Popular Idioms and Usages Part K
Here comes the Kth installment of the popular idioms series.
Katy bar the door: Be prepared for any trouble ahead.
Keep body and soul together: Survive in difficulty.
Keep in touch with: To remain in contact.
Keep pace with: To maintain level with. The NASA project kept pace with the one with CERN.
Keep schtum: Keep mum.
Keep your chin up: Be lighthearted even in difficult situations.
Keep your nose to the grindstone: Be extremely concentrated on the work at hand.
Keep your pecker up: Remain happy.
Keep your powder dry: Be ready at all times. It comes from the army, with allusion to the gunpowder.
Kick the bucket: To die.
Kiss of death: Anything with highly disastrous effects.
Kit and caboodle: Bag and baggage or the complete paraphernalia.
Knee jerk reaction: Automatic reaction to something.
A knock back: A reversal of fortune and disappointment.
Knock off: To finish the day’s chores.
Know the ropes: To study the working of a company.
Know which way the wind blows: To be prepared in fluctuating situations.
Hope you read the previous installments of this series. Please voice your doubts, if you have any, regarding these idioms and usages. And I always find time to answer them.
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