20 Useful Idioms to Help you get Band 8.0+ for IELTS Speaking (Part 5/5)
In this post, we will provide you with other 20 common idioms for IELTS Speaking Test. In case you want to build up your knowledge about English Idioms, you can check out the popular book named English Idioms in Use on our blog.
- Hear on the grapevine
This idiom means ’to hear rumors’ about something or someone.
==>I heard on the grapevine that she was pregnant, but I don’t know anything more.
- Hit the nail on the head
To be right about something
==> Mike hit the nail on the head when he said most people can use a computer withou knowing how it works.
- In the heat of the moment
say or do it without thinking because you are very angry or excited
==>She doesn’t hate you. She just said that in the heat of the moment.
- It takes two to tango
both people involved in a bad situation are responsible for it
==>She blames Tracy for stealing her husband. ‘Well, it takes two to tango.’
- Get/jump on the bandwagon
Join a popular trend or activity.
==>You jump on the bandwagon when all your friends begin eating at a new popular restaurant.
- Keep something at bay
Keep something away
==>She fought to keep her unhappiness at bay.
- Kill two birds with one stone
This idiom means, to accomplish two different things at the same time.
==>I killed two birds with one stone and saw some old friends while I was in Leeds visiting my parents.
- Last straw
The final problem in a series of problems.
==>This is the last straw. I’m calling the police.
- Let sleeping dogs lie
to not talk about things which have caused problems in the past, or to not try to change a situation because you might cause problems
==>Jane knew she should report the accident but decided to let sleeping dogs lie.
- Let the cat out of the bag
To reveal a secret or a surprise, often without an intention to do so
==>It’s a secret. Try not to let the cat out of the bag.
- Not playing with a full deck
Someone who lacks intelligence.
==>Jim’s a nice guy, but with some of the foolish things he does, I wonder if he’s not playing with a full deck.
- Far cry from
Very different from
==>What you did was a far cry from what you said you were going to do.
- Give the benefit of the doubt
to decide you will believe someone or something
==>I didn’t know whether his story was true or not, but I decided to give him the benefit of the doubt.
- Pull the wool over someone’s eyes
Deceive someone into thinking well of them.
==> You can’t pull the wool over my eyes. I know what’s going on.
- See eye to eye
This idiom is used to say that two (or more people) agree on something.
==>My father and I see eye to eye on most things.
- Take with a grain of salt
Consider something to be not completely true or right
==> I’ve read the article, which I take with a grain of salt.
- Taste of your own medicine
Means that something happens to you,or is done to you that you have done to someone else
==>Tom talks way too much – but last night he met someone who talked even more than he does, and he got frustrated. He finally got a taste of his own medicine.
- Whole nine yards
Everything, the entire amount, as far as possible
==>When I was little, my family always had lots of pets – dogs, cats,hamsters, fish, rabbits – the whole nine yards.
- Wouldn’t be caught dead
Would never like to do something
==>My father wouldn’t have been caught dead in a white suit.
- At the drop of a hat
==>If you need help, just call on me. I can come at the drop of a hat.
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