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meaning is not deducible from the literal meanings of its component words, often peculiar to a given language. They exist in all languages. The use of Idioms in oral english are very important ways of manifesting your mastery of English language. Most qualifying examinations, like WAEC and Post UTME would have sections that are meant to examine students on their understanding of the use of English idioms.
Below are 15 English idioms and their meanings that qualifying students are likely going to see in their exam.
1. Back against the wall
Meaning: Be in a difficult situation from where escape is difficult.
2. Bite off more than you can chew
Meaning: To try to do something that is too difficult for yoU
3. Head over heels
Meaning: You are completely in love
4. Up in arms
Meaning: Angry about something
5. Drive a hard bargain
Meaning: You argue hard to get a favourable deal
6. Blow your own trumpet
Meaning: You tell people how good or successful you are
7. Once in a blue moon
Meaning: Something that happens rarely
8. Sell like hot cakes
Meaning: It sells very fast
9. Change tune
Meaning: You change the way you behave with others from good to
10. Run around in circles
Meaning: To be active without achieving an worthwhile result.
11. The other side of the coin
Meaning: The other point of view
12. Face the music
Meaning: You’re at the receiving end of somebody’s criticism or reprimand.
13. No smoke without fire
Meaning: A suspicion or rumour is not for nothing. It usually has some basis.
14. Show someone the door
Meaning: To ask someone to leave
15. Keep one's word
Meaning: To do as promised
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