CLAT is a very prestigious and popular entrance-exam among the Law Aspirants. It consists of five sections: English Language, Current Affairs, including General Knowledge, Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Techniques. Here, the English language section weighs 20% of the CLAT paper marks, which shows its significance. 

One needs to have a solid foundation to ace the English section in the CLAT exam, which can only be achieved by consistent practice. To help you with the same, we have curated a list of the most important phrases and idioms that can help you crack the English Section of CLAT 2021.

Sr. No. Idiom Meaning
1 A blessing in disguise A good thing that seemed bad at first
2 The best thing since sliced bread An outstanding invention
3 The best of both worlds An ideal situation
4 Beat around the bush Avoid saying what you mean, usually because it is uncomfortable
5 Good things come to those who wait Be patient
6 Actions speak louder than words Believe what people do and not what they say
7 Better late than never Better to arrive late than not to come at all
8 A picture is worth 1000 words Better to show than tell
9 Pull yourself together Calm down
10 Comparing apples to oranges Comparing two things that cannot be compared
11 Do something at the drop of a hat Do something without having planned beforehand
12 Get something out of your system Do the thing you have been wanting to do so you can move on
13 On the ball Doing a good job
14 Cutting corners Doing something poorly to save time or money
15 Take it with a grain of salt To not take something very seriously
16 Cut somebody some slack To not be so critical
17 Don’t count your chickens before they hatch Do not count on something good happening until it has happened.
18 Hang in there Do not give up
19 The whole nine yards Everything, all the way.
20 Get out of hand Get out of control
21 Hit the nail on the head Get something exactly right
22 Get a taste of your own medicine Get treated the way you have been treating others (negative)
23 Kill two birds with one stone Get two things done with a single action
24 Let the cat out of the bag Give away a secret
25 Spill the beans Give away a secret
26 Hit the sack Go to sleep
27 Break a leg Good luck
28 Every cloud has a silver lining Good things come after bad things
29 He has bigger fish to fry He has bigger things to take care of than what we are talking about now
30 There is a method to his madness He seems crazy, but he is clever
31 Your guess is as good as mine I have no idea
32 Live and learn I made a mistake
33 Give someone the cold shoulder Ignore someone
34 The devil is in the details It looks good from a distance, but when you look closer, there are problems
35 It is easy It is easy
36 It’s not rocket science It’s not complicated
37 There are other fish in the sea It’s ok to miss this opportunity. Others will arise.
38 It’s raining cats and dogs It’s raining hard
39 Miss the boat It’s too late
40 The ball is in your court It’s your decision
41 By the skin of your teeth Just barely
42 We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it Let’s not talk about that problem right now
43 To make matters worse Make a problem worse
44 Break the ice Make people feel more comfortable
45 A penny saved is a penny earned Money you save today you can spend later
46 That’s the last straw My patience has run out
47 There’s no such thing as a free lunch Nothing is entirely free
48 On thin ice On probation. If you make another mistake, there will be trouble.
49 Birds of a feather flock together People who are alike are often friends (usually used negatively)
50 Take a rain check Postpone a plan
51 Put something on ice Put something on hold
52 Once in a blue moon Rarely
53 Slow and steady wins the race Reliability is more important than speed
54 Saving for a rainy day Saving money for later
55 Under the weather Sick
56 Easy does it Slow down
57 A dime a dozen Something common
58 Go back to the drawing board Start over
59 Call it a day Stop working on something
60 Throw caution to the wind Take a risk
61 Bite off more than you can chew Take on a project that you cannot finish
62 Look before you leap Take only calculated risks
63 A penny for your thoughts Tell me what you’re thinking
64 Make a long story short Tell something briefly
65 You can say that again That’s true, I agree
66 The elephant in the room The big issue, the problem people are avoiding
67 The early bird gets the worm The first people who arrive will get the best stuff
68 Speak of the devil The person we were just talking about showed up!
69 He’s a chip off the old block The son is like the father
70 A perfect storm the worst possible situation
71 Don’t cry over spilt milk There’s no reason to complain about something that can’t be fixed
72 So far, so good Things are going well so far
73 It isn’t over till the fat lady sings This isn’t over yet
74 You can’t judge a book by its cover Don’t judge something by the way it appears
75 Play devil’s advocate To argue the opposite, just for the sake of argument
76 Barking up the wrong tree To be mistaken, to be looking for solutions in the wrong place
77 Go on a wild goose chase To do something pointless
78 Bite the bullet To get something over with because it is inevitable
79 To get bent out of shape To get upset
80 Pull someone’s leg To joke with someone
81 Add insult to injury To make a bad situation worse
82 Let someone off the hook To not hold someone responsible for something
83 Rain on someone’s parade To spoil something
84 Do unto others as you would have them do unto you Treat people fairly. Also known as “The Golden Rule”
85 Give someone the benefit of the doubt Trust what someone says
86 Wrap your head around something Understand something complicated
87 Costs an arm and a leg Very expensive
88 A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush What you have is worth more than what you might have later
89 Don’t put all your eggs in one basket What you’re doing is too risky
90 Get your act together Work better or leave
91 You can’t have your cake and eat it too You can’t have everything
92 Time flies when you’re having fun You don’t notice how long something lasts when it’s fun
93 No pain, no gain You have to work for what you want
94 Ignorance is bliss You’re better off not knowing
95 It takes one to know one You’re just as bad as I am
96 Don’t give up your day job You’re not very good at this
97 There is no such thing as a free lunch Things that are offered for free always have a hidden cost
98 It takes two to tango Some actions need the participation of two persons
99 Still waters run deep People who don’t talk a lot sometimes have really interesting thoughts.
100 A chain is only as strong as its weakest link If one member of a team doesn’t perform well, the whole team will fail.
101 The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree Children are very similar to their parents.