- As thick as thieves
Meaning: Informal very friendly
Usage: Tahir and Ali were always quarreling until recently, but now they are as thick as thieves.
- At close quarters
From only a short distance away
Akram had never seen a lion at close quarters before.
- At sixes and sevens
In complete disorder
Usually things are at sixes and sevens in a bachelor’s room.
- Baby of the team
Youngest member of the team.
He is called the baby by his teammates because he is hardly 15 years old
- Get off my back
Leave me alone
You better get off my back and let me do what I think is right.
- Behind bars
The assassin has been behind bars for a year now.
- Blood bath
Killing of many people on one occasion
At the advent of partition of sub-continent, there was a blood bath on a very large scale.
- Full of beans
She looks thin and frail but she is full of beans.
- Bear fruit
I hope my hard work will bear fruit.
- Beat about the bush
Not to say directly what one means, avoid mentioning what one is really concerned with.
Stop beating about the bush, tell me directly why you have come here.
- Alive and kicking
Informal and in good health
I was glad to hear that your grandmother is still alive and kicking.
- All and sundry
Everyone, without making choice
Adnan invites all and sundry to its parties, l.e anyone who is available.
- All out
Our government is going to make an all-out effort for the upliftment of poor and backward classes.
- Alpha and omega
The beginning and the end
Worship of Good is alpha and omega of all the religions.
- Across the table
In front of one another, with both the parties present.
Many transactions take place across the table.
- Catch in the act
Discovering somebody including in a particular act.
The student was caught in the act of cheating in the examination hall.
- Addle egg
Addle egg spoil function.
- By the agency of
With the support of
Men do survive by the agency of God.
- Cup of tea
The sort of thing or person one likes
I’ve never been to the playground its not my cup of tea.
- To go to the dogs
To be ruined
For want of proper management Zeeshan’s business has gone to the dogs and he is almost on the verge of closing it
- Eat like a horse
Eat a large amount of food
Amir has a very good appetite he eats like a horse.
- Odds and ends
Everything is engrossed in odds and ends of life.
- Go bust
The firm went bust and fifty workers lost their job.
- Busy as a bee
When the teacher peeped in, the children were busy as bees writing.
- A can of worms
What seemed to be such a simple solution turned out to be a can of worms.
- Capital idea
It is a capital idea of the artist.
- To be in cloud
To dream of what is unattainable
As long as you are young, you are in cloud.
- On book account
He bought a TV on book account.
- A closed book
A subject which one knows nothing about
Metaphysics is a closed book to me.
- Broadly speaking
In general terms on the whole
Broadly speaking in our society, driver tend to be male, and telephone operator female but of course, there are exceptions.
- Kick the bucket
The greedy relatives were just waiting for the rich old man to kick the bucket.
- Burst open
The parents burst open their son’s door when they heard no reply from inside.
- Beat the clock
Finish something before time
He beat the clock to it by finishing his task well in time.
- You bet
Do you want to come for the movie tonight? You bet I do!
- Between two fires
To earn displeasure of both the parties
A wise arbitrator always avoids to be between two fires.
- Big wig
A leading or important man
Asif is a big wig of our company.
- Blue angel
Have you met a blue angle in the park?
- A lame duck
A man who cannot pay his debts
He has no place on the stock exchange because he has proved himself lame duck.
- Earth hunger
Passion for acquiring land
Pasha has a number of buildings but he still wants to purchase more plots. His earth hunger will never be satisfied.
- In essence
In essence the arguments are on the same lines.
- False alarm
Warning of danger which turns out to be untrue
People were saying that there was a road accident and five persons died, but it turned out to be a false alarm.
- Flavour of the mouth
A person who is especially popular at the moment
If I were you I’d keep quiet at the staff meeting, you’re not exactly flavour of the mouth with the boss at the moment.
- Flesh and fell
The flesh and fell are subject to decay.
- Full of one self
I can’t stand that Fareeha is so full of herself, always boasting and so on.
- Gather dust
Be forgotten or ignored
As usual the report was left to gather dust and not dealt with by the authorities for years.
- Airs and graces
Behavior and attitude
Your success in life depends on your airs and graces.
- Heart of oak
Dare and courage
You cannot face life today without a heart of oak.
- High and dry
In a difficult situation
When the travel company went bankrupt, many holiday-makers were left high and dry abroad or waiting at the airport.
- Inch by inch
Very slowly and gradually
She crawled forward inch by inch.