Useful IELTS idioms

Useful IELTS Idioms :

It is essential to use idioms in the IELTS test to score good marks. In this blog I have compiled a list of the most popular idioms, listed as below with example usage :

Icing on the cake:

It was a great honor to attend the event, However, to receive the autograph from the superstar was the icing on the cake.

Tip of the iceberg:

Rising costs are just the tip of the iceberg, A recession is inevitable.

Crux of the matter

The crux of the matter is to stay calm and let it go.

Piece of cake

To upload a video on youtube is a piece of cake.

Once in a blue moon

I travel to my village once in a blue moon.

The ball is in your court

I provided my insight on the presentation and the ball is in your court now.

Not my cup of tea

Running Marathon is not my cup of tea.

Compare apple and orange

Comparing a city with a village is like comparing apple with an orange.

Break the ice

Asking a person about their profession is a good idea to break the ice and start a conversation.

Let the dust settle

If you let the dust settle after the anxiety, you can think more clearly.

Beat around the bush

Stop beating around the bush and get straight to the point.

Without further ado

Without further ado let me walk you through the agenda of today’s meeting.

Turn a blind eye

The government must not turn a blind eye from the implications of raising fuel price.

Walk the extra mile

In order to get the promotion, we should walk the extra mile from our regular responsibilities.

Back to square one

After spending nearly a month in the investigation, we are back to square one.

In a nutshell

In a nutshell, it helps to facilitate the ordering process.

Spill the beans

We kept the surprise a secret but the office boy spilled the beans.

Call it a day

After 10 hours of continuous hard work, we decided to call it a day.

Out of my league

I did my best to work out, but it seems the competition is out of my league.

Walk you through

Let me walk you through the steps required to be a front end designer.

Hunky dory

You can’t be angry everytime and expect everything to be hunky-dory.

Cloud nine

He was on cloud nine after receiving a gold medal in Olympics.

Hit the bullseye

His precise feedback about the performance hit the bull’s-eye.

Piece of the puzzle

The mall is trying to increase foot-fall, and the new lobby design is just a piece of the puzzle.

Vicious circle

He was caught in a vicious circle of eating sweets and being lazy.

Domino effect

The surge in the oil price has a domino effect on the global economy.

Ripple effect

The shortage of integrated circuits may have a ripple effect on all Electronics production.

In the same boat

We have similar circumstances in life, we are in the same boat.

Give it a shot

It is better to give it a shot and experience than quitting.

Pull a rabbit out of the hat

Everyone is eager to know whether the manager can pull a rabbit out of the hat and announce a bonus.

Open Pandora’s box

Unfortunately, the government’s policies opened up Pandora’s box of domestic problems.

Light at the end of the tunnel

The business is picking up, and we are starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel.

A drop in the ocean

Individual charity can be a drop in the ocean. However, it can have a huge impact on the outcome.

Shooting in the dark

By making assumptions we are just shooting in the dark.

Scratch the surface

It is a much more complex problem and till now we have been just scratching the surface of the bigger issue.

Leaps and bounds

Once the travel season started, the business started growing by leaps and bounds.

Catch 22 situation

We can neither ignore nor address the issue, it is a catch 22 situation.

Don’t sweat the small stuff

On a lighter note

With due respect

It all boils down to

As a rule of thumb

Tricks of the trade

Busy as a bee

Smooth as butter

Sleep like a bear

Fresh as rose

As fresh as a daisy

Hold your horses

Raise the bar

I can relate to

I know where you are coming from

At the heart of the matter

Get to the bottom of the matter

Don’t bite off more than you can chew

Music to my ears

Feast for my eyes

Can you pull this off

Shed some light

To setup the context

Tread the path

Pave the way

Farees Ahmed

The aim of this blog is to serve as a quick reference guide for the Curious. Appreciate your feedback and comments !

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