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

Daily Use Idioms #3

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 and sundry

people in general; everybody, without discrimination

– आम आदमी

She invited all and sundry to her party.

2. alpha and omega

the beginning and the end, the first and the last, the entirety of something

– शुरुआत से अंत तक

He knows the alpha and omega of his job.

3. run amok (or amuck)

be out of control and act in a wild or dangerous manner

– कमज़ोरी

A big elephant is running amuck in the village, tearing up the trees by the roots.

4. up (raise) the ante

increase the price; increase one’s demands or the risks in a situation in order to achieve a better result

– उन्नति की ओर

I think it did up the ante quite a bit.

5. have ants in one’s pants

be extremely restless, uneasy, impatient, or anxious

बेचैनी होना

I’ve got ants in my pants—I cannot wait to go to college next month!

6. apple of discord

anything causing trouble, discord, or jealousy

– झगड़े की जड़, विवाद का विषय

 I sense an apple of discord between you two.

7. the apple of one’s eye

the person of whom one is extremely fond, favorite

– आँखों का तारा, बहुत प्रिय

His youngest daughter was the apple of his eye.

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