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.
You can’t be angry everytime and expect everything to be hunky-dory.
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.
He was caught in a vicious circle of eating sweets and being lazy.
The surge in the oil price has a domino effect on the global economy.
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