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 #2

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. all in all

Overall; mostly

– कुल मिलाकर , मिलाजुलाकर

We both thought that all in all it might not be a bad idea.

2. of one’s own accord

voluntarily

– अपनी मर्ज़ी से

He came to see you of his own accord.

3. an Achilles’ heel

vulnerable spot, a small fault or weakness in a person or system that can result in its failure

– कमज़ोरी

I’m trying to lose weight, but ice cream is my Achilles’ heel.

4. the acid test

a test that proves a hypothesis or validity of a product or idea

– अग्नि-परीक्षा

People ask if the team is good enough. This match will be the acid test.

5. a man of action

a man who prefers t do things rather than think about and discuss them

– कर्मठ, सूत्रधार

He is known as a man of action.

6. come of age

if sth has come of age, it has reached its full successful development, to reach the age when one is an adult and is legally responsible for his or her behavior

– परिवक्व होना

The money will go to the children when they come of age.

7. alive and kicking (or alert or well)

continue to live or exist and be full of energy, to continue to be popular or successful

– जीवंतशील, जोश से परिपूर्ण

The classical dance form is still alive and kicking in our country.

Do you want to read more interesting lessons like this? Akram Khan has written numerous posts for beginners and intermediate-level students. Kindly visit his other two websites to go through a variety of posts:

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