10 Commonly Used Idioms – June 2019

This is going to be an article that we are going to come back to once every two months are so. In this series, we will be looking at idioms that have appeared in newspapers and articles. This means two things – these idioms are commonly used and indicate a fluency in language, the second, if you are taking an advanced test like the GRE or the GMAT, these are things that they expect you to know.

Here are the idioms you will look at today:

  1. Leap of faith
  2. Falling on deaf ears
  3. Full steam ahead
  4. Make the cut
  5. Gamble paying off
  6. Kissing goodbye to something
  7. Something is the new black
  8. To take a toll on someone / something
  9. A spent force
  10. Get on the high horse.

Leap of faith refers to the act of believing in something when you have no real reason to believe that it is true or will happen.

Ex. When my friend wanted me to invest in his new business, I took a leap of faith and invested a million, and the gamble paid off handsomely.

If a suggestion, advice or warning falls on deaf ears, no one listens to it.

Ex. My advice to people to not focus on vocabulary always falls on deaf ears. The consequence, people go full steam ahead learning words and eventually fail to make the cut!

If you say it’s full steam ahead you mean that something will be started with great energy and enthusiasm.

Ex. Now that I have joined First Academy, it is full steam ahead to get an sensational score in GRE.

If you say someone has made the cut, it means they have qualified for something. If you say that someone can kiss goodbye to something, you mean they should understand that they will not have it.

Ex. If I do not get a 320+ in GRE, I can kiss the hopes of getting admitted into MIT goodbye!

Black is considered to be a perpetually fashionable colour. So when someone says something is the new black, it means that something is currently very fashionable.

Ex. People are preferring to go to Canada today. Canada is the new black!

Ex. People want to go abroad, naturally, civil services tests are passe, GRE is the new black!

If something takes its toll on someone, it is causing them harm or suffering.

Ex. The constant defeats in matches have taken their toll on the teams Morale.

Ex. The pressure to score a 7.0 in writing in IELTS can really take a toll. So, the idea is to relax.

If you get on your high horse, you speak or behave as if you are better than someone else.

Ex. Rohan used to get on his high horse whenever someone spoke about IELTS, but after he got a low score, he kept quiet.

One of the articles in the newspapers described Shoaib Malik as ‘a spent force’. A spent force refers to someone or something that does not now have the power or ability that they used to have.

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