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

Daily Use Idioms #118

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. Break the ice

-Someone at the confidence will have to break the ice.

-चुप्पी तोडना

She helps break the ice when I am interviewing.

2. Be in for

-We’re in for a difficult time.

-पाने वाला होना, में पढ़ने वाला होना

We’d better hurry or we’ll be in for it.

3. Within an inch of

-The care was within an inch of the disaster when i managed to apply the brakes.

-के अत्यंत निकट

He came within an inch of being killed.

4. Add insult to injury

-First of all he arrived an hour late and hours and then, to add insult to injury, he complained about my selection of the hall for the event.

-जले पर नमक छिड़कना

She not only deceived him but, to add insult to injury, allowed him to pay for her meal.

5. An itching

-Most ministers in this government have itchy palms.


You yourself are much condemned to have an itching palm; to sell and you’re your offices for gold to undeceives.

6. Ipso Facto

-The court held that ipso facto the owner of the company is responsible for the worker’s death.

-इसी बात से, सवरूप से ही

If a crime occurs then there is, ipso facto, a guilty party.

7. In toto

-The available data amounts to very little in toto.


They accepted the plan in toto.

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