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

Daily Use Idioms #4

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. upset the apple-cart

spoil or disrupt a plan or arrangement; disprove a theory

– काम खराब करना

Now don’t upset the applecart by revealing where we’re going.

2. seal (or stamp) of approval

an official sign of approval

– सहमति देना

The Government has given the proposal its seal of approval.

3. keep sth/sb at arm’s length

keep sb a distance, avoiding intimacy or familiarity

– दूरी बनाकर रखना

He had always kept her family at arm’s length.

4. the long arm of the law

the far-reaching power of the authorities

– कानून की ताक़त, कानून की पहुँच

It is not easy for criminals to escape the long arm of the law in a developed country like this.

5. up in arms

angry, rebellious

बेचैनी होना

the employees where up in arms over the management’s plan to discontinue five dy week policy

6. armed to the teeth

– fully equipped ( with weapons, argument etc.)

– झगड़े की जड़, विवाद का विषय

the alleged tax defaulter was ready for all their question, and armed to the teeth with proof of his innocence.

7. have been around

have existed; have acquired a lot of worldly experience

– अस्तित्व में होना

There is nothing new about laptops – they’ve been around for a year.

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