Meaning: You can’t live completely independently. Everyone needs help from other people.
Best thing since sliced bread
Meaning: A good invention or innovation. A good idea or plan.
Fortune favours the bold
Meaning: People who bravely go after what they want are more successful than people who try to live safely.
Blessing in disguise
Meaning: Something good that isn’t recognized at first.
Birds of a feather flock together
Meaning: People like to spend time with others who are similar to them.
Curiosity killed the cat
Meaning: Being inquisitive can lead you into an unpleasant situation.
Far cry from
Meaning: Very different from
A friend in need is a friend indeed
Meaning: A friend who helps you out in times of need is a true friend.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
Meaning: Just work and no recreational activities make a person dull and boring.
Kill two birds with one stone
Meaning: Accomplish two things with one action or effort
If you snooze, you lose
Meaning: You have to act quickly to get the things you want.
All good things must come to an end
Meaning: You can’t keep having good luck or fun forever; eventually it will stop.
Necessity is the mother of invention
Meaning: When you’re really in need, you think of creative solutions to your problems.
Method to my madness
Meaning: An assertion that, despite one’s approach seeming random, there actually is structure to it.
Misery loves company
Meaning: People who are unhappy want to make other people unhappy too.
Familiarity breeds contempt
Meaning: When you’re around someone for too long, you get tired of them and annoyed by them.
Once in a blue moon
Meaning: Happens very rarely.
Wouldn’t be caught dead doing
Meaning: Would never like to do something
Two heads are better than one
Meaning: When two people cooperate with each other, they come up with better ideas.
Rome wasn’t built in a day
Meaning: Doing important work takes a long time. Be patient.
Still waters run deep
Meaning: People who don’t talk a lot sometimes have really interesting thoughts.
The grass is always greener on the other side
Meaning: People tend to want whatever they don’t have.
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link
Meaning: If one member of a team doesn’t perform well, the whole team will fail.
Strike while the iron is hot
Meaning: When you have a good opportunity, go for it.
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree
Meaning: Children are very similar to their parents.
There is no such thing as bad publicity
Meaning: When people talk about a business, it’s good for the business, even if they’re saying bad things about it.
You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar
Meaning: To get what you want, be nice to people instead of yelling at them or being mean.
You can’t teach an old dog new tricks
Meaning: Older people don’t change their habits easily.
Accidents will happen in the best regulated families
Meaning: Unforeseen events can happen with anybody.
Appearances are deceptive
Meaning: Internal truth of a person is usually different from what is visible outside.
You scratch my back, I will scratch yours
Meaning: If you help me then I will help you in return.
As you make your bed, so you must lie in it too
Meaning: Be prepared to face the consequences of your wrong actions.
Once bitten, twice shy
Meaning: From experience, we learn to avoid situation causing trouble or distress.
There is a black sheep in every family
Meaning: One member in every family doesn’t fit into the characteristic of the family.
Think on your feet
Meaning: Adjusting quickly to changes and making fast decisions.
Meaning: Big sum of money given to a person when they leave a company or retire.
Separate sheep from the goats
Meaning:Examining a group of people and deciding their suitability
In the country of the blind, the one eyed man is king
Meaning: The person with a little ability in a group of those with absolutely no ability is at an advantage.
Blood is thicker than water
Meaning: Family relationship is stronger than others.
Two blacks don’t make a white
Meaning: You cannot justify something wrong you have done because someone else has also done it.
First out of the gate
Meaning: Being the first one to make a start at something.
Sink your teeth into
Meaning: Doing something with a lot of energy and enthusiasm.
Fish out of water
Meaning: Feeling uncomfortable in unfamiliar surroundings.
Bee in one’s bonnet
Meaning: Carrying an idea which constantly occupies your thoughts.
Keep a stiff upper lip
Meaning: A person who does not show his emotions
Proud as a peacock
Meaning: An extremely proud person.
Makes your flesh crawl
Meaning: Something that makes you feel disgusting or nervous.
Not turn a hair
Meaning: Not exhibiting any emotion where it is expected.
Cake not worth the candle
Meaning: Something in which result as compared to the efforts are too less.
Few More Just for Revision: A wild goose chase ; An absurdly hopeless enterprise A bee in one's bonnet ; Be obsessed with something A bolt from the blue ; Unexpected A rainy day ; A time of need All at sea ; Confused A flash in the pan ; A Success that is not repeated A square peg in a round hole ; an unusual individualist who could not fit into his niche in his/her society A thorn in the side ; Perpetual source of trouble All and sundry ; Everyone without exception At one's wits end ; Desperate Arm chair theory ; Impracticable theory By fits and starts ; Irregularly Chip of the old block ; Very similar to his father Have an axe to grind ; Have a selfish purpose In the pink of condition ; In a weak condition In the doldrums ; Depressing Keep your hair on ; Think forcefully
Lock Stock and Barrel ; Completely On the cards ; Probable Struck Several Patches ; Had many professional difficulties Sword of Damocles ; An imminent danger To eat humble pie ; To apologise To be hard up ; To be short of money To cry wolf ; To give false alarm To leave one in the lurch ; To desert one in times of difficulty To spilt hairs ; To make useless distinctions in arguments To get the sack ; To get dismissed from the job To take the wind out of one's sails ; To deprive one's argument of all force To be up to the eyes ; Be very busy To have a card up one's sleeves ; To have secret plan in reserve To tread on eggs ; To walk carefully To tell tales out of school ; Reveal confidential matters To give someone apple pie ; To flatter someone To burn one's boat ; To take an irreversible decision To burn the candle at both ends ; To waste money lavishly To do up ; To make tidy To catch a tartar ; To fight a strong enemy To have two strings to one bow ; To have more than one alternative To have a ball at one's feet ; Have the power to decide something To back bite ; To talk behind the back To die in harness ; To die while still working or active To feather one's nest ; To make money through unfair means To flog a dead horse ; To waste energy on some already rejected activity Wet behind the ears ; Cunning