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Idiom WHITE ELEPHANT urdu meanings with examples

White Elephant
(Nafa say ziada nuqsan pohnchany wali cheez)

Sr.English WordsUrdu Words
فائدہ سے زیادہ نقصان پہنچانے والی چیز ۔
سُفيد ہاتھی ۔ زَرد رَنگ کا ايشيائی ہاتھی ۔ (مَجازاً) قيمتی ليکِن بہَت مہنگا ۔ بَظاہِر قابِلِ قَدَر ليکِن بہَت تَکليف دہ ۔

Idioms and Phrases with white elephant

white elephant

An unwanted or useless item, as in The cottage at the lake had become a real white elephant—too run down to sell, yet costly to keep up, or Grandma's ornate silver is a white elephant; no one wants it but it's too valuable to discard. This expression comes from a legendary former Siamese custom whereby an albino elephant, considered sacred, could only be owned by the king. The king would bestow such an animal on a subject with whom he was displeased and wait until the high cost of feeding the animal, which could not be slaughtered, ruined the owner. The story was told in England in the 1600s, and in the 1800s the term began to be used figuratively.

white elephant

a possession unwanted by the owner but difficult to dispose of:
Our Victorian bric-a-brac and furniture were white elephants.
a possession entailing great expense out of proportion to its usefulness or value to the owner:
When he bought the mansion he didn't know it was going to be such a white elephant.
an abnormally whitish or pale elephant, usually found in Thailand; an albino elephant.


1850-55; from the perhaps apocryphal tale that the King of Siam would award a disagreeable courtier a white elephant, the upkeep of which would ruin the courtier

Examples from the web for white elephant

  • Talking about population control is taboo, the proverbial white elephant in the room.
  • Without electricity, it is a white elephant, incapable even of flushing.
  • It seems to me that no one wishes to address the white elephant that has been sitting in the room far too long now.
British Dictionary definitions for white elephant

white elephant

a rare albino or pale grey variety of the Indian elephant, regarded as sacred in parts of S Asia
a possession that is unwanted by its owner
an elaborate venture, construction, etc, that proves useless
a rare or valuable possession the upkeep of which is very expensive

Word Origin and History for white elephant

1851, "inconvenient thing that can't be got rid of," supposedly from the practice of the King of Siam of presenting one of the sacred albino elephants to a courtier who had fallen from favor; the gift was a great honor, but the cost of proper upkeep of one was ruinously expensive.

white elephant in Culture

white elephant definition

An unwanted or financially burdensome possession, or a project that turns out to be of limited value: “The new office building turned out to be a white elephant once the company decided to move its headquarters.”
Slang definitions & phrases for white elephant

white elephant

noun phrase Something putatively valuable, often a gift, that one does not want; an embarrassing piece of bric-a-brac : a wonderful collection of white elephants, trash, treasures
[1851+; fr the white elephant of Thailand, which, although it is sacred and royal, is also a clumsy sort of possession for one's house]

Urdu meanings of MOUSTACHE with examples


Sr.English WordsUrdu Words

مونچھ ۔

مونچھیں ۔
مونچھ ۔ بروت ۔
Noun, Adjective
مونچھیں بچاکر پینے کا خاص نیم ڈھکنے دار پیالہ ۔
مغربی افریقہ کا بندر ۔


[muhs-tash, muh-stash]

Related forms

moustached, adjective

Examples from the web for moustache

  • She could see the tense moments in his eyes and in his habit of chewing on his moustache.
  • The goatee was gone, but the thin wisp of a moustache was evidence of my longing for manhood.
  • His moustache was a trademark insured for an incredible amount.
  • Prisoner's whiskers were about the same as now, except that he wore no moustache.
  • Facial moustache mark and more powerful flight are diagnostic.
  • Deceased was about five feet eight or nine inches high, sandy hair, goatee and moustache.
  • His hair is impeccably combed over the top, as usual, and the little moustache is perfectly trimmed.
  • Not long ago someone drew a moustache on the image of his face.
  • Around six feet tall, he was stocky and wore a trademark moustache.
  • He had salt-and-pepper hair, a fat silver moustache, and chomped an even fatter cigar.

British Dictionary definitions for moustache


the unshaved growth of hair on the upper lip, and sometimes down the sides of the mouth
a similar growth of hair or bristles (in animals) or feathers (in birds)
a mark like a moustache

Derived Forms

moustached, (US) mustached, adjective

Word Origin

C16: via French from Italian mostaccio, ultimately from Doric Greek mustax upper lip 
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Encyclopedia Article for moustache

hair grown on the upper lip by men. The wearing of mustaches, like beards, has been since antiquity a reflection of such factors as climate (local or temporal), custom, religious belief, and personal taste. It was usual in the past to make no distinction between a mustache and other facial hair such as a beard or whiskers, as these were usually worn together. As early as 2650 BC, however, Egyptian artifacts show a pencil-line mustache with no beard
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Nearby words for moustache

  • mousseline
  • mousseline de laine
  • mousseline de soie
  • mousseline sauce
  • moussorgsky
  • moustache
  • moustache cup
  • mousterian
  • mousy
  • mout
  • mouth

Urdu meanings of TIME with examples + history

Always be a good opportunist.
(Hamesha waqat ke qadar karo)

Sr.English WordsUrdu Words

ٹائم ۔ وَقت ۔ سَمہے
وقت ۔ زمانہ ۔ زمان ۔ عہد ۔ جُگ ۔ دُور ۔ فرصت ۔
وقت مقرر کرنا ۔ وقت کا تعین کرنا ۔
وقت ، زمانہ ، وقت مدت ، موزوں وقت ، مناسب وقت موقع ، وقفہ مدت ، عمر زمانہ ، آخری وقت ۔
وقت ۔ زمانہ ۔ مدت ۔



the system of those sequential relations that any event has to any other, as past, present, or future; indefinite and continuous duration regarded as that in which events succeed one another.
duration regarded as belonging to the present life as distinct from the life to come or from eternity; finite duration.
(sometimes initial capital letter) a system or method of measuring or reckoning the passage of time:
mean time; apparent time; Greenwich Time.
a limited period or interval, as between two successive events:
a long time.
a particular period considered as distinct from other periods:
Youth is the best time of life.
Often, times.
  1. a period in the history of the world, or contemporary with the life or activities of a notable person:
    prehistoric times; in Lincoln's time.
  2. the period or era now or previously present:
    a sign of the times; How times have changed!
  3. a period considered with reference to its events or prevailing conditions, tendencies, ideas, etc.:
    hard times; a time of war.
a prescribed or allotted period, as of one's life, for payment of a debt, etc.
the end of a prescribed or allotted period, as of one's life or a pregnancy:
His time had come, but there was no one left to mourn over him. When her time came, her husband accompanied her to the delivery room.
a period with reference to personal experience of a specified kind:
to have a good time; a hot time in the old town tonight.
a period of work of an employee, or the pay for it; working hours or days or an hourly or daily pay rate.
Informal. a term of enforced duty or imprisonment:
to serve time in the army; do time in prison.
the period necessary for or occupied by something:
The time of the baseball game was two hours and two minutes. The bus takes too much time, so I'll take a plane.
leisure time; sufficient or spare time:
to have time for a vacation; I have no time to stop now.
a particular or definite point in time, as indicated by a clock:
What time is it?
a particular part of a year, day, etc.; season or period:
It's time for lunch.
an appointed, fit, due, or proper instant or period:
a time for sowing; the time when the sun crosses the meridian; There is a time for everything.
the particular point in time when an event is scheduled to take place:
train time; curtain time.
an indefinite, frequently prolonged period or duration in the future:
Time will tell if what we have done here today was right.
the right occasion or opportunity:
to watch one's time.
each occasion of a recurring action or event:
to do a thing five times; It's the pitcher's time at bat.
times, used as a multiplicative word in phrasal combinations expressing how many instances of a quantity or factor are taken together:
Two goes into six three times; five times faster.
Drama. one of the three unities.
Compare unity (def 8).
Prosody. a unit or a group of units in the measurement of meter.
  1. tempo; relative rapidity of movement.
  2. the metrical duration of a note or rest.
  3. proper or characteristic tempo.
  4. the general movement of a particular kind of musical composition with reference to its rhythm, metrical structure, and tempo.
  5. the movement of a dance or the like to music so arranged:
    waltz time.
Military. rate of marching, calculated on the number of paces taken per minute:
double time; quick time.
Manège. each completed action or movement of the horse.
of, pertaining to, or showing the passage of time.
(of an explosive device) containing a clock so that it will detonate at the desired moment:
a time bomb.
Commerce. payable at a stated period of time after presentment:
time drafts or notes.
of or pertaining to purchases on the installment plan, or with payment postponed.
verb (used with object), timed, timing.
to measure or record the speed, duration, or rate of:
to time a race.
to fix the duration of:
The proctor timed the test at 15 minutes.
to fix the interval between (actions, events, etc.):
They timed their strokes at six per minute.
to regulate (a train, clock, etc.) as to time.
to appoint or choose the moment or occasion for; schedule:
He timed the attack perfectly.
verb (used without object), timed, timing.
to keep time; sound or move in unison.  


against time, in an effort to finish something within a limited period:
We worked against time to get out the newspaper.
ahead of time, before the time due; early:
The building was completed ahead of time.
at one time,
  1. once; in a former time:
    At one time they owned a restaurant.
  2. at the same time; at once:
    They all tried to talk at one time.
at the same time, nevertheless; yet:
I'd like to try it, but at the same time I'm a little afraid.
at times, at intervals; occasionally:
At times the city becomes intolerable.
beat someone's time, Slang. to compete for or win a person being dated or courted by another; prevail over a rival:
He accused me, his own brother, of trying to beat his time.
behind the times, old-fashioned; dated:
These attitudes are behind the times.
for the time being, temporarily; for the present:
Let's forget about it for the time being.
from time to time, on occasion; occasionally; at intervals:
She comes to see us from time to time.
gain time, to postpone in order to make preparations or gain an advantage; delay the outcome of:
He hoped to gain time by putting off signing the papers for a few days more.
in good time,
  1. at the right time; on time; punctually.
  2. in advance of the right time; early:
    We arrived at the appointed spot in good time.
in no time, in a very brief time; almost at once:
Working together, they cleaned the entire house in no time.
in time,
  1. early enough:
    to come in time for dinner.
  2. in the future; eventually:
    In time he'll see what is right.
  3. in the correct rhythm or tempo:
    There would always be at least one child who couldn't play in time with the music.
keep time,
  1. to record time, as a watch or clock does.
  2. to mark or observe the tempo.
  3. to perform rhythmic movements in unison.
kill time, to occupy oneself with some activity to make time pass quickly:
While I was waiting, I killed time counting the cars on the freight trains.
make time,
  1. to move quickly, especially in an attempt to recover lost time.
  2. to travel at a particular speed.
make time with, Slang. to pursue or take as a sexual partner.
many a time, again and again; frequently:
Many a time they didn't have enough to eat and went to bed hungry.
mark time,
  1. to suspend progress temporarily, as to await developments; fail to advance.
  2. Military. to move the feet alternately as in marching, but without advancing.
on one's own time, during one's free time; without payment:
He worked out more efficient production methods on his own time.
on time,
  1. at the specified time; punctually.
  2. to be paid for within a designated period of time, as in installments:
    Many people are never out of debt because they buy everything on time.
out of time, not in the proper rhythm:
His singing was out of time with the music.
pass the time of day, to converse briefly with or greet someone:
The women would stop in the market to pass the time of day.
take one's time, to be slow or leisurely; dawdle:
Speed was important here, but he just took his time.
time after time, again and again; repeatedly; often:
I've told him time after time not to slam the door.
time and time again, repeatedly; often:
Time and time again I warned her to stop smoking.
Also, time and again.
time of life, (one's) age:
At your time of life you must be careful not to overdo things.
time of one's life, Informal. an extremely enjoyable experience:
They had the time of their lives on their trip to Europe.

Word Origin and History for time

Old English tima "limited space of time," from Proto-Germanic *timon "time" (cf. Old Norse timi "time, proper time," Swedish timme "an hour"), from PIE *di-mon-, from root *da- "cut up, divide".

Abstract sense of "time as an indefinite continuous duration" is recorded from late 14c. Personified since at least 1509 as an aged bald man (but with a forelock) carrying a scythe and an hour-glass. In English, a single word encompasses time as "extent" and "point" (French temps/fois, German zeit/mal) as well as "hour" (e.g. "what time is it?" cf. French heure, German Uhr). Extended senses such as "occasion," "the right time," "leisure," or times (v.) "multiplied by" developed in Old and Middle English, probably as a natural outgrowth of phrases like, "He commends her a hundred times to God" (Old French La comande a Deu cent foiz).
to have a good time ( = a time of enjoyment) was common in Eng. from c 1520 to c 1688; it was app. retained in America, whence readopted in Britain in 19th c. [OED]
Time of day (now mainly preserved in negation, i.e. what someone won't give you if he doesn't like you) was a popular 17c. salutation (e.g. "Good time of day vnto your Royall Grace," "Richard III," I.iii.18). Times as the name of a newspaper dates from 1788. Time warp first attested 1954; time capsule first recorded 1938, in reference to New York World's Fair; time-traveling in the science fiction sense first recorded 1895 in H.G. Wells' "The Time Machine." To do time "serve a prison sentence" is from 1865. Time frame is attested by 1964; time line (also timeline) by 1890; time-limit is from 1880. About time, ironically for "long past due time," is recorded from 1920. Behind the times "old-fashioned" is recorded from 1846, first attested in Dickens.
Old English getimian "to happen, befall," from time (n.). Meaning "to appoint a time" (of an action, etc.) is attested from c.1300; sense of "to record the time of" (a race, event, etc.) is first attested 1660s. Related: Timed; timing.

Urdu meanings of QUARREL with examples

Don't quarrel over petty things.
(Choti choti baton per mat Laro)
Sr.English WordsUrdu Words
جھگڑا ۔ لڑائی ۔ اَن بن ۔ نا اِتفاقی ۔ شکایت ۔ اعتراض
کھڑکی کامُربع ۔ معین شکل کا شیشہ ۔ لوزی شیشہ
جھگڑا ۔ مخاصمت ۔ لڑائی ۔

جھگڑا کرنا ۔

جھگڑا ۔


[kwawr-uh l, kwor-]

an angry dispute or altercation; a disagreement marked by a temporary or permanent break in friendly relations.
a cause of dispute, complaint, or hostile feeling:
She has no quarrel with her present salary.
verb (used without object), quarreled, quarreling or (especially British) quarrelled, quarrelling.
to disagree angrily; squabble; wrangle.
to end a friendship as a result of a disagreement.
to make a complaint; find fault.
Related forms
quarreler, noun
quarrelingly, adverb
unquarreling, adjective
unquarrelling, adjective


1. argument, contention, controversy, difference, fight. Quarrel, dissension refer to disagreement and conflict. Quarrel applies chiefly to a verbal disagreement between individuals or groups and is used with reference to a large variety of situations, from a slight and petty difference of opinion to a violent altercation: It was little more than a domestic quarrel. Their quarrel led to the barroom brawl. Dissension usually implies a profound disagreement and bitter conflict. It also applies chiefly to conflict within a group or to members of the same group: dissension within the union; dissension among the Democrats. 3. bicker, argue, brawl, fight. 


[kwawr-uh l, kwor-]
a square-headed bolt or arrow, formerly used with a crossbow.
Also, quarry. a small, square or diamond-shaped pane of glass, as used in latticed windows.
any of various tools with pyramidal heads.

Examples from the web for quarrel

  • The quarrel was splendidly acrimonious.
  • His quarrel is not with culture, only with our uses of it.
  • I've no quarrel with whatever your policies are.
  • Playing in the snow, two bunnies quarrel and then learn to share.
  • The quarrel over the ads overshadowed the event.
  • Our quarrel happened six years ago.
  • My only quarrel with your piece would be with your assertion that we have to somehow entirely separate science and religion.
  • The surprise is that it has prompted an unusually public quarrel.
  • At its heart, the quarrel is economic.
  • He told me that in his courses, graduate students quarrel over who can sit nearest him.

Word Origin and History for quarrel

"angry dispute," mid-14c., originally "ground for complaint," from Old French querele "matter, concern, business; dispute, controversy" (Modern French querelle), from Latin querella "complaint, accusation; lamentation," from queri "to complain, lament." Replaced Old English sacan. Sense of "contention between persons" is from 1570s.
"square-headed bolt for a crossbow," mid-13c., from Old French quarel, carrel "bolt, arrow," from Vulgar Latin *quadrellus, diminutive of Late Latin quadrus (adj.) "square," related to quattuor "four" . Now-archaic sense of "square or diamond-shaped plane of glass" first recorded mid-15c.
late 14c., "to raise an objection;" 1520s as "to contend violently, to fall out," from quarrel (n.1) and in part from Old French quereler (Modern French quereller). Related: Quarrelled; quarrelling.

Urdu meanings of BEARD with examples

(Dahri_ Darhi)

Sr.English WordsUrdu Words
بیئرڈ ۔ ریش ڈاڑھی ۔ مردوں کے رخساروں ٹھوڑی پر پائے جانے والے بال ۔ کئی ممالیہ جانوروں کی ٹھوڑی پر بال ہوتے ہیں ۔ مختلف غلوں اور گھاس کی پھلیوں میں پائے جانے والے ریشے ۔

بيرڈ ۔ داڑھی ۔ ريش ۔

مقابلہ کرنا ۔
ڈاڑھی ، ریشں ، مچھلیوں کے لمبے بال ، اناج کے بھٹے یا بالیوں کے مہین ریشے ۔
ڈاڑھی ۔ ريش ۔



the growth of hair on the face of an adult man, often including a mustache.
Zoology. a tuft, growth, or part resembling or suggesting a human beard, as the tuft of long hairs on the lower jaw of a goat or the cluster of hairlike feathers at the base of the bill in certain birds.
Botany. a tuft or growth of awns or the like, as on wheat or barley.
a barb or catch on an arrow, fishhook, knitting needle, crochet needle, etc.
Also called bevel neck. Printing.
  1. the sloping part of a type that connects the face with the shoulder of the body.
  2. British. the space on a type between the bottom of the face of an x-high character and the edge of the body, comprising both beard and shoulder.
  3. the cross stroke on the stem of a capital G.
verb (used with object)
to seize, pluck, or pull the beard of:
The hoodlums bearded the old man.
to oppose boldly; defy:
It took courage for the mayor to beard the pressure groups.
to supply with a beard.

Related forms

beardlike, adjective
unbeard, verb (used with object)
7. confront, brave, dare, face, challenge.


Charles Austin, 1874–1948, and his wife Mary, 1876–1958, U.S. historians.
Daniel Carter, 1850–1941, U.S. artist and naturalist: organized the Boy Scouts of America in 1910.
James Andrew, 1903–85, U.S. cooking teacher and food writer.

Examples from the web for beard

  • It is the face of a man of about forty, with a small beard and a high colour.
  • The head has a long mane, beard, prominent eyes, crest on nose, but no horns.
  • He was short and lively, wore a beard and simple peasant garb.

Word Origin and History for beard

Old English beard "beard," from West Germanic *barthaz (cf. Old Frisian berd, Middle Dutch baert, Old High German bart, German bart), seemingly from PIE *bhardh-a- "beard" (cf. Old Church Slavonic brada, Lithuanian barzda, and perhaps Latin barba "beard").
The Greek and Roman Churches have long disputed about the beard. While the Romanists have at different times practised shaving, the Greeks, on the contrary, have strenuously defended the cause of long beards. Leo III. (795 AD) was the first shaved Pope. Pope Gregory IV., after the lapse of only 30 years, fulminated a Bull against bearded priests. In the 12th century the prescription of the beard was extended to the laity. Pope Honorius III. to disguise his disfigured lip, allowed his beard to grow. Henry I. of England was so much moved by a sermon directed against his beard that he resigned it to the barber. Frederick Barbarossa is said to have been equally tractable. [Tom Robinson, M.D., "Beards," "St. James's Magazine," 1881]
Pubic hair sense is from 1600s (but cf. neþir berd "pubic hair," late 14c.); in the 1811 "Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," the phrase beard-splitter is defined as, "A man much given to wenching" (see beaver ).
c.1300, "to grow or have a beard," from beard (n.). The sense of "confront boldly and directly" is from Middle English phrases such as rennen in berd "oppose openly" (c.1200), reproven in the berd "to rebuke directly and personally" (c.1400), on the same notion as modern slang get in (someone's) face. Related: Bearded ; bearding.

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