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Daily Idioms & Phrases From The Hindu: 24-08-2017

Published on Thursday, August 24, 2017

1: Hinge on

Meaning: to be determined or decided by (something): to depend on (something)
Example: Roelant Oltmans’ continuation as the hockey head coach hinges on the clarity and quality of his plans for India’s hectic season ahead

2: Make or break

Meaning: Cause either total success or total ruin,
Example: The recent Europe tour was expected to be the make-or-break outing for the Dutchman and a final decision will be taken when the Hockey India panel, formed to evaluate the team’s performance, meets in New Delhi from August 31 to September 3.

3: Step up

Meaning:  to make something go or run faster, increase,
Example: What he has done so far is appreciated but there is now need to step up to another level, compete and win against the top-four.

4: Turn down

Meaning: a rejection or refusal.
Example: How could you turn down such a fantastic job?

5: In the scheme of things

Meaning: the way things are organized or happen in a particular situation, or the way someone wants them to be organized:
Example: He insisted that R. Ashwin, despite playing only 15 ODI matches since the 2015 World Cup, is very much in the scheme of things

6: Back up

Meaning: one that serves as a substitute or support
Example: Looking ahead to the 2019 World Cup, we will need to have back up options for every bowler that we have.”

7: Bestowed on

Meaning: to give something to someone; to present something to someone
Example: Knighthoods had been bestowed on West Indian cricketers like ‘confetti’

8: Cross the line

Meaning: to change from being acceptable to being unacceptable, to do something wrong
Example: Chasing a target of 224, India-A took 62.3 overs to cross the line as Karun got rid of his wretched form, hitting 13 boundaries in 144 balls.

9: Pulled off

Meaning: to succeed in doing something that is difficult
Example: In the biggest upset in the section, France’s Brice Leverdez pulled off the first shock by defeating second seed Lee Chong Wei 21-19, 22-24, 21-17 in 75 minutes and perhaps end Lee’s elusive search for the world title which has seen him take three silver medals just as he has done in the Olympics.

10: Bow out

Meaning: withdraw or retire from an activity or role.
Example: India top mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N. Sikki Reddy, also seeded 15th, defeated Indo-Malaysian combo of Prajakta Sawant and Yogendran Khrishnan 21-12, 21-19. However, in the other mixed doubles matches, B. Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa, and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and K. Maneesha suffered contrasting losses to bow out.

11: Cast out

Meaning: to force someone or something to leave a place
Example: The minority verdict said social evils such as sati, infanticide, and devadasi system were cast out by way of legislation and not by judicial orders.

12: Every cloud has a silver lining

Meaning: Good things come after bad things
Example: ‘It seems that if you're big, rich and powerful enough, every cloud has a silver lining.’

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