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Daily Idioms and Phrases From the Hindu 25-08-2017

Published on Friday, August 25, 2017
Daily Idioms and Phrases From the Hindu 25-08-2017

1: to win laurels

Meaning: To win honour
Example: The two, who have won many laurels for the country by winning medals in the Commonwealth, Asian and World championships, exhorted the students to focus on physical fitness.

2: snuffed out

Meaning: to make something end quickly, especially by using force
Example: It was the government’s most brutal attempt to snuff out the rebellion.

3: knock out

Meaning: to make someone leave a competition by defeating them
Example: Denis Shapovalov makes his glee known after knocking out top seed Rafael Nadal.

4: crash out

Meaning: to be badly defeated so that you have to leave a competition
Example: Davinder Singh became the first Indian to qualify for the javelin final even as his more fancied compatriot Neeraj Chopra crashed out in the qualification round. 

5: lay in tatters

Meaning: damaged beyond repair
Example: Wayde van Niekerk’s dreams of emulating legend Michael Johnson’s 200-400m world double lay in tatters on Thursday as Turkey’s 9/1 outsider Ramil Guliyev edged the 200m final

6: Turn in

Meaning: Hand in, submit
Example: Ramil Guliyev turned it on when it mattered most tostun pre-race favorite Wayde Van Niekerk In the 200 m

7: sweat something out

Meaning: to anxiously wait for something, to get rid of something in one's body by sweating.
Example: With team selection imminent, Dhoni and Suresh Raina, who last played an ODI for India in October 2015, sweated it out on Friday.
sent in my application and now I have to sweat out the two months until I get an answer.

8: keep at bay

Meaning: to prevent someone from moving closer
Example: Refreshed with a day’s rest thanks to the inclement weather, Virat Kohli reiterated that his men will keep complacency at bay while playing the third and final Test against Sri Lanka here from Saturday

9: tone down

Meaning: altered so as to be less extreme or intense.
Example: The ground is surrounded by cloud-enveloped mountains and acres of verdant green. The last-named shade was however toned down on the pitch with the ground-staff scrubbing away the grass.

10: scrub away

Meaning: to clean something away by rubbing.
Example: The ground is surrounded by cloud-enveloped mountains and acres of verdant green. The last-named shade was however toned down on the pitch with the ground-staff scrubbing away the grass.

11: wear and tear

Meaning: damage from work or use
Example: The visitor’s dominance has been overwhelming against a host that is still searching for the right combination and ideal performance while also resembling the walking-wounded, losing players to freak incidents on the ground or to regular wear-and-tear that affects athletes.

12: tick all the boxes :

Meaning: To satisfy or fulfill everything that is necessary or desired.
Example: Virat Kohli’s men have ticked most of the boxes, be it runs or wickets, with the lone worry being a few butter-fingers in the close-in cordon.

13: butter-fingers

Meaning: Someone who is clumsy and often drops things or else fails to catch something
Example: Virat Kohli’s men have ticked most of the boxes, be it runs or wickets, with the lone worry being a few butter-fingers in the close-in cordon.

14: lose ground

Meaning: to fall behind someone or something, become less successful
Example: Equity benchmark indices lost ground for the fifth consecutive day on Friday as weak domestic corporate numbers along with global negativity on account of geopolitical tensions dampened investor sentiment

15: stem the tide

Meaning: to stop something from increasing
Example: This law may stem the tide of pollution of our beautiful river from the factories built along its banks.


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