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To cut no ice : (to fail to leave impression)
The entire confidence building measures has cut no ice on tense Indo-Pak relation

To cut the Gordian Knot : (to solve a difficult problem)By establishing the identity of the prime suspect the police moved decisively towards cutting the Gordian Knot of the murder mystery

Dog in the manger policy : (a policy which serves neither the adopter nor anybody else) Those who support or abet terrorism simply followdog in the manger policy.

Dutch courage : (the courage felt underintoxication)Dutch courage is needed for criminals to commit violence; they are coward otherwise.

To dance attendance upon someone: (to serve like a slave to somebody)Usually, a minister finds many friends and acquaintances to dance upon him.

To die in harness : (to die while still in job) Indian soldiers always wish to die in harness.

Easy virtue : (immoral) Western culture has equated easy virtue withmorality

To eat humble pie : (to suffer defeat or humiliation)Every power hungry ruler, at last, has to eat humble pie.

To end in fiasco :(to be completely unsuccessful) All his efforts to win her favour ended in fiasco.

Fair-weather friend :(a friend in happy days) In rainy days your fair-weather friends will leave you.

A feather in one's cap : (another remarkable achievement)If a player always tries to add a feather in his cap he will be going against the team spirit.

Flesh and blood (human nature with its natural feelings)An ascetic living denying pettyindulgences is against flesh and blood.

A fly in the ointment (someone who spoils enjoyment) The elders of the house usually prove for their youngers a fly in the ointment.

French leave :(eave without permission) The government is planning punitive action against French leave.

Few and far between :(rare) In every age real genius has been few and far between.

By fits and starts :(irregularly)Working by fits and starts will not ensure success; you need to be persevering.

To feather one's nest: (to benefit oneself taking advantage of one's position) Despite being in a position of power, politicians lose elections because during their entire term they keep feathering their nest.

To fight with one's back to the wall : (to make a desperate attempt in a no-way-out situation) Even the most timid of persons wages a fierce battle when he has to fight with his back to the wall.

To flog a dead horse : (to tryina hopeless condition)Those who are reactive flog a dead horse when the calamity has actually struck.

Gift of the gab :(eloquence)An imposter always uses the gift of the gab to deceive innocent people.

To get down to brass tacks :(to devote time to important matters)In view of the gravity of the situation, the chairman reminded the board members not to indulge in personal accusations and to get down to brass tacks straightfor ward.

To get into hot water :(To be caught into trouble) Why to blame others? You got into hot water yourself.
To get on one's nerves : (to irritate)The actor had decided to look composed but media persons got on his nerves with their personal questions.

To get the jitters : (to become nervous) Even the most well-prepared of the students get the jitters on examination day.

To give someone a piece of one's mind: (to scold) At his egregious mistakes the boss gave him a of his mind.

To give someone a rope : (to give someone freedom of action or initiative) If a manager wants innovation talent to bud, he will have to give them a rope.

To go begging to dogs : (to do in vain) At one stroke of misfortune, your entire effort could go a begging go to dogs.

To go : (at something) hammer and tongs (to try at something with full energy) piecemeal steps will not solve the problem of population; the government must go at it hammer and tongs.

Togo berserk :(to become uncontrolled and violent) Mob psychology works that way that the entire gathering will go berserk if just a few turn violent.

To go places : (to become very successful) India's software industry is going places in the global economy.

Hush money : (bribe) The secret camerasoftheinvestigators have revealed the deep penetration of the hush money into the system.

Left-handed compliment : (criticism in the form of praise) Indian Cricket team is a bunch of individually talented players is a left-handed compliment.

Lion's share :(unfairly the biggest part of something) Lion's share in India's income goes to debt-servicing and unproductive expenditure.

Long and short :(summary)The long and short of every holy book is that man should realise his worth.

By leaps and bounds : (very rapidly) our society wishes us to progress by leaps and bounds whatever the way may be.

Man of parts : (Chaving great qualities) A man of parts always acts as a source of inspiration to many.

Man of straw : (man of no quality) If a man of straw tries to gain riches, he resorts to unfair mean.

A mare's nest :(seeming interesting but of no value; a complicated situation) A good number of innovations turn out to be mare's nests on investigation.

A moot point: (a matter that is undecided and open whether the menace of terrorism can be settled by offence or is a moot point.

To make a clean breast of : (to tell the whole thing without concealing anything) The best way to relieve yourself of mental tension is to make a clean breast of yourself.

To make a mess of something : (to spoil) If you try to do too many things too soon, you shall make a mess of everything

 To make a mountain of a molehill To make much ado about nothing  : (to exaggerate something trivial) Political business works upon the principle of making a mountain of a molehill.

To make both ends meet : (to sustain one's life) In a well-structured society making both ends meet is the minimum guarantee.


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