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

Daily Use Idioms #69

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. be a dab hand

– expert or adept at; one skillful at

विशेषज्ञ, निपुण, कुशल

However, they might be a dab hand at needlework or crochet.

2. a dead end

– situation, job etc. with no prospects of improvements

अंधनाल, बंदगली, अंतिम सिरा

His research was at a dead end.

3. turn a deaf ear

– choose not to hear; refuse to listen

– अनसुनी करना

In the past, they’ve tended to turn a deaf ear to such requests.

4. toll(or sound) the death knell

– cause an organization, system, or activity

– पतन कर देना

The shutdown of the local iron industry tolled the death knell for the village.

5. in dire straits

– experience different financial conditions or circumstances

– आर्थिक तंगी से गुज़रना

Everyone agrees the sport is in dire straits.

6. wash one’s dirty linen in the public

– discuss publicly matters that one should keep private

– दूसरों के सामने घरेलू झगड़ा करना

We shouldn’t wash our dirty laundry in public and if I was in his position, I’d say nothing at all.

7. be in the doldrums

– be inactive, very quiet or dull, be in a low or undynamic state

– सूस्त होना

Mr. Wang appears to be in the doldrums when he faces a language barrier.

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