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

Daily Use Idioms #24

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. a bolt from the blue

unexpected happening, a complete surprise

-अचानक घटित होना

The news of his marriage was a bolt from the blue.

2. make no bones about sth

– be open and frank about sth

स्पष्ट होना ,मान लेना

He made no bones about his plans to cut expenses.

3. bring sb to book

– make sb accountable for his conduct, punish sb

दूसरे के उदहारण से लाभ उठाना

Those who fanned racial tensions should be brought to book

4. take a leaf out of sb’s life (or book)

-follow an example set by another person

दूसरे के उदहारण से लाभ उठाना

Maybe I should take a leaf out of Rick’s book and start coming in early every morning.

5. get the boot (or axe )

-expelled, rejected

-निकाल दिया जाना

She got the boot for stealing money from the till.

6. living on borrowed time

– not expected to much longer

-अनुमानित समय से ज्यादा जीना

She’s been living on borrowed time for the last year.

7. think outside the box

-think differently , challenge etc.

-अलग सोचना

to solve this puzzle, you’ll have to think outside the box.

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