Usage of Idiomatic Expressions to Spice up Conversations Part 1

In today’s context, we are going to learn about idiomatic expressions to help in making the English language more spicy and appealing.
So what do we know about idiomatic expressions. It was studied from primary, through to Junior High and then Senior High but the truth of the matter is, it was never taken seriously. Idiomatic expression is a phrase or a word which does not literally mean what is stated but rather has an inner or hidden meaning. An example is “hold your tongue”. This does not mean you should use your hand to hold your tongue but instead you should keep quiet. Without much ado, our first 10 idiomatic expressions we will be learning today are as follows;

  1. taken aback: a state of being surprised In sentence: Mr. Ofori was taken aback when he saw his only daughter drinking and smoking.

2. according to one’s light: keeping or living with one’s beliefs or attitudes. In sentence: It is very difficult to change a person because everyone acts according to his or her lights.

3. above board: to be honest or sincere without blemish. In sentence: Our new manager’s annual report was above board.

4. by all accounts: in the opinion of most people. In sentence: We made thorough investigations about this porter and by all accounts he is not to be trusted.

5. an ace in the hole: something kept in reserve for emergencies. In sentence: Every state bank has an ace in a hole.

6. Achilles heel: weak point of a person. This was generated from an ancient story which is actually a movie “Achilles” portraying a person who could only be defeated by his heel which was his weak point. In sentence: In life, everyone has an Achilles heel to make or unmake him.

7. a class act: someone who is really good at something ( exceptionally). In sentence: The artiste is a class act, I’m definitely going to do all my paintings with him.

8. ad hoc: for a particular purpose. In sentence: What you are experiencing today is an ad hoc which will be changed later.

9. add fuel to fire: to aggravate a bad situation making it worse. In sentence: After Kwaku was caught stealing, he added fuel to fire by raping a younger girl.

10. under the aegis of: with the support or backing of (someone), (something). In sentence: Amy insulted Bruce although the works she has ever done has been under the aegis of him.

Hope you learnt some new idiomatic expressions today and going to apply in speeches, texts, articles and so on and so forth. This is not the end, we will be learning much more as the days go by. Please do well to share to others too and stay tuned let me be your idioms plug.


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