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BANKING FOR ENGLISH NOTE | Idioms and Phrases II

BANKING FOR ENGLISH NOTE | Idioms and Phrases II

141) Few and far between- Not frequent, unusual, rare  142) Field day- An enjoyable day or circumstance  143) Fifty- fifty- Divided into two equal parts  144) Finding your feet- To become more comfortable in whatever you are doing  145) Finger licking good- To become more comfortable in whatever you are doing  146) Fire and brimstone- A very tasty food or meal  147) Fire and fury- Fearful penalties  148) First and foremost- Extreme enthusiasm  149) Fishy: doubtful- Highest priority  150) Fixed in your ways- Not willing or wanting to change from your normal way of doing something  151) Flash in the pan- Something that shows potential or looks promising in the beginning but fails to deliver  152) Flea market- A swap meet. A place where people gather to buy and sell inexpensive goods  153) Flesh and blood- This idiom can mean living material of which people are made of, or it can refer to human nature  154) Flip the bird- To raise your middle finger at someone  155) Foam at the mouth- To be enraged and show it  156) Fools' Gold- Iron pyrites, a worthless rock that resembles real gold  157) Foot the bill- Bear expenses  158) For good- Permanently, forever  159) For once- This one time, for only one time  160) For sure- Without doubt (also: for certain)  161) For the time being- Temporarily (also: for now)  162) Free and easy- Natural and simple  163) French kiss- An open mouth kiss where tongues touch  164) From now on- From this time into the future  165) From rags to riches- To go from very poor to being very wealthy  166) Fuddy- duddy- An old-fashioned and foolish type of person  167) Full monthy- This idiom can mean either, "The whole thing" or "Completely nude"  168) Funny farm- A mental institutional facility  169) Gall and wormwood- Source of irritation  170) Get down to brass tacks- To become serious about something  171) Get over it- To move beyond something that is bothering you  172) Get up on the wrong side of the bed- Someone who is having a horrible day  173) Get your walking papers- Get fired from the job  174) Gird up the loin- To be ready  175) Give and take- Compromise, cooperation between people  176) Give him the slip- To get away from, to escape  177) Give in- Surrender  178) Go down like a lead balloon- To be received badly by an audience  179) Go for broke- To gamble everything you have  180) Go out on a limb- Put yourself in a tough position in order to support someone/ something  181) Go the extra mile- Going above and beyond whatever is required for the task at hand  182) Good Samaritan- Someone who helps others when they are in need, with no discussion for  183) Graveyard shift- Working hours from about 12:00 am to 8.00  184) Great minds think alike- Intelligent people think like each other  185) Green room- The waiting room, especially for those who are about to go on a TV or radio show  186) Gut feeling- A personal intuition you get, especially when feel something may not be right  187) Had better- Should, ought to, be advisable to  188) Hand a gloves- Very intimate friends  189) Hard and fast- Certain  190) Hard of hearing- Partially deaf, not able to hear well  191) Haste makes waste- Quickly doing things results in a poor ending  192) Hat Trick- When one player scores three goals in the same hockey game.  193) Haughty and naughty- Arrogant and naughty  194) Have an axe to grind- To have a dispute with someone  195) Have got- To have, to possess  196) Have got to- Must (also: have to)  197) He lost his head- Angry and overcome by emotions  198) Head and shoulder- Superior  199) Head over heels- Very excited and/ or joyful, especially when in love  200) Heart and soul- With full devotion  201) Hell in a hand basket- Deteriorating and headed for complete disaster  202) Helter Shelter-Here and there  203) Herculean task- A tedious job  204) High five- Slapping palms above each others heads as celebration gesture  205) High on the Hog- Living in luxury  206) Hit below the belt- Contrary the principles of fairness  207) Hit the books- To study, especially for a test or exam  208) Hit the hay- Go to bed or go to sleep  209) Hit the nail on the head- Do something exactly right or say something exactly right  210) Hit the sack- Go to bed or go to sleep  211) Hither and thither- Here and there  212) Hocus Pocus- In general, a term used in magic or trickery  213) Hold your horses- Be patient  214) Hole and corner policy- A secret policy for an evil purpose  215) Hornet's nest- Raise controversy  216) Hue and cry- Great noise  217) Hush money- A bribe  218) Icing on the cake- When you already have it good and get something on top of what you already have  219) Idle hands are the devil's tools- You are more likely to get in trouble if you have nothing to do  220) If it's not one thing, it's another- When one thing goes wrong, then another, and another…  221) Ill at ease- Uncomfortable or worried in a situation  222) In a hurry- Hurried, rushed (also: in a rush)  223) In case- In order to be prepared if the meaning is in order to be prepared if something happens  224) In hand- Under firm control, well managed  225) In like Flynn- To be easily successful, especially when sexual or romantic  226) In no time- Very quickly, rapidly  227) In the bag- To have something secured  228) In the buff- Nude  229) In the heat of the moment- Overwhelmed by what is happening in the moment  230) In the long run- Eventually, after a long period of time  231) In the worst way- Very much, greatly  232) In time to- Before the time necessary to do something  233) In touch- Having contact  234) In vain- Useless, without the desired result  235) In your face- An aggressive and bold confrontation  236) Ins and outs- Full detail  237) Inside out- With the inside facing the outside  238) Intents and purposes- Practically  239) It figures- It seems likely, reasonable, or typical  240) It takes two to tango- A two person conflict where both people are at fault  241) It's a small world- You frequently see the same people in different places  242) It anyone's call- A competition where the outcome is difficult to judge or predict  243) Ivory tower- Imaginary world  244) Ivy league- Since 1954 the Ivy league has been the following universities: Columbia, Brown, Cornell  245) Jaywalk- Crossing the street (from the middle) without using the crosswalk  246) Joshing me- Tricking me  247) Keep an eye on him- You should carefully watch him. Keep an eye on  248) Keep body and soul together- To earn a sufficient amount of money in order to keep yourself alive  249) Keep your chin up- To remain joyful in a tough situation  250) Kick the bucket- Die  251) Kith and kin- Blood relatives  252) Kitty-corner- Diagonally across. Sometimes called Catty- Corner as well  253) Knock on Wood- Knuckle tapping on wood in order to avoid some bad luck  254) Know the ropes- To understand the details  255) Last but not least- An introduction phrase to let the audience know that the last person mentioned is also very important  256) Last straw- The final event in a series of unacceptable actions  257) Latin and Greek- Unable to understand  258) Leave no stone unturned- Make all possible efforts  259) Lend me your ear- To politely ask for someone's full attention  260) Length and breadth- All over  261) Let along- and certainly not (also: not to mention, to say nothing of)  262) Let the cat out of the bag- To share a secret that wasn't suppose to be shared  263) Level playing field- A fair competition where no side has an advantage  264) Life and soul- Main support  265) Like a chicken and its head cut off- To act in a frenzied manner  266) Liquor someone up- To get someone drunk  267) Little by little- Gradually, slowly (also: step by step)  268) Live-wire- Energetic  269) Loaves and fish- Material interests  270) Lock and key- In safe place  271) Long in the tooth- Old people (or horses)  272) Loose cannon- Someone who is unpredictable and can cause damage if not kept in check  273) Make no bones about- To state a fact so there are no doubts or objections  274) Method to my madness- Strange or crazy actions that appear meaningless but in the end are done for a good reason  275) Might and main- With all enthusiasm  276) Milk and water- Weak  277) More or less- Approximately, almost, somewhat, to a certain degree  278) Mumbo Jumbo- Nonsense or meaningless speech  279) Mum's the word- To keep quiet, To say nothing  280) Narrow-minded- Not willing to accept the ideas of others




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