Idioms are so useful when it comes to expressing something in a better way, especially in the speaking section. There are some situations when you have to state something in a short period of time but it takes so much time to deliver. Then comes the role of idioms that makes your sentences look more precise and effective. Here is lesson 1 of the Useful Idioms for Better Communication Series that you can learn to improve your speaking and writing.

Daily Use Idioms #1

Here is the list of 7 Idioms in this lesson. Learn, Use, and Improve.

Note: sth means something while sb means somebody. One’s is replaced with a possessive pronoun such as your, my, his, her, etc.

1. take sth/sb into account

remember to include something in one’s calculations, to consider something while reviewing a situation

– ध्यान देना , विचार करना

I hope you will take into account the fact that I have always worked hard for your company.

2. get one’s act together

start organizing oneself so that one does things in an effective way

– बेहतर ढंग से काम करने के लिए तैयार होना

The employees have been doing a lot of nonsense things, so the boss has advised them to get their act together.

3. be out of action

sth is not working or can not be sued, sb is injured or ill and cannot do things he or she usually does.

– काम न कर पाना, विवशता वश कार्य न कर पाना

I have not sued my phone for a month as it is out of action.

The system is out of action due to some server issues.

4. be up in the air

unresolved, undecided, subject to change

– अनिश्चित, उलझा हुआ

Plans for the picnic are still up in the air since we can’t decide where to go.

5. clear the air

remove the bad feelings between people, and clarify or get rid of a difficult or complex problem

– किसी मुश्किल से बाहर आना, संदेह दूर करना

A frank discussion can help to clear the air.

6. From A to Z

Comprehensive, including everything, thoroughly

– पूर्णतया, शुरू से अंत तक

By the end of the week, we knew the subject from A to Z.

7. take somebody aback

surprise or shock somebody so much that, he or she does know how to behave for a short time

– आश्चर्यचकित होना

I was taken aback by the news of his death.

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