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

Daily Use Idioms #46

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. cool as a cucumber

– be very calm and relaxed

– धीरज रखना

She walked in as cool as a cucumber, as if nothing had happened.

2. cut the cord

– stop needing sb else to look after you and start acting independently

-अनाश्रित होना

 She would cut the cord that bound her to them cleanly and irrevocably.

3. the corridors of power

– the offices of powerful leaders

-उच्च स्तर

His laziness became a legend in the corridors of power.

4. wrap sb in cotton wool

– protect sb too much without allowing them to be independent enough

-अधिक सुरक्षा देने की वजह से स्वतन्त्र न बनने देना, आवश्यकता से ध्यान देना

You can’t wrap (up) your children in cotton wool forever.

5. couch potato

-a chronic television viewer

-टीवी देखकर समय गवाने वाला, बेकार के कार्यो में समय व्यतीत करने वाला

You are such a couch potato on weekends.

6. count one’s chicken

– make plans based on events that may or may not happen

बिना हुई घटनाओ पर योजनाएँ बनाना

She wanted to buy a dress in case someone asked her to the dance, but I told her not to count her chickens before they are hatched.

7. blow sb’s cover

– inadvertently give away one’s secret identity

-अनजाने में गुप्त पहचान बता देना

The young man looked embarrassed as if he were a spy whose cover had been blown.

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