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

Daily Use Idioms #5

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. as and when

at the time that sth happens

– काम खराब करना

most people in the city don’t own a car – they just rent one as and when they need it.

2. in the ascendant

– increasingly successful or powerful

– प्रभावशाली

He’s very much in the ascendant in the film world.

3. under the auspices (or banner) of sb/sth

-with the backing , support patronage

– दूरी बनाकर रखना

financial aid is being provided to the country under the auspices of the world bank

4. have an axe to grind

private or ulterior motive to further’ often a selfish one

– कानून की ताक़त, कानून की पहुँच

he should not become the chairman of the committee as he has too many axes of his own to grind

5. the abc of sth

the elementary or first elment ; the simplest knowledge

बेचैनी होना

he is keen to understand the abc of making investment is a stock market

6. above board

– open; staright ; legitimate ; without concealment

– झगड़े की जड़, विवाद का विषय

the deal between the two parites was completely open and above board.

7. give a good account of

perform well often in a challenging situation

– आँखों का तारा, बहुत प्रिय

as he could not give a very good account of himself in the interview the company didn’t offer him a good salary.

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