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

Daily Use Idioms #76

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. open one’s eyes

– become or make sb aware of the truth of a situation

– आँखे खोलना

A bonze covers tightly washed – up really, open secretly open one’s eyes.

2. shut one’s eyes to

– ignore, pretend not to see sth

– नज़रअंदाज़ करना

 To shut one’s eyes to half of life so that one may live securely is as though one blinded oneself so that one might walk with more safety in a land of pit and precipice.

3. raise a few eyebrows

– shock, draw attention

हैरान करना

Raise a few eyebrows by stepping out in these tiny shorts this summer.

4. lend an ear

– listen, pay attention

सुनना, ध्यान देना

 Lend an ear to him. It seems that he knows the whole story.

5. be ill at ease

– feel anxious or embarrassed

– उत्सुक होना’ असहज महसूस करना

Their stares made us (feel) ill at ease.

6. eat one’s heart out

– feel bitter anguish, grief, worry, and jealously

– शोक मनाना

I’m singing in the village production of Tosca next month – eat your heart out, Pavarotti!

7. to egg on

– incite, urge ahead, provoke

– उकसाना

 Egged on by his top aides, he was determined to win.

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