List of Important Idioms and Phrases Beginning with D
1. Donkey’s year
Meaning: a very long time (बहुत लम्बा समय)
Example: Nowadays one has to wait for the donkey’s years to get justice.
2. Dog days
Meaning: hottest days of summer
Example: The dog days of summer are a difficult period for those who have to work out in the open.
Meaning: One who was previously unknown but is now prominent
Example: You never can tell, some dark horse many come along and win a House of Lord's seat.
4. Dog's life
Meaning: a miserable, unhappy existence.
Example: I have to work every day from dawn to sunset and come back home to take care of the children. It's really a dog's life.
5. Down to earth
Meaning: simple, decent, realistic; practical and straightforward.
Example: She is very down to earth person, not at all attracted by the glamour world.
6. Down at heel
Meaning: Out of luck, shabbily dressed
Example: Since Ashok lost his job, he is always down at heel.
7. Doom and Gloom
Meaning: A feeling of pessimism and despondency, often with regard to business or political prospects.
8. Drive up the wall
Meaning: to make someone angry or irritated
Example: The loud music played by my neighbours is driving me up the wall.
9. Dead in the water
If something is dead in the water, it isn't going anywhere or making any progress
10. Devil of a time
Meaning: If you have a devil of a time, you have a very difficult time.
Example: Before she divorced, Ann had had a devil of a time with my her husband.
11. Don't give up the day job
Meaning: You are not very good at something. You could definitely not do it professionally.
Example: I watched your performance at the theatre today. My advice is don’t give up your day job.
12. Down in the dumps
Meaning: a gloomy, unhappy
Examples: Little Jon is down in the dumps because all her friends are gone away with their parents
13. Do for
Meaning: Fulfill the purpose
Example: This book will do for the IAS Examination.
14. Draw up
Meaning: To draft
Example: I was engaged in drawing up plans for a new business.
15. Drop a line
Meaning: Send a brief letter
Examples: If you’ve got a few minutes to spare you could always drop her a line.
You may refer to the following books:
|Serial No.||Book Name||Author Name|
|1.||IDIOMS and PHRASES Anglo||Roshan Tolani|
|2.||Popular English Idioms and Phrases: English Idiomatic Expressions||Manik Joshi|
|3.||Idioms, Phrases & Proverbs with Hindi Meanings & Usage||H S Bhatia and P S Bhatia|