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

Daily Use Idioms #97

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. run the gauntlet

– endure or provoke attacks from all sides


Every day they had to run the gauntlet of hostile journalists on their way to school.

2. throw down the gauntlet

-declare or issue a challenge

-चुनौती स्वीकार करना

The company threw down the gauntlet and told the union that this offer for a contract was final.

3. change the gear

-change one’s approach in handling a problem

समस्या को हल करने का तरीका बदल देना

He once again changed gear in his career.

4. let the genie out of the bottle

-allow sth bad to happen as it cannot be stopped

जो होना है उसे होने देना

When I told her the secret, I let the genie out of the bottle.

5. a gentleman’s agreement

-informal spoken agreement, without return legal supporting backups

अलिखित करर

She made a gentleman’s agreement with her buyer.

6. the gift or the gab

– an ability to speak easily and confidently and to persuade people to do what you want

अपनी योग्यता से दुसरो से काम करवाना जो आप चाहते है

She’s got the gift of the gab

7. give and take

– compromise, concession


We must all give and take a little if we want peace.

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