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

Daily Use Idioms #38

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. call the shots

be in charge of what is happening

– स्थिति पर नियंत्रण होना

He isn’t in a position to call the shots here.

2. be in the can

– completed

– उपयोग के लिए पूरी तरह से तैयार

But her boy, who already has one success in the can, would settle for a shiny new toy.

3. have a card up one’s sleeve

– a hidden or secret advantage or resource

– छिपा हुआ फायदा

before we make a decision, let’s see if the rivals have another card up their sleeve.

4. keep one’s card close to one’s chest

– be secretive or cautious, give nothing away

– छिपाकर रखना

He’s still playing his cards close to his chest.

5. put one’s cards on the table

– be open and honest; reveal one’s position or intentions

– अपना इरादा स्पष्ट करना

John laid his cards on the table and told her how much they could afford.

6. sweep sth under the carpet

– try to hide a problem or keep a problem a secret instead of dealing with it

– समस्या को सुलझाने के बजाये उसको छिपाना

The committee is being accused of sweeping financial problems under the carpet to avoid embarrassment.

7. carrot and stick

– a mixture of rewards and punishments

– इनाम और सजा एक साथ

The old carrot and stick method of keeping control is now all stick.

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