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

Daily Use Idioms #12

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. be in a bad way

be ill, unhappy, or in a bad state

-सख्त बीमार होना

After 17 years of the Conversation government, the country was in a bad way.

2. set( or start ) the ball rolling

get sth started, especially a conversation or a ball event.

बातचीत शुरू करना

The old men having set the ball rolling, the others began to throw in their suggestions.

3. get/ jump/ leap on the bandwagon

do sth because it is fashionable or profitable, join a cause or movement once it is successful

-आचरण में होने की वजह से आंदोलन माँ शामिल होना

After a couple of politicians won elections by promising to cut taxes, most of the others jumped on the bandwagon.

4. (not) bat an eye/ eyelash/ eyelid

to not show any shock or surprise

-हैरानी न जाताना, अविचलित होना

Mr. Zephyr didn’t bat an eye.

5. get out of bed on the wrong side/ get up on the wrong side of the bed

be in a bad or grumpy mood

बुरे मिजाज में होना

His behavior with everyone is bad today. it seems he got up on the wrong side of the bed!

6. give sb a hell

scold sb harshly

बुरे तरिके से डांटना

The boss gave them for not finishing the project in time.

7. give sb the benefit of doubt

– regard sb as innocent until proven otherwise

-संदेह का फायदा देना

I didn’t know whether his story was true or not, but I decided to give him the benefit of the doubt.

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