USEFUL IDIOMS WITH THEIR
 MEANINGS AND SENTENCES

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Idioms Meanings
The Acid test conclusive, whether something is good or bad
They’ve always been good friends, but the acid test will come when they have to share a flat.
An Armchair critic One who speaks critically on topics one knows little about
The last thing we need are words of wisdom from an armchair critic.
At the crossroads point of change, at a point of decision
As a company, we’re at crossroads. We can continue business as usual, or we can take a risk and try to grow.
Draw a blank unable to find, think or remember something
I tried to remember her telephone number, but I could only draw a blank.
Gift of the Gab  
 
Give way to fall apart, withdraw
Don’t stand on that old chair, it’s liable to give way at any moment.
Helter-skelter Haphazardly, in a chaotic fashion
You can’t just throw in ingredients helter-skelter when you’re baking. Everything needs to be measured and added at the right time.
Het up Angry, agitated, upset
The boss got all het up when I said my project would be late.
It’s about time Waiting for long, Almost too late
They finally paid me my money. It’s about time!.
Labour the point explain something at excessive or unnecessary length
I think you have said enough – there is no need to labour the point.
Punch-up to register a figure on cash register or calculator
He punched up the total too carelessly.
The Salt of the Earth genuine, worthy, morally sound person
Mr. James is the salt of the earth. He is the first to help anyone in trouble.
Show and tell session where objects are presented and described
Leading developers of software will provide technical show and tell sessions of their products.
A Step in the right direction action or decision considered indicative in positive progress
Asking Mr. Bill to resign is a step in the right direction.
A Stick in the Mud One who resists change, old-fashioned
Mary is such a stick in the mud. She never wants to try anything new.
On Thin Ice in risky situation, close to getting in trouble, danger
You’re on thin ice Mr. jack. If you come in late one more time, you’re fired!.
To face the music to bear the unpleasant consequences
If you have done something wrong, you have to face the music.
To the death until somebody dies or defeated
Their was a fight to the death between two men armed with knives.
The whole ball of wax The whole thing,
There is nothing to tell you. That’s the whole box of wax.
Tilt at windmills waste time to resolve issues that are not important, impossible
I’m not going to fight this issue. I’ve wasted too much of my life tilting at windmills.