Idioms for CAT 2022 & 2023
  • Take someone/something for granted – Believe to be true, without actually so verifying. For e.g. There was a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on the door, so I took it for granted he was resting.                                                                                          
  • Turn one’s head- To be capable of. For e.g. She turns her hand to most things – painting, car maintenance, baking…                                                                                                                                                                                                            
  • Take it out on someone- vent one’s anger on someone. For e.g. He’s been in a lousy temper for several days, with no one to take it out on.

  • Try one’s hand a- Attempt to do something for the first time; test one’s ability at something. For e.g. He’s never been on a pair of skis in his life, but now that he’s in Switzerland he’s decided to try his hand at it.

  • Take something on board- Understand and remember something; get one’s mind round something. For e.g. The news has been dreadful; we’ve not really had time to take it properly on board yet.

  • Take something in one’s stride- Accept something (often unpleasant) without worrying about it too much. For e.g. He still seems the same happy-go-lucky little boy, so I guess he’s managed to take the death of his pet in his stride.

  • Turn in one’s grave- Hypothetically cause serious distress, rage, disappointment, etc. to the supposed views or tastes of a person now dead. For e.g.If Mozart could hear some of the latest musical hits, I’m sure he’d be turning in his grave.

  • Turn a deaf ear- Choose not to hear; refuse to listen. For e.g. A government that consistently turns a deaf ear to the clearly articulated demands of its electors must sooner or later expect to hear a very loud protest indeed.

  • Top dog- The dominant or leading member of a group. For e.g. Now he’s top dog in this office, I expect there’ll be a few changes.

  • Tough nut- Person or problem that is difficult to deal with. For e.g. The problem of global warming is a very tough nut to crack, and no easy solutions are in sight.

  • Trial and error- Method of trying something out, solving a problem, etc. by making many attempts and learning as one progresses from any mistakes one makes along the way. For e.g.By trial and error, he has taught himself how to use a computer.

  • Tooth and Nail- Fiercely, with all one’s strength. For e.g. The committee swore to oppose tooth and nail the building of the bypass.

  • Turn a blind eye- Choose not to see. For e.g. I’ve decided to turn a blind eye to your conduct last night, but don’t let it happen again!

  • Two of a kind- Two people of the same trade, outlook, character. For e.g. I wouldn’t trust old Jones – he’s like his friend Pritchard – they’re two of a kind.                                                                                                                                                  
  • Take French leave- Go away without notice or permission. For e.g. They had the bad habit of taking French leave from hotels, leaving their bills unpaid.                                                                                                                                                   
  • Take one’s life in one’s hands- Risk death. For e.g. He hated being driven by Maria, and thought that he was taking his life in his hands every time he got into her car.                                                                                                                                                                
  • Twiddle one’s thumbs- Waste time doing nothing useful. For e.g. I’m not going to sit around here all day twiddling my thumbs – give me some work to do! See also kill time.                                                                                                                                                                      
  • Turn up trumps- Achieve an unexpected success or triumph. For e.g. For once the weather turned up trumps and we had a glorious sunny weekend.


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