Welcome to Online English Section with explanation in AffairsCloud.com. Here we are providing here some important idioms and phrases, which is BASED ON Bank EXAMS 2018 !!!
1. The best of both worlds
Meaning : enjoying two different opportunities at the same time.
- By working part-time and looking after her kids two days a week she managed to get the best of both worlds
- He works in the city and lives in the country, so He gets the best of both worlds.
2. Speak of the devil
Meaning : the person you are just talking about actually turns up at that moment.
- Hi Tom, speak of the devil, I was just telling Sara about your new car.
- Do you know what Parker did yesterday? Oh, speak of the devil, here he comes!
3. See eye to eye
Meaning : agreeing with someone
- They finally saw eye to eye on the business deal.
- It is good that you finally have a new team member who sees eye to eye with you on most things.
4. Once in a blue moon
Meaning : an event that does not happens frequently
- I only go to the cinema once in a blue moon.
- Although I trust in God, I visit that famous temple only once in a blue moon.
5. When pigs fly
Meaning : something that will never happen
- When pigs fly she’ll tidy up her room.
- I asked my boss if I could go on a two month vacation, he said yes, when pigs fly!
6. To cost an arm and a leg
Meaning : something is very expensive
- Fuel these days costs and arm and a leg
- I would have loved to go with my friends on a vacation, but it would have cost me an arm and a leg.
7. A piece of cake
Meaning : something is very easy
- The English test was a piece of cake
- They said the test would be difficult, but it was a piece of cake – I’ll pass with no problem at all.
8. To feel under the weather
Meaning : to not feel well
- I am really feeling under the weather today , I have a terrible cold
- After the rigours of trekking in the mountains, he was feeling under the weather the next day.
9. To kill two birds with one stone
Meaning : to solve two problems at once
- By taking my dad on holiday, I killed two birds with one stone. I got to go away but also spend time with him
- I read the newspaper while sipping my morning cup of tea, killing two birds with one stone.
- Cycling to work kills two birds with one stone. It saves money and gives you some exercise.
10. To cut corners
Meaning : to do something badly or cheaply
- They really cut corners when they built this bathroom; the shower is leaking
- My mom often had to cut corners when we were kids in order to feed all of us.
- To fill out the bill of credit card this month, I must have to cut corners.