An idiom is an expression whose meaning is different from the meaning of its constituent words. Knowledge of idioms is an important part of comprehension of the English language. Below is a list of some commonly used idioms in English with their meanings and usage.

TURN OVER A NEW LEAF Changing for the better

After Ajit was released from prison, he decided to turn over a new leaf and become an honest man.

PULL UP ONE’S SOCKS To make an effort to improve

Idioms Exercise 1

Rajesh scored only forty on his English mid-term exams. He needs to pull up his socks if he wants to do well in his finals.

HIT BELOW THE BELT To act in an unfair manner

The candidate of the opposition party spread false rumours about the Minister. People felt that he was hitting below the belt.

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