WORDS, IDIOMS AND PHRASES – 12TH FEBRUARY, 2020

  1. ABJURE

Meaning: Renounce

Sentence: He abjured his life of dissipation.

  1. BAFFLE

Meaning: Frustrate

Sentence: oone of the exam question baffled me completely.

  1. CALLOUS

Meaning: Hardened

Sentence: He is callous about the safety of his workers.

  1. DEARTH

Meaning: Scarcity

Sentence: There was a dearth of reliable information on the subject.

  1. COLLATION

Meaning: Bring together different pieces of information

Sentence: The photocopier will collate all the documents for you.

  1. PERILOUS

Meaning: Full of danger

Sentence: Journey to Amarnath is a perilous one.

  1. LAGGARD

Meaning: Loiteror

Sentence: Often a bell is used to summon laggard children at school.

  1. DISCERNIBLE

Meaning: Detectable

Sentence: The scandal have no discernible effect on his career.

  1. ECCENTRIC

Meaning: Irregular

Sentence: His eccentric behaviour lost him his job.

  1. FALLACIOUS

Meaning: False

Sentence: His argument is based on fallacious reasoning.

IDIOMS

  1. STEEPING STONE

Meaning: Source of advancement

Sentence: I hope this job will be stepping stone to something better.

  1. LAME EXCUSE

Meaning: False excuse

Sentence: Nobody will be convinced by this extremely Lame excuse.

  1. TO PULL STRINGS

Meaning: To exert hidden influence

Sentence: I can get it done easily by pulling a few strings.

  1. A GREEN HORN

Meaning: An Inexperienced man

Sentence: I was such a Green horn that I didn’t even know the polite way to order coffee.

5. TO CUT THE CRACKLE

Meaning: To stop talking and start

Sentence: They were basically told to cut the crackle and get back to work.

  1. TO COOL ONE’S HEEL

Meaning: To wait sometimes so that one becomes calmer

Sentence: You need to cool your heel for a minute and stop yelling at the staff-they didn’t do anything wrong.

  1. A FOOL’S ERRAND

Meaning: A Useless undertaking

Sentence: Giving the baby a bath before he eats spaghetti is a fool’s errand.

  1. TO TALK SHOP

Meaning: To talk about business

Sentence: My husband is a teacher, and whenever he gets together with his co-workers, they do nothing but talk shop the whole time.

  1. TO BEAR THE PALM

Meaning: To win

Sentence: I heard that you might bear the palm at the science fair! Congratulations-it would be a well deserved victory.

  1. TO CUT THE GORDIAN KNOT

Meaning: To be victorius

Sentence: Alexandra the great allegedly cut the Gordian knot in one below.