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

Daily Use Idioms #139

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. Hush money

-The robbers paid the guard hush money to keep their whereabouts secret.


-She claimed that the minister had offered her hush money to keep their child a secret.

2. Monkey business

-There’s been some monkey business in connection with the bank loans.

-शरारती, नुकसान पहुंचने वाले

-The teacher suspected that there had been some monkey business going on in the class.

3. Smoke and mirrors

-Most people know that the politician was just using smoke and mirrors to make things look better than they really were.

-धोखा और शर्म

-Chinese and Indians, writes Indian journalist Pallavi Aiyar in her perceptive book, Smoke and Mirrors: An Experience of China, are “largely culturally untranslatable to each other.

4. More or less

-I more or less have decided to shift to a bigger city.

-करीब-करीब, लगभग

-She started off by accusing him of blackmail but he more or less ignored her.

5. No matter

-No matter how hard I try, my teacher is never satisfed.

-की परवाह किये बिना, पर ध्यान दिए बिना

-Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism. 

6. Can’t cut the mustard

-He decided to drop out of the morning college, he couldn’t cut the mustard.

-सम्भल न पाना

-You do pay a premium for this, but the features and options make it an ideal choice for environments where ordinary PDAs just can’t cut the mustard.

7. Make good

-He dropped out from college and immigrated to Australia where he made good and now owns two restaurants.

-पूरा करना, अमीर होना

-To make good use of should have in youth the experience of advanced years,and in old age the vigor of youth. 

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