Wednesday, March 23, 2011

English Idioms - Bag and Baggage, Bad Blood and Burn one's fingers

English Idioms - Bag and Baggage, Bad Blood and Burn one's fingers

1.       By all means (certainly; with pleasure)
You can use my pen by all means.
2.       Bag and baggage (with all one’s belongings)
They threw her out of the house bag and baggage.
3.       Bring to bay (force somebody into a position from which it is impossible to escape)
During the discussion, I brought him to bay.

4.       Hold/Keep at bay (to avoid; to keep something at distance)
He keeps illness at bay by eating lots of oranges.
5.       Blow hot and cold (be capricious; have a wavering mind)
He blows hot and cold in the same breath and I am at a loss to know his mind.
6.       With one’s back to the wall (in a position where retreat or escape is impossible)
The soldiers are fighting desperately with their back to the wall.
7.       Bad blood (bitterness; resentment; ill-feeling)
This incident created bad blood between the two friends.
8.       Blue blood (aristocratic birth)
He is proud of his blue blood.
9.       By leaps and bounds (quickly; rapidly)
The cost of living is shooting up by leaps and bounds.
10.   Break the news (convey/disclose the news)
I have not the heart to break the news to him.
11.   Birds of a feather (Persons of like tastes/character)
Birds of a feather flock together.
12.   Bring to book (to punish)
He will be brought to book for his wickedness one day.
13.   Be in one’s good books (have one’s favour or approval)
A hard-working student is always in the good books of his teachers.
14.   Blow one’s own trumpet (to indulge in self- praise)
He always blows his own trumpet and nobody likes to pay heed      to what he says.
15.   (a) Between wind and water  (b) Between two fires  (c) Between the devil and the deep sea. (in a dilemma)
He is between two fires and does not know what to do.
16.   Behind the scene (secretly)
They are conspiring against him behind the scene.
17.   Bring home to (to convince)
I shall bring home to you that you are in the wrong.
18.   Burn one’s fingers (get into difficulty)
Be careful, otherwise you will burn your fingers.
19.   Bury the hatchet (becomes friends again after a bad quarrel)
Let us bury the hatchet and be friends again.
20.   By and by (gradually; slowly)
His business will prosper by and by.

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