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

Daily Use Idioms #67

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. lame duck

– sb, especially an elected official, who can not influence anymore, a person or company that is in trouble

– दिवालिया, असक्षम

Bush is not merely treating Clinton as a lame duck.

2. take to sth like a duck to water

– learn how to do sth very quickly and to enjoy doing it

– काम जल्दी करना और उसका आनंद उठाना सीखना

He took to fatherhood like a duck to water.

3. play ducks and drakes with

– squander, or use selfishly to suit oneself, waste, treat frivolously

अपने स्वार्थ के लिए

You have no right to play ducks and drakes with money that has been entrusted to you.

4. down in the dumps

– unhappy, in low spirits, in a melancholy mood

– दुखी, उदासी भरा

She’s feeling a bit down in the dumps.

5. de jure

– having a right or existence as stated by law

कानूनी तौर पर

 The President aims to create a de jure one-party state.

6. de facto

– existing in fact, legal or accepted

– वस्तुतः

The general took de facto control of the country.

7. at death’s door

– on the point of dying, very ill

अंतिम समय के निकट

 The old man is at death’s door.

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