Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Vocabulary ---- Usage of Idiomatic & Proverbial Phrases of common use.


Some of  common proverbs used in daily vocabulary.

1. Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.

2. Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches.

3. Rome was not built in a day.

4. A blind man is no judge of colours.

5. Well begun is half done.

6. The voice of people is the voice of God.

7. You cannot serve two masters.

8. Truth is evergreen.

9. To err is  human.

10. Think before you speak.

11. The game is not worth the candle.

12. Slow and study wins the race.

13. Something is better than nothing.

14. Pride hath a fall.

15. Birds of a feather flock together.

16. Nothing succeeds like success.

17. Necessity is the mother of invention.

18. Past can never be recalled. Time once past cannot be recalled.

19. Knowledge is power.

20. It is never too late to mend.

21. A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.

22. A burnt child dreads the fire.

23. A constant guest is never welcomed.

24. A closed mouth catches no flies.

25. A drowning man catches at a straw.

26. A friend in  need is a friend indeed.

27. Death defies a doctor.

28. First deserve and then desire.

29. All that glitters is not gold.

30. A guilty conscience accuses itself.

31. A man is known by the company he keeps.

32. Death keeps no calendar.

33. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

34. Do in Rome as the Romans do.

35. Honesty is the best policy.

36. Hope sustains life.

37. Great cry or little wool.

38. God's ways are mysterious.

39. Might is right.

40. Like begets like. Love begets love. Like draws like.

41. Money begets money.

42.  Once hit  twice shy.

43. Nearer the church farther from God.

44. Self praise is no recommendations.

45. Man proposes, God disposes.

46. Let bygones be bygones.

47. It takes two to make a row.

48. Haste makes waste. Hurry spoils curry.

49. Jack of all trades but master of none.

50. A bad workman quarrels with his tools.

51. Every cock fights best at his own dunghill.

52.  He pays twice who pays in a trice.

53. A black sheep infests the whole flock.

54. Something is better than nothing.

55. To make a mountain of a molehill.

56. Too many cooks spoil the broth.

57. To rob Peter to pay Paul.

58. United we stand and divided we fall.

59. Whistling maid and crowning hen are neither fit for gods nor men.

60. When character is lost everything is lost.


Vocabulary---Some of  Sentences with idiomatic Verbs & Phrases 

1. My advice fell on deaf ears.

2. He acts on my advice.

3. I do not agree with you.

4. She agrees to my proposal.

5.  Thieves broke into the house.

6. We broke open the box.

7. The meeting broke up at 7 p.m.

8. The coach-man is breaking in the horse.

9. How was peace brought about?

10. Trees bring forth new leaves in spring.

11. Mothers bring up children.

12. Bring him to book.

13. I shall try to bring him around.

14. How did he come by the treasure?

15. How did it come to pass?

16. He has come of age.

17. I came across a friend of mine.

18. His marriage comes off on Monday.

19. I called upon him yesterday.

20. He called at my house twice.

21. Let me call this to mind.

22. Call the manager to account.

23. The examinations are drawing near.

24. Draw up the report.

25. Draw back please.

26. Draw lots

27. Beware of pickpockets.

28. Their plans fell through for want of money.

29. Keep up the tradition of your family.

30. Do not keep back any thing from me.

31. Do not keep away.

32.Look after the children.

33. The crow looked for water.

34. Look about you.

35. He looks up to you for help.

36. Look over the papers.

37. Look up this word in the dictionary.

38. Lay it aside.

39. Lay by some thing for rainy day.

40. Lay out a garden here.

41. Lay down arms.

42. Let him alone.

43. He lives by hard labour.

44. The child lives on milk.

45. My advice fell flat on him.

46. The money falls short of our needs.

47.Boys fell out with one another.

48. Friends fall off in adversity.

49. Fall in,  please.  ( to stand in a queue).

50. He fell in love with a beautiful girl.

51. I get up at five daily.

52. The fox could not get at the grapes.

53. Get off the horses.

54. The police has got the wind of the plot.

55.  He gave in at last.

56. All of sudden the bridge gave way. 

57. He gave out the secret.

58. Hand over the bag to him.

59. Hand hundred rupees on to the next person.

60. Keep up with him.

61. Live within your means.

62. Do not live beyond your means.

63. The robber made away with the merchant.

64. He has made  up his deficiency.

65. Make over this box to him.

66. The thief made off with my purse.

67. The thief made for the gate.

68. Make out the meaning of this sentence.

69. He passes for an honest man.

70. A young lady passed by me.

71. We passed through the crowd hurriedly.

72. The old man passed away yesterday.

73. Do not put me off.

74 Put on new clothes.

75. Put out the fire.

76. I put up with my friend at Simla.

77. Who can put up with this insult?

78. Do not put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

79. The government put down the rebellion.

80. Put up something for the rainy day.

81. The car ran over a child.

82. The petrol in the car is running out.

83. Run through the papers.

84. We are running short of money.

85. Who ran away with the child?

86. Do not stand on ceremony.

87. I shall stand by you.

88. This stands to reason.

89. Strike at his head.

90. Strike off his name.

91. Strike a match.

92. Labourers have struck work.

93. Set it  aside.

94. He set out on a journey.

95. Set the watch.

96. He set up a new factory.

97. Winter has set in.

98. Set about your work.

99. The doctor has set the bone.

100. She takes after her mother.

101. I took him for a thief.

102. Take off your shoes.

103. Take down what I say.

104. I was taken aback at his remarks.

105. Do not take airs.

106. He takes pains in his work.

107. The enemy was taken aback and fled.

108. Turn up in time, please.

109. Turn off the tap, please.

110. Hard work has told upon his health.

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