Idioms and Phrases

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Here is the list of idioms beginning with

  1. take his name in vain
  2. vale of tears
  3. the vale of years
  4. do a vanishing act
  5. variety is the spice of life
  6. beyond the veil
  7. draw a veil over
  8. take the veil
  9. with a vengeance
  10. vent your spleen
  11. Pyrrhic Victory
  12. take a dim view of
  13. take a poor view of
  14. a Potemkin village
  15. the villain of the piece
  16. a viper in your bosom
  17. make a Virginia fence
  18. make a virtue of necessity
  19. visiting fireman
  20. still small voice
  21. a voice in the wilderness
  22. split the vote
  23. vote with your feet

Vale of tears: This vale of tears is the world and the suffering that life brings.

Velvet glove: This idiom is used to describe a person who appears gentle, but is determined and inflexible underneath. ('Iron fist in a velvet glove' is the full form.)

Vent your spleen: If someone vents their spleen, they release all their anger about something.

Vicar of Bray: (UK) A person who changes their beliefs and principles to stay popular with people above them is a Vicar of Bray

Vicious circle: A vicious circle is a sequence of events that make each other worse- someone drinks because they are unhappy at work, and then loses their job... Vicious cycle is also used.

Virgin territory: If something is virgin territory, it hasn't been explored before.

Volte-face: If you do a volte-face on something, you make a sudden and complete change in your stance or position over an issue.

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