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On March 13, 2021 by Neal Kashyap   No comments


List of Important Idioms and Phrases Beginning with D

1. Donkey’s year      

Meaning: a very long time (बहुत लम्बा समय)

Example: Nowadays one has to wait donkey’s years to get justice.

2. Dog days

Meaning: hottest days of summer

Example: The dog days of summer are a difficult period for those who have to work out in the open.

3. Dead ringer  

Meaning: A duplicate of the exact things.

Example:  The car that is parked in that garage is a dead ringer of the car that my dad used to own a couple of years back.

4. Dark horse

Meaning: One who was previously unknown but is now prominent

Example: You never can tell, some dark horse many come along and win a House of Lords seat.

5. Dog's life

Meaning: a miserable, unhappy existence.

Example: I have to work everyday from dawn to sunset and come back home to take care of the children. It's really a dog's life.

6. Down to earth
Meaning: simple, decent, realistic; practical and straightforward.
Example: She is very down to earth person, not at all attracted by the glamour world.

7. Down at heel 

Meaning: Out of luck, shabbily dressed

Example: Since Ashok lost his job, he is always down at heel.

8. Doom and Gloom

Meaning: A feeling of pessimism and despondency, often with regard to business or political prospects.

9. Drive up the wall

Meaning: to make someone angry or irritated

Example: The loud music played by my neighbours is driving me up the wall.

10. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

Meaning: don’t put all your resources into one thing

Example: It would be better if you applied to several companies instead of just one; don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

11. Dead and buried

If something is dead and buried, it has all long been settled and is not going to be reconsidered.

12. Dead in the water

If something is dead in the water, it isn't going anywhere or making any progress

13. Dip your toe in the water

Meaning: (also dip a toe in the water) said when you start something carefully because you are not sure whether it will work or not.

Example: I am doing some volunteer work at the new school to try and dip my toe in the water of working in the education field

14. Devil of a time

Meaning: If you have a devil of a time, you have a very difficult time.

Example: Before she divorced, Ann had had a devil of a time with my her husband.


15. Devil's Advocate

Meaning: To present a counter argument Don't count your chickens before the eggs have hatched

Example: He offered to play devil’s advocate and argue against our case so that we could find out any flaws in it.

16. Don't give up the day job

Meaning: You are not very good at something. You could definitely not do it professionally.

Example: I watched your performance at the theater today. My advice is don’t give up your day job.

17. Down in the dumps

Meaning: a gloomy, unhappy

Examples: Little Jon is down in the dumps because all her friends are gone away with their parents

18. Do for 

Meaning: Fulfill the purpose

Example: This book will do for the IAS Examination.

19. Draw up 

Meaning: To draft

Example: I was engaged in drawing up plans for new business.

20. Drop a line

Meaning: Send a brief letter

Examples: If you’ve got a few minutes to spare you could always drop her a line.

21. Dot the i’s and cross the t’s

Meaning: To do something very carefully and in a lot of detail

Examples: She writes highly accurate reports – she always dots her i’s and crosses her t’s.

22. Dig own grave
Meaning: do something stupid that will seriously harm oneself, cause one’s own ruin or downfall.
Example: If she continues to behave like this to her senior officer, she’ll be digging her own grave.



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