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LEARN SOMETHING NEW: 15 MOST COMMON ENGLISH IDIOMS AND PHRASES

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Hi Guys, learn something new that could help you get some edge when holding discussions. These idioms are some of the most popular ones used in English language. First three person to get all the answers correctly after reading this gets Airtime rewards of 1,500 each from TA.

1. ‘The best of both worlds’ – means you can enjoy two different opportunities at the same time.
“By working part-time and looking after her kids two days a week she managed to get the best of both worlds.”

2. ‘Speak of the devil’ – this means that the person you’re just talking about actually appears at that moment.
“Hi Tom, speak of the devil, I was just telling Sara about your new car.”

3. ‘See eye to eye’ – this means agreeing with someone.
“They finally saw eye to eye on the business deal.”

4. ‘Once in a blue moon’ – an event that happens infrequently.
“I only go to the cinema once in a blue moon.”

5. ‘When pigs fly’ – something that will never happen.
“When pigs fly she’ll tidy up her room.”

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6. ‘To cost an arm and a leg’– something is very expensive.
“Fuel these days costs and arm and a leg.”

7. ‘A piece of cake’– something is very easy.
“The English test was a piece of cake.”

8. ‘Let the cat out of the bag’ – to accidentally reveal a secret.
“I let the cat out of the bag about their wedding plans.”

9. ‘To feel under the weather’ – to not feel well.
“I’m really feeling under the weather today; I have a terrible cold.”

10. ‘To kill two birds with one stone’ – to solve two problems at once.
“By taking my dad on holiday, I killed two birds with one stone. I got to go away but also spend time with him.”

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11. ‘To cut corners’ – to do something badly or cheaply.
“They really cut corners when they built this bathroom; the shower is leaking.”

12. ‘To add insult to injury’ – to make a situation worse.
“To add insult to injury the car drove off without stopping after knocking me off my bike.”

13. ‘You can’t judge a book by its cover’ – to not judge someone or something based solely on appearance.
“I thought this no-brand bread would be horrible; turns out you can’t judge a book by its cover.”

14. ‘Break a leg’ – means ‘good luck’ (often said to actors before they go on stage).
“Break a leg Sam, I’m sure your performance will be great.”

15. ‘To hit the nail on the head’ – to describe exactly what is causing a situation or problem.
“He hit the nail on the head when he said this company needs more HR support.”

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To test your new-found knowledge here are some sentences to practice with. Fill in the blank!

A) I can’t afford this purse! It _______. I won’t be able to pay my rent!
B) His birthday was supposed to be a surprise! I can’t believe you _____. Now he knows!
C) Ha! John has been promising to paint the house for five years…. Maybe when _______.
D) Yeah, it’ll _______. I need to sign some papers at Jenny’s school anyway so i’ll pick her up for you too.
E) I don’t really like going out to bars anymore. I only go _______.
F) I’m sorry I can’t come into work today. I’m ________. I have a sore throat and runny nose.
G) They tried ________ when installing the pipes for the house and now we have leaks only one month after purchasing it!
H) We missed our flight to Paris because the connecting flight was late and to ______ they made us pay for a new ticket as if it was our fault!
I) I can’t wait to see you perform on stage tonight! ______!
J) Jane is just never on time to work, it’s really annoying. O wow, ______ here she comes…
K) So we’re going to London, then Munich, then we will fly out of Athens, right? Great. I’m so glad to be traveling with someone I _______ with.
L) Wow, she found her dream man and has now landed an amazing job. She really does have ______.
M) OK, she might not be the most attractive but _________. I’m sure she is a sweetheart.
N) I have been trying to figure this out for ages. Thanks so much, you’re right. You _______.
O) I can’t believe that was our test. I think it was easier than some of our homework! It was a ______.

So how did you do? Don’t forget to try and use these idioms and phrases when practicing your English. And do let us know if you need further clarification on commonly used idioms by leaving a comment below.

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1. Acid Test:

Meaning – Acid test proves the effectiveness of something.

Example – I practiced hard at the dance sessions but the acid test will come when the master will assess our solo performances.

2. Cut the ground from under feet :

Meaning – When you cut the ground from under someone’s feet, you do something which weakens their position.

Example – When team India hit more than 350 runs in the ODI, they cut the ground from under the opponent’s feet.

3. Chase your tail:

Meaning – Spending a lot of time and energy doing a lot of things but actually achieving too little.

Example – He’s been chasing his tail all week collecting data but the report is still not ready

4. Whole bag of tricks –

Meaning – Means trying all the clever means to achieve something.

Example – It was really difficult to find the information even after applying the whole bag of tricks.

5. Deliver the goods –

Meaning – Do what is expected or promised.

Example – I have given my car to a new mechanic for repair, hope he delivers the goods.

6. Fine-tooth comb –

Meaning – Examining something carefully to not miss out any details.

Example – The boss examined my report with a fine tooth comb before submitting it to the senior management.

7. Explore all avenues

Meaning – Trying out every possibility to get a result.

Example – It is a difficult thing to do but if we really want it done, we must explore all avenues.

8. Fast track something –

Meaning – Rating something higher on your priority list to achieve the desired result.

Example – In view of the seriousness of the crime, the civil society is pressing up on a fast track decision from the court.

9 . Get ducks in a row –

Meaning – Getting your things well organized.

Example – To ensure a successful product launch, we must get our ducks in a row.

10. Get the show on the road –

Meaning – Putting up a plan or idea into action.

Example – Now that we have compeleted all the legal formalities, let’s get the show on the road.

11. Keep your fingers on the pulse –

Meaning – Being constantly aware of the most recent developments.

Example – An entrepreneur must keep his fingers on the pulse of the market to be successful.

12. Mean business –

Meaning – Being serious about what you announce.

Example – Now that all our policies about work are put up on intranet, we mean business.

13. Think on your feet –

Meaning – Adjusting quickly to changes and making fast decisions.

Example – A good sales man must be able to think on his feet to close the deal.

14. Sail through something –

Meaning – Being successful in doing something without difficulty.

Example – The presentation at the national conference was extremely important for the company. We sailed through it.

15. Tricks of the trade :

Meaning – Clever or expert way of doing something.

Example – Being into the construction business for last 10 years, I know all tricks of the trade.

16. Not let grass grow under feet –

Meaning – Don’t delay in getting something done.

Example – As soon as he finished all the registration formalities, he put the house on sale. He doesn’t let the grass grow under his feet.

17. Work like a charm –

Meaning – Works very well or has the desired effect.

Example – I had cloves from my sore throat and they worked like a charm.

18. Back-room boys –

Meaning – People who perform important work but have no contact with the public.

Example – Our back room boys deserve an applause for the success of this advertisement.

19. Dead wood –

Meaning – People or things which are no longer useful or necessary.

Example – The company bought in a lot of new computers. They no longer want the dead woods.

20. Get the axe –

Meaning – lose the job.

Example – The projects team was undergoing a major restructuring, recruitment executives were the first to get the axe.

21. Plum job –

Meaning – Desirable position which is well-paid and considered relatively easy .

Example – This looks like a plum job but it has its own bunch of complications.

22. Shape up or ship out –

Meaning – This expression is used to warn someone that if they do not improvetheir ways, they will have to leave their job.

Example – When Tom started neglecting the customers, he was told to shape up or ship out.

23. Golden handshake –

Meaning – Big sum of money given to a person when they leave a company or retire.

Example – The management of various PSUs wanted to cut down on the man power. They offered a golden hand shake to many of their aged employees.

24. Separate sheep from goats –

Meaning – Examining a group of people and deciding their suitability

Example – Audition test was conducted by the director to separate sheep from goats.

25. Waiting in the wings –

Meaning – Waiting for an opportunity to take action, mostly to replace someone else in their job.

Example – The senior manager is going to retire in next 2 months. Two of his juniors who are waiting in the wings will have a fierce competition.

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Trade-wise, As Trump presses Japan over trade gap

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U.S. President Donald Trump pressed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday to even out a trade imbalance with the United States and said he was happy with how things were going with North Korea but was in no rush to reach a peace deal.

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Trump said at a news conference with Abe after their summit that his goal was to remove trade barriers to put U.S. exports on a fair footing in Japan. He said he hoped to have more to announce on trade very soon and said he and Abe had agreed to expand cooperation in human space exploration.

“We have an unbelievably large imbalance, as you know, trade imbalance with Japan for many, many years, Japan having the big advantage,” Trump said.

“They are brilliant business people, brilliant negotiators, and put us in a very tough spot. But I think we will have a deal with Japan,” he added.

Abe, for his part, said the two leaders had agreed to speed up two-way trade talks, but dodged a question about timing.

Trump, who is on a four-day state visit to Japan meant to showcase the alliance between the allies, said on Twitter on Sunday that he expected big moves on trade would wait until after Japan’s upper house election in July.

“Trade-wise, I think we’ll be announcing some things, probably in August, that will be very good for both countries,” Trump said on Monday at the start of the talks. “We’ll get the balance of trade, I think, straightened out rapidly.”

Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasutoshi Nishimura told reporters there was no agreement to reach a trade deal by August.

Abe, who has developed a warm relationship with Trump since the U.S. leader came to office, stressed the closeness of ties.

“This visit of President Trump and Madame Trump is a golden opportunity to clearly show the unshakable bond to the whole world and inside Japan as well,” Abe told the news conference.

Earlier, Trump was greeted by Emperor Naruhito and his Harvard-educated wife at the imperial palace in Tokyo in a formal welcome ceremony broadcast live on national television.

Trump is the first foreign dignitary to be received by the monarch since the latter inherited the throne after his father, Akihito, stepped down on April 30 in the first abdication by a Japanese emperor in two centuries.

Trump has made clear he was pleased to have the honor of the first reception with the emperor, who is hosting a state dinner for the U.S. leader and his wife on Monday.

On Sunday, Trump spent what he said was “an incredible evening” watching the Japanese national sport of sumo – where nearly naked wrestlers grapple on a raised sand ring – after he and Abe had bonded over hamburgers and golf.

FRIENDSHIP AND FRICTION

Abe and Trump have put on a show of friendship but have policy disagreements over trade and North Korea.

Trump has threatened to target Japanese automakers with high tariffs.

He has also spearheaded an expensive trade dispute with China. That trade war between the world’s two largest economies has hurt markets worldwide and confounded U.S. allies, including Japan and the European Union, although those allies share U.S. concerns about Chinese practices.

Trump told the news conference that Washington was not ready to make a deal with Beijing but he expected on in the future.

“I believe that we will have a very good deal with China sometime in the future. Because I don’t believe that China can continue to pay these really hundreds of billions of dollars in tariffs,” he said.

“You know businesses are leaving China, by the hundreds, by the thousands, and going into areas that are not tariffed.”

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters in Beijing that China’s stance was consistent: all disputes should be resolved through negotiations and China-U.S. consultations “must be based on mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit”.

Trump also expressed optimism over prospects that North Korea would give up its nuclear program, and repeated that he was not bothered by its recent missile tests.

“My people think it could have been a violation, as you know. I view it differently – I view it as a man, perhaps he wants to get attention. Perhaps not. Who knows? It doesn’t matter. All I know is that there have been no nuclear tests, no ballistic missiles going out, no long-range missiles going out. And I think that someday we’ll have a deal,” Trump said.

“I’m not in a rush,” he added.

Trump also said he agreed with Kim that former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, who has been critical of North Korea and is now campaigning to become the Democratic Party candidate for the 2020 U.S. presidential election, was a “low IQ individual”.

Abe said he supported Trump’s approach to Kim, but repeated Japan’s stance that recent short-range missile tests violated U.N. Security Council resolutions.

The two leaders also discussed Iran. Japanese media have said Abe was considering a trip there next month, to try to soothe rising tension between Iran and the United States.

Also on Monday, Trump met families of Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korea and told the relatives that he would work with Abe to bring the abductees home.

In 2002, North Korea admitted its agents had kidnapped 13 Japanese decades ago. Japan says 17 of its citizens were abducted, five of whom were repatriated. North Korea has said eight are dead and that another four never entered the country.

Abe has vowed not to rest until all the abductees come home.


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Nigeria: President Buhari Signs 2019 Appropriation Bill

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the nation’s 2019 appropriation bill into law.

The assent of the President will officially make the bill become law and signal the commencement of the 2019 fiscal budget.

The signing of the bill had in attendance, Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, Danjuma Goje, the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo, Udoma, the Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters, Ita Enang.

Others are the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari and Minister of Finance, Boss Mustapha.

-Sahara Reporters.

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