Idioms/Phrases For Upcoming SSC Exams -6

Out of the frying-pan into the fire | Draw on his fancy| Give him a piece of my mind| To stave off |Take after| Make no bones about |Heads will roll |Make a clean breast of  | Bad Blood
                                                                                                                                                                             





Out of the frying-pan into the fire 
Meaning:-
  • from bad to worse
Mind Tricks:-

Usages:-
  1. I got out of the frying pan into the fire when I lost my job.

                                      
Draw on his fancy
Meaning:-
  • use of imagination
Mind Tricks:-
Draw on means to write something and Fancy means imagination, fantasy.
Usages:-
  1. The poet drew on his fancy in his poem.
  2. Painters draw on his fancy on their sketch.
             
Give someone a piece of my mind 
Meaning:-
  • to reprimand him
  • to speak angrily to someone because they have done something wrong
Mind Tricks:-
Your younger brother does something wrong and you say him angrily -"you have no mind, I should give you a piece of my mind."
Usages:-
  1. If he phones again, I am going to give him a piece of my mind.
  2. If they stay here for all the night, I would give them a piece of my mind.

                                      
To stave (something) off 
Meaning:-
  • to prevent
  • to delay something bad
Mind Tricks:-
Stave off looks like Save of means to prevent.
Usages:-
  1. Soldiers staved citizen off hunger.
  2. The company managed to stave off bankruptcy for another few months.



Take after 
Meaning:-
  • resembles
  • to be like or to look like someone in your family
Mind Tricks:-
 My son will take my company after me because he looks and behaves like me.
Usages:-
  1. Ramesh takes after his father.
  2. Most of my children take after my husband.
                                      
Make no bones about
Meaning:-
  • did not have any hesitation in
  • to say clearly what you think or feel about something
Mind Tricks:-
Here Bone resembles for bad or no bone for good. You would eat your food easily if your food does not contain any bones.  
Usages:-
  1. He made no bones about how bad he thought the food was.

                                      
 Heads will roll 
Meaning:-
  • used to say that some people will be punished because of something that has happened
  • transfers will take place
Mind Tricks:-
Just as in the French Revolution, they used to cut off the heads of noble, so we say nowadays that people in high positions will be fired and removed from position when a big change or upheaval in management comes. - History and Origin
Usages:-
  1. It is evident from the minister;s statement that heads will roll in the Secretariat.

                                      
Make a clean breast of (things)
Meaning:-
  • confessed without reserve
  • to confess fully
Mind Tricks:-
The meaning used in 'make a clean breast of it' is an earlier and less literal one. The 'breast' there is the seat of the one's emotions and secrets; one's 'heart'. To disclose this openly was to clean one's heart of impurity. - www.phrases.org.uk
Usages:-
  1. The criminal made a clean breast of everything he had done.

 Rest/Sit on their/your/one's laurels
Meaning:-
  • to stop trying because one is satisfied with one's past achievements
  • to feel so satisfied with what you have already achieved that you do not try to do any more
  • to be complacent
Mind Tricks:-
Laurel means honour and praise given to somebody because of something that they have achieved.
Usages:-
  1. Very ambitious people do not like to rest on their laurels.
  2. Old people rest on their laurels.
                                      
Bad blood (between)
Meaning:-
  • unfriendly relations
  • a feeling of intense hatred or hostility
Usages:-
  1. There is bad blood between Indian and Pakistan.
  2. We should forget our bad blood.

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