Important idioms and phrases which start with the letter ‘J and K’
Meaning: Take part in.
Example: There was a group discussion going on, and everyone of us joined in.
Meaning: Join the army.
Example: All the brave sons of our nation should join up the army.
Meaning: Write down a short quick note.
Example: The telephone operator jotted down the telephone numbers.
Meaning: Enter into (something) with vigour and curiosity.
Example: When I told her to have a discussion, she jumped into the fray right away.
Jump out of one’s skin
Meaning: Be badly frightened or surprised.
Example: The naughty boy put on the mask of the ghost and made strange noises, that made the little girl jump out of her skin.
Jump to a conclusion
Meaning: Decide too quickly or without finding the facts.
Example: Her mother told her not to jump to a conclusion, but understand the whole thing before taking any decision.
Example: Please don’t pour more tea. This is just about enough.
Meaning: Only a moment ago.
Example: He saw his friend in the market place just now.
Idioms that start with K
Keep a level head
Meaning: Remain calm and composed.
Example: The teacher told her to keep a level head amidst all difficulties.
Keep a straight face
Meaning: Hide one’s amusement by not showing expressions on the face.
Example: His strange moustaches were so funny, that nobody could keep a straight face.
Keep abreast of/with
Meaning: Not behind.
Example: We must keep abreast of spiritual affairs of life to attain true peace and happiness.
Keep an eye on
Meaning: Watch carefully.
Example: Keep an eye on the servant. He may not steal away the things.
Keep an open house
Meaning: Welcome visitors or guests all times.
Example: Some rich people keep an open house.
Keep an open mind
Meaning: Be willing to consider new ideas, suggestions, opinions.
Example: We must keep an open mind to suggestions and constructive criticism of wise persons.
Meaning: Continue to do.
Example: You are doing your job well. If you keep at your work you shall certainly reach your goal.
Keep away from
Meaning: Avoid coming or going near.
Example: Keep away from firecrackers. They pose a threat to life.
Meaning: Prevent from coming forward.
Example: The security gaurds kept the crowd back.
Keep body and soul together
Meaning: Remain alive.
Example: The poor lot of the world can’t keep their body and soul together, with their meagre salaries.
Meaning: Keep records of money gained and spent.
Example: The accountant keeps the books of the office.
Meaning: Remain free from excitement, remain cool and in a balanced state of mind.
Example: We must not lose calm in the face of difficulty.
Keep company (with)
Meaning: Be friendly.
Example: Keep company with intelligent students.
Example: She couldn’t keep down her tears after hearing the sad news.
The shrewd man knocked off clothes from the boutique, but was caught later on by the police.
She was knocked off by her greedy husband for dowry.
Meaning: (i) Make exhausted.
Example: Don’t knock yourself out with overburden of work. Relax and take rest for a while.
(ii) Hit so hard as to make unconscious.
The ball hit him on the head and knocked him out.