Daily Idioms & Phrases From The Hindu: 3 August 2017

1: Zero in on

Meaning: to direct all your attention to one thing , If you zero in a weapon, you aim it directly at something you want to hit:
Example:  ‘This was not the first time . he had come to meet his wife on two occasions earlier, and he followed the same pattern and time .It was easy for the police to zero in on him.’ Said the official.



2: Holed up

Meaning: to take shelter somewhere , to hide somewhere.
Example:  Soldiers seen at the house at Hakripora in Pluwara district ,where the militants were holed up, on Tuesday.
The robbers were holed up in a deserted warehouse.

3: Live something down

Meaning: to make people forget that you made a big mistake or did something very embarrassing in the past:
Example: Having mishandled NEET is one failure that the Tamilnadu government will struggle to live down

4: Music to the ears

Meaning: a welcome sound to someone; news that someone is pleased to hear
Example: The winter session of 2016 hit a low point of 16%.It is shameful.Taxation bills, as significant as Aadhaar , were passed within two weeks without being referred toa commitmee’ he said. The reference to the ‘hurried’ passage of Aadhaar, however ,may not be music to the government’s ears.

5: Lavish something on someone

Meaning: to give someone a lot, or too much, of something such as money, presents, or attention:
Example:  MR.Trump lavished praise on Gen.Kelly after he was sworn in , but that may not necessarily guarantee anything in the long term.

6: Wound up

Meaning: brought to a state of great tension
Example:   A former India captain ,who served the squad as its team director just a year bach , Shastri steps into the shoes of Anil kumble , whose manner of exit showed the BCCI and Skipper Virat Kohli in poor light .Shastri spoke to the media at the Sinhalese sports club on Tuesday and just as he wound up, it was time for him to bond with Sri lankan’s eternal fan.

7: Step intosomeone’s shoes

Meaning: to take on a particular role or task that someone else has been doing
Example:  A former India captain ,who served the squad as its team director just a year bach , Shastri steps into the shoes of Anil kumble , whose manner of exit showed the BCCI and Skipper Virat Kohli in poor light .Shastri spoke to the media at the Sinhalese sports club on Tuesday and just as he wound up, it was time for him to bond with Sri lankan’s eternal fan.

8: Served up

Meaning: to offer something
Example:  Serena Williams served up a rallying cry for equal pay for black women , decrying that they would have to work on average eight months longer to earn the same as male counterparts in one year

9: Chip on one’s shoulder

Meaning: an angry attitude from someone who feels unfairly treated:
Example:  She’s not going to make any friends if she walks around with a chip on her shoulder like that.
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