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

Daily Use Idioms #37

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. stand a chance

have a possibility or hope of success

– सफलता की उम्मीद

The driver didn’t stand a chance of stopping in time.

2. not have a clue

– have no idea or inkling about sth

-कोई विचार न होना

You may not have a clue how it works

3. at the crack of dawn

-very early in the morning


 I was up at the crack of dawn to get the plane. I was up at the crack of dawn to get the plane.

4. not all it’s cracked upto be

-not as good as people say it is

-उतना अच्छा नहीं, लोग कहते है

Being your own boss isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

5. at cross purposes

– with aims or goals that conflict or interfere with one another

– दो ऐसे उद्देश्य जो एक दूसरे को प्रभावित करे

I finally realized that we were talking at cross purposes.

6. a piece of cake

-very easy task

-आसान कार्य

The exam paper was a piece of cake.

7. sell like hot cakes

– be a great commercial success

-हाथो हाथ बिकना या मांग में होना ।

That book sold like hot cakes and had to be reprinted several times

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