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

Daily Use Idioms #55

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. cold comfort

– no comfort or consolation at all

– झूठी तस्सली देनी

A drop in the unemployment rate was cold comfort for those without a job.

2. go through channels

– proceed by consulting the proper persons

– नियमानुसार

You will need to go through channels in order to get the budget approved.

3. choke sb up

– make a person become overemotional and speechless; to make a person begin to cry

– गला बैठा देना

I can’t watch that movie without choking up.

4. come to a head

– come to crucial point

– निर्याणक स्थिति में पहुंचना

Matters came to a head with his resignation.

5. come to a pretty pass

– develop into a bad, unfortunate situation

– आफत बढ़ना

Things have come to a pretty pass for us.

6. a cinch

– sth that is very easy to do

– बहुत आसान

The program is a cinch to install.

7. cost an arm and a leg

– very expensive

– बहुत महंगा पड़ना

 She saw a beautiful coat but it cost an arm and a leg.

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