Idioms & Phrases

beat a dead horse (US) = flog a dead horse (UK)

Meaning: (Fig.) waste time and energy on a hopeless activity or on a matter that has already been settled. (Usually in continuous tenses).

Example: “You’re flogging a dead horse trying to persuade Simon to come to Spain with us – he hates going abroad.”

Examples:

A

  • A bad egg: a bad person ( वाईट व्यक्ती)
  • A duck’s egg: a zero (शून्य)
  • An axe to grind: selfish motive ( स्वार्थी उद्देश )
  • A lucky dog: A fortunate fellow (नशीबवान प्राणी )
  • A jail bird – a hardened criminal
  • Apple of one’s eyes – Very dear , dear as eye sight
  • A crying evil – A evil requiring immediate correction
  • A turn coat – one who changes parties
  • A screw loose – Something wrong
  • All and sundry – Everyone without distinction
  • A knotty point: a complicated matter (गुंतागुंतीचा प्रश्न )
  • A left handed oath: an oath which is not binding (बंधनकारक नसलेली शपथ )
  • A cup of tea: a favourite thing (आवडती गोष्ट )
  • A leap in the dark: a risky step ( साहसाची कृती )
  • A fish story: an incredible story ( अविश्वसनीय गोष्ट )
  • A hard nut to crack: a difficult problem to solve (अवघड प्रश्न)

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  • Get rid of – be free

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O

  • Olive branch: an attempt at a compromise. ( शांतीचे चिन्ह , समेट )
  • Off & on: now and again ( कधी कधी )

P

  • Part and parcel: An essential part ( एक आवश्यक भाग )

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S

  • Spick and span – Neat and smart
  • Set in – to begin and expected to continue

T

  • To know what is what – to know how to behave (खडानखडा माहिती )
  • To bring to light – to reveal clearly (उघड होणे , शोध लागणे )
  • To bring to book – to call to account to punish ( शिक्षा करणे , दंड करणे )
  • To bring home to – to cause one to feel or understand or realize (पुनरुज्जीवन करणे , आठवण काढणे )
  • To bear the brunt of – To bear the main burden of a task
  • To bell the cat – Great risk
  • Turn against: to become hostile to (एखाद्यावर उलटणे )
  • Topsy turvy: in a state of disorder (अव्यवस्थितपणे )
  • Tooth and nail: Violently , fiercely (जोरदारपणे , प्रखरपणे प्रतिकार करणे )

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