Here are some common cliché often found in newspapers and articles.
1. The police arrived in the nick of time
Meaning: The police arrived just in time.
2. The police arrived in the nick of time and left no stone unturned
Meaning: The police arrived just in time and tried every possible course of action.
3. Many successful people were not born with a silver spoon in their mouth
Meaning: Many successful people owe their success to hard work and not family influence.
4. Her parents worked hard to make both ends meet
Meaning: Her parents worked hard to earn enough income to provide for the basic need.
5. The resignation of the manager came like a bolt from the blue.
Meaning: The manager resigned suddenly and unexpectedly.
6. To excel in any competitive examination, one has to increase his productivity by leaps and bounds.
Meaning: To excel in any competitive examination, one has to increase his productivity with startlingly rapid progress.
7. After demonetization, we were left high and dry without any money.
Meaning: After demonetization, we were in a difficult situation without any money.
8. My grandmother’s 95 but she’s as fit as a fiddle.
Meaning: My grandmother’s 95 but she is healthy and strong.
9. He loves her heart and soul
Meaning: He loves her completely.
10.All in all the event was a success.
Meaning: Considering all the different parts of the situation together, the event was a success.
11. Too much of curiosity killed the cat
Meaning: One should not ask too many questions about something.
12. Most of the employees in my office are clock watcher.
Meaning: ‘Watch the clock’ is an idiom which is often used disapprovingly for those who think more about when their work will be over than about the work itself.
13. A watched pot never boils.
Meaning: When you are impatient about something to happen, time seems to pass very slowly.
A happy-go-lucky person is one who is carefree and cheerfully unconcerned about the future.
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