Important Idioms with meanings and Sentences for B.A and Intermediate Students PU P-1

Saif Ullah Zahid

Page-1 (A- Idioms)

1. A big cheese- an important or a powerful person in a group or family
Apparently her father is a big cheese in one of the major banks.

2. A bird’s eye view-
a view from a very high place which allows you to see a large areaWe had a bird's eye view of the old town from the top of the city walls.

3. A bone of contention-
something that people argue for a long time
The main bone of contention was deciding who would take care of the children 
after the divorce.

4. A cock and a bull story-
a story or an explanation which is obviously not true.
I cannot believe on his cock and bull story.

5. At the crack of the dawn-
very early in morning
Jane was always awake at the crack of dawn. (Or) The birds start singing at the crack of dawn.

6. A cuckoo in the nest-
someone in a group of people but not liked by them.For Peter, his new father was a cuckoo in the nest.

7. A litmus test-
a method which clearly proves something
His views on abortion are effectively a litmus test of his views on women's rights.

8. As the crow flies-
measuring distance between two places in a straight line.
It's only a mile as the crow flies, but about three miles by this mountain road.

9. A dead letter-
an argument or law not followed by anyone.The ceasefire agreement was a dead letter as soon as it was signed since neither 
side had any intention of keeping to it.

10. An early bird-
someone who gets early in the morning
Ellen is the early bird in this house. 

11. At the eleventh hour-
be too late.
She always turned her term papers in at the eleventh hour. 
We don't worry about death until the eleventh hour.

12. A queer fish- a strange person
I cannot understand the ways of Mr. Arif. He is a queer fish.

13. A wake-up call-
an event done to warn someone
The World Trade Center bombing served as a wake up call to the FBI on terrorism.

14. A worm’s eye view- having very little knowledge about something
Set in the Paris underworld, the novel provides us with a worm's eye view of 

 15. A closed fisted man-
a miser who spends too little money
Aslam is a close fisted man as he never spends a penny on entertainment.

16. At the heels of-
to follow someone
We should go at the heels of Quaid-e-Azam if we have to make Pakistan a great nation.

17. A child’s play-
an easy task
To pass CSS examination is not a child’s play.

18. A fresh water sailor- an inexperienced person
In business, he is a fresh water sailor.

19. A man of letters- an educated person
Prof. Anjum is a man of letters.

20. A busy bee- a very busy person
Amina works from dawn to dusk without interval. She is a busy bee.

21. A wet blanket- a person who spoils the charm of fun and or talk
A selfish person is a wet blanket.

22. Afraid of one’s own shadow- to become easily frightened
Richard constantly worries about security; he's afraid of his own shadow.

23. Against the clock-
to be in a hurry to do something before a particular time
In a race against the clock, they rushed the accident victim to the hospital.

24. An arm and a leg-
a large amount of moneyEverything the restaurant offers tastes good, and it doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

25. Appear out of now here-
to appear suddenly without warning.
Without warning, the storm came out of nowhere.

26. Apple of someone’s eye-
someone loved very much.
The youngest was the apple of his father's eye.

27. Asleep at the switch-
not to be alert on opportunity
The security guard fell asleep at the switch and a robber broke in.

28. At sixes and sevens- to be lost and bewildered
The new college admissions tests were poorly explained, leaving the students at 
sixes and sevens.

29. At someone’s beck and call-
to be always ready to serve
There were dozens of maids and waiters at our beck and call.

30. At the bottom of the ladder- at the lowest level

After Ann got fired, she had to start all over again on the bottom rung.


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