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⭐Fall from grace
Definition:
The idiom fall from grace refers to a loss of status or respect
Example:
The politician has fallen from grace and has become very unpopular.
⭐Get religion
Definition:
If you get religion, you decide to become religious
Example:
After the terrible accident he had had, Allan got religion and joined the church.
⭐Go to hell in a handbasket
Definition:
Go to a bad state of affairs quickly.
Example:
He said that all their plans for the project went to hell in a handbasket because of the recession.
⭐God forbid
Definition:
Said when you hope that something does not happen.
Example:
God forbid that they encounter a problem on their way home.
⭐God knows
Definition:
This idiom means “only God knows.” It is said when you have absolutely no knowledge of something.
Example:
God knows what he is going to do after his divorce.
⭐High man on the totem pole
Definition:
The most important person in a hierarchy or organization.
Example:
I want to meet the hign man on the totem pole.
⭐In God’s name
Definition:
It is used to add emphasis.
Example:
What in God’s name did you do to that poor girl?
⭐Mecca for someone or something
Definition:
If a place is a Mecca for someone or something, it is a place that a lot of people visit because it is known for something that they want to see or do.
Example:
Milan is a Mecca for fashion.
⭐Not have a snowball’s chance in hell
Definition:
Not to be able to achieve something.
Example:
He hasn’t a snowball’s chance of getting the money he needs for the project.
⭐Poverty is no sin
Definition:
The phrase poverty is no sin means that we shouldn’t condemn people for their poverty.
Example:
It is a pity that the police are chasing those beggars. Poverty is no sin.
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⭐Preach to the choir
Definition:
It means to convince people of something that they already ​believe.
Example:
You are just preaching to the choir. It is pointless to convince us of the value of exercising. We all agree that exercising is good for our health.
⭐Religious about doing something
Definition:
If someone is religious about doing something, they are strict about it.
Example:
He is religious about respecting the law.
⭐Until hell freezes over
Definition:
Forever
Example:
They said they’d go on searching till hell freezes over, but I’m sure they’ll give up soon.
⭐A bit of fluff
Definition:
A sexually attractive woman.
Example:
I saw him yesterday with a bit of fluff.
⭐Be better than sex
Definition:
Said about something which is very enjoyable or exciting.
Example:
Riding a horse is a real fun. It’s better than sex.
⭐Come out of the closet
Definition:
It means to admit publicly one’s homosexuality.
Example:
He came out of the closet when he went to university.
⭐Facts of life
Definition:
The details about sex and reproduction.
Example:
His parents told him the facts of life when he was ten years old.
⭐Have the hots for someone
Definition:
To be strongly sexually attracted to someone.
Example:
He has the hots for her but he can’t tell her. He’s so shy.
⭐In the family way
Definition:
Pregnant
Example:
I’ve heard that Huda is in the family way. Is that true?
⭐Meat and two veg
Definition:
The male genitals.
Example:
Everybody could see his meat and two veg because his trousers were so tight.
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⭐Play away from home
Definition:
To be unfaithful; to have sex with someone who is not your usual partner.
Example:
She stuck on her decision to divorce because she discovered her husband playing away from home.
⭐Play the field
Definition:
To have many sexual relationships.
Example:
He’s not the kind of person to think of getting married. He’s quite happy to play the field.
⭐Shotgun marriage
Definition:
When the bridegroom is forced to marry the bride he made her pregnant.
Example:
It was a shotgun marriage. Nancy was three months pregnant when she married John.
⭐The battle of the sexes
Definition:
The phrase the battle of the sexes refers to the conflicts and disagreements between men and women.
Example:
Gender equality is meant to end the battle of the sexes.
⭐Virgin territory
Definition:
A territory that hasn’t been touched or explored.
Example:
There is no sign of humans in that island. It’s a virgin territory.
⭐X-rated
Definition:
Not suitable for children.
Example:
Children ae not allowed to watch this film. It’s X-rated.
⭐A lost ball in the weeds
Definition:
It refers to a person who is completely lost or confused and does not know what they are doing
Example:
I got confused as to what I should do. I was a lost ball in the weeds..
⭐A whole new ball game
Definition:
A completely different situation.
Example:
He has written so many short stories but writing a novel is a whole new ball game.
⭐As bald as a cue ball
Definition:
Completely bald.
Example:
His father was as bald as a cue ball.
⭐Ball of fire
Definition:
A person who is especially hard-working, high-achieving, ambitious, or active.
Example:
They say he is a real ball of fire. He has already demonstrated his wish to climb higher.
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⭐Ball someone or something up
Definition:
To make a mess of, destroy or ruin; to interfere with someone or something.
Example:
Someone has balled my car up.
⭐Ball-breaker
Definition:
This refers either to a job or situation that is demanding and arduous and punishing
Example:
My job is such a ball-breaker! My boss expects me to work over the weekend again.
⭐Be on the ball
Definition:
To be well-informed and respond promptly.
Example:
We need someone who’s on the ball to help us implement our plan.
⭐Beat a retreat
Definition:
To leave hastily in the face of opposition.
Example:
When they saw the police coming, they beat a retreat.
⭐Beats me
Definition:
I don’t know; I have no idea.
Example:
Mickeal: What’s the longest river in the world?
Alan: Beats me!
⭐Carry the ball
Definition:
To take charge and control of an activity and be considered reliable enough to do a job.
Example:
He can’t carry the ball. He isn’t reliable.
⭐Come down on somebody like a ton of bricks
Definition:
To hit or punish somebody.
Example:
I’ll come down on you like a ton of bricks if you do that once again!
⭐Come from behind
Definition:
To win after being in a losing position in a game.
Example:
The young boxer came from behind to beat the world champion.
⭐Come to blows
Definition:
To have fight or an argument with someone.
Example:
Negotiators are trying not to come into blows over their territorial dispute.
⭐In a dead heat
Definition:
Said when two or more competitors finish a race or a competition at exactly the same time or with exactly the same result.
Example:
The two horses finished the race in a dead heat.
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⭐It beats me
Definition:
Used to suggest that you don’t understand something.
Example:
It beats me how she passed the exam.
⭐Keep one’s eye on the ball
Definition:
To remain alert to the events occurring around oneself.
Example:
To be successful in this business, you’ll have to keep your eye on the ball.
⭐Play ball
Definition:
To cooperate and agree to work with others.
Example:
The manager asked him to play ball if he wants things to go well.
⭐Set the ball rolling
Definition:
Start something, especially a conversation or a social event.
Example:
There was a quiet atmosphere in the party so I decided to set the ball rolling and got up to dance..
⭐That beats everything
Definition:
expressions of surprise.
Example:
You mean he came very late again last night? Well, that beats everything!
⭐The ball is in someone’s court
Definition:
When the ball is in someone’s court they have to take action.
Example:
The ball is in your court now. You should decide what you want to do.
⭐Wait for the ball to drop
Definition:
To wait in expectation of an occurrence.
Example:
When the scandal was publicly revealed, he waited for the ball to drop as he was involved.
⭐Walk the talk
Definition:
To do what one said one could do, or would do, not just making empty promises.
Example:
If we advise people to take care of the environment, we have to walk the talk.
⭐Weekend warrior
Definition:
A person who indulges in a sport or pastime on an infrequent basis
Example:
The most common foot related injury I see for the weekend warrior is heel pain.
⭐What beats me
Definition:
Said when you do not understand a situation or someone’s behaviour.
Example:
What beats me is how he passed the exam.

⭐Acid test
Definition:
The idiom acid test refers to a decisive test whose findings show the worth or quality of something.
Example:
Our team’s next match will be the first real acid test in this competition.
⭐Bells and whistles
Definition:
The phrase bells and whistles refers to extra, fancy add-ons or gadgets on something like a phone, a car or a computer.
Example:
This cars is loaded with all the bells and whistles, but it’s too expensive.
⭐Blow a fuse
Definition:
Become uncontrolably angry; lose your temper.
Example:
Hey, don’t blow a fuse.
⭐Bright as a button
Definition:
Intelligent.
Example:
He has a daughter who is as bight as a button.
⭐Button up one’s lip
Definition:
To stop talking.
Example:
Please, button up your lip and keep the news secret till tomorrow.
⭐Cog in the machine
Definition:
Said about one part of a large system or organization
Example:
He was just an important cog in the machine of organized crime.
⭐Dad fetch my buttons
Definition:
Said to express a surprise.
Example:
Dad fetch my buttons! He won a lot of money in the lottery.
⭐Have something down to a science
Definition:
Said when you are able to manage doing something very well.
Example:
They have the management of the concert down to a science.
⭐Hit the panic button
Definition:
to panic suddenly.
Example:
Relax! Don’t hit the button It’s just the wind.
⭐In tune
Definition:
Said when you have a good understanding of someone or something.
Example:
He was in tune with new technologies.

⭐On the same wavelength
Definition:
Thinking in the same pattern or in agreement.
Example:
They’ve done a good job because they were on the same wavelength.
⭐Pull the plug
Definition:
The phrase pull the plug means to put an end to an activity
Example:
They are going to pull the plug on the new TV show because it didn’t get any sponsors.
⭐Push someone’s buttons
Definition:
draw a strong emotional reaction from someone, especially anger or sexual arousal.
Example:
Don’t push my buttons with your silly comments.
⭐Reinvent the wheel
Definition:
To waste one’s time doing something that has already been done satisfactorily.
Example:
Just use our guide book and don’t try to reinvent the wheel.
⭐Run out of steam
Definition:
If you run out of steam, you lose the energy, enthusiasm or interest to continue doing something.
Example:
After having worked for twenty years as the manager of the company, he seems to run out of steam.
⭐The dismal science
Definition:
The phrase the dismal science refers to the discipline of economics.
Example:
He is interested in history and the dismal science.
⭐Well-oiled machine
Definition:
The phrase well-oiled machine refers to something that operates well.
Example:
Their office ran like a well-oiled machine.
⭐Against the clock
Definition:
To work or race against the clock means to do something as fast as possible
Example:
The students were racing against the clock to finish the paper before the deadline.
⭐Against time
Definition:
An attempt to finish something quickly within a time limit.
Example:
It’s going to be a race against the time to finish the project before the deadline.
⭐Ahead of one’s time
Definition:
In advance of commonly accepted ideas
Example:
With his new scientific discoveries, he was ahead of his time.

⭐Any minute soon now
Definition:
Very soon
Example:
The news about the president’s resignation will be broadcasted on TV any moment now.
⭐Beat the clock
Definition:
To do something before a deadline.
Example:
They managed to beat the clock and arrive a few minutes before the conference started.
⭐Clock on
Definition:
To register one’s arrival at work
Example:
They clocked on as soon as they arrived at work.
⭐Clock out
Definition:
To register one’s departure from work.
Example:
They clocked out early in order to be on time for the concert.
⭐Devil of a time
Definition:
If you have a devil of a time, you have a very difficult time.
Example:
Before she divorced, Sania had had a devil of a time with her husband.
⭐Drastic times call for drastic measures
Definition:
It means that when you face extreme and undesirable situations, it is sometimes necessary to take extreme actions.
Example:
We had to let go five of our workers because the company had problems selling the new product. Drastic times call for drastic measures!
⭐Every minute
Definition:
Describing the whole period that something lasted.
Example:
I enjoyed every minute of the match. It was just fantastic.
⭐High time
Definition:
If it’s high time you did something, it is the appropriate time for it.
Example:
It’s high time you began learning how to drive.
⭐In a split second
Definition:
In just very short time.
Example:
Everything was calm. But just in a split second a storm hit the whole region causing a lot of victims.
⭐In the nick of time
Definition:
The phrase in the nick of time means at the last possible moment
Example:
I arrived at the train station in the nick of time and took the last train to the capital city.

⭐It’s about time
Definition:
It is time
Example:
It is about time that women should be considered equal to men in this country.
⭐Kill time
Definition:
To kill time means to spend time doing nothing in particular.
Example:
He had nothing in particular to do, so he went for a walk to kill time.
⭐Matter of time
Definition:
It is used to say that something will certainly happen.
Example:
It is only a matter of time before he resigns.
⭐Moment in the sun
Definition:
A brief instance a humble person draws attention.
Example:
That band got their moment in the sun during the 70s.
⭐Name the day
Definition:
Fix the date of an important event, especially marriage.
Example:
Sarah and John are going to name the day soon.
⭐Not for a minute
Definition:
Not at all.
Example:
I don’t want you to fail in your project. Not for a minute.
⭐Now or never
Definition:
Said when you have to do something right now because you may not get another chance to do it later.
Example:
This is your chance. It’s now or never!
⭐Pressed for time
Definition:
If you are pressed for time, it means that you are in a hurry.
Example:
I am sorry, I can’t talk to you right now; I’m pressed for time.
⭐Question of time
Definition:
It is said about something that will surely happen.
Example:
The criminal will be arrested. It’s just a question of time.
⭐Race against time
Definition:
To race against time means to hurry to do something before a deadline.
Example:
They had only two days to finish the job, so they had to race against time.

⭐Rough time
Definition:
The idiom rough time means a hard or bad time.
Example:
It was such a rough time.
⭐Stand the test of time
Definition:
If something stands the test of time, it lasts for a long time.
Example:
Their marriage has stood the test of time.
⭐The minute
Definition:
At the moment when
Example:
The minute he saw her, he fell in love.
⭐Time flies
Definition:
The phrase time flies means that time passes very quickly especially when you’re having fun.
Example:
Time flew while they were talking about the old beautiful days.
⭐To the last
Definition:
Until the completion of something or until death.
Example:
Don’t worry, I’ll support to the last.
⭐To this day
Definition:
Until now.
Example:
He disappeared and to this day nobody knows what happened to him.
⭐Turn back the clock
Definition:
To return in time to an earlier period of history.
Example:
When their relationship had started deteriorating, he told her that they should turn back the clock and just go back to when things were simpler.
⭐Under the wire
Definition:
At the last minute
Example:
He turned his report just under the wire.
⭐Up to the minute
Definition:
The most modern
Example:
The internet is an excellent source of up to the minute news.
⭐Up-to-date
Definition:
Current; recent; the latest
Example:
He uses an up-to-date theory to explain his views.
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