Idioms play an Important part in English and it is very important for students and others to know them and also to have the ability to use them in their conversations especially in class discussions, debate etc. Even though it is not so easy as Idioms are phrases whose significance cannot be understood from the meanings of the individual words. They’ve metaphorical – meaning: – Something used or regarded as being used to represent something different. As an example, the Idiom – ‘go to the wall,’ does not mean to walk over to the wall, but it means to become destroyed or bankrupt.
Idioms can be used as describing people on negative and positive qualities, for example, ‘she has a heart of gold, heart of gold that’s favorable- meaning – generous and really kind. He a cold fish – it’s an idiom meaning- unfriendly.
We could learn people’s slow and fast attributes. He is very fast off the mark which means he gets things before everyone else, and if we say- I was a bit slow off the mark, it means I had been slow in my work.
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Further, Idioms can be utilized as describing emotions or mood. Example- She seems to be keeping up her chin which means happy despite awful things. He had a face as long as a fiddle, means depressed or sad, and it is a negative feeling.
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Horoscopes in English language papers and magazines are often a good place to locate idioms about states and moods, as horoscope generally tries to tell you how you’re going to feel during the coming day, week or month etc.
We can find Idioms connected with criticism and praise connected. For example, the meal was just out of the world. The idiom is Mary wants to have her cake and eat it; typically implies that she wants everything without any contribution from her side.
Idioms are also based on names of those areas of the human body such as- He’s a finger in each pie. It means he’s involved in many things. I have that tune in the mind – signifies that you can’t stop yourself from singing it.
Idioms are also connected with daily routine, such as – rise and shine, get a bite to eat, have a rest, put your feet up (relax) and observe the box (watch television). Pupils who want to speak or write effectively and naturally needs to master the idioms.
When learning idioms a simple dictionary will likely be of no use because it will only describe the literal meaning of every word and that’s useless when it comes to idioms. A good dictionary will have the source of the idiom May help clarify how it came to take on its idiomatic meaning. For example The idiom ‘apple of my eye’ intended the central aperture of the eye also it came to mean ‘loved, cherished over others’.