Grade 5, English Olympiad (CBSE) - Proverbs and Idioms 

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Proverbs, Idioms and Phrasal verbs


A proverb is a short saying stating a general truth or a piece of advice. It is usually known by many people, stating something commonly experienced before.




A friend in need is a friend indeed.

If someone helps you when it was really required, that person is a true friend.

A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing.

Keeping little knowledge can mess up everything.

All is fair in love and war.

Everything is ok when you are in love or you are in a war.

Every cloud has a silver lining.

There is usually something good is associated with any bad experience. You learn from it.

Great minds think alike.

Smart people often have similar ideas.




Idioms are a group of words whose meaning is different from the meanings of the individual words. It is an idiomatic expression.




Blessing in disguise

Something good that isn’t recognised at first.

A hot Potato

Current Hot topic

Action speaks louder than words

One’s intentions can be judged better by what they do than what they say.

Add insult to injury

To worsen an unfavourable situation.

The ball is in your court

It is your decision now.



Phrasal Verbs

A phrasal verb is a verb made up of an ordinary verb plus an adverb or a preposition or at times both to provide a new meaning which cannot be made/ used from the individual parts of words.

Example: Give out, Set off, Take over and Look down on etc.

Phrasal verbs


Come on

Encouraging someone

Cut it out

Stop it

Fall apart

To break into pieces

Get along with

To have a friendly relationship with someone

Nag at

Repeatedly criticise someone verbally

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