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

Daily Use Idioms #52

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. in due course

– in a reasonable length of time

– यथासमय, उचित समय पर

Applicants will be called for an interview in due course.

2. as the crow flies

– in a straight line, by the shortest routes

– छोटे रास्ते से

The villages are no more than a mile apart as the crow flies.

3. cry wolf

– give false warnings of danger, etc., by crying unnecessarily for help

– अकारण शोर मचाना

 If you cry wolf too often, people will stop believing that you need help.

4. cut and thrust

– fierce competition, debate, etc, a competitive environment

– अच्छी प्रतियोगिता

She enjoys the cut and thrust of party politics.

5. be in the cahoots

– in secret or disreputable partnership; in league

– गुप्त या अपमानजनक हिस्सेदारी

 A banker and a government minister were in cahoots over a property deal.

6. the calm before the storm

– a peaceful and quiet period before the period of activity

– तूफ़ान से पहले का सन्नाटा

Charity should have recognized it as the calm before the storm, but she didn’t.

7. the casting couch

– the practice of demanding serial favors in return for casting a performance in a film, tv, or program

– काम के बदले अवैध सम्बन्धों की मांग प्रचलन में होना

Her firm pronouncements are often couched in ambiguity.

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