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 116 of the Useful Idioms for Better Communication Series that you can learn to improve your speaking and writing.

Daily Use Idioms #116

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. Lock horns

-The two multinationals have locked horns over oil productions rights.

-बहस करना, शुरुआत करना

In fact, the feuding agencies were about to lock horns and starve over the first two dams on their priority lists.

2. A hot potato

-The abortion issue is a political hot potato in the United states

-बहुत नाजुक विषय

The issue became a hot potato for the government.

3. In the hot seat

-One has to take hard decisions when he or she is in the hot seat.

-गायितपूर्ण पद पर

He is to remain in the hot seat as chief executive.

4. Hustle and bustle

-He wanted to buy a house away from the hustle bustle of city life.

-शूर शराबा

She enjoyed all the hustle and bustle of people and music.

5. Hold forth

-The professor held forth on Indian economy for over two hours.

-लम्बे समय तक बोलना

He will hold forth until he is stopped.

6. Hang out (somewhere/with sb)

-We came to know that he has started hanging out with a group of people who are not a good influence on him.

-घूमना फिरना

My job was to hang out the washing.

7. Ham it up

-Don’t give any attention to his antics, or he’ll start hamming it up to the point of complete farce

-बहुत बाद-चढ़ कर जवाब देना

The actors were really hamming it up to amuse the audience.

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