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Idioms & Phrases From The Hindu: 28 August 2017

Published on Monday, August 28, 2017

1: Decked up

Meaning: put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive
Example: When the consultation began in the evening, the mausoleum of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on the Marina was decked up with flowers

2: Doing the rounds

Meaning: to be passed from one person to another
Example: Since morning, the talk doing the rounds was that Mr. Panneerselvam would come out with a statement on the merger after Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Thursday announced the government’s move to constitute a commission of inquiry, one of the two demands that the AIADMK (PTA) had been raising.

3: Put off

Meaning: an evasive reply, to delay doing something, especially because you do not want to do it
Example: The “strong stand” taken by leaders, including former Minister K.P. Munusamy, was said to have prompted Mr. Panneerselvam to put off a decision on the merger. Mr. Munusamy was not available for comment

4: Takes a beating

Meaning: to be damaged because of performing badly or being criticized
Example: Vishal Sikka quits as Infosys CEO, shares take a beating

5: Turn up/on the heat

Meaning: to use force to persuade someone to do something; to increase the pressure on someone to do something
Example: Management is turning the heat up to increase production. The teacher really turned up the heat on the students by saying that everyone would be punished if the real culprit was not found.

6: Rip apart

Meaning: to destroy something completely
Example: The nine judge bench of the supreme court on Thursday ripped apart its own judgment of 2014 upholding section 377 of the Indian penal code, which criminalizes consensual sexual acts of adults in private

7: Step down

Meaning: withdraw or resign from an important position or office
Example: R. Seshasayee, chairman of the board decided to step down from the board, Infosys said in a release.

8: Strikes a blow

Meaning: to do something to help or to support an idea, movement, or group , to do something to harm or oppose an idea, movement, or group
Example: The supreme court judgment strikes a blow on the unbridled encroachment and surveillance by the state and its agencies in the life of the common man

9: Hold on

Meaning: wait; stop , endure in difficult circumstances.
Example: The result helped UP hold on to the top spot in Zone B but, in a group where the difference between the top and bottom-placed sides is just 16 points, it would be a fragile lead

10: Pull through

Meaning: get through an illness or other dangerous or difficult situation
Example: Second seed Harinder Pal was in a lot of trouble after a sluggish start against Aditya Jagtap, but regained the surety of his touch to pull through in four games.

11: Pumped up

Meaning: to fill with enthusiasm or excitement, to fill with or as if with air
Example: “I like the fast court. I am pretty happy and pumped up to play the semifinal,” said Kush.

12: Leave no stone unturned

Meaning: to do everything possible in order to achieve or find something
Example: Ahead of its return to the IPL in 2018, Chennai Super Kings is leaving no stone unturned to get its campaign back on the track. One of the key reasons for its success in the first eight years was that the team managed to retain a core group of players and the support staff.

13: Rope in

Meaning: you mean that someone persuaded you to help them do that task
Example: For 2018, the intentions remains the same with the team intending to rope in former coach Stephen Fleming
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