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

Daily Use Idioms #35

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. by the way


– वैसे, बहरहाल

By the way, I’m your number-one fan.

2. break down

– undecided

– विश्लेषण करना

The talks were meant to break down barriers between the two groups.

3. scrape the bottom of barrel

– select from among the worst

अंतिम बूँद तक काम में ले लेना

 Richard’s in the team? You really are scraping the bottom of the barrel! 5 days ago.

4. shoot the breeze

– spend time chatting

– बातचीत करना

We sat around in the bar, shooting the breeze.

5. close the books

– put an end to a matter that concerns sth or sb

– किसी मामले का अंत करना

Rady made a motion to close the book on the matter.

6. in the black

– the business is making money, it is profitable

– धन कमाना

Until his finances are in the black, I don’t want to get married.

7. backhanded compliment

– ambiguous statement- one that can be taken as a compliment, but which might also be seen as an insult

– अस्पष्ट कथन

In a backhanded compliment she said he looked very good for his age.

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