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

Daily Use Idioms #59

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. at daggers drawn

-about to or ready to fight

-जानी दुश्मन, लड़ने को तैयार

The world lives at daggers drawn in a cold war.

2. put a damper

-discourage or dishearten sth

-निराश करना, बाधा पहुंचना

The cold weather put a damper on our plans.

3. dance to sb’s tune

– always do what sb else tells one do, whether he or she agrees with it or not

-दूसरे के कहने पर चलना

The boss has got everyone dancing to her tune.

4. a dark horse

– a little known, unexpectedly successful entrant

नया खिलाडी

 She’s a dark horse. I didn’t know she’d written a novel.

5. keep sb in the dark

– keep sb in a state of ignorance, uninformed

-छुपा रुस्तम

I wish my boss would stop keeping me in the dark and be clear about what I need to do for the project.

6. a shot(stab) in the dark

– an attempt to guess sth when sb has no information or knowledge about

-धोखे में रखना

They don’t really know how much the work will cost. 

7. all in a day’s work

– all part of one’s normal routine or job or range of experience

-अँधेरे में तीर मारना

Injecting animals is all in a day’s work for a vet.

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