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Phrases and Idioms
« on: July 04, 2019, 02:32:48 PM »
An idiom is a phrase or an expression that has a figurative, or sometimes literal, meaning. An idiom’s figurative meaning is different from the literal meaning.
One needs to know the phrases and idioms to become fluent and well-versed in a language. The knowledge of English phrases and idioms will give learners the power to use the language in a competent way. Here the readers will find an array of widely used phrases and idioms of English.
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Re: Phrases and Idioms
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2019, 02:43:43 PM »
A blessing in disguise   
a good thing that seemed bad at first   
শাপে বর
Example: My car broke down again, but maybe it was a blessing in disguise; I've been wasting too much time driving around anyway.
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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2019, 02:44:49 PM »
A dime a dozen   
Something common
সহজলভ্য / সাধারণ
Example: Those antique dishes are pretty, but they're a dime a dozen.
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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2019, 02:46:05 PM »
Beat around the bush   
Avoid saying what you mean, usually because it is uncomfortable   
আসল কথা এড়িয়ে যাওয়া
Example: If you want to ask me, just ask; don't beat around the bush.
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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2019, 02:47:06 PM »
Better late than never   
Better to arrive late than not to come at all
দেরি হলেও করনীয়
Example : “Sorry I was late for the meeting today; I got stuck in traffic.” Answer: “That's okay; better late than never.”
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« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2019, 02:48:09 PM »
Bite the bullet   
To get something over with because it is inevitable
কঠিন কাজে নেমে পড়া
Example: Decisions have to be taken and as director you have got to bite the bullet
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« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2019, 02:48:47 PM »
Break a leg   
Good luck
কল্যান হোক / ভালো থেকো
Example: Danny's family told him to “break a leg” right before he went up on stage.
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« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2019, 02:49:38 PM »
Call it a day   
Stop working on something
কাজে বিরতি দেওয়া
Exampleঃ After second heart attack, she decided it would be best to follow her doctor's advice and call it a day.
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« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2019, 02:54:07 PM »
Cutting corners   
Doing something poorly in order to save time or money
দায়সারাভাবে কাজ করা
Examples:
The government cut corners when they built the school with bad materials, and put everyone in danger.
Shawn had a terrible vacation because he cut corners while planning it, and was forced to stay in bad hotels.
My mother used to yell at me for cutting corners when I was younger.
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« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2019, 02:55:08 PM »
Easy does it   
Slow down
ধীরে / আস্তে
Example: I was on the back of Suzie's motorbike and she was going really fast, so I said "Easy does it!"
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« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2019, 03:08:56 PM »
Stir up a hornets’ nest
Provoke trouble
বিপদ ডেকে আনা
Example: It’s not that the management is not aware of few false bills here and there, but they don’t call it because it would expose many and stir up a hornet’s nest.


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« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2019, 03:09:45 PM »
Back against the wall
Be in a difficult situation from where escape is difficult
দেয়ালে পিঠ ঠেকা
Example: With banks baying for his blood over default in payments, he has his back against the wall.

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« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2019, 03:10:28 PM »
Bite off more than you can chew
To try to do something that is too difficult for you
সাধ্যের অতিরিক্ত কাজ হাতে নেওয়া
Example: He has taken more responsibilities as he couldn’t say ‘no’ to his boss. I think he has bitten more than he can chew, and he’ll struggle to handle them all.

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« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2019, 03:10:57 PM »
Head over heels
If you’re head over heels, you’re completely in love.
প্রেমে হাবুডুবু খাওয়া
Example: Max fell head over heels in love with her colleague and wants to marry her.

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« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2019, 03:11:23 PM »
Upset someone’s applecart
If you upset someone’s applecart, you do something that causes a plan to go wrong.
পণ্ড বা ভণ্ডূল করে দেওয়া
Example: The increase in customs duty by the government has upset the applecart of those car companies who were importing most of their car parts.