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

Daily Use Idioms #82

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. sit on the fence

-remain neutral

-दुविधा में होना

He tends to sit on the fence at meetings.

2. few and far between

-infrequent, scarce

-बहुत कम

In this economic climate, new ideas were few and far between.

3. be as fit as fiddle

-in excellent health; in good form

-पूर्ण स्वस्थ होना

My grandmother’s 89, but she’s as fit as a fiddle.

4. play second fiddle

– take a subordinate role

-निचला स्थान ग्रहण करना

I’m not going to play second fiddle to anyone.

5. not give a fig

– not care about

-बिलकुल ध्यान न देना

Katherine didn’t give a fig for Joe’s comfort or his state of mind.

6. fight a losing battle

-try hard to do sth when there is no chance that you will succeed

ऐसा युद्ध लड़ना जिसमे हार निश्चित हो

 I try to control what my children watch on TV, but I think I’m fighting a losing battle.

7. fight shy of

– avoid

को टालना

 Many women fight shy of motherhood.

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