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

Daily Use Idioms #41

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. a chink in sb’s armor

a vulnerable area

– कमज़ोर जगह, कमजोर नस

 The candidate’s opponents are busy looking for chinks in his armor.

2. a chip off the old block

– similar to one’s parents in character, behaviour or appearance

– चरित्र,व्यवहार या दिखने में माँ बाप के समान होना

Your son is certainly a chip off the old block.

3. when the chips are down

– when a situation is urgent or desperate

– अत्यंत ज़रूरी, अपने आपको कठिन स्तिथि में पाना जबकी कार्य अतिआवश्यक हो

One day when the chips are down, you will know who your true friends are.

4. Hobson’s choice

– an apparently free choice that actually offers no alternative

– कोई विकल्प न होना

It’s a case of Hobson’s choice because if I don’t agree to their terms, I’ll lose my job.

5. strike the chord

– trigger a feeling or memory

– एहसास दिलाना, सही जगह पर छूना

I knew the film would strike a chord with people because everybody knows somebody.

6. come(or turn) full circle

– return to an earlier position or decision

– पूर्ण होना

It’s January 1st, and the year has come full circle.

7. go around in circles

– work at sth but keep failing to make progress with it

– कोई हल न मिलना

Mostly, they go around in circles, reflecting only the idiom of the day.

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