Wednesday, March 23, 2011

English Idioms - Dead-End Job, Eye Wash and End in Smoke

English Idioms - Dead-End Job, Eye Wash and End in Smoke

1.       To die in harness (to die while activity engaged in the performance of work or duty)
He died in harness, working to the last.
2.       To do without (to dispense with)
Can we do without water? It is next to impossible.
3.       Day in, day out (continuously)
He is working hard day in, day out to win the gold medal.

4.       Down and out (be unemployed and without money)
We should help the down and out; it is our moral obligation.
5.       To draw a blank (to be unsuccessful)
He drew a blank in life; it was due to his rashness.
6.       A dead-end job (a job without prospects)
Teaching profession is a dead-end job.
7.       Dutch courage (courage excited by liquor)
Dutch courage is always short-lived.
8.       Down at the heel (poor and miserable)
Although he is down at the heel, yet he does not like to ask for any sort of help.
9.       A dead shot (a person who hits the target without fail)
Don’t under-estimate him; he is a dead shot.
10.   Out of one’s depth (a subject beyond one’s knowledge to understanding).
The student was out of his depth in discussion on the Middle Ages.
11.   On the horns of a dilemma (in a difficult position)
He was on the horns of a dilemma and could not decide what to      do.
12.   In the doldrums/in the dumps (thoroughly depressed)
He is in the doldrums now-a-days.
13.   To draw a long bow (to exaggerate)
He is in the habit of drawing a long bow; his stories must be taken with a grain of salt.
14.   Eye-wash (something said or done to deceive)
His offer of help is a mere eye-wash.
15.   To end in smoke (to fail clumsily)
All his plans ended in smoke.
16.   To eat a humble pie (to submit humbly)
      In spite of all his brag, he had to eat a humble pie.
17.   Ever inch (entirely; completely)
He is every inch a soldier.
18.   At a low ebb (in a state of decline or decay).
His popularity is at a low ebb.
19.   To see ye to eye with (to agree with; to think alike)
I cannot see eye to eye with you in this matter.
20.   To be ill at ease (to be agitated in mind)
The boy did not do his home-work and was ill at ease in the class room.

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Pooja said...

Very informative and helpful English idioms post, I learned all these three idioms, thank you so much for explaining these tough idioms.

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