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Idioms that are a piece of cake…

Idioms are a great way to enhance the quality of your speech or write-up. These are set of words that convey a figurative meaning to any sentence. In this grammar article, we introduce you to some very common and easy to remember idioms, that you can incorporate in your daily conversations.

  Ramya Shankar  —  Grammar Tips
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1. On Cloud nine – when you are extremely happy.

·         She is on cloud nine since morning, as she got selected for the job.

·         The proud parents were on cloud nine when they heard about their daughter’s achievements.

2. Don’t cry over spilt milk – don’t brood over something that is not in your control.

·         You should have checked the answer paper thoroughly before submitting. Now that you have left 2 questions unanswered, don’t cry over spilt milk!

·         There is no use crying over spilt milk. You should have thought of the consequences before fighting with him.

3. Cash cowsomething that can generate lot of steady income

·         The new book is going to be a cash cow.

·         The sales division is the cash cow for our company.

4. Ball is in your court – the next decision or step is for you to take

·         I have signed the papers. The ball is now in your court.

·         I am interested to invest as long as you give me 60% profit share. The ball is in your court now.

5. Best of both the worldshaving all possible benefits from a situation

·         Living in a gated villa is like best of both worlds, you get an individual house but there is no need to worry about maintenance.

·         I can enjoy best of both worlds if I live in a hostel.

6. To make ends meet – to earn just enough for survival.

·         We both work all day to make our ends meet.

·         In the beginning, he did odd jobs like door to door newspaper delivery and selling tea to make his ends meet.

7. Spill the beans – to reveal a secret

·         Don’t spill the beans about her birthday party yet. Let it be a surprise.

·         She spilled the beans about her friends’ past life to her mother.

8. Piece of cake – task that’s very easy

·         Convincing her to come for the movie is a piece of cake.

·         Launching a rocket is not a piece of cake.

9. Taste of one’s own medicine – when someone receives the same bad treatment as they have given to others

·         She duped several people and now she is bankrupt. She got the taste of her own medicine!

·         Don’t play around with anyone’s emotions. Someday, god will give you the taste of your own medicine.

10. Blessing in disguiseevents that seem bad but turn out to be good later

·         My daughter did not get a seat in that college even after trying hard. We realised it was a blessing in disguise, as the government cancelled their license in the same year!

·         We missed our flight by minutes. It was a blessing in disguise, as the flight had to make an emergency landing because of some technical issues.

There are many more idioms in English that can help you speak like a native user. Do try to use these in your daily life and let us know how many you could!

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