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Common Idioms

A list of common idioms for people preparing for IELTS, TOEFL and GRE

 

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Here is a short list of Idioms useful for the TOEFL and IELTS exams. Mastering Idioms is the key to success in the Listening comprehension sections.

 

If someone Takes after you they resemble you
Way to go! Used to tell somebody that you are pleased about something they have done. Good work! Well-done!
Hard up Lack money
Baby shower A party held to honor and present gifts to someone especially a bride to be
Unauthorized loan Humorous way of saying something is stolen
Put up with the idea To tolerate it
Put away the idea to shun it or drop it
On one's toes Well prepared
Be in someone's shoes be in the same situation as someone
Pulling ones leg Joking with some one
Come rain or shine What ever the circumstances
Take a rain check on something To promise to accept at a later date
For a rainy day In an emergency/for a possible future time of need
Put something together To assemble it
Lay into someone Physically or verbally attacking someone
Lay into something Eat something quickly with enthusiasm
Lay off someone Fire /discharge/dismiss someone from duties
Get one's cards To be dismissed from job
Test the waters Make peoples views and opinions clear
Stand the test of time Strong enough to last for a very long time
Read between the lines To detect a meaning not expressed but implied
Give someone a run for their money Force someone to use all their skill to succeed /give a fierce competition
Run someone ragged To wear/exhaust/tire someone
Make the blood run cold Frighten
Put someone in the running Enter someone into a contest
Run into someone Meet someone unexpectedly / accidentally
Doesn't stand a chance Has no possibility of succeeding

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Breeze through something Do something easily and quickly
Stand someone up To fail to keep an appointment or date with them
On the cards Likely to happen
Concession stands Place where food is sold
Get some shut eye Get some sleep
Back out of something To withdraw from something
Make light of something Treat as unimportant
Hush something up Keep silent
Make short work of something To do it very quickly
Water something down Make something less difficult
Stumble across something Discover something by chance
Take something up Pursue a new interest
Tag along Accompany
Win hands down/win at a canter Win very easily
To not agree more To agree very much
Fit the bill Perfectly suited to something /just right
Foot the bill Pay the bill
The writing is on the wall something disastrous or bad is going to happen
when something is like water off a duck's back to someone then it has no effect on them(ex. I've scolded amanda several times but, it's just water off a duck's back to her)
when something fell on stony ground it's been ignored
When you refer to someone as being dyed-in-the-wool they have very strong opinions about something, Opinions that are not easily changed (eg.a dyed-in-the-wool traditionalist, a dyed-in-the-wool conservative)
If you are doing something on a wing and a prayer you are not confident and relying more on luck, rather than your ability
If something is cut and dried then it is final, it cannot be changed
When you say that a game is too close to call it is evenly poised, running neck and neck

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