An idiom (Latin: idioma, "special property", f. Greek: ἰδίωμα – idiōma, "special feature, special phrasing", f. Greek: ἴδιος – idios, "one’s own") is an expression consisting of a combination of words that has a figurative meaning. The figurative meaning is comprehended in regard to a common use of the expression that is separate from the literal meaning or definition of the words of which it is made. Idioms are numerous and they occur frequently in all languages. There are estimated to be at least 25,000 idiomatic expressions in the English language. Examples:
TURN OVER A NEW LEAF| Changing your better for the better| After Ajit was released from prison, he decided to turn over a new leaf and become an honest man. IDIOM| MEANING|
PULL UP ONE’S SOCKS| To make an effort to improve|
Rajesh got only forty percentage marks in the English mid-term exams. He needs to pull up his socksif he has to score well in his final exams. IDIOM| MEANING|
HIT BELOW THE BELT| To act in an unfair matter|
The candidate of the opposition party spread false rumours about the Minister. People felt that it was an act of hitting below the belt.
GIFT OF THE GAB| The ability to speak well|
Pooja was able to keep the audiences amused with her stories. She surely has the gift of the gab. IDIOM| MEANING|
WILD GOOSE CHASE| Futile search|
Searching for hidden gold in the village field is nothing but a wild goose chase. IDIOM| MEANING|
HAVE SECOND THOUGHTS| Reconsideration of a decision|
When Rajiv could not answer any question in the Economics assignment, he started having second thoughts about his decision to take Economics as his main subject. IDIOM| MEANING|
TAKE TO TASK| To reprimand someone|
Payal was taken to task by her mother when she found out that she had failed her Mathematics exam. IDIOM| MEANING|
FACE THE MUSIC| To face the consequences of one’s action| I lost my father’s...