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

Daily Use Idioms #31

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. hide one’s eye under a bushel

show extreme modesty

– अपनी योग्यता छिपाना

Don’t be tempted to hide your light under a bushel for fear of upsetting other people.

2. mean business

– be serious about achieving sth, even if other people disagree with you

– सचमुच करने का इरादा रखना, चाहे लोग असहमत हो

 I think this sends a sign out to Liverpool supporters that the club does mean business.

3. know on which side one’s bread is buttered

– know what is to one’s advantage

– अपने हित को जानना

He pretends to be impartial but believe me, he knows which side his bread is buttered on.

4. by-and-by

– later, in due course

– तुरंत,बाद में थोड़ी देर में

She will be better by and by.

5. stab sb in back

– do sth harmful to sb who trusted you

– पीठ में चुरा खोपना

our bill at the last minute was a real stab in the back.

6. bad-mouth sb

– say unpleasant things about sb or sth

– बुरे शब्दों का प्रयोग कर उनके विचारो को खराब करना

Her co-workers bad-mouthed her to her boss.

7. the bare bones

– basic or essential facts

– मुख्या तथ्य

 We have outlined only the bare bones of the method.

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