English Idioms – Play Truant, A Short-Cut and Sharp Practice

English Idioms – Play Truant, A Short-Cut and Sharp Practice

1.       To play truant (to stay away; to loiter)
School boys playing truant will be punished.
2.       Root and branch (entire; completely)
He destroyed his enemies root and branch.
3.       Ride the high horse (to be haughty)
If you go on riding the high horse in this foolish manner, you will soon come to grief.

4.       Read between the lines (grasp the hidden significance of a writing)
Read between the lines; its plain from her letter that she is unhappy.
5.       To rest one’s laurels (to be contented with one’s past achievement and not to make any further effort).
He has grown old and he thinks it fit to rest on his laurels.
6.       To rise to the occasion (to prove equal to the occasion)
A man of parts always rises to the occasion and achieves his cherished goal.
7.       To ride out of a storm (to survive crisis)
His steadfastness enabled him to ride out of the storm.
8.       Rap on the knuckles (a sharp reproof)
The bank clerk received a rap on the knuckles for his carelessness.
9.       Strain every nerve (try one’s level best)
I shall strain every nerve to solve this problem.
10.   To stand one in good stead (to prove useful at the time of need)
This old coat will stand me in good stead if the weather turns cold.
11.   Spick and span (extremely neat and tidy)
His dress is always spick and span.
12.   To steer clear of (to avoid)
He steered clear of this controversial point.
13.   To speak of one in high terms (to praise one highly)
He is a bluff and he always speaks of his family in high terms.
14.   Sum and substance (theme; main idea)
What is the sum and substance of this story?
15.   To speak one’s mind (utter one’s real opinion)
My friend never minces any matter; he always speaks his mind openly.
16.   A sheet anchor (the chief support)
Patience was his sheet anchor in the time of adversity.
17.   Sharp practices (dishonest devices in business)
Sharp practices often play the devil with business.
18.   To swallow the bait/to rise to the bait (to succumb to temptation)
He is too clever to rise to your bait.
19.   To see rocks ahead (to expect hurdles)
It seems to be an easy job, but I see rocks ahead.
20.   A short cut (an easier way of doing something)
There is no short cut to knowledge.

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