Important Idioms, Phrases & Phrasal Verb with Letter 'H'
1. Have a hand in
Meaning - To be involved or influential in the planning, creation, or execution of something
Meaning (Hindi) - शामिल होना, निर्माण में प्रभावशाली होना
Example - Even though the writer is someone else, from the writing style of the book, it is evident that the President had a hand in it.
Meaning - To argue uselessly/characterized by the minute and irrelevant differences or details in an argument.
Meaning (Hindi) - बाल की खाल खींचना
Example - My colleague has a very bad habit of hair-splitting even on trivial issues.
3. Handle someone with kid gloves
Meaning - to be very careful and polite to a person because you don't want to hurt him or her, or you don't want to make him or her angry or upset.
Meaning (Hindi) - कोमलता से व्यवहार करना
Example - You need to handle her with kid gloves as she is very upset after her brother's demise.
4. Hale and Hearty
Meaning - Fit and fine
Meaning (Hindi) - चुस्त और तंदुरुस्त
Example - Although he was hospitalized two weeks back, he is hale and hearty now.
Meaning - to delay or wait; to be delayed/to wait to take action
Meaning (Hindi) - विलम्ब होना
Example - Our film shooting has to hang fire until we get permission from the forest authority.
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6. Harp on the same tune
Meaning - Keep on repeating the same thing
Meaning (Hindi) - एक ही बात दोहराना जारी रखना
Example - I do not want to sit beside him as he always harps on the same tune that his father won the election last year.
7. Have had one's chips
Meaning - To be defeated; to fail completely; to die or be killed.
Meaning (Hindi) - पराजित होना, पूरी तरह से विफल
Example - Most of the businesses have had their chips due to the recession in the country.
8. Have a cow
Meaning - To become amazed, angered, or upset/To get very upset about something, often more than is expected or warranted
Meaning (Hindi) - क्रोधित और परेशान होना
Example - The principal had a cow when he caught students cheating during the exam.
9. Hang in the balance
Meaning - To be in the state of uncertainty/Be in a precarious condition or in a state of suspense
Meaning (Hindi) - अनिश्चितता की स्थिति में होना
Example - The future of the students is hanging in the balance after the paper leak case.
10. Has too many irons in the fire
Meaning - to be doing too many things at once
Meaning (Hindi) - अनेक कार्यो में संलग्नता रखना
Example - My father had too many irons in the fire but he managed everything very well.
11. Hit a snag
Meaning - To encounter an unexpected problem or obstacle
Meaning (Hindi) - एक अप्रत्याशित समस्या या बाधा का सामना करना
Example - Our plan to go to the hill station hit a snag when we came to know about a cloudburst in the region.
12. Hit the nail on the head
Meaning - Said or done exactly the right thing/ to do something in the most effective and efficient way.
Meaning (Hindi) - बहुत सटीकता से
Example - By analyzing the main reason behind the lack of confidence in Raman, his father hit the nail on the head.
13. Hit the sack/Hit the hay
Meaning - To get into bed and go to sleep
Meaning (Hindi) - बिस्तर में जाना
Example -: When we came back home after the long tiring trip, we directly hit the sack.
14. Hope against hope
Meaning - To continue to hope for something even though it seems unlikely to happen/Cling to a mere possibility
Meaning (Hindi) - व्यर्थ की आशा
Example -: He hasn't studied for the exam and he is hoping against hope that he might pass when the result is about to come.
15. Hush Money
Meaning - money paid to someone to prevent them from disclosing embarrassing or discreditable information.
Meaning (Hindi) - रिश्वत देना, मुंहभराई
Example -: The corrupt man tried a lot to offer hush money to the minister but failed in his motive.
16. Hand back
Meaning - to give something back to someone
Meaning (Hindi) - वापस करना
Example -: Harish gave me this book, so please hand back it to him when you meet him.
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17. Hand down
- to give knowledge or skill to someone who is younger than you and will live after you have died
- to give clothes, toys , etc to a younger child when an older child no longer needs them
- to say officially that someone should receive a particular punishment
Meaning (Hindi) - के नाम करना, दिया जाना
- These art skills have been handed down from one generation to another generation.
- The sentence handed down by the judge to the little boy is too severe according to everyone.
18. Head off
- to prevent something from taking place
- to leave
- to prevent someone from going somewhere by getting in front of them
Meaning (Hindi) - बाधा डालना, छुड़ाना, रोक देना
Example -: It is need of the hour to head off our children going in the wrong direction.
19. Hammer away at
Meaning - Work relentlessly
Meaning (Hindi) - निरंतर काम करना
Example -: Because the last date to submit the project was near, she hammered away at her computer whole night.
20. Hack around
Meaning - Waste time
Meaning (Hindi) - समय बर्बाद करना
Example -: Hacking around will lead you nowhere in life.
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21. Hold forth
Meaning - State your opinions about something, especially when talking for a long time and boringly/ talk lengthily, assertively, or tediously about a subject.
Meaning (Hindi) - विस्तार से कहना
Example - In our annual function, the chief guest held forth for about 40 minutes on a variety of subjects.
- Prevent something from moving forwards or progressing
- Not disclose information or make it public
Meaning (Hindi) - अवरुद्ध करना
- As her only brother was going to the hostel, it was really hard for her to hold back the tears.
- The bank held back the findings of the report for the fear of alienating customers.
23. Hold on
- To hold tightly
Meaning (Hindi) - जोर से पकड़ना, प्रतीक्षा करना
- Hold on for five minutes, I am about to reach the place.
- The mother advised the son to hold on his bag while travelling in a train.
24. Hold off
- Stop someone from attacking or beating you
- (of bad weather) fail to occur.
Meaning (Hindi) - रोक कर रखना
- Because of the bad weather, the international match has been held off.
- Vijender could not hold his opponent off and lost the game.
25. Hold something over
Meaning - postpone something.
Meaning (Hindi) - स्थगित करना
- The exam was held over until the last week of May due to some undisclosed reasons.
- He was hoping that he would be able to get away after committing the crime, but the security officers proved him wrong.
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