common english idioms

best of both worlds.

By working part-time and looking after her kids two days a week she managed to get the best of both worlds.

I had the best of both worlds, since I worked as an ordinary member of the crew but fed with the officers

If you decide to live here you get the greenery of the countryside and the amenities of urban life. Its the best of both worlds, really.

You can get this item for cheap, but you’ll have to compromise on quality. You cannot have the best of both worlds.

Speak of the devil!

Hey everyone, sorry I’m late!” B: “Well, speak of the devil! We were just speaking talking something funny you were saying the other day.

Alan: I haven’t seen Bob for weeks. Jane: Look, here comes Bob right now. Alan: Well, talk of the devil. Hi, there. We were just talking about you. speak of the devil and in he walks.

We were huddled together in our lunch table, talking about our boss, when he walked in. Well, speak of the devil!

Did you see Bob today? Oh, there he comes! Speak of the devil.

Eye to eye

Though they work as a team, they often don’t see eye to eye on most issues.
His father and he sees eye to eye on most things.

He is looking for a new job as he does not see eye to eye with his manager.
The ruling party and the opposition don’t see eye to eye on most things.

Its good that you finally have a new team member who sees eye to eye with you on most things.

Once in a blue moon

The earthquakes hits once in a blue moon in this part of the earth, we never felt it.

I don’t know why she bought that music system – she uses it once in a blue moon.
“I think my grandson doesn’t love me anymore, he comes to see me only once in a blue moon.”
My Dad is working in Scotland and he visits home once in a blue moon, every couple of years.
Although I trust in God, I visit that famous temple only once in a blue moon.

When pigs fly

Her crazy mother said that being so lazy, Megan is going to be rich one day for sure and without any hard-working job. Come on, when pigs fly!
I asked my boss if I could go on a two-month vacation, he said yes, when pigs fly!
I think he’ll pay you back your money – when pigs fly.
“I think I’ll start working on my project from tomorrow.” “Yes, and pigs might fly.”
“Do you think our team will win the competition?” “Yes, flying pig.”
John asked Sarah whether she would go to the movies with him, Sarah replied that would happen when pigs fly.

It cost me an arm and a leg

I’d really like to have a new farmhouse, but it may cost me an arm and a leg.
This dress is really nice, but it cost me an arm and a leg.
You must visit that restaurant; the food is really good, and it doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg.
“How much would you pay for luxurious farmhouse by the beach? An arm and a leg?”
I would have loved to go with my friends on a vacation, but it would have cost me an arm and a leg.
The show is excellent, but the tickets cost an arm and a leg.

A piece of cake

Don’t worry, Sophie – this job interview will be a piece of cake for you have all the skills they need and I think you’re absolutely the best candidate.
They said the test would be difficult, but it was a piece of cake. I’ll pass with no problem at all.
Don’t think that this term’s work will be a piece of cake – you’ll have to study hard to get good grades.
Some parts of cooking are really difficult, but I found that making spaghetti Bolognese is a piece of cake.

Giving Maria a make-over was a piece of cake, because she’s so naturally beautiful.

Let the cat out of the bag

Now that Viola had let the cat out of the bag, she had no option but to confess
The Mason’s let the cat out of the bag at the end minute. Until then nobody at the party knew about the performance by such a famous film star in a regular party.
I have let the cat out of the bag, there is no point pretending that this job is working out for me.
My boss did not let the cat out of the bag about the deal until all the relevant contracts were signed.
She let the cat out of the bag and finally told her parents about her plans of getting married.

Feeling under the weather

I did not go to work today, as I was feeling a bit under the weather.
Sheena was feeling a bit under the weather, so she decided not to go to the movie with her friends.
I have my final exam today, but I am feeling under the weather. I don’t know how I will fare.
After the rigours of trekking in the mountains, he was feeling under the weather the next day.
She has just returned from her vacation, but is feeling under the weather and has a sore throat and running nose.

Killing two birds with one stone.

I have to go to the bank, and on the way back, I’ll pick up the groceries as well, killing two birds with one stone.
He had gone to London on a business trip, while there, he killed two birds with one stone and visited his relatives as well.
Cycling to work kills two birds with one stone. It saves money and gives you some exercise.
I read the newspaper while sipping my morning cup of tea, killing two birds with one stone.
When I went for the interview, I caught up with a few old colleagues who now work there, killing two birds with one stone.
He dropped his kids to school while going to work, killing two birds with one

Cut corners

It is certainly not a sensible move to cut corners with national security.
My mom often had to cut corners when we were kids in order to feed all of us.
The company is known to cut corners. This means that they import all of their products instead of making them.
When the boss found out that the accounting department was cutting corners they fired them all.
The President of the United States decided to cut corners in order to overcome of the recession.

Add insult to injury

The company rejected his application for a job, and to add insult to injury, refused to pay his expenses.
I was already getting late for work stuck in the traffic, and to add insult to injury, I was stopped by the police for speeding.

First, the bathroom flooded, and then, to add insult to injury, a tap started leaking.
First, they lost the match, and then, to add insult to injury, one of the players was suspended for cheating.
Not only did the club stop the team from playing, but they also took away their equipment – that’s adding insult to injury.

Judge a book by its cover

The candidate did not look very intelligent, but you can’t judge a book by its cover.
The hotel looked attractive from the outside, but the rooms were damp and not well maintained. You can’t judge a book by its cover!
Do not form opinions of a person’s character by looking at his appearance. You can’t judge a book by its cover.
At first, we did not want to go into the restaurant as it looked small and cramped; but the food was delicious – we realized that you can’t judge a book by its cover.
The car was small and looked unsuited for a long trip, but packed a lot of power and was very solid. You can’t judge a book by its cover.

Break a leg

Break a leg!” shouted the stage director to his actors before the beginning of the play.
You have an exam tomorrow? Break a leg!
“My first stage performance is scheduled for tonight.” “Well, break a leg!”
Break a leg!” I shouted out to him before he rushed in for his auditions.
When the team went out for the final race, the coach shouted out to them “break a leg!”

Hit the nail on the head

Stephen hit the nail on the head when he said that what the company was lacking in was a clear vision and focus.
The foreman hit the nail on the head when he said that the machine had malfunctioned because of a faulty spark plug.
“You’ve found the problem, Sid! You hit the nail on the head!”
He is a smart debugger. Every time you take a broken code to him, he will hit the nail on the head and tell you the exact problem.
He hit the nail on the head when he said that most people won’t change their ways and continue to blame the system for all their ills.

Blessing in disguise

Losing that job turned out to be a blessing in disguise for him as it forced him to plunge into business.
The lockdown in 2020 proved to be a blessing in disguise. It gave me lots of time to spend with my family.
When Pete fractured his knee, it was a blessing in disguise, for he got some much-needed rest and a break from his hectic work life and refocused on some essential things in his life.
Failing in his exams was a blessing in disguise, for he realized that he was not enjoying his course and decided to try out something else.
Missing the train was a blessing in disguise, for we would have been on it when it met with an accident, killing many of its passengers.

After second heart attack, she decided it would be best to follow her doctor’s advice and call it a day.
I am not done yet, I can’t call it a day I need to work more for couple of hours.
I think we have done enough work today, I am feeling tired now, let’s call it a day.
After providing services for more than 30 years to NASA, Bill Scot decided to call it a day.
I am fed up of going work at early morning I am just calling it a day and will look for another easy job.

Since it was his first offence, and a minor one at that, he was let off the hook with just a warning.
He was charged with leaking confidential information, but I got him off the hook by vouching for his integrity.
The legal system had become so corrupt that the hardened criminal was repeatedly got off the hook by the powers who were behind him.
All evidence of the robbery pointed to him, but he got himself off the hook by somehow proving that he was out of town during the incident.
Charges of deceit and falsehood had been slapped on him, but he was confident of getting off the hook because of his connections with powerful people.

I know these training sessions are hard work, but you’ve got to do it if you want to be a contender for the championship. No pain, no gain!
The road to becoming a doctor is long, hard, and exhausting, not to mention expensive! But no pain, no gain.
I can’t do any more push-ups. My muscles hurt. Coach: No pain, no gain. Come on, everybody! Run one more lap! No pain, no gain!
I exercise every day. No pain, no gain.
1997 American Spectator As the cliché goes, no pain, no gain. In fact, in our confessional age, you can make quite a lot of gains for very little pain.

When the time comes, I’ll bite the bullet and take my punishment without a fuss.
The accused man bit the bullet as the judge handed down his sentence.
Mary has to learn to bite the bullet and face her fears of flying.
Given what was as stake, Lisa had to bite the bullet and ignore all the blood as she tried to help the accident victim.
All soldiers have to bite the bullet when they get their drafting letter.

I’m tired of him always finding faults with me. I’m going to give him a taste of his own medicine.
Its not for nothing that people are calling you names; you’re getting a taste of your own medicine.
Don’t be rude to others. You won’t like it when you get a taste of your own medicine.
The players of that team were hurling abuses at their opponents, but they didn’t like it when they got a taste of their own medicine from the fans.
He is always late for appointments and keeps people waiting, so we decided to give him a taste of his own medicine.

The last straw in their relationship was when he physically abused her. She walked out after that.
I am not going to wait for the last straw like you always do. I will do something about the problem much sooner than that.
It is sad to see that people always wait until the last straw before they start to take any action in this country.
The politician did not see the last straw He did not order any probe before this and now the police are struggling with the investigation.
The lawyer explained how this was the fight between them was the last straw before the accused mercilessly murdered the victim.

Losing that job turned out to be a blessing in disguise for him as it forced him to plunge into business.
The lockdown in 2020 proved to be a blessing in disguise. It gave me lots of time to spend with my family.
When Pete fractured his knee, it was a blessing in disguise, for he got some much-needed rest and a break from his hectic work life and refocused on some essential things in his life.
Failing in his exams was a blessing in disguise, for he realized that he was not enjoying his course and decided to try out something else.
Missing the train was a blessing in disguise, for we would have been on it when it met with an accident, killing many of its passengers.

Adventure and traveling based reality shows are now outdated and a dime a dozen.
Websites on health and fitness are a dime a dozen nowadays, but not all of them are accurate and have correct information.
Low paying jobs are a dime a dozen and anyone can get one if they try, but the high paying ones are not so easy to get and require proper and relevant skills.
Coaching classes are a dime a dozen, but most of them are of low quality and do not deliver on their promise. The really good ones are far fewer.
Cheap watches like this have flooded the market. You can get them a dime a dozen.

Will you please stop beating about the bush and get to the point?
When I asked George whether he knew who had taken the files from my desk, he started beating around the bush and refused to give me a direct answer.
Don’t beat around the bush and tell me frankly what you think of my proposition.
I know this discussion is an uncomfortable one, but instead of beating about the bush, let’s come to the point and get over with it.
Quit beating around the bush and tell me what you really want.

All of us have been waiting for you for two hours – but better late than never.
I know that it took me weeks to send the letter, but better late than never.
It took me three years to complete the training course but better late than never, right?
He showed up for the wedding when they were already cutting the cake. Better late than never, I suppose.
Better late than never, former Clay star Berger to throw out first pitch at Indians game.

It is certainly not a sensible move to cut corners with national security.
My mom often had to cut corners when we were kids in order to feed all of us.
The company is known to cut corners. This means that they import all of their products instead of making it.
When the boss found out that the accounting department was cutting corners they fired them all.
The President of United States decided to cut corners in order to overcome of the recession.

When the police arrived, they realised the party was getting out of hand.
Jane and Sarah had a disagreement that suddenly got out of hand and then everyone was shouting.
Their kids need some discipline, they are getting completely out of hand.
Two of the children started fighting in the playground yesterday. It wasn’t long before it all got out of hand.
The farmer was trying to get all the sheep into the barn when it all got out of hand and they ended up in the road.

The official was asked to get his act together if he wanted to keep his post.
With just two months left for his exams, he said he should be getting his act together if he wanted to do well.
He had been playing poorly all season, so the coach warned him that he should get his act together if wanted to keep his place in the team.
His work is getting poorer and is full of mistakes. If he does not get his act together soon, he will risk losing his job.
His new boss has given him one month to get his act together, or he loses his job.

Let’s give her the benefit of the doubt and assume that she is right.
I don’t believe that he didn’t take the money, but I will give him the benefit of the doubt until I can prove otherwise.
She said that she will be on time today. I don’t think that’s true, but I will give her the benefit of the doubt.
I think Peter broke the window but he denies it. I will give him the benefit of the doubt until I can get the video from the surveillance company.

My experiment was a failure, so I’m back to the drawing board.
Sometimes the best way to proceed after a mistake is to start over and go back to the drawing board.
I think we should go back to the drawing board with our design, and try to make it better this time.
If our proposal is not accepted, we’ll go back to the drawing board.
Well, it’s back to the drawing board for John – his proposal was rejected by the boss again.

Our company is going through tough times, but we’re hanging in there; things will surely work out.
Though you are not getting the results you expected to, just hang in there, hard work always pays off.
I know you have gone through a lot of difficulties, but hang in there, things can only improve from here.
Despite the difficult conditions, the batsman hung in there and steered his team to victory.
Their marriage was breaking apart, but the decided to hang in there and give it another chance.

I am really tired after all that exercise. I am going to hit the sack.
After the long road trip, we were all dead tired and ready to hit the hay as soon as we reached home.
This job is really sucking the life out of me. I haven’t hit the sack in nearly twenty four hours!
Before I hit the sack, I make it a point to check whether all the doors are locked and all the lights are turned off everyday.
He wanted to hit the sack and did not feel like going out to party with his friends.

Since it was his first offence, and a minor one at that, he was let off the hook with just a warning.
He was charged with leaking confidential information, but I got him off the hook by vouching for his integrity.
The legal system had become so corrupt that the hardened criminal was repeatedly got off the hook by the powers who were behind him.
All evidence of the robbery pointed to him, but he got himself off the hook by somehow proving that he was out of town during the incident.

To make a long story short, he still stays in the apartment but now it is owned by someone else.
To make a long story short, they decided to get back together for the sake of the kid and are now doing pretty good.
Long story short, he got back his job and the company fired his manager for corrupt practices.
To cut a long story short, I was stranded on the highway with no means of transportation when an old friend of mine happened to be passing by.
Long story short, despite all the opposition, they finally got married and are now happy together.

The discounted price sale ended today and I just missed the boat on making a great deal.
He missed the boat when he did not apply for the job in time.
If you don’t pay attention in class, you’ll miss the boat and do badly in your exams.
There were tickets available for the match till last week, but you have missed the boat by waiting till today.
It was widely expected that he would get the funding, but he missed the boat by not keeping his appointment.

He was right on the ball regarding his assessment of the situation.
I couldn’t sleep well last night, so am not on the ball today.
When his opponent tried to sneak in a pass, the defender was right on the ball and stopped it well.
This mess wouldn’t have happened had you been on the ball.
“Are you alright? You don’t seem on the ball today.”

I know its difficult to get over your loss, but try to pull yourself together and get on with life.
He had a major accident and had a hard time pulling himself together after that.
Though you’ve had a hard day, it would be better for everyone if you could pull yourself together and get on with your work.
I’m going through a major personal crisis, but I’ll have to pull myself together and do what is to be done.
In spite of all his m

Time flies when I go to play with friends.
She is my favourite teacher and time flies when she teaches English in the class.
The kids are all grown up and ready to move out of my house, time flies!
I never knew how time flies until I contracted this dreadful disease.
You won’t even get to know how time flies when you have joined your job again.

We think that there may be too many people to fit into the hall, but we will cross that bridge when we come to it.
The weather station says that it may rain over the weekend but we will cross that bridge when we come to it.
My interview last week went quite well but the job means that we will have to move to a new city. I am not going to think about it now, I will cross that bridge if I come to it.
The student wanted to think about failing the exam only after the results came out. He wanted to cross the bridge only when it came to it.

She said, “This horrible weather has been killing me.” He said, “You can say that again!”
Ryan said, “That was an extremely cute outfit that baby was wearing.” Rachel replied, “You can say that again!”
He said, “I am so glad that you are okay. “Robert replies, “You can say that again!”
Looking at the massive mansion Andrea said, “That is a huge living space.” Crowley agreed, “You can say that again!”
Alex said, “We should have voted better.” Everyone unanimously replied, “You can say that again!”

If you want to know which one is the best of these movies, well, your guess is as good as mine.
“How far do you think this place is?” “Your guess is as good as mine.”
“As to who will win this time, your guess is as good as mine.”
I asked her when the shipment would arrive, she said “your guess is as good as mine.”
“Do you know what he is doing?” “Your guess is as good as mine.”

You may not like your job, but don’t quit merely on the hope of finding a better one. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
I might have got a better offer if I had waited for some more time, but I decided to take the one I had. After all, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
He decided against selling off his small business for the prospects of starting a bigger one. He realized that a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Do not put your life’s savings into risky investments in the hope of higher returns. You may lose everything. Don’t you know, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

“You have been quiet for a while, a penny for your thoughts.”
“You seem pretty serious. A penny for your thoughts.”
For several minutes they sat in silence, finally she said “A penny for your thoughts, Maya.”
Noticing that Sam was in a pensive mood, Hilary said “A penny for your thoughts, Sam.”
“You seem pretty pleased, a penny for your thoughts.”

Now that he has financial difficulties he will realize that a penny saved is as good as a penny earned.
Being a financial consultant she always advises people to save money. She says to her clients quite often that a penny saved is a penny earned.
At least 25% of your monthly income should be put aside as savings because a penny saved is a penny earned.
By doing this work myself, I will save $100, someone has told the truth that a penny saved is a penny gained.
He tries to do all the work himself and always says that a penny saved is a penny earned.

“You always speak of the importance of charity, but never do anything. Actions speak louder than words!”
The captain, tired of trying to motivate his players, took it upon himself to guide his team to victory. After all, actions spoke louder than words.
Politicians are all the same, all talk but no work; do they realize that actions speak louder than words?
Its no use sitting and speaking of success, you have to act on it. Remember actions speak louder than words.
A good leader does not tell his team how things should be done, he shows them; after all, actions speak louder than words.

The company rejected his application for a job, and to add insult to injury, refused to pay his expenses.
I was already getting late for work stuck in the traffic, and to add insult to injury, I was stopped by the police for speeding.
First, the bathroom flooded, and then, to add insult to injury, a tap started leaking.
First, they lost the match, and then, to add insult to injury, one of players was suspended for cheating.
Not only did the club stop the team from playing, they also took away their equipment – that’s adding insult to injury.

It was a very sensitive case and yet for over one year the investigators kept barking up the wrong tree.
If you think you will solve the problem by following those steps, you are barking up the wrong tree.
I am not the person who spread those rumours about you, you are barking up the wrong tree.
I had kept telling you all along that you are barking up the wrong tree, yet you did not pay any heed and continued doing it.
I think they are barking up the wrong tree by focusing on the problems they have. They should focus on the solutions instead.

The team is divided into people of the same region batting against the others. Birds of a feather flock together.
The lawyers who attended the seminar were like birds of a feather flocking together. They have not even spoken to anyone outside their group.
“Hey, Mom I want to visit grandmother’s house, I want to play with kids there, you know birds of a feather flock together.”
I love to talk to the people who know about the computers, do you know why? Because birds of a feather flock together.
Every evening many drinkers get together in a Bar near our home. You know Birds of a feather flock together.

By accepting two part-time jobs, he is clearly biting off more than he can chew.
It feels like I bit off more than I could chew when I promised to complete this worksheet in one day.
I would like to suggest you that don’t bite off more than you can chew by accepting the job in Alaska while winters.
The anaconda bit off more than it could chew. It just killed a big cattle but couldn’t swallow it.
I am sure, she is biting off more than she can chew by promising to solve the difficult puzzle in few minutes that I couldn’t since last three days.

We managed to complete the project on time by the skin of our teeth.
After being chased by the police a long way, the criminal managed to escape by the skin of his teeth.
He made the final cut off list of the university by the skin of his teeth.
I managed to pass the exam by the skin if my teeth.
He slipped at the edge of the cliff but managed to hold on to a rock, and was saved by the skin of his teeth.

To find out who is stronger is the apples to apples measure their capability to win the first prize in the field of Olympics.
I have no idea who is going to win the fashion show, both the girls dress up so well, it is the apples to apples measure of their styling techniques.
Finding out the speed of the two big cars which are equal in size and possess other similar attributes is the apples to apples

Do not spend a fortune on the gifts to make others happy.
It cost a fortune to get my machine fixed.
I would love to invite them all to a club, but it will cost me a fortune to do that.
Everything available on the store costs a fortune. We have to search for another.
A month in Dubai costs a fortune.

The play can begin at the drop of a dime, you just need to say the word.
I have hired such nannies for my children at the drop of a dime, she is nothing special.
You speak as if you have such talented people at the drop of a dime.
I am not asking you to get this done at the drop of a dime. Please take your time but give me the best work possible.
I have to get to the workshop or my boss will kick me out at the drop of a dime.

As a politician you must keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
The competition in the business world today is such that it is best to keep your friends close and your enemies closer
She has asked you to keep your friends close and your enemies closer because she has some reason to suspect foul play. She has not given me any more information.
I have, in my life, always kept my friends close and my enemies closer.
To keep your friends close and your enemies closer is just good sense in competitive sports. You never know what is going on behind your back.

Before committing to make the payment, wait till you receive the money from the bank. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.
Though he was leading the race, he had started celebrating even before the finish line, and in the process lost his lead. He had counted his chickens before they hatched.
You may get the job, but don’t count your chickens before they hatch; wait till you get the offer letter before you throw the party.
Why not wait till you get the confirmation? Aren’t you counting your chickens before they have hatched?

While its sad that the results have not been as good as you expected, you should now focus on moving ahead and achieving better results next time; there is no use crying over spilt milk.
Valarie’s car was badly damaged in the accident and he was angry about what had happened, but he soon realized that there was no use crying over spilt milk.
“Its no use crying over spilt milk – it was a bad investment, the money has been lost and there’s nothing we can do.”
Mona was unable to accept the reality of her divorce. She was crying over spilled milk.
The school trip had been a disaster, but we did not want to dwell on it. It was no use crying over spilt milk.

I watched your performance at the theater today. My advice is don’t give up your day job.
You want to try your hand at writing a novel? I’ve read your drafts and I advise you not to give up your day job.
If I were you, I wouldn’t give up the day job; you’re never going to be a dancer.
You are not a very talented actor, so don’t give up the day job and pursue it as a hobby.
Don’t give up your day job – you won’t go anywhere with that kind of music.

It would be better if you applied to several companies instead of just one; don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
It is wise to diversify your investments across different instruments, as you should not put all your eggs in one basket.
Why are you putting all your money into one company? Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
He was depending heavily on the success of his venture, but when it failed, he was ruined. He realized that he should not have put all his eggs in one basket.
He was able to recover from his losses because he didn’t put all his eggs in one basket.

Reena was depressed to be confined to bed after her surgery, but over time, when she could spend a lot of time with her family and catch up with old friends, who came to visit her, she realized that every cloud has a silver lining.
Even though your relationship is going through a difficult phase, don’t despair, maybe this will strengthen your bond. Every cloud has a silver lining.
Even though he had lost the match, he had gained in experience and was now more confident. Every cloud has a silver lining.
Though he had failed his exam, he realized that every cloud has a silver lining, as now he could focus his attention on things he loved doing.
I know that you job is not going well and you are stressed out, but don’t worry, things will be better soon. Every cloud has a silver lining.

I’m tired of him always finding faults with me. I’m going to give him a taste of his own medicine.
Its not for nothing that people are calling you names; you’re getting a taste of your own medicine.
Don’t be rude to others. You won’t like it when you get a taste of your own medicine.
The players of that team were hurling abuses at their opponents, but they didn’t like it when they got a taste of their own medicine from the fans.
He is always late for appointments and keeps people waiting, so we decided to give him a taste of his own medicine.

After the news spread about her direct involvement in the big scandal, the friends and relatives gave her the cold shoulder and eventually she had to leave the town forever.

They tampered with my research. Thank God I found it out. I’m sure they were hoping to send me on a wild goose chase as I continue my research.
The convict escaped the police custody on the way to jail. Police is apparently on a wild goose chase after he vanished into woods.
It turns out that my brother took my car keys. I had been on a wild goose chase this whole morning searching them in the entire house.
Jonathan looking for his lost phone may be on a wild goose chase.
Michel ends up on a wild goose chase trying to find a rental house of her dream.

Stephen hit the nail on the head when he said that what the company was lacking in was clear vision and focus.
The foreman hit the nail on the head when he said that the machine had malfunctioned because of a faulty spark plug.
“You’ve found the problem, Sid! You hit the nail on the head!”
He is a smart debugger. Every time you take a broken code to him, he will hit the nail on the head and tell you the exact problem.
He hit the nail on the head when he said that most people won’t change their ways and continue to blame the system for all their ills.

The farmers were using these pesticides in their fields without even considering the harmful effects it has on the land. Ignorance is bliss.
I was wonderfully happy using my drier every day and ignorance was bliss until I found out how much electricity it consumed.
The topic that I wanted to touch upon today is the solar energy creation. So far, for the masses ignorance has been bliss but no more.
In their partnership ignorance was bliss where one partner had no idea about how his name was getting dragged in the illegal work by the other.
You cannot claim ignorance is bliss and use your car even for such short distances. You can walk or cycle to this place every day.

Don’t worry, Sophie – this job interview will be a piece of cake for you – you have all the skills they need and I think you’re absolutely the best candidate.
They said the test would be difficult, but it was a piece of cake – I’ll pass with no problem at all.
Don’t think that this term’s work will be a piece of cake – you’ll have to study hard to get good grades.
Some parts of cooking are really difficult, but I found that making spaghetti Bolognese is a piece of cake.
Giving Maria a make-over was a piece of cake, because she’s so naturally beautiful.

It’s raining cats and dogs I am worried about how my kids will reach home.
It rains cats and dogs when the Monsoon comes in India.
How will you go to play Cricket today? It’s raining cats and dogs.
When we were returning from the picnic, it was raining cats and dogs.
I think it’s not safe to drive the car now – it’s raining cats and dogs.

You better check out the costs that you will have to incur through the duration of this lawsuit before filling it. It is always better to look before you leap.
I had asked him to look before he leaped when he was planning to buy those stocks. Look what he has got himself into now!
The girl rally should have looked before she leaped into this marriage!
My children know very well to look before they leap into such business deals. They have learnt about the business from the best after all, me!
The family was asked to look before they leap into buying this house. People in the village say that it is haunted by the ghost of the lady that lived here many years back.

Sebastian using all his savings to buy blue chip stocks is definitely skating on thin ice.
Going into a business without carrying out proper studies is like skating on thin ice.
I feel their decision to get married after meeting just a week ago is like skating on thin ice.
Because of his explosive temper, you always feel like you are skating on thin ice when around him.
Amanda decided to skate on thin ice by quitting her day job to pursue her passion of wildlife photography.

The invention of internet has changed the way we live; it is the best thing since sliced bread.
The way he was praising her – you would think that she was the best thing since sliced bread.
“Have you checked out this cool new app? I think its the best thing since sliced bread.”
Smartphones have become an indispensable part of our lives; they are the best thing since sliced bread.
Some gadgets are marketed like the best thing since sliced bread, but I think they are just expensive gizmos.

“Have you seen my beautiful new bag? I paid a fortune for it.”“Really? It is a fake. The stitching of the original bags is blue, not green.”“How disappointing. I guess the devil is in the details.”
You need to make sure that your lawyer reads the contracts very carefully. The devil is in the details.

The admissions in this college get filled in very early. If you really want to enroll your son here then you should remember that the early bird catches the worm.
I am usually among the first people to bid for such construction contracts since all my documentation is complete and I firmly believe that the early bird catches the worm.
I had told you that only the early bird catches the worm in this organization. Why did you wait for the last minute to send your application out? The seat is already taken now.
She got the position because the early bird catches the worm.
I got to watch the movie in spite of there being a tremendous rush because the early bird catches the worm.

She is the love of my life. For her, I’ll go the whole nine yards.
The mountain trail was a difficult one, but I wanted to go the whole nine yards.
We have watched every single episode of this serial, from the first to the final one, the whole nine yards.
He has a toolkit with every kind of tool in all sizes – jacks, wrenches, screwdrivers – the whole nine yards.
I’ll do whatever it takes to make my venture a successful one – I’ll go the whole nine yards.

You may be thinking that I have gone crazy, but there’s a method to my madness.
When she’s working on her painting, it would seem that she’s out of her mind, but when she finishes, you’ll see that there’s a method in her madness.
The way the houses were built seemed strange, but when we heard of the natural calamities affecting the region, we realized there was a method to the madness.
They have a crazy schedule but taking all things into account, there’s a method to their madness.
These are turbulent times, but it must come to an end sometime. There must be some method to this madness.

The company has asked the employees to fill in extra work hours this month when the incentive was paid out. There is no such thing as a free lunch.
I am very careful about making payments for my share of food when we go out because there is no such thing as a free lunch.
The directors pay me only for the work that I do. Trust me, there is no such thing as a free lunch.
The girl was sensible to refuse the offer because she knew that there is no such thing as a free lunch.
I got a call stating I have won a lucky draw and need to come to pick my gift up. I was scammed at the place and ended up paying a sickening amount to the company in return for an awful holiday package deal. I should have known that there is no such thing as a free lunch.

The caretaker threw caution to the winds when taking the baby out of the house even though he was already sick.
She throws caution to the winds every time she goes shopping. Her purchases are always among the most expensive and her husband keeps trying his best to pay the bills off later.
Although I threw all caution to the winds at the casino, it did not take me long to come back to my senses and not blow off all my savings.
It is advisable that the tourists do not throw caution to the winds especially in this part of the city because the crime rate here is quite high.
Throwing caution to the winds, she ran on the highway road to board the truck.

He read about the procedure online and thought he doesn’t need the doctor to get it done. Now he will have to stay in the hospital far more than he might have in the first place, a little knowledge is indeed a dangerous thing.
She cut her own fringes and ended up making her face look ridiculous. A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing when dealing with the intricate art of hair cutting.

John said to his brother, ” You better bring your car to the shopwhile it’s still running, because a stitch in time saves nine“.
The timely investigation could be prevented the major malfunction in computers. Someone truly said that a stitch in time saves nine.
Resolve a small problem on time may prevent a big trouble it’s like the old saying “a stitch in time saves nine“.
It seems that something wrong with my car, it’s better to get its check-up as a stitch in time saves nine.
There is an old saying that a stitch in time saves nine and I think it’s better to compromise earlier instead of dispute with your neighbour.

The sudden uprising in many parts of the country was utterly a bolt from the blue for the ministry.
The withdrawal of recognition for study centres by the University Grants Commission was a bolt from the blue.
Let us hope the pandemic disappears. It came as a bolt from the blue in 2020.
The referendum acted as a bolt from the blue that the life of many people.
The Tsunami came as a bolt from the blue and destroyed everything in it’s way.

She has already burned his bridges with his previous employer by publicly criticizing their marketing policy.

The family’s meeting on property dispute begins today and I’m just sitting down with a cup of coffee, enjoying the calm before the storm.
This is just the calm before the storm, when the kids get home from school this house will be chaos.
My mom gets really quiet when she is angry. We all know that it’s the calm before the storm and try to get out of her way before it hits.
Don’t under-estimate the Canadian wrestler it just the calm before the storm – I am sure that he will return with tremendous force and energy.

When he started asking too many questions of his neighbours about their whereabouts during the weekend, they warned him that curiosity killed the cat.
When Jane asked George where he was going at the middle of the night, he replied that curiosity killed the cat.
Joe was very curious about where Sarah was getting all her money from, but all she said was that curiosity killed the cat.
He refused to answer any of our questions regarding where he spent his vacation, saying instead “curiosity killed the cat”.
Though he knew all about the matter, he refused to divulge it to anyone, only saying that curiosity killed the cat.

My neighbor had applied for the post of architect in a big project, but did not cut the mustard.
That boy wants to be the captain of the team, but does he cut the mustard?
I need a bigger knife for these large fruits; this one doesn’t cut the mustard.
His friends and siblings helped him through this studies, but when it came to working, he couldn’t cut the mustard.
He was a great player, but he retired sometime ago. We’ll have to see if he still cuts the mustard.

He keeps trying to get his manuscripts published, but I think he is flogging a dead horse.
There’s no use trying to keep this business going. We are flogging a dead horse.
I’ve told him numerous times to manage his routine effectively, but I think I’ve just been flogging a dead horse.
You’re flogging a dead horse trying to persuade him to come with us – he hates going out at night.
You keep trying to convince him to join your company, but I think you’re flogging a dead horse. He’s happy where he is.

The couple could not stay together long after their wedding because familiarity breeds contempt.
I am now not close to my sister’s family because familiarity breeds contempt.
After working in the same company for so many years he hates even its name, just because familiarity breeds contempt.
I know so much about that family that it is surprising I don’t hate them all yet – familiarity breeds contempt.
You should not go so close to any corporate’s management unless you are a part of it because in this case familiarity will definitely breed contempt.

My grandfather is 90 years old, but he is as fit as a fiddle.
She had fallen very ill, but with rest and medication, she is now fit as a fiddle.
The team had partied late into the night, but on match day, each of them was as fit as a fiddle.
After a refreshing vacation by the sea, I now feel fit as a fiddle.
You may be feeling tired and sleepy now, but with a good night’s rest, you will feel fit as a fiddle in the morning.

The guy should have gone all out to achieve his destiny. He would have been married to the love of his life had he showed some courage back then. Fortune favours the bold.
In this industry fortune favours the bold You cannot expect to be a successful action stuntman without being brave during scenes.
I took the risk with these stocks hoping that fortune will favour the bold, but I ended up losing my entire life saving in just one transaction.
While it is true that fortune favours the bold, you also need to look before you leap. My advice is to not take a risk that you don’t find worth the returns.

The company went down in flames after reports came out that it had been financing illegal activities.
The project went down in flames when the team lead resigned.
The plan looks good, but it would go down in flames if any of the stakeholders withdraw from participating.
The ambitious project started by the previous government went down in flames as soon as the new government was voted in.
He was once a top athlete, but his career went down in flames when he was caught using drugs.

Try not to rush through things, even though you are in a hurry. After all, haste makes waste.
You need to check these files carefully. Do not try to finish them too quickly – remember, haste makes waste.
If you try to finish off your work in a hurry, you might end up making a lot of mistakes and then you would have to redo it. Haste makes waste, you know.
I’d rather miss the deadline and submit a good report than rush through it and make one full of errors. After all, haste makes waste.
Be careful while checking the papers. Haste makes waste, so check them thoroughly before submitting them.

He roams around all night with his head in the clouds.
Kim does not like the logic and keeps his head in the clouds all the time.
Lolita has her head in the clouds if she thinks she will win the tournament.
The government has its head in the clouds when it comes to the rebels.
He is not right for this job; he has his head in the clouds.

With the number of silly remarks he comes up with, I wonder if he’s not playing with a full deck.
He may be an influential person, but some of the things he does gives the impression that he is not playing with a full deck.
He keeps talking to himself. I think he’s not playing with a full deck.
That scientist is considered to be a genius in his field, but with some of the antics he’s up to at the university, it looks like he’s not playing with a full deck.
The new teacher doesn’t seem to know what he’s teaching. He’s not playing with a full deck.

Has he decided which offer he is going to accept or is he still sitting on the fence?
You can’t sit on the fence any longer, you need to make up your mind.
Instead of sitting on the fence, why don’t you list out the pros and cons so that you can reach a decision.
It would be good if you stop sitting on the fence and choose whose side you are on.
He did not want to say no to either of them, so he was just sitting on the fence.

Don’t blame me for the argument. It takes two to tango! You are equally responsible.
We will never reach an agreement unless we sit down for a discussion. It takes two to tango.
The bill will never be passed unless both parties bury their differences and work out a compromise – it takes two to tango.
Its not right to blame only the other woman for his adulterous affair – it takes two to tango.
If you want to play that game, you need a partner who will play with you. It takes two to tango.

The chief of security said that his team would leave no stone unturned in nabbing the miscreants.
He said he will leave no stone unturned in order to prove her innocence.
The doctor said he will leave no stone unturned to find a cure for his illness.
The researcher left no stone unturned in her search for the ancient manuscript.
The police said they would leave no stone unturned in their search for the stolen jewellery.

As Eliza was in good spirits that morning, Andy decided not to bring up the argument they had last night. It was best to let sleeping dogs lie.
Since my manager did not ask me anything about me coming late that day, I did not speak to him about it – it is best to let sleeping dogs lie.
Its not that the two parties have finally agreed over the issue, its just that they have let sleeping dogs lie and things continue as they are.
We know that we would never reach an agreement over this matter, so its better to let sleeping dogs lie and not discuss it anymore.
Further investigations into that matter would surely bring to light a lot of controversial decisions, so past governments have just let sleeping dogs lie.

Those boys could be twins, they are like two peas in a pod.
Jeffrey definitely has a preferred type of woman that he finds attractive. The last three have been like peas in a pod.
She piled the kids in the back of the tiny car like peas in a pod and off they went.
Lisa and her best friend could be sisters, they are as alike as two peas in a pod.
They’ve hardly been apart since they met. They are always together, like two peas in a pod.

She’s been on cloud nine since she heard the news of her engagement.
I felt like I was on cloud 9 when she said that she I loves me a lot.
What a pleasure of winning, it makes feel like floating on cloud seven.
The grandmother was on cloud nine to see her grandson after a long time.
Maria was on cloud nine to see her husband back from a long business trip.
Do something which makes me feel floating on cloud nine.

I will never work with Peter again. He expects everyone to do the work on his behalf, once bitten twice shy.
We are careful about renting an apartment from that company. The previous one was terrible. Once bitten twice shy.
I am really worried about of using elevator again since I was stuck into it for hours – once bitten, twice shy.
Since my little daughter fell from the swing, she doesn’t like swinging it anymore. Truly said, once bitten, twice shy.

I feel snowed under with all the work my boss keeps throwing my way.
The election result saw the republican candidate being snowed under by a margin of 15 to 4.
The avalanche kept the snowboarders snowed under. (Literal example)
Jane snowed me under with letters since I stopped talking to her.
Do not ever snow under your employees unless you wish to fire any of them.

I can’t believe that you are upset because I was late. That is the pot calling the kettle black.
Peter called me a liar! That is the pot calling the kettle black.
“How can you blame me like that? huh! Pot calling the kettle black.”
All politicians blame each other and tell themselves good, it’s like pot calling the kettle black.
Stop accusing each other – you are both responsible for this accident. Pot calling the kettle black!

My best friend has supported me through thick and thin.
Even though there are rumours that the company is in trouble we plan to stick it out through thick and thin.
If you really loved him you would have stuck by him through thick and thin. Instead, you left when things got hard.
My husband has supported Liverpool through thick and thin. He is a true fan.

The restaurant owners had the best of everything at one point. But you know what they say, when it rains, it pours. Today they are left with absolutely nothing.
Sid wanted to get rid of his debts and worked really hard at his job. And as they say, when it rains, it pours. He has been given a great travel opportunity which will pay him enough to take care of everything.
I completely understand that when it rains, it pours. That is the reason why I save as much of my salary every month as possible.
She thought it was just something minor and did not go to a doctor. But you know what? When it rains, it pours. She should have got it checked much earlier.
My team has several new trainees and we now have a new project to manage. Oh boy! When it rains, it really does pour!

The course requires a lot of effort on your part. It is true that you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.
This business idea can take you from zero to hundred in just a few years but you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.
I have wanted to venture into the teaching profession from the longest time but you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.
My brother is trying very hard to get his bachelor’s degree and has finally realized that you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.
This marathon requires you to pick up some serious slack in your diet and exercise regime because you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.

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