Candidates preparing Idioms and Phrases for SSC Graduate Level, CPO SI, Uttarakhand SI, Railway, UPSC, PCS exams and other state level competitive exams must understand and learn Idioms and Phrases already asked in the exams as there is a huge probability of repetition of such Idioms and Phrases questions again and again in the upcoming competitive exams. So it’s always advisable to keep brushing your knowledge besides gaining the new found one!

For your convenience we have come up with the series of collection of important Idioms and Phrases which can be asked in the upcoming Staff selection Commission SSC exams and other competitive exams. Just go through them and remain tension free…


  • All and sundry :-Everything without exception

Example: All and sundry were full of praise for him.

  • At sixes and sevens :-In a disordered manner

Example: In a writer’s room, the books always remain at sixes and sevens.

  • Alpha and omega :-The beginning and the end

Example: The alpha and omega of Gandhi’s life was truth and non-violence.

  • To build castles in the air :-To make imaginary schemes

Example: Those who simply build castles in the air hardly achieve anything worth-while in life.

  • By hook or by crook :-By all means — fair or foul

Example: The aim of the majority of the students is to pass an examination by hook or by crook.

  • A dark horse :-A person of hidden qualities

Example: Our new Principal is a dark horse. No one thought that he was so capable.

  • Gift of the gab :-Fluency of speech

Example: A person without the gift of the gab cannot be a successful teacher

  • Kith and kin :-Friends and relations

Example: All my kith and kin left me in the lurch in my predicament.

  • A bone of contention :-A source of quarrel

Example: Kashmir is a bone of contention between India and Pakistan.

  • By leaps and bounds :-Rapid growth

Example: The company is growing by leaps and bounds.

  • To turn the corner :-To pass the crisis

Example: The company was doing badly until they obtained the government contract, but then they turned the corner and prospered.

  • Hard and fast rules :-Rigid rules

Example: There are hard and fast rules about punctuality in my firm; I dare not be late.

  • To end in smoke :-To end in failure

Example: For all his expensive promotion, his business venture ended in smoke

  • Let bygones be bygones :-To forget the past, especially after a quarrel

Example: The two enemies agreed to let bygones be bygones and become friends.

  • To cut a sorry figure :-To make a poor show

Example: Abraham Lincoln cut a sorry figure when he made his maiden speech.

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