
to be earning a lot of money quickly.
Example:
The company has been coining it since the new boss took over.
⭐Dollars to donuts
Definition:
Something is very likely to be true or that one is certain about something.
Example:
I’ll bet you dollars to donuts she won’t accept his marriage proposal.

⭐Drop a dime
Definition:
To drop a dime means to make a phone call, usually calling the police
Example:
He went out to drop a dime on John.
⭐For a song
Definition:
Very cheaply.
Example:
She bought the house for a song.
⭐For love nor money
Definition:
Said when it is difficult to get something or persuade someone.
Example:
You can’t get help for love nor money these days.
⭐For my money
Definition:
In my opinion.
Example:
For my money, Ahsan is the best one to choose as a partner.
⭐Have money to burn
Definition:
To be very rich
Example:
He seems to have money to burn. He always buys his girlfriend extravagant things
⭐In the money
Definition:
Very rich
Example:
He’s in the money. He’s extremely rich.
⭐Of advanced age
Definition:
It describes someone as old.
Example:
The conference is about the effect of advanced age on fertility and pregnancy in women.
⭐Licence to print money
Definition:
If a company or activity is a licence to print money, it generates a lot of money without much effort.
Example:
Advertizing companies are just a licence to print money.
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