A To Z Noun Phrases Explained In English With Examples
Learn 100+ Noun Phrases in English with examples. This lesson will help you to learn about nouns and their Phrases with examples in English. This lesson contains 100+ noun phrases with meanings in English to Urdu also with examples.
List of Noun Phrases With Examples:
A dog in the manger: A churlish person, who does not use a thing himself and does not let others use it.
Example: Salma is a real dog in the manger. She cannot drive, but she will not lend her car to anyone.
A drawn game: A game in which neither party wins.
Example: The two teams played a drawn game.
A bed of roses: comfortable
Example: Life is not a bed of roses for a ruler in Pakistan.
A bed of thorns: a difficult thing
Example: Life is a bed of thorns for a policeman.
A beast of burden: an animal used for carrying heavy loads
Example: The donkey is a beast of burden.
A big gun/shot: a big and important person
Example: He is a big gun in the world of business.
He has become a big gun/shot after becoming an M.N.A.
A bird of passage: a migratory bird
Example: Do not trust him; he is a bird of passage.
A cat’s paw: a person used as a tool by another paw
Example: He is a cat’s paw in the hands of his wife.
A chip of the old block: A child possessing the qualities of his father or mother
Example: He is a lover of money like his father. He will prove a chip off the old block.
Achilles’ heel: The weak point in man’s circumstances or character.
Example: His Achilles’ heel was his pride.
A close-fisted man: a miser, unwilling to spend money
Example: He does not give anything in charity. He is a close-fisted man.
Nobody likes him because he is a close-fisted man.
A cock and bull story: An incredible story
Example: He narrated a cock and bull story.
His marriage with a film actress is a cock and bull story.
A dark horse: An unexpected winner
Example: He proved a dark horse and came finally in the annual examination.
A dead letter: Something no longer in force
Example: This law on divorce has already become a dead letter.
A queer fish: A strange or crazy person
Example: It is a colloquialism for a strange person.
Example: Your new boss is a queer fish. He does strange things in the meeting.
A rainy day: Time of difficult
Example: We must lay by something or against a rainy day.
A red-letter day: An auspicious or fortunate day
Example: 14th August 1947 is a red-letter day in the history of Pakistan.
A red rag to the bull: The cause of provocation
Example: My name to my enemy is a red rag to the bull.
A ruling passion: Dominating passion
Example: Greed has become a ruling passion with most of us nowadays.
A rolling stone: An unstable person
Example: A rolling stone gathers no moss.
A random shot: A carelessly made answer or shot
Example: It was a random shot and we should not take it seriously.
A raw deal: Unfair treatment
Example: Women got a raw deal when it comes to paying.
By the backstairs: Private influence of an unworthy nature
Example: I got the job in the education department by the backstairs.
Bad blood: ill feeling
Example: There has always been bad blood between the two brothers.
Better half: Wife
Example: You should be sincere and kind to your better half.
Brevity is the soul of wit: اختصار سے گفتگو ذہانت کا جوہر ہوتی ہے
Example: You must not beat about the bush; you must know that brevity is the soul of wit.
Birds of a feather: ہم نوالہ، ہم پیالہ، ایک جیسا مزاج
Example: Birds of a feather flock together.
Blue blood: Royal blood
Example: She is a blue-blooded duchess.
Example: There runs blue blood in her veins.
Burning question: An urgent and important matter
Example: The burning question is when Kashmir will become a part of Pakistan.
Below one’s dignity: Contrary to one’s honor
Example: It is below my dignity to do injustice to a poor worker.
Capital punishment: Death sentence
Example: The child-lifters should be awarded capital punishment.
Chicken hearted: Cowardly (بزدل)
Example: Only the chicken-hearted persons can flatter their officers.
Child’s play: Work demanding no efforts
Example: It is not child’s play to pass the CSS examination.
Cold comfort: No consolation at all, no satisfaction
Example: The promise to help her may appear cold comfort to her.
Creature comforts: What makes the body comfortable
Example: Most of us do not have creature comforts in Pakistan.
Crocodile tears: False tears (مگرمچھ کے آنسو، جھوٹے آنسو)
It was a false belief that the crocodile wept to allure its victims.
Example: The stepmother shed crocodile tears on her son’s death.
Example: She shed crocodile tears at our misery.
D-Days: Fixed day to start some movement
Example: 5th Feb is a D-Day for the freedom fighters of Kashmir.
Dog’s life: Miserable life
Example: The poor lead a dog’s life in Pakistan.
Double face: Insincere, Hypocrite
Example: Most of the politicians in Pakistan are double-faced.
Every inch: Completely
Example: He is every inch a gentleman.
Fair play: Fairness and justice in the control of an activity
Example: Islam directs us to have fair play even with the enemy.
Foul play: A criminal act esp. involving murder
Example: The police suspect foul play in the death of a public leader.
Fair sex: Women
Example: We should be polite and kind to the fair sex.
For good: Forever
Example: He gave up smoking for good.
French leave: Leave without permission
Example: Many students take French leave from the class to see a film.
Gift of the gab: Fluency of speech
Example: The president possessed the gift of the gab and impressed the audience.
Good for nothing: Useless
Example: My servant is good for nothing fellow.
Hand in glove with: In intimate terms
Example: Ali and Arshad are great friends. They are hand in glove with each other.
In black and white: In writing
Example: Give me your statement in black and white.
In the doldrums: To be in low spirits
Example: He was in the doldrums at his failure to marry the girl of his liking.
In one’s elements: To be in agreeable circumstances
Example: Our players of cricket were in their element before the start of the match.
In a fix: Colloquial for to be in difficulty
Example: We are in a fix and do not know what to do in this hour of misery.
In full swing: Going ahead or continuing, vigorously
Example: The work was in full swing.