| Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions by Katig.Com|
An idiom, also known as idiomatic expression, is a phrase or
sentence, whose meaning is completely different from the
literal meaning of the words comprising the idiom or idiomatic
expression. However idioms and idiomatic expressions have
become widely used because they convey clear and
meaningful messages in very few words that would otherwise
be lengthy to explain in non-idiomatic manner. Idioms are
previously considered informal expressions but because of
their widespread use idiomatic expressions have found
acceptance in formal communications as well.
Here are examples of idioms and the meaning behind these
Give someone the benefit of the doubt – to make a favorable
judgment or impression to an individual when the evidence or proof is
unclear as to being in favor or against that individual. I know him as an
honest person so I gave him the benefit of the doubt.
Have the time of his/her life – to have a very good time or most exciting
moment in one’s life. The bride was having the time of her life during
the wedding reception.
Look to one's laurels - to be on guard against rivals. You need to look
at one's laurels to stay ahead of the competition.
Luck out – to get lucky; be fortunate. The new hire lucked out because
he was not among those employees who get laid off.
Over the long haul – over a long period of time. Your training will be
hard but it will improve your stamina over the long haul.
Over the short haul – over a short period of time. The business plan
looks unprofitable but only in the short haul.
Pad the bill – to include miscellaneous unnecessary items to increase
the amount of a bill or invoice. The employee got into trouble for
padding the bill when he submitted his travel expenses.
Pain in the neck – bothersome, annoying. His new roommate is a pain
in the neck.
Rest on one's laurels - to stop striving for further success or accolade.
Do not rest on your laurels if you want to be successful in life.
Roll the sleeves up – To start getting some work done. Let’s roll our
sleeves up before our manager walks in.
Rough someone up – to harm someone physically. The thugs rough
someone up so we had to call the police.
Rule of thumb – a rough guide; an approximation for making quick
estimate. As a rule of thumb one should do warm up exercises for 5
minutes before starting to jog.