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English Grammar: Idioms And Phrases (“Set-H/I”) | for CSS, PMS, PCS, NTS

English Grammar - Idioms And Phrases Set-H-I for CSS, PMS, PCS, NTS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

English Grammar: Idioms And Phrases (“Set-H/I”) | for CSS, PMS, PCS, NTS

Hang one’s head:
(To look ashamed or embarrassed) – we all hung our heads when our team was last in the competition.

Hard and fast:
(Strict) – There are some hard and fast rules in every walk of life, and we must follow them.

Have a bone to pick:
(Have a cause of complaint) – I’ve a bone to pick with you about your behaviour yesterday.

Have one’s back to the wall:
(To be in a very difficult or desperate situation) – He certainly has his back to the wall as he has lost his job and cannot find another one.

Head or tail:
(Any sense) – I could not make head or tail of his account of the accident.

High and Dry:
(out of water; in a dry place; safe) – Just where the eastern curve begins stands Kingscliff, a cluster of white cottages, fronted by a white beach, whereon some half-dozen of stout fishing-smacks are hauled up high and dry.

Hue and cry:
(Noise) – The government wakes up only after people raise a great hue and cry.

In cold blood:
(Without passion; deliberately) – The suggestion of such a contingency – which, of course, meant total failure – in cold blood (without any passion) filled up the cup of the antiquary’s indignation.

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In consequence of:
(As a result of) – He suffered much in consequence of his youthful follies.

In deep water:
(In difficulties or trouble) – He found himself in deep water when he took over the management of the firm.

In due course:
(At the proper time) – When the boys got promotion, which came in due course.

In full swing:
(At its busiest; busy and thronged) – The street market was in full swing.

In no time:
(Very quickly) – He was able to finish his homework in no time.

In the air:
(Being talked about) – The possibility of the railwaymen going on strikes is in the air.

In the long run:
(In the end) – Truth will be victorious in the long run.

In the nick of time:
(Just in time) – A motorbike came round the corner at high speed and I stopped back into the pavement in the nick of time.

In the nick of time:
(Just in time) – He reached the station in the nick of time.

In the same boat:
(In the same, usually difficult, position or circumstances) – We’re all in the same boat as far as low wages are concerned.

In the seventh heaven:
(Extremely happy) – When she won the prize she was in the seventh heaven.

In the twinkling of an eye:
(in an instant) – The pickpocket took my purse and disappeared in the twinkling of an eye.

In the wake of:
(Following close upon) – Shortage of all types of daily needs occurred in the wake of the railway men’s strike.

Check also:

English Grammar: Idioms And Phrases (“Set-A”)

English Grammar: Idioms And Phrases (“Set-B”)

English Grammar: Idioms And Phrases (“Set-C”)

English Grammar: Idioms And Phrases (“Set-D”)

English Grammar: Idioms And Phrases (“Set-E/F”)

English Grammar: Idioms And Phrases (“Set-G”)

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