Lexical Resources is one of the marking criteria for IELTS Speaking, which states as Uses idiomatic language naturally and accurately for band 9, Uses less common and idiomatic vocabulary skilfully, with occasional inaccuracies for band 8, and Uses some less common and idiomatic vocabulary and shows some awareness of style and collocation, with some inappropriate choices for band 7. This clearly tells us that we must use Idioms in speaking exam of IELTS if you want band 7 or more. In this article, you will learn useful Idioms, with meaning and example, which frequently used by Native speaking.
All eyes are on (someone or something) - Everybody is eagerly waiting for someone to appear or something to happen. Eg. After writing the last paper of final year Engineering, all eyes are on the result declaration date because everyone was impatiently waiting for attending the job interviews.
Apple of someone's eye - Someone's favourite person or thing. Eg. Today I'd like to talk about an electronic gadget, which is not only indispensable to me but also an apple of my eye. It's my MacBook Pro.
Catch (someone's) eye - To attract someone's attention. Eg. A comedian carried out many farcical actions in order to catch the audience's eye.
Eagle eye - A very careful watchful eye (like the eye of an eagle) Eg. New employee in my office has an eagle eye and he never misses anything. He is really a meticulous guy.
Pay through the nose for (something) - To pay too much for something. Eg. I paid through the nose for a new MacBook which I bought recently in the IT fair.
Do (something) in a heartbeat - To do something almost immediately if you have the chance. Eg. If I have a chance to go to Canada, I would travel in a heartbeat.
Have a big heart - To be very kind or generous or helpful. Eg. In my school time, my favourite teacher had a big heart. She helped one financial backward student to pay his fee.
Learn (something) by heart - To memorize something. Eg. My 3-year-old daughter learned the plethora of rhymes by heart just in a week.
At the drop of a hat - Without waiting or planning, immediately, promptly. Eg. In my last birthday celebration, all the guest suddenly started to dance at the drop of a hat.
Dressed to kill - Wearing one's finest clothes. Eg. All the girls were dressed to kill when I saw them at the wedding ceremony.