English Grammar By: jamal abdul nasir Mobile No: 092-042-03004205754
1. A bit much If something is excessive or annoying, it is a bit much. 2. A chain is no stronger than its weakest link This means that processes, organizations, etc, are vulnerable because the weakest person or part can always damage or break them. 3. A day late and a dollar short (USA) If something is a day late and a dollar short, it is too little, too late. 4. A fool and his money are soon parted This idiom means that people who aren't careful with their money spend it quickly. 'A fool and his money are easily parted' is an alternative form of the idiom. 5.A fool at 40 is a fool forever If someone hasn't matured by the time they reach forty, they never will.
6. A little bird told me
If someone doesn't want to say where they got some information from, they can say that a little bird told them. 7. A little learning is a dangerous thing A small amount of knowledge can cause people to think they are more expert than they really are.eg. he said he'd done a course on home electrics, but when he tried to mend my table lamp, he fused all the lights! I think a little learning is a dangerous thing. 8. A long row to hoe Something that is a long row to hoe is a difficult task that takes a long time. 9. A lost ball in the high weeds A lost ball in the high weeds is someone who does not know what they are doing, where they are or how to do something. 10. A OK If things are A OK, they are absolutely fine. 11. A penny for your thoughts This idiom is used as a way of asking someone what they are thinking about. 12. A penny saved is a penny earned This means that we shouldn't spend or waste money, but try to save it. 13. A picture is worth a thousand words A picture can often get a message across much better than the best verbal description.
14. A pretty penny If something costs a pretty penny, it is very expensive. 15. A problem shared is a problem halved If you talk about your problems, it will make you feel better. 16. A rising tide lifts all boats This idiom, coined by John F Kennedy, describes the idea that when an economy is performing well, all people will benefit from it. 17. A still tongue keeps a wise head Wise people don't talk much. 18. A watched pot never boils Some things work out in their own time, so being impatient and constantly checking will just make things seem longer. 19. Abide by a decision If you abide by a decision, you accept it and comply with it, even though you might disagree with it. 20. About face If someone changes their mind completely, this is an about face. It can be used when companies, governments, etc, change their position on an issue. 21. Absence makes the heart grow fonder
This idiom means that when people are apart, their love grows stronger. 22. Ace up your sleeve If you have an ace up your sleeve, you have something that will give you an advantage that other people don't know about. 23. Acid test An acid test is something that proves whether something is good, effective, etc, or not. 24. Across the board If something applies to everybody, it applies across the board. 25. Across the ditch (NZ) This idiom means on the other side of the Tasman Sea, used to refer to Australia or New Zealand depending on the speaker's location. 26. Act of God An act of God is something like an earthquake or floods that human beings cannot prevent or control. 27. Actions speak louder than words This idiom means that what people actually do is more important than what they say- people can promise things but then fail to deliver. 28. Add fuel to the fire If people add fuel to the fire, they make a bad situation worse. 29. After your own heart
A person after your own heart thinks the same way as you. 30. Against the clock If you do something against the clock, you are rushed and have very little time to do it. 31. Age before beauty When this idiom is used, it is a way of allowing an older person to do something first, though often in a slightly sarcastic way. 32. Ahead of the pack If you are ahead of the pack, you have made more progress than your rivals. 33. Ahead of time If something happens ahead of time, it happens early or before the set time. 34. Air your dirty laundry in public If you air your dirty laundry in public, you reveal aspects of your private life that should really remain private, by telling a secret, arguing in public, etc. 35. All Bark no bite When someone talks tough but really isn't, they are all bark and no bite. 36. To) act one's age: To behave in a more mature way. Frequently said to a child or teen. ex. "Bill, stop throwing rocks! Act your age!" 37. All-out:
Complete. Very strong. "They did an all-out search for the missing boy and they found him." 38. All thumbs: Awkward. Clumsy. 39. Armed to the teeth: Heavily armed. ex. "The rebels were armed to the teeth." 40. At each other's throats: Fighting or arguing heavily. ex. "They were at each other's throats. The arguments never stopped." 41. All heart Someone who is all heart is very kind and generous. 42. All in one’s head: If something is all in your head, you have imagined it and it is not real. 43. All mouth and trousers (UK) Someone who's all mouth and trousers talks or boasts a lot but doesn't deliver. 'All mouth and no trousers' is also used, though this is a corruption of the original. 44. All over the place If something is completely disorganized or confused, it is all over the place. 45. All over the shop
If something is completely disorganized or confused, it is all over the shop. 46. All roads lead to Rome This means that there can be many different ways of doing something. 47. All square If something is all square, nobody has an advantage or is ahead of the others. 48. All talk and no trousers (UK) Someone who is all talk and no trousers, talks about doing big, important things, but doesn't take any action. 49. All that glitters is not gold This means that appearances can be deceptive and things that look or sound valuable can be worthless. ('All that glistens is not gold' is an alternative.) 50. All your eggs in one basket If you put all your eggs in one basket, you risk everything at once, instead of trying to spread the risk. (This is often used as a negative imperative- 'Don't put all your eggs in one basket'. 'Have your eggs in one basket' is also used.) 51. All's fair in love and war This idiom is used to say that where there is conflict, people can be expected to behave in a more vicious way. 52. All's well that ends well
If the end result is good, then everything is good. 53. Always a bridesmaid, never a bride If someone is always a bridesmaid, never a bride, they never manage to fulfill their ambition- they get close, but never manage the recognition, etc, they crave. 54. Ambulance chaser A lawyer who encourages people who have been in accidents or become ill to sue for compensation is an ambulance chaser. 55. An apple a day keeps the doctor away Eating healthy food keeps you healthy. 56. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure This expression means that is better to try to avoid problems in the first place, rather than trying to fix them once they arise. 57. And all that jazz This idiom means that everything related or similar is included. 58. Angry as a bear If someone is as angry as a bear, they are very angry.('Angry as a bear with a sore foot' is also used.)
59. Answers on a postcard This idiom can be used to suggest that the answer to something is very obvious or that the person would really like to hear what people think.
60. Ants in your pants If someone has ants in their pants, they are agitated or excited about something and can't keep still.
Idioms from the letter “B” will come soon! Keep remember in your prayers $