English Idioms: A Lame Duck, Look Down Upon and Look Forward to

English Idioms: A Lame Duck, Look Down Upon and Look Forward to

1.       To keep up appearances (to try to maintain one’s image in society)
In social life, one has to keep up appearances.
2.       Keep early hours (rise and sleep in time)
If you keep early hours, you are sure to live long.
3.       A lame duck (unconvincing; unsatisfactory)
His new proposal is nothing but a lame duck.

4.       Leave in the lurch (to leave one in a difficult situation)
An insincere person often leaves his friends in the lurch.
5.       Live from hand to mouth (without any provision for the future)
People with low salaries live from hand to mouth these days.
6.       Look down upon (to hate)
I look down upon this vulgar show of wealth.
7.       Lock forward to (to wait anxiously)
We are looking forward to your visit.
8.       Lion’s share (a major part of something)
Hayat ate a lion’s share of the sweets.
9.       To lose heart (to be disappointed)
Don’t lose heart; go ahead with resolution.
10.   Lead by the nose (to influence someone excessively)
The editors of the newspapers lead the public by the nose.
11.   Laugh in one’s sleeve (be amused secretly)
Don’t laugh in your sleeve over the mistakes of others.
12.   Without any let or hindrance (without any obstruction)
The enemy wrought his will without any let or hindrance.
13.   To make the best of (to use to the greatest advantage)
He has decided to make the best of his chance.
14.   To make a light of (to be little; to attach no importance to)
He made a light of my advice.
15.   Make capital out of (to exploit to one’s advantage)
The leader of the opposition made capital out of the government’s difficulties.
16.   Make a clean breast of (to confess)
He made a clean breast of the whole matter.
17.   To make head-way (to make progress)
He is making head-way in his studies.
18.   Make head or tail (understand; comprehend)
I cannot make head or tail of this argument.
19.   To make amends for (to compensate)
This will make amends for her disappointment.
20.   To make allowance (take a lenient view of something)
We must make some allowance for his inexperience.

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