اصطلاحات انگلیسی: important idioms
1. First out of the gate –
Meaning – Being the first one to make a start at something.
Example – John and his friends had decided to voice their opinion against the new economic policy. John was the first one to be out of the gate.
2. Going places –
Meaning – Exhibiting talent and ability that will lead to a successful future.
Example – Rakesh was a performer at the school sports club. It was obvious that he was going places.
3. Have one’s heart set on –
Meaning – Possessing a determination to obtain something.
Example – He has not become a renowned cardiologist just by chance. He has his heart set on it after his father passed away with a cardiac arrest.
4. Make headway –
Meaning – Progress in what you are trying to achieve.
Example – The police have made headway with their investigation in the terror attack on the city last Friday.
5. Punch above one’s weight-
Meaning – Performing beyond your ability.
Example – He was not the best swimmer around but he could win the gold medal at the state swimming competition by working hard and punching above his weight in the finals.
6. Sink your teeth into –
Meaning – doing something with a lot of energy and enthusiasm.
Example – Marie joined the badminton coaching classes. She sank her teeth into the practice sessions.
7. Stand one’s ground –
Meaning – Maintaining your position.
Example – He stood his ground in support of his friend in spite of several family interferences.
8. Close to home –
Meaning – A comment which is true and makes you uncomfortable is close to home. Example – Tom’s comment about his friend’s unethical activities was quite close to home. He looked quite embarrassed.
9. Carry the torch for –
Meaning – Having strong feelings for someone who cannot be yours.
Example – He has been carrying a torch for Mamta, who is now married to Nitin, since they studied together in college.
10. Cork up something –
Meaning – Failing to express your emotions.
Example – She did not let her grief pour out when her father passed away. It’s not good for her to cork up his feelings.
11. Cut to the quick –
Meaning – Hurting someone deeply or offending them.
Example – Joe had worked for 10 years with all his loyalty for his company. He was cut to the quick when his boss held him responsible for the theft.
12. Fish out of water –
Meaning – Feeling uncomfortable in unfamiliar surroundings.
Example – Being French, I felt like a fish out of water in the group of Japanese.
13. Bee in one’s bonnet –
Meaning – Carrying an idea which constantly occupies your thoughts.
Example – She is not happy in Africa. She has a bee in the bonnet about moving to Dubai.
14. Deep down –
Meaning – Describing what a person really feels deep inside or what is he like.
Example – He appears to be indifferent to the success or failure of his children but deep down he is highly concerned.
15. Have your heart in the right place –
Meaning – Refers to a person with good intentions; even though the results are not that impressive.
Example – The dinner she had cooked wasn’t the best but she had her heart in the right place.