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.IdiomMeaning
1A blessing in disguiseA good thing that seemed bad at first
2The best thing since sliced breadAn outstanding invention
3The best of both worldsAn ideal situation
4Beat around the bushAvoid saying what you mean, usually because it is uncomfortable
5Good things come to those who waitBe patient
6Actions speak louder than wordsBelieve what people do and not what they say
7Better late than neverBetter to arrive late than not to come at all
8A picture is worth 1000 wordsBetter to show than tell
9Pull yourself togetherCalm down
10Comparing apples to orangesComparing two things that cannot be compared
11Do something at the drop of a hatDo something without having planned beforehand
12Get something out of your systemDo the thing you have been wanting to do so you can move on
13On the ballDoing a good job
14Cutting cornersDoing something poorly to save time or money
15Take it with a grain of saltTo not take something very seriously
16Cut somebody some slackTo not be so critical
17Don’t count your chickens before they hatchDo not count on something good happening until it has happened.
18Hang in thereDo not give up
19The whole nine yardsEverything, all the way.
20Get out of handGet out of control
21Hit the nail on the headGet something exactly right
22Get a taste of your own medicineGet treated the way you have been treating others (negative)
23Kill two birds with one stoneGet two things done with a single action
24Let the cat out of the bagGive away a secret
25Spill the beansGive away a secret
26Hit the sackGo to sleep
27Break a legGood luck
28Every cloud has a silver liningGood things come after bad things
29He has bigger fish to fryHe has bigger things to take care of than what we are talking about now
30There is a method to his madnessHe seems crazy, but he is clever
31Your guess is as good as mineI have no idea
32Live and learnI made a mistake
33Give someone the cold shoulderIgnore someone
34The devil is in the detailsIt looks good from a distance, but when you look closer, there are problems
35It is easyIt is easy
36It’s not rocket scienceIt’s not complicated
37There are other fish in the seaIt’s ok to miss this opportunity. Others will arise.
38It’s raining cats and dogsIt’s raining hard
39Miss the boatIt’s too late
40The ball is in your courtIt’s your decision
41By the skin of your teethJust barely
42We’ll cross that bridge when we come to itLet’s not talk about that problem right now
43To make matters worseMake a problem worse
44Break the iceMake people feel more comfortable
45A penny saved is a penny earnedMoney you save today you can spend later
46That’s the last strawMy patience has run out
47There’s no such thing as a free lunchNothing is entirely free
48On thin iceOn probation. If you make another mistake, there will be trouble.
49Birds of a feather flock togetherPeople who are alike are often friends (usually used negatively)
50Take a rain checkPostpone a plan
51Put something on icePut something on hold
52Once in a blue moonRarely
53Slow and steady wins the raceReliability is more important than speed
54Saving for a rainy daySaving money for later
55Under the weatherSick
56Easy does itSlow down
57A dime a dozenSomething common
58Go back to the drawing boardStart over
59Call it a dayStop working on something
60Throw caution to the windTake a risk
61Bite off more than you can chewTake on a project that you cannot finish
62Look before you leapTake only calculated risks
63A penny for your thoughtsTell me what you’re thinking
64Make a long story shortTell something briefly
65You can say that againThat’s true, I agree
66The elephant in the roomThe big issue, the problem people are avoiding
67The early bird gets the wormThe first people who arrive will get the best stuff
68Speak of the devilThe person we were just talking about showed up!
69He’s a chip off the old blockThe son is like the father
70A perfect stormthe worst possible situation
71Don’t cry over spilt milkThere’s no reason to complain about something that can’t be fixed
72So far, so goodThings are going well so far
73It isn’t over till the fat lady singsThis isn’t over yet
74You can’t judge a book by its coverDon’t judge something by the way it appears
75Play devil’s advocateTo argue the opposite, just for the sake of argument
76Barking up the wrong treeTo be mistaken, to be looking for solutions in the wrong place
77Go on a wild goose chaseTo do something pointless
78Bite the bulletTo get something over with because it is inevitable
79To get bent out of shapeTo get upset
80Pull someone’s legTo joke with someone
81Add insult to injuryTo make a bad situation worse
82Let someone off the hookTo not hold someone responsible for something
83Rain on someone’s paradeTo spoil something
84Do unto others as you would have them do unto youTreat people fairly. Also known as “The Golden Rule”
85Give someone the benefit of the doubtTrust what someone says
86Wrap your head around somethingUnderstand something complicated
87Costs an arm and a legVery expensive
88A bird in the hand is worth two in the bushWhat you have is worth more than what you might have later
89Don’t put all your eggs in one basketWhat you’re doing is too risky
90Get your act togetherWork better or leave
91You can’t have your cake and eat it tooYou can’t have everything
92Time flies when you’re having funYou don’t notice how long something lasts when it’s fun
93No pain, no gainYou have to work for what you want
94Ignorance is blissYou’re better off not knowing
95It takes one to know oneYou’re just as bad as I am
96Don’t give up your day jobYou’re not very good at this
97There is no such thing as a free lunchThings that are offered for free always have a hidden cost
98It takes two to tangoSome actions need the participation of two persons
99Still waters run deepPeople who don’t talk a lot sometimes have really interesting thoughts.
100A chain is only as strong as its weakest linkIf one member of a team doesn’t perform well, the whole team will fail.
101The apple doesn’t fall far from the treeChildren are very similar to their parents.