English Idioms and Phrases Section 4

This is the verbal ability questions and answers section on “Idioms and Phrases” with explanation for various interview, competitive examination and entrance test. Solved examples with detailed answer description, explanation are given and it would be easy to understand.


A Wet blanket

Explanation: A person who spoils a jolly atmosphere is called 'a wet blanket'.


Too big for one's boots

Explanation: The meaning of the expression 'too big for one's boots' is to be too conceited.

A thin time

Explanation: 'A thin time' means a period of unpleasantness, poor health etc.

To hide one's head in the sand

Explanation: When you 'hide your head in the sand' you refuse to accept that a problem exists.

To have a face like thunder

Explanation: When you are very angry, one can say your 'face looks like thunder'.

To be up to one's neck in something

Explanation: 'To be upto your neck in something' means 'to have a lot of something to deal with'.

To be good with one's hands

Explanation: When you are skilful at making or doing things with your hands, it is said that you are 'good with your hands'.

To have a bee in one's bonnet

Explanation: 'To have a bee in one's bonnet' means to be absorbed by one idea or thing.

A black look

Explanation: 'A black look' means a look of anger or resentment.

To be like the cat that stole the cream

Explanation: The meaning of the given idiom is 'to look very pleased with or proud of oneself'.

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