Idioms and Phrases beginning with Alphabet B
- Back to square one
Meaning: To be back at the starting point of something.
Example: I picked up all the leaves and branches from my lawn yesterday but there was a storm last night and now I’m back to square one.
- Back on one’s feet:
Meaning: to be healthy again after sickness.
Example: I couldn’t do anything for two weeks while I had the flu but now I’m back on my feet.
- By hook or by Crook
Meaning: At any cost /by the fair or unfair mean.
Example: I decided that I was going to get that job by hook or by crook.
- Beat the air
Meaning- do the useless effort
Examples: The candidates for office were so much alike that we thought our vote amounted to beating the air.
- Bed of thorns
Meaning: Full of difficulties
Examples: Life of an ill person always remains a bed of thorns.
- Beat about the bush
Meaning: To discuss a topic without being specific about anything
Examples: Don't beat around the bush. Just tell me where my brother is?
- Bag and baggage
Meaning: (with) all one’s belongings.
Example: Tired of their tantrums, the landlady asked her tenants to vacate the house, bag, and baggage, in a week’s times.
- Blue-eyed boy
Meaning: a man who is liked and admired by somebody in authority.
Example: She gets the charge of all the assignment except the finance, which is kept for the blue-eyed boy.
- Bread and Butter
Meaning: someone’s livelihood.
Example: Teaching classical music to young boys and girls is her bread and butter.
- Burn the candle at both the ends
Meaning: exhaust someone’s energies or resources by leading a hectic life.
Example: She has been burning the candle at both ends by doing a full-time job and preparing for her International English Language Test exams.
- Bury the hatchet
Meaning: make peace; end a quarrel, settle one’s differences to become friends again.
Example 1: The two neighbouring countries India and Pakistan have often been advised by the world bodies to bury the hatchet for their own progress.
- Bury head in the sand
Meaning: refuse to think about an unpleasant situation, hoping that it will improve so that you will not have to deal with it.
Example: Parents and Principal said ragging was being ignored and accused the girl's hostel’s warden of burying her head in the sand, in Perth city of Australia.
- Break a leg
Meaning: good luck, best wishes, to wish someone luck especially before a performance
Example: “Break a leg!” I shouted out to him before he rushed in for his auditions.
- Born with a silver spoon in their mouth
Meaning: To be born to parents who are rich and have a good social rank.
Example: He does not need this job as much as I do, he is born with a silver spoon in his mouth.
- Beyond the pale
Meaning: An unacceptable way to express something, Something that is not considered decent.
Example: They broke up because her behavior was simply beyond the pale.
|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|
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