No idle jest – Idiom Thaatha

No idle jest 1

The meaning of the idiom no idle jest is a verbal delivery uttered with serious intention which should never be misunderstood as a joke or an exaggeration.


1. Larry told his brother that it would cost more than a thousand dollars if he were to undertake that journey astride his British Motorcycle. Larry was laughed at. But it was no idle jest. His brother ended up spending nearly two thousand dollars at the end of the journey.

2. The police commissioner warned the students of a baton charge. Many students who did not heed the warning saw  too late that it was no idle jest as the police came charging like bulls.


The squeaky wheel – Idiom Thaatha

Squeaky wheel

The meaning of the idiom The squeaky wheel gets the grease is to emphasize that care and attention would usually be given to problems that are more noticeable.


1. All the departments are in need of funds for the forthcoming campaign. The meteorological department’s head had been talking consistently about this to the Director of finance before he received the funds. It is a case of the squeaky wheel getting the grease.

2. In a typical example of the squeaky wheel gets the grease, the first year hostel students were allowed to go home for the weekend because of their constant nagging.

A lick and a promise – Idiom Thaatha

A lick and a promise

The meaning of the idiom a lick and a promise is to wash or clean something swiftly and carelessly.


1. The man at the water service centre did a lick and a promise of my motorcycle and spent his time watching the cricket match.

2. The maid in the manor was relieved of her duties since she continued to do a lick and a promise of the dishes after lunch, despite repeated warnings.

Play ducks and drakes – Idiom Thaatha

Play ducks and drakes


The meaning of the idiom to play ducks and drakes is to be frivolous with something.


1. The sales of the company plummeted when the manager of operations started playing ducks and drakes with the sales team.

2. To play ducks and drakes with studies at the final year of studies is considered a serious issue.

Hit the nail on the head – Idiom Thaatha

Hit the nail

The meaning of the idiom to hit the nail on the head is to describe exactly the cause of a problem or a situation.


1. The porter hit the nail on the head when he pointed out the cause of the wet baggage as a broken bottle.

2. The mechanic hit the nail on the head as soon as he opened the bonnet of the car.

Busman’s holiday – Idiom Thaatha

Busman's holiday

The meaning of the idiom busman’s holiday is to do in a holiday what a person does regularly at work.


1. The city bus driver’s vacation turned to busman’s holiday as the driver of the car in which he was travelling became ill suddenly.

2. The mountaineering volunteer’s biking ride turned into busman’s holiday as his bike rolled off the stand and down the hill.

Cut and run – Idiom Thaatha

Cut and run

The meaning of the idiom to cut and run is to make a sudden escape.


1. Being brought up by weak willed parents, Jerry often resorts to the cut and run method instead of facing his problems.

2. The gorilla warfare is based mostly on cut and run system.

Dutch Courage – Idiom Thaatha

Dutch courage

The meaning of the idiom Dutch Courage is the courage or confidence that people acquire by consuming liquor before attempting any courageous deeds.


1. The tailor trembled when he heard his wife relate the previous day’s events, during which, he had, with dutch courage, insulted the chief of the village in front of the people.

2. That Larson had been bursting with dutch courage in the last year’s fair was evident by the meek ways in which he avoided confrontation with anyone and everyone.

A cloud on the horizon – Idiom Thaatha

A cloud on the horizon

The meaning of the idiom a cloud on the horizon is to denote a threat or to indicate an impending trouble.


1. No one’s life, however glorious it might be, would be without a cloud on the horizon.

2. The rider did not realize that the unusual noise from his vehicle was a cloud on the horizon.


No half measures – Idiom Thaatha

No half measures

The meaning of the idiom No half measures is to have no compromise in any situation and to show no behaviour or performance that is not the best.


  1. If we are to go into business this time, there are to be no half measures. We go in with all our resources.
  2. You’d better watch out if you have any disagreement with our boss. No half measures from her.