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Dictionary of English Idioms

 

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"Dictionary of English Idioms:
Vocabulary Building"

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[Series Name: 'English Word Power' | Book No: 18]

 

 

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Useful English Idioms -- A

 

Aback

be taken aback -- to be shocked

 

Abeyance

in abeyance -- postponed

 

Above

above all -- most of all

 

Abreast

keep abreast of -- to know the latest update

 

Abstract

in the abstract -- generally

 

Abundance

in abundance -- in great amounts or quantities

 

Accident

by accident -- unintentionally

 

Accompaniment

to the accompaniment of -- in the addition of something else

 

Accord

in accord -- in agreement

of your own accord -- willingly

with one accord -- in unison

 

Accordance

in accordance with -- according to a rule or system

 

Account

by all accounts -- as said by other people

by your own account -- as said by you

of no account -- of no significance

on somebody’s account -- because of other person

on account of -- because of

on no account -- without any reason

on your own account -- by or for yourself

on this account -- because of this

turn something to good account -- to make the best use of something

take account of -- to consider something during decision-making process

 

Ace

hold all the aces -- to be in the most favorable situation

place your ace -- to use your best argument, etc. to make situation in your favor

 

Acquaintance

make the acquaintance of somebody -- to be familiar with somebody for the first time

of your acquaintances -- that you know

on first acquaintance -- on first meeting

 

Acquire

an acquired taste -- something that you like gradually

 

Act

act of God -- a natural event

do a vanishing act -- to be absent when you are required to be present

get your act together -- to make your best efforts achieve to your goal

a hard act to follow -- to be perfect example of something and thus almost impossible to be emulated

in the act of doing something -- while somebody is doing something

in action -- doing the usual activity

into action -- to be implemented

out of action -- not working

 

Add

add insult to injury -- to aggravate the relationship with somebody

 

Addition

in addition -- besides

 

Ado

without further ado -- immediately

 

Advanced

of advanced age -- very old

 

Advantage

work to your advantage -- to try to get advantage form a particular circumstance

to best advantage -- in a best possible way

turn something to your advantage -- to get an advantage from an unfavorable situation

 

Aegis

under the aegis of -- with the support of

 

Afoul

run afoul of -- to do something illegal

 

Afar

from afar -- from a long distance away

 

Afield

far afield -- from a long distance away

 

Afoul

run afoul of -- to do something illegal

 

After

after all -- in spite of everything

 

Age

act your age -- to behave maturely and sensibly

come of age -- to be legally mature

under age -- to be legally immature

 

Aggregate

in aggregate -- as a total

 

Agree

agree to differ -- (of two people) to not discuss their different views about something

 

Aim

take aim at -- to criticize severely

 

Air

walk on air -- to be delighted

in the air -- felt by many people

on air -- broadcasting on TV, etc.

off air -- not broadcasting on TV, etc.

up in the air -- undecided

 

Aisle

walk down the aisle -- to get married

 

Alarm

alarm bells ring -- to be worried and apprehensive in a sudden way

 

Alive

alive and kicking -- healthy and lively

bring something alive -- to make something exciting

come alive -- to be exciting

 

And

and all that -- and other things of the same kind

not all that -- not particularly

 

Allow

allow me -- used to offer help in a polite manner

 

Allowance

make allowance for something -- to consider something during decision-making process

make allowance for somebody -- to accept somebody’s improper, rude, etc. way of behaving because of special reason

 

Alone

go it alone -- to do something on your own

leave alone -- to stop annoying somebody

stand alone -- to be independent or unrelated to somebody/something

 

Along

along with -- in addition to or together with

 

Altar

on the altar of -- because of something extremely important

 

Amends

make amends -- to compensate

 

Amiss

not go amiss -- to be successful

take something amiss -- to unnecessary feel offended

 

Amok

run amok -- to lose your temper

 

Amount

any amount of -- a large quantity of

no amount of -- without any effect

 

Analysis

in the final analysis -- ultimately

 

Ants

to have ants in your pants -- to be extremely impatient

 

Ante

raise the ante -- to increase the level of demands or money

 

Anything

Anything but | not for anything -- certainly not

 

Apology

make no apology -- to think that you have not done anything wrong, unfair or immoral

 

Apple

apple of somebody’s eye -- that is loved very much

apples and oranges -- totally different from each other

 

Apron

tied to apron’s string -- to be very influenced by somebody | to be controlled by somebody

 

Arm

cost an arm and a leg -- to be too expensive

keep at arm’s length -- to not involve much with somebody

 

Armed

armed to the teeth -- to have numerous weapons to fight

 

Arms

be under arms -- to ready to fight with weapons

lay down your arms -- to stop fighting

take up arms -- to get ready to fight

be up in arms -- to be prepared to protest

 

Arrears

fall in arrears -- to be delayed in paying the owed amount

in arrears -- paid after the work has been finished

 

As

as against -- on the contrary

as for | as to -- regarding

 

Ascendant

in the ascendant -- flourishing

 

Ask

ask for it -- to deserve something unpleasant

don’t ask -- used to avoid giving reply to a question

don’t ask me -- used to show that you don’t know the answer

for the asking -- very easy to get

if you ask me -- according to me

 

Askance

look askance -- to be suspicious

 

Astray

go astray -- to get lost | to lose your way

 

Auspices

under the auspices of -- with the approval or support of

 

Avail

of no avail -- of little or no use

to no avail -- without success

 

Avoid

avoid like the plague -- to completely avoid somebody/something

 

Awe

stand in awe of -- to respect and be frightened of

 

Axe

have an axe to grind -- to involve in a situation for person benefit

 

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