1.1: Idiom: brainstorm
Meaning: To develop some new ideas
Examples: Let us brainstorm on this new project
1.2: Idiom: hit the books
Meaning: To begin to study hard
Examples: My son hits the books during the exams
1.3: Idiom: make a long story short
Meaning: come to the main points leaving details
Examples: To make a long story short, please conserve water
1.4: Idiom: Devil’s Advocate
Meaning: to counter through an argument
Examples: The interviewer needs to play devil’s advocate.
1.5: Idiom: Give it a shot
Meaning: try it
Examples: I am sure you can give it a shot.
1.6: Idiom: Slipped my mind
Examples: I am sorry that point slipped my mind.
1.7: Idiom: put on your thinking cap
Meaning: to find an idea or solve a problem
Examples: We have a problem at hand; it’s time to put your thinking caps on!
1.8: Idiom: collect one’s thoughts
Meaning: to think calmly and clearly
Examples: You need to collect your thought before handling an irate customer.
1.9: Idiom: fight like cat and dog
Meaning: Two people engage on a violent arguments.
Examples: They fight like cat and dog but they’re still together after 10 years.
1.10: Idiom: make a mountain out of a molehill
Meaning: To project a small problem bigger than it seems.
Examples: Stop making mountains out of molehills! It’s not a major problem.
1.11: Idiom: be like a fish out of water
Meaning: to feel uncomfortable in a situation
Examples: After her divorce, she was like a fish out of water.
1.12: Idiom: cry wolf
Meaning: to ask for help when there is really no danger.
Examples: Because he cried wolf too often, people stopped believing that he needs help.
1.13: Idiom: curiosity killed the cat
Meaning: To ask too many questions because this can get you into trouble.
Examples: Alan: I wonder who killed that wealthy man? Bill: Curiosity killed the cat.
1.14: Idiom: every dog has its day
Meaning: everyone has a time of success and satisfaction.
Examples: You may become successful in your business someday. Every dog has his day.
1.15: Idiom: fish for compliments
Meaning: To try to induce someone to make a compliment.
Examples: He is fishing for compliments.
1.16: Idiom: rains cats and dogs
Meaning: to rain heavily
Examples: It’s raining cats and dogs.
1.17: Idiom: when pigs fly
Meaning: you mean that something will never happen.
Examples: I will give you treat when pigs fly.
1.18: Idiom: beef up
Meaning: To strengthen or make something more effective.
Examples: The security arrangements have been beefed up here.
1.19: Idiom: be a chicken
Meaning: be a coward.
Examples: Don’t be a chicken.
1.20: Idiom: as gentle as lamb
Meaning: kind , innocent, mild-mannered people
Examples: She is as gentle as a lamb.