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Mettle – Vocabwagon

Mettle

The meaning of the word Mettle is a person’s ability to cope well during difficulties with determination and tenacity.

The word Mettle is a noun.

Examples:

  1. The mettle shown by the dog to reach the banks of the river saved the life of the dog.

2. Although the team lost, the mettle showed by the players of the team brought appreciation from the audience.

Feckless – Vocabwagon

Feckless

The meaning of the word feckless is to lack  strength of character or to be irresponsible.

The word feckless is a noun.

Examples

  1. Although everyone wanted Ruth to score high grades in SAT, her feckless behaviour brought down her scores.
  2. The inexperienced man being made the captain of the team was a feckless move by the board.

In the fond hope – Idiom Thaatha

In the fond hope

The meaning of the idiom in the fond hope is to denote a person’s hope that is foolish and not likely to happen in real life, but still clung on to.

Examples

  1. Every slum dweller’s life is spent in the fond hope that their lives would change for the better in a short while.
  2. The class teacher’s fond hope was that all her students should pass with a first class.

The Worm Turns – Idiom Thaatha

The worm turns

The meaning of the idiom the worm turns is to denote a calm and composed person with a timid personality turning rebellious and assertive, usually to establish his/her rights.

Examples

1. The worm turned – when women around the globe voiced their opinions against their slavery for the first time.

2. It seems the worm has turned – the bully faced stiff verbal opposition from the usually timid teenager.

Look black – Idiom Thaatha

Look black

The meaning of the idiom look black is to show little or no sign of hope whatsoever in life or in future.

Examples

1. When he was fired from his job, his career was in jeopardy and life looked black – from his position.

2. Everything looks black when hope is lost – for hope is the elixir of human life.

Take the edge off – Idiom Thaatha

take the edge off

 

The meaning of the idiom take the edge off is to mitigate or make less severe anything that is not pleasant.

Examples

1. The bars of chocolate that I had helped me take the edge off my ravenous hunger.

2. When the students responsible for the riot in college came and apologized to the principal, the act took the edge off his anger.

Water Under the Bridge – Idiom Thaatha

Water under the bridge

 

The meaning of the idiom Water Under the Bridge is to refer to past events that are no longer important.

Examples:

1. The manager came to the wedding in spite of the trouble that the groom had caused him earlier, as he considered them water under the bridge.

2. The ex-convict could walk to the grocery store without any inhibitions as his evil deeds were water under the bridge.

Jiggery-pokery – Vocabwagon

Jiggery-pokery

The meaning of jiggery-pokery is to behave dishonestly or deceitfully.

Jiggery-pokery is a noun.

Examples:

1. Although everyone praised Zadok for his fantastic marks in the board exam, Sam kept quiet because he knew that the high marks were by means of jiggery-pokery and not by fair methods.

2. The jiggery-pokery happening in election leaves one in a state of confusion and uncertainty.

Benthos – Vocabwagon

Benthos

The meaning of the word Benthos is the sediments deposited in a seabed or a lake.

The word Benthos is a noun.

Examples:

1. The rescue team was baffled by the massive structure of benthos under the local lake.

2. The hobbits were too engrossed in their new found treasure under the water to notice the dark elves slithering amidst the benthos, towards them.

Costs an arm and a leg – Idiom Thaatha

Costs an arm and a leg

The meaning of the idiom Costs an arm and a leg is to refer to anything that is hugely expensive.

Examples:

1. The CEO backed out from the tender race at the last moment as he realized that it would cost his company an arm and a leg.

2. Ezra felt drained after his purchase of a new car. It has cost him an arm and a leg.