neelwrites/#03/adayandadollarshort/idiomaticallyspeaking/idioms/14/05/2018

IDIOMATICALLY SPEAKING  BY NEEL ANIL PANICKER

#03  IDIOM: A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT

MEANING: SOMETHING WHICH IS TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE

ORIGIN: The idiom has its roots in the Great Depression that plagued America in the early 1930S. The suspension of gold convertibility during the Great Depression worsened the global economic scenario and the effects of the American dollar reverberated across global economies putting them under tremendous financial strain leading to the coinage of the idiom, a day late and a dollar short.

SENTENCE: All their efforts in locating the kidnappers proved a day late and a dollar short as by the time the police apprehended them, the criminals had already murdered the child.

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neelwrites/alacarte/idiomaticallyspeaking/neel’sgrammarseries/11/05/2018

IDIOMATICALLY SPEAKING from NEEL ANIL PANICKER
#01
A la carte
MEANING: ON THE MENU, EACH DISH SEPARATELY PRICED
 
ORIGIN: It’s a French term, literally translated as ‘ according to the card ( here card refers to the menu card). This is What’s the meaning of the phrase ‘À la carte’?
On the menu, with each dish separately priced.
What’s the origin of the phrase ‘À la carte’?
This is a French term, literally translated as ‘according to the card’ (the ‘card’ is the menu card). This applies to meals that are ordered in a restaurant as separate items, each with a specified price, as distinct from a ‘table d’hôte’ meal, which has a fixed inclusive price.
Though the earliest French usage is unclear, the idiom appeared in English first when it was used as a citation in Joseph Sherer’s Notes and Reflections During a Ramble in Germany.
 
SENTENCE: Mahabalipuram is a very scenic temple town in South India and there you can book into quaint sea facing shacks that are not just comfortable but also where they serve excellent fare, ‘a la carte, at any hour.

neellwrites/idiomaticallyyours/13/01/2017

IDIOMATICALLY YOURS: I’LL EAT MY HAT

By Neel Anil Panicker

 

MEANING: It means to suggest that one would be surprised over an occurrence.

EXAMPLE: I’ll eat my hat if the BJP wins the forthcoming UP elections.

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IDIOMATICALLY YOURS: JOHN HANCOCK

By Neel Anil Panicker

 MEANING: To write one’s signature

EXAMPLE: I was asked to put my John Hancock on the papers before commencement of my driving test.

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IDIOMATICALLY YOURS: KEEP YOUR SHIRT ON
By Neel Anil Panicker
MEANING: To stay calm; to not lose one’s cool
EXAMPLE: The best way to respond to rabid chest beaters who prickle over the issue of demonetisation is to keep your shirt on.

(c)neelanilpanicker2017#idiom#352

 

IDIOMATICALLY YOURS: LOOSE CANNON

By Neel Anil Panicker

 

MEANING: somebody whose activities are uncommon and out of control

EXAMPLE: In selecting Arwind Kejriwal as the Chief Minister of Delhi, most Delhiites were unaware that they were selecting a loose cannon.

(c)neelanilpanicker2017#idiom#351

 

IDIOMATICALLY YOURS: MUM’S THE WORD

By Neel Anil Panicker

 

MEANING: to keep quiet and say nothing; not to reveal a secret

EXAMPLE: Seal up your lips and give no words but mum”.

__William Shakespeare, Henry IV PART 2

(c)neelanilpanicker2017#idiom#350

 

IDIOMATICALLY YOURS: NAME IS MUD

By Neel Anil Panicker

 

MEANING: to be disgraced, in trouble; discredited

EXAMPLE: In an increasingly bipolar world, if you can’t conclusively prove your Hindu credentials, your name is mud.

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IDIOMATICALLY YOURS: ON PINS AND NEEDLES

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MEANING: anxious over something; to be worried or nervous over something about to happen

EXAMPLE: Americans are on pins and needles ever since the shock election of Donald Trump as US President.

(c)neelanilpanicker2017#idiom#348

IDIOMATICALLY YOURS: PAINT SOMETHING WITH A BROAD BRUSH

By Neel Anil Panicker

 

MEANING: to make sweeping generalisations without understanding or talking about specific details or variations

EXAMPLE: While addressing a mass meeting the other day, the venon-spewing BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj revealed his bigoted mindset when he painted Muslims with the same brush.

(c)neelanilpanicker2017#idiom#347

 

IDIOMATICALLY YOURS: QUEENSBERRY RULES

By Neel Anil Panicker

 

MEANING: Standard rules of conduct or behaviour; gentlemanly conduct especially in a dispute; moral decorum

EXAMPLE: Some blind followers of our PM, (Modi bhakts, of whom there are dime a dozen) fail to adhere to the Queensberry rules when faced with criticism of their views.

(c)neelanilpanicker2017#idiom#346

IDIOMATICALLY YOURS: GO DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE

By Neel Anil Panicker

MEANING: To enter a period of chaos or confusion

EXAMPLE: Critics of the demonetisation exercise say that with this India has gone down the rabbit hole.

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IDIOMATICALLY YOURS: SALAD DAYS

By Neel Anil Panicker

 

MEANING: period of youthful inexperience; innocence

EXAMPLE: A lot many Indians wonder why the Congress persists on hoisting Rahul Gandhi on the party throne when it is clear that the man has yet to get over his salad days.

(c)neelanilpanicker2017#idiom#344

 

neelwrites/idiomaticallyyours/08/01/2017

IDIOMATICALLY YOURS: I’LL EAT MY HAT

By Neel Anil Panicker

 

MEANING: It means to suggest that one would be surprised over an occurrence.

EXAMPLE: I’ll eat my hat if the BJP wins the forthcoming UP elections.

(c)neelanilpanicker2017#idiom#354

 

IDIOMATICALLY YOURS: JOHN HANCOCK

By Neel Anil Panicker

 

MEANING: To write one’s signature

EXAMPLE: I was asked to put my John Hancock on the papers before commencement of my driving test.

(c)neelanilpanicker2017#idiom#353

 

 

neelwrites/idiomaticallyyours/07/01/2017

IDIOMATICALLY YOURS

BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER

By Neel Anil Panicker

This is what they say of people who are found siding with their near and dear ones whenever they are caught in a fight, be it verbal or physical, and definitely financial: blood is thicker than water.

When it comes to awarding multi-million dollar contracts, corrupt politicians always hand over such deals to their relatives as blood is thicker than water.

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IDIOMATICALLY YOURS: CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT

By Neel Anil Panicker

MEANING: It means being too prying/inquisitive can get you into trouble.

The dishonest politician refused to answer too many probing questions about the source of his wealth, only saying that curiosity killed the cat.

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#IDIOMATICALLY YOURS: DEAD DUCK

By Neel Anil Panicker

MEANING : A useless, worthless, or outmoded person or thing.

EXAMPLE:  The Congress needs to pull up its act soon and find able leader to replace Rahul Gandhi or else it would soon be  a dead duck.

(c)neelanilpanicker2017#idiom#362

#IDIOMATICALLY YOURS: AS EASY AS A PIE

By Neel Anil Panicker

MEANING: Something which is very easy

EXAMPLE: PM Modi thought the current demonetisation drive would be as easy as a pie.

(c)neelanilpanicker2017#idiom#361

IDIOMATICALLY YOURS: FOAM AT THE MOUTH

By Neel Anil Panicker

 

MEANING: To be extremely angry

EXAMPLE: When last year on November 8 India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced demonetisation of  high value currency notes it left a lot of black money hoarders foaming at their mouths.

c)neelanilpanicker2017#idiom#360

IDIOMATICALLY YOURS: GOING TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET

By Neel Anil Panicker

 

MEANING: Headed for complete disaster; deteriorating rapidly

 

EXAMPLE: A lot many people around the world are of the view that with the election of Donald Trump as the US President, America is going to hell in a handbasket.

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IDIOMATICALLY YOURS: GIVE SOMEBODY THE ELBOW

By Neel Anil Panicker

 

MEANING: To end a relationship or a friendship with someone.

 

EXAMPLE: Instigated by his wily uncle, Akhilesh has finally decided to give his father the elbow.

 

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IDIOMATICALLY YOURS: HARD CHEESE

By Neel Anil Panicker

 

MEANING: tough luck; going through an adverse situation

 

EXAMPLE: It’s really hard cheese for the poor people of the country ever since the demonetisation of high value currency notes.

 

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IDIOMATICALLY YOURS: IT’S ANYONE’S CALL

By Neel Anil Panicker

MEANING: A situation or competition where all possible outcomes are likely

EXAMPLE:  None that there is genuine discontentment simmering against the demonetisation drive, it’s anyone’s call as to the outcome of the forthcoming elections.

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neelwrites/idiomaticallyyours/05/01/2017

IDIOMATICALLY YOURS: FOAM AT THE MOUTH
By Neel Anil Panicker
MEANING: To be extremely angry
EXAMPLE: Last year on November 8 when India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the demonetisation of high value currency notes it left a lot of black money hoarders foaming at their mouths.

c)neelanilpanicker2017#idiom#360

IDIOMATICALLY YOURS: GOING TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET

By Neel Anil Panicker

MEANING: Headed for complete disaster; deteriorating rapidly

EXAMPLE: A lot many people around the world are of the view that with the election of Donald Trump as the US President, America is going to hell in a handbasket.

c)neelanilpanicker2017#idiom#359

neelwrites/idiomaticallyours/-4/01/2017

#IDIOMATICALLY YOURS: DEAD DUCK
By Neel Anil Panicker
MEANING : A useless, worthless, or outmoded person or thing.
EXAMPLE: The Congress needs to pull up its act soon and find an able leader to replace Rahul Gandhi or else it would soon be a dead duck.
(c)neelanilpanicker2017#idiom#362

#IDIOMATICALLY YOURS: EASY AS A PIE
By Neel Anil Panicker
MEANING: Something which is very easy
EXAMPLE: PM Modi thought the current demonetisation drive would be easy as a pie.
(c)neelanilpanicker2017#idiom#361