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

Daily Use Idioms #25

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. sb’s bread and butter

one’s livelihood


The bread and butter of these men is at stake. 

2. break sb’s back

– overpower

-कमर तोडना, कुचल देना

Man, they were trying to break our backs today on the docks. 

3. break new (or fresh) ground

– do sth innovative

-कुछ परिवर्तनकारी करना

His latest movie looks set to break new ground.

4. take sb’s breath away


-हैरान कर देना

The acrobatic skill of the dancers took my breath away.

5. burn one’s bridges

– destroy one’s possibility of retreat, act decisively

-समझदारी से काम करना

if you insult the boss when you leave, you’ll be burning your bridges and you’ll never be able to go back to work there again

6. a bright spark

-intelligent or lively person

-दिमागदार और जीवनतशील

But he was also a bright spark, voracious reader and knowledge junkie. 

7. look on the bright side

-try to see sth good in bad situation

-बुरे वक़्त में भी अच्छी ढूंढ़ना

Even when things go badly, try to look on the bright side.

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