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Idioms Dictionary English Meanings

Idiom meaning in Urdu is Mohawara. These are expressions or phrases with non-literal meanings. So we need to understand Idioms meaning to use them properly. Here we provide English Idioms, Idioms meanings and some relevant examples to understand it better.

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Idioms meaning in English Urdu

Sr. Slang Word Meaning
1Act One's AgeTo be mature and not childish.
2Age Before BeautyA phrase said to allow older people to go before younger ones. Now most often used humorously or lightheartedly, and usually said by a younger person to an older friend or relative out of mock pity for being so much older and unattractive.
3Age Out Of SomethingThe phrase age out of something means to reach an age at which one is no longer eligible for the system of care designed to provide services, such as education or protection, for people below a certain age level.
4Come Of AgeThe phrase come of age means to reach adulthood.
5Coon's AgeThe idiom a coon's age refers to a very long period of time.
6Dog's AgeThe idiom dog's age refers to a long period of time.
7Feel Your AgeThe phrase feel your age means to realize that you are growing old.
8Get On In YearsOld; advanced in age.
9Golden AgePeriod of prosperity.
10In A Coon's AgeThe phrase in a coon's age means in a very long time. The word coon refers to a raccoon, an omnivorous mammal, native to the Americas.
11In This Day And AgeIn the present.
12Of A Certain AgeSaid about people who are not young.
13Of Advanced AgeThe phrase of advanced age or advanced years describes someone as old.
14Of AgeOld enough to be considered an adult.
15On In YearsOld; advanced in age.
16Put Years OnIf something puts years on somebody, it makes them look or feel much older.
17Ripe Old AgeVery old age.
18Tender AgeA young age.
19Under AgeThe phrase under age means to be too young to be eligible for something.
20Young At HeartTo be young at heart means to have a youthful spirit in spite of being old.
21A Little Bird Told MeSaid when you don't want reveal the source of your information.
22As Gentle As A LambSaid about kind , innocent, mild-mannered people.
23Back The Wrong HorseTo support someone or something that later cannot be successful.
24Be A ChickenBe a coward.
25Be A Cold FishBe a person who is distant and unfeeling
26Be Like A Fish Out Of WaterTo feel uncomfortable in a situation
27Beat A Dead Horse(Also flog a dead horse.) To persist or continue far beyond any purpose, interest or reason.
28Big Fish In A Small PondOne who has achieved a high rank or is highly esteemed, but only in a small, relatively unimportant, or little known location or organization.
29Call Off The DogsSaid when you want someone to stop criticizing you.
30Cash CowThis idioms refers to someone or something that generates a steady return of profits; a moneymaker. The term cash cow is a metaphor for a "dairy cow" used on farms to produce milk, offering a steady stream of income with little maintenance.
31Cat Got Your TongueWhy aren't you speaking?
32Chicken-heartedNot brave.
33Count One's Chickens Before They HatchTo assume success too early, before it is certain.
34Curiosity Killed The CatCuriosity killed the cat is a proverb used to warn someone not to be too curious about something and ask too many questions because this can get you into trouble.
35Dead DuckSaid about someone or something that is is doomed to failure or death.
36Dog-eat-dogSaid about a world where people do anything to be successful.
37Dogs Are BarkingIf your dogs are barking, this means that your feet are hurting. Interesting fact: There is a brand of shoes called Hush Puppy. The connection between this brand and the expression "dogs are barking" is obvious: the shoes Hush Puppies are supposedly so comfortable and your feet won't hurt when you wear them.
38Drink Like A FishTo drink alcohol excessively.
39Every Dog Has Its DayEveryone has a time of success and satisfaction.
40Fall Prey To(Also fall victim to) to become a victim.
41Fight Like Cat And DogTo argue and fight violently.
42Grin Like A Cheshire Cat(Also smile like Cheshire cat.) To smile very broadly. This is an allusion to a fictional cat popularised by Lewis Carroll's depiction of it in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and known for its distinctive mischievous grin.
43Grouse About Someone Or SomethingTo complain.
44Have A Cow(Also have kittens) to be very worried, upset or angry about something
45Have Bigger Fish To Fry(Also have other fish to fry; have more important fish to fry) to have other things to do; to have more important things to do.
46Have Kittens(Also have a cow) to be very worried, upset or angry about something.
47Have Other Fish To Fry(Also have bigger fish to fry; have more important fish to fry)to have other things to do; to have more important things to do.
48Help A Lame Dog Over A StileSaid about someone who helps people who are in difficulty or trouble.
49Horse Of A Different Color(Also horse of another color) a different matter.
50In Two Shakes Of A Lamb's TailIn a very short time.
51Lame DuckSomeone or something that is disabled, helpless, ineffective, or inefficient.
52Let The Cat Out Of The BagTo reveal a secret, usually accidentally.
53Like Water Off A Duck's BackWithout any effect.
54Lion's ShareThe majority; a large or generous portion.
55Look Like Mutton Dressed As LambSaid about a woman who tries to look much younger.
56Make A Monkey Out Of(Also make a fool out of someone) to cause a person, group, or action to appear foolish or inferior; to subject someone or something to ridicule.
57Make A Pig Of OneselfSaid about someone who eats too much or too fast.
58Not Enough Room To Swing A CatNot very much space. Said abut a small place.
59Not Have A Cat In Hell's Chance(Also not have a snowball's chance in hell) not to be able to achieve something.
60Play Cat And Mouseto tease, confuse or fool someone by trying to trick them into making a mistake so that you have an advantage over them.
61Put The Cat Among The PigeonsTo create a disturbance and cause trouble.
62Rabbit Hole(From Alice in Wonderland) A way into a bizarre world.
63Rain Cats And DogsTo rain heavily. It's raining cats and dogs.
64Run With The Hare And Hunt With The HoundsTo support both sides of an argument.
65Sacred CowAnything someone believes in without ever being able to question or criticize.
66Scaredy CatSomeone who is easily frightened.
67See A Man About A DogUsed as an excuse for leaving without giving the real reason (especially if the reason is to go to the toilet, or to have a drink)
68Take The Bull By The HornsTo deal with a matter in a direct manner, especially to confront a difficulty rather than avoid it.
69Take To Something Like A Duck To WaterTo have a natural ability to do something.
70The Straw That Broke The Camel's BackA small and seemingly insignificant addition to a burden that renders it too much to bear; the small thing which causes failure, or causes inability or unwillingness to endure any more of something
71All Dressed Up And Nowhere To GoThe phrase all dressed up and nowhere to go means getting ready for something and then it never happened. The phrase may be used literally or figuratively.
72All Hat And No CattleDescribing someone who is full of big talk but lacking action, power, or substance; pretentious.
73At The Drop Of A HatWhen someone does something at the drop of a hat, they do it without delay or good reason.
74Birthday SuitThe idiom birthday suit is a slang term for the naked human body.
75Handle Someone With Kid GlovesTo be very careful and polite to a person because you don't want to hurt him or her, or you don't want to to make him or her angry or upset.
76Hat In HandThe phrase hat in hand means to ask someone for a favor with humility. Another variation of the idiom is cap in hand
77Have A Card Up Your SleeveTo have a secret plan
78I'll Eat My HatSaid to suggest that you will be surprised if something happens.
79If The Shoe Fits, Wear ItThe phrase if the shoe fits, wear it means if something applies to you, then accept it. This expression originated as if the cap fits and dates from the early 1700s.
80Laugh Up Your SleeveTo be secretly amused.
81Pass The Hat Around(Also pass the hat round) to collect money by asking people or organizations.
82Quake In One's BootsTo be frightened, scared, or nervous.
83Take One's Hat Off To SomeoneSaid when you admire someone for an achievement.
84Talk Through One's HatTo talk nonesense
85Throw Your Hat Into The Ring(Also toss your hat into the ring) to show your intention to enter a competition.
86Wait For The Other Shoe To DropTo await a seemingly inevitable event, especially one which is not desirable.
87Wear The Pants(Also wear the trousers)especially of a woman - to exercise authority or to be the person in charge in a relationship.
88Wear Your Heart On Your SleeveTo display one's feelings openly.
89All Cats Are Grey In The DarkThe phrase all cats are grey in the dark means that in the dark, physical appearance is unimportant. The phrase is attributed to Benjamin Franklin.
90Be In Black And White(Also be down in black and white) to be written down.
91Black And BlueCovered in bruises
92Black SheepA disreputable member of a family or a group.
93Black-and-whiteSaid when you have a simplistic opinion about situations while they are in fact more complicated.
94Fair-haired Boy(Also blue-eyed boy) a person highly regarded and by someone or a group and treated with special favor
95Red FlagA sign or signal that something is wrong cue, it is a warning, or alert.
96Red HandedBe discovered in or just after the act of doing something wrong or illegal
97Red-letter DayA particularly significant day (personal or sectarian), usually very positive, sometimes very negative.
98Scream Blue Murder(Also shout blue murder or scream bloody murder) to shout or complain loudly because you are annoyed about something.
99Until One Is Blue In The Face(Talk/say something/shout until one is blue in the face) pointless efforts while trying to convince someone or change his mind.
100Whiter Than WhiteSaid about someone who is totally fair and honest.

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Idioms Sentences

We know different types of idioms and English language is added with various idioms, which are ‘Once in a Blue Moon’, ‘Better late than never’ and ‘A stitch in time saves nine’. We have some idioms, which are widespread in Urdu language and we use them often. There are some idioms in Urdu language, which are ‘As Bail Mujhe Maar’, ‘Asman say gira, Khajoor main atka’,

Idioms are considered best way of conveying your message or let the people understand anything quite easily. The use of idioms can make your written text rich and authentic. The examiners find the answers of the students meaningful and interesting, in which students use good idioms to prove their point. Some idioms are interesting and humorous and you must know the importance and meaning of the idioms so that we can use them on the perfect time. The people can pick the complete idioms dictionary. This dictionary will be added with idioms list in English. The idioms list will be added with idioms meaning and examples. You can find the comprehensive list of the idioms, which can help to boost your vocabulary and it will help to use the idioms in the daily routine.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is idioms meaning in Urdu?

Idioms are meant by muhawaray, kahawatein, zarb ul missal and imsaal, which can be written in Roman Urdu.

Q. When to use Idioms?

The people need to use elaborate idioms in writing including essays, columns, stories and articles. You need to use them in their conversation in order to make our point aggressive and emphasis over them. The right idioms can produce at the right time, can create the good laugh or correct moral lesson for everyone.

Q. What are the most common idioms?

There are some of the most common English idioms, which are:

  • To cry over spilt milk
  • Out of sight, out of mind
  • To blow your own trumpet
  • Might is right
  • All that glitters is not gold

Most common Urdu idioms are:
  • As bail mujhe maar
  • Aasman say gira, khajoor main atka
  • Bandar kia janay adrak ka sawad
  • Andhon main kana raja

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