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plz let me know the meanings of the following proverbs and idioms along with sentences to understand them better
in a jiffy
charity begins at home
a tall order
in camera
talk of town
babe in the woods
like a bat out of hell
fight a losing battle
like bear with a sore head
beggars cant be chosers
once bitten twice shy
a blessing in disguise


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  • in a jiffy

    In a hurry; quickly: I'll be back in a jiffy.

  • charity begins at home

    You should take care of your own (your family) first.

    A: Do you want to give something to the Boy Scouts?
    B: Charity begins at home.

  • a tall order

    Something that is difficult to do.

    A: Can you build a bridge across this river in a week?
    B: That would be a tall order.

  • in camera

    In secret; done privately: The meeting was held in camera.

  • talk of the town

    A popular subject of discussion: She's the talk of the town.

  • babe in the woods

    A naive, inexperienced young woman: She doesn't know what she's getting into. She's just a babe in the woods.

  • like a bat out of hell

    In a big hurry: He burst through that door like a bat out of hell.

  • fight a losing battle

    Do something that has little chance of success: He's fighting a losing battle.

  • like a bear with a sore head

    Grumpy; in a foul mood: Don't get on Bob's bad side today. He's like a bear with a sore head.

  • beggars can't be choosers

    A person who is getting something for free isn't in a position to be picky about it: If you're in a soup line you get soup. Beggars can't be choosers.

  • once bitten, twice shy

    A bad experience with something can make you reluctant to try it again: He doesn't want to do that again. Once bitten, twice shy.

  • a blessing in disguise

    Something that has benefits that are not immediately apparent: It ruined our picnic, but the rain was a blessing in disguise.

How did I do?

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