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Daily Idioms & Phrases From The Hindu: 17-08-2017

Published on Thursday, August 17, 2017

1: Sketched out

Meaning: to give a short description of something, containing few details:
Example: In his shortest Independence Day address yet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday sketched out the broad contours of his idea of a “New India” as one that was free of communalism, casteism, terrorism, corruption, and nepotism, and also one that would require citizens to do their bit to create it.


2: Blacked out

Meaning: to suppress by censorship
Example: The CPI(M) said on Tuesday that Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar’s Independence Day speech was blacked out by Doordarshan and All India Radio

3: Trampling on

Meaning: to crush someone or something underfoot, To tread heavily or destructively on something
Example: The children trampled on the flowers

4: Give up

Meaning: to stop doing something that you do regularly
Example: The Union home ministry is set to give up its power to impose the ‘disturbed areas’ tag on Assam and Manipur, both ruled by BJP

5: Trickle in

Meaning: to come into something or a place, a few at a time
Example: More people trickled in, almost all of them in their sixties and seventies. Bulbul Sen, a retired school teacher and joint secretary of the Samity, said without the government’s support, the house languished in obscurity.

6: Ring in

Meaning: (ring in something), to ring bells to celebrate something, especially the new year
Example: Janamastmi was rung in with religious fervor in Maharastra on Tuesday.

7: To fan the flames

Meaning: make something more intense; to make a situation worse
Example: The riot fanned the flames of racial hatred even more.

8: Cruise around in something

Meaning: to drive or ride around in something
Example: Would you like to cruise around in a car like that?

9: Chips in

Meaning: to add something to someone else’s conversation , To contribute to something being undertaken by a group, such as a task or collection
Example: Athisyaraj chips in with a four wicket haul as the side eases past super gillies

10: Tighten the screws

Meaning: exert strong pressure on someone.
Example: Washington contained and struck to tighten the screws on the Super Gillies’ batting and then waded into the attack for the quickest half century in TNPL

11: Set the tone

Meaning: to establish a particular mood or character for something
Example: The lanky Wahington’s Blitzkrieg shut out the opposition.To the super gillie's attack, he must have seemed a force of nature.Washington blasted paceman for three successive sixes in the opening over to set the tone – an imperious hit over the off side field the best among them

12: Shut out

Meaning: to not allow someone to enter a particular place, if you shut something out, you stop yourself from seeing it, hearing it, or thinking about it
Example: The lanky Wahington’s Blitzkrieg shut out the opposition.To the super gillie's attack, he must have seemed a force of nature.Washington blasted paceman for three successive sixes in the opening over to set the tone – an imperious hit over the off side field the best among them

13: Racked up

Meaning: to get a large number or amount of something
Example: Mr. Trump deleted his retweet on Tuesday after about five minutes, but not before the message sent to his 35 million followers racked up a big response.

14: A penny for your thoughts

Meaning: A way of asking what someone is thinking
Example: For several minutes they sat silently, then finally she looked at him and said, “A penny for your thoughts, Walter"
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