Idioms beginning with B

bitter pill

Meaning: something unpleasant to be endured

Example: Finding out that she was adopted was a hard pill for Hailey to take. Read on

brown study

Meaning: melancholy mood accompanied by deep thought

Example: I realised that Sandra wasn't concentrating on what the boss was saying and had disappeared into a brown study. Read on

bad egg

Meaning: someone who fails to meet expectations

Example: Stay away from Gordon. He's a thoroughly bad egg and the biggest bully in the school. Read on

backroom boy(s)

Meaning: people who work in anonymity

Example: They left the technical problems for the back-rooms boys. They will make short work of it all. Read on

buffer zone

Meaning: neutral zone between two or more areas

Example: The council proposed to plant some parkland as a buffer zone between the industrial estate and the new housing project. Read on

bang for the buck

Meaning: more value for money

Example: We tried that new Indian restaurant last night. The food was excellent, and the prices weren't too bad either, so we got a lot of bang for our bucks. Read on

bite head off

Meaning: overreact in an angry or harsh way

Example: His mother nearly bit his head off when he got his new shoes dirty. Read on

bring owls to Athens

Meaning: something that is pointless

Example: The chancellor has a plan to increase taxes, thinking that this would improve the economy. It would bring owls to Athens. Read on

bring up

Meaning: in the literal form, it means to take something to a higher place

Example: Please bring up some more blankets when you come to bed. Read on

buy the farm

Meaning: to die

Example: Mister Jack was really ill from the past two months and yesterday he bought the farm. Read on

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rule out

Meaning: to exclude out something

Example: Rule out each and every word from the application which you don’t want the principal to read. Read on

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