Daily Idioms & Phrases From The Hindu: 1 August 2017

1) TURN THE CLOCK BACK

If you try to turn the clock back, you want things to be the way they were in the past.

Example: DMK working president M.K.Stalin warned on Sunday that his party would not hesitate to put an end to the AIADMK government, which, according to him, had turned the clock back 20 years and destroyed administration and governance in TN.

2) TURNS UP THE HEAT : 

to put pressure on someone or something; apply additional pressure to someone or something.
Example: Regulator turns up heat on erring Chartered accountants

3) BURIED THE HATCHET : 

end a quarrel or conflict and become friendly.
Example: AIADMK deputy general secretary T.T.v Dhinakaran , who recently buried the hatchet with his aunt and jailed party leader V.K. Sasikala’s brother Divakaran, on Sunday announced that he would get back to active party work on August 4.

4) DRAW FLAK : 

is to draw criticism
Example: A.P.J.M.Sheik Saleem , the grand nephew of Kalam , placed a copy of the Koran and the bible at the statue podium near the Bhagavad Gita on Sunday, only to draw flak from the HMK

5) TOOK ON : 

to begin to perform or deal with
Example: Union Finance minister Arun Jaitely took on detractors of the GST on Sunday , saying the regime was an integral part of the government’s efforts to mobilizemore fundss for the armed forces.

6) FLAGGED OFF

to inaugurate, to induct
Example: Earlier this month , the ministry of Housing flagged off a new index – the NHB Residex – designed to track housing price trends I n50 cities across India.

7) SHOOT ONE’S WAD OR BOLT 

Do all within one's power; exhaust one's resources or capabilities.
Example: They were asking for more ideas but Bob had shot his bolt and couldn't come up with any

8) HIVE OFF : 

To set something apart from a group
Example: An expression of interest from India’s oldest private sector MRO service provider , Air works, has come as a shot in the arm for the centre that is considering an option to split Air India’s different businesses and hive them off separately.

9) SHOT IN THE ARM 

something that quickly makes a bad situation much better , a new activity
Example: An expression of interest from India’s oldest private sector MRO service provider , Air works , has come as a shot in the arm for the centre that is considering an option to split Air India’s different businesses and hive them off separately

10) TO TAKE A CALL ON 

 informal, not very common, way to say 'make a decision or a judgment
Example: Vivek Gour , MD and CEO , Air works, said ‘ I am watching the situation very carefully but it is too early to say anything because the government has to take a call on whether they will sell Air India asa whole or break up its subsidiaries and sell.’
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