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English Questions: Idioms and phrases Part2

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point 11

11. Mean business:

Hindi-  Sachmuch krne ka irada rakhna
Meaning- Being serious/dedicated
Sentence- The Exam is cracked by those who mean business.

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12. Apple of one’s eye: 

Hindi-  Ankho ka tara ,jada pyara
Meaning-  A person of whom one is extremely fond and proud.
Sentence-  Your child is quite rightly the apple of your eye

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13. The best of both worlds:

Hindi- Dono or se laabdayak
Meaning- The benefits of widely differing situations, enjoyed at the same time.
Sentence- I had the best of both worlds since I worked as an ordinary member of the team but got to learn from the leaders.

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14. Feeling a bit under the weather:

Hindi- thoda bimar ya thik mehsus na krna
Meaning- Feeling slightly ill
Sentence- I may not be able to dance today, as I am feeling a bit under the weather.

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15. Icing on the cake:

Hindi-  Sone pe Suhaga, pehle se or acha hogya
Meaning- turns good into great
Sentence- The standard 1.8 litre motor is a little beauty and the addition of a turbo adds icing on the cake.

Man is holding bags after shopping and thinking about sale

16. Cost an arm and a leg:

Hindi- Mehnga soda
Meaning- Be extremely expensive
Sentence- Try living on that in London, where a cup of coffee costs an arm and a leg


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17. jump on the bandwagon

Hindi- bhed chaal,ya rivaj ko dekh kar chlna
Meaning- To join a popular activity or trend
Sentence- I remember when punk became popular, lots of long-haired hippies jumped on the bandwagon and cut their hair short and wore black clothes.

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18. Ball is in your court

Hindi- age tumahari marji
Meaning- It is up to you to make the next move
Sentence- Now the ball is in your court; decide whether you want to marry that guy or not.

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19. Bite off more than you can chew

Hindi- yogatya se jada kam hath me lelena[itna chba ni hona jitna muh bhar liya :P]
Meaning-to try to do more than you are able to do
Sentence-I bit off more than I could chew when I decided to take up the 300-page research project.

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20. Can’t judge a book by its cover

Hindi- bahar se dekh k use sahi na man,na
Meaning- Outward appearances are not a reliable indication of the true character of someone or something
Sentence- The girl looked impressive in the picture. Still I decided to meet her because it is wise not to judge a book by its cover.

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21. Hear it on grapevine

Hindi- udti udti khabar sun na
Meaning-to hear news from someone who heard the news from someone else
Sentence-I heard it on grapevine that she was pregnant, but I don’t know anything more..

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22. It takes two to tango
Hindi- Tali do hath se bjti hai
Meaning-Both parties involved in a situation or argument are equally responsible for it
Sentence-Even though I thought I would be fired after the altercation with my manager, thankfully upper management realized that it takes two to tango.

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23. Last straw

Hindi- halat or bigad jana
Meaning- A further difficulty or annoyance, typically minor in itself but coming on top of a series of difficulties, that makes a situation unbearable
Sentence- My body was already in bad shape. The accident was the last straw. I am now on complete bed rest.

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24. To be in the doldrums

Hindi- udaasi me hona kuj na bnta dikhne par
Meaning- if a business, an economy or a person’s job is in the doldrums, it is not very successful and nothing new is happening in it
Usage notes: The doldrums was the name for an area of sea where ships were not able to move because there was no wind
Sentence- Sam was in the doldrums after he was insulted by the boss in front of his colleagues.

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25. To sit on the fence

Hindi- baad par bethna,uske kisi side na jana :P [koi faisla na dena]
Meaning-To remain neutral
Sentence-Since I wasn’t aware of the details, I decided to sit on the fence during the argument between my cousins.