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Popular Idioms and Usages Part I

After introducing you to my idioms and usages series, here is the eighth in the series. Please also visit other items in this popular idioms series, and voice your comments.

  1. If I had my druthers: If I could choose what I could do.
  2. I will go to the foot of our stairs: Expression of surprise.
  3. In a quandary: Not knowing which to choose.
  4. In like Flynn: Someone got it made, originated from Hollywood actor Errol Flynn.
  5. In someone’s bad books: To be in disgrace.
  6. In stitches: Laughing outrageously.
  7. In the bag: Well secured.
  8. In the buff: Naked.
  9. In the cart: In trouble.
  10. In the catbird seat: In the control of a situation.
  11. In the club: Pregnant. (or “in the pudding club”)
  12. In the limelight: At the center of attention.
  13. In the offing: Likely to happen in some time.
  14. In the red: In debt or need for money.
  15. In the pink: In good health.
  16. In your face: In a bold aggressive manner.
  17. Indian giver: One who gives a gift only to take it back later (I am an Indian myself, but I don’t take gifts back. This should be a deranged man’s guess).
  18. Iron hoof: Poof (homosexual). A Cockney Rhyming slang.
  19. Is the Pope Catholic/Polish: Ironic way to express something is true beyond any shadow of doubt.
  20. It came like a bolt from the blue: Came as a surprise.
  21. It never rains but pours: Said to mean that the problems come massively when they do.
  22. Ivory Tower: A state of separation from real-life problems.

I would much appreciate your comments on the work done on this new blog of mine, dedicated to the News Stories. As another feat, my blog has been elected as one of the ten participants in the Bloghology Competition, 2008 here.

Copyright © Lenin Nair 2008


  1. Hi Lenin,

    It is my pleasure to host you in May 2008 Bloghology. I really liked your blog because it will add significant value to other bloggers, and it is promising.

    Let me correct one issue. Bloghology is not a competition, yet it is an open platform for all bloggers, completely open for all bloggers. Interested bloggers can sign up at

    Wish you all the best!
    Mert Erkal

  2. Hi Lenin,

    I was searching on the for some link exchanges, and I got your this site for free backlink.

    How do we confirm that successful backlink has been established?



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