When assessing IELTS Exam, examiners grade on the basis of “lexical resource” used by candidates. What is it? It means having wide range of vocabulary and ample amount of knowledge regarding its usage in writing section. Idioms are easily spotted by examiners, and when used properly, can get you high band score in IELTS Essay Writing part of the exam.
Idioms are phrases, expressions or a group of words that do not actually do not mean what has been stated but have hidden meanings. To understand correct practice of idioms in writing essays, we would be discussing some commonly used idioms with sentences below:
#1. Whole nine yards
Meaning: Everything possible or available, full measure
Sentence: Tom’s going whole nine yards to make this project a success.
#2. Steal someone’s thunder
Meaning: to do what someone else was going to do before they do it, especially if this takes success or praise away from them
Sentence: My sister stole my thunder announcing she came first in class just before I planned to tell people about my result.
#4. Last straw
Meaning: the last of a succession of irritations, incidents, remarks, etc., that leads to a loss of patience, a disaster, etc
Sentence: I was already on verge of resigning, but being transferred 400 miles away from home was the last straw.
#5. Cut corners
Meaning: Things done in order to save money
Sentence: People cut corners when they run short on money not realizing its worth before time.
Have you grasped the trick of using idioms in IELTS Essay writing? If not, look at some more examples!
#6. Curiosity killed the cat
Meaning: said to warn someone not to ask too many questions about something
Sentence: Politician warned officer saying,”Don’t ask too many questions. remember , curiosity killed the cat!”.
#7. Taste of your own medicine
Meaning: When someone receives the same treatment, usually negative, that they gave someone else.
Sentence: People who boss around others, must be given a taste of their own medicine.
#8. Spill the beans
Meaning: Tell or reveal a secret
Sentence: He spilled the beans about being equally involved in this phone scam.
Hope this list of commonly used idioms with sentences helps you to score high band score!
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