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 #101

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. with a grain of salt

-skeptically , with reservations

-अविश्वास के साथ, नमक मिर्च लगा कर

You should take what he says with a grain of salt.

2. sour grapes

-disparaging what one cannot obtain

-खट्टे अंगूर कोन खाये

Brown said his rival’s comments were just sour grapes..

3. not let the grass under one’s feet

-act now, don’t delay

देरी न करके तुरंत काम करना

The Poles encouraged by Margaret Thatcher and the Americans had not let the grass grow under their feet.

4. greek to sb

-beyond sb’s comprehension

-समझ से बाहर

Her explanations were Greek to us, and we were left with the feeling that we still had a lot to learn.

5. break new ground

-do sth innovative

परिवर्तन लाना

 His latest movie looks set to break new ground .

6. stand one’s ground

– be firm or unyielding

अडिग रहना

I kept trying to get my grandmother to find a smaller house, but she stood her ground.

7. grub street

-inferior and frequently plagiarised texts of poor literally merit

निम्न स्टार का साहित्य

The train that occurs three times in New Grub Street constitutes its”rhythm”.

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