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IDIOMS AND PHRASES-V

IDIOMS AND PHRASES-V

Candidates preparing Idioms and Phrases for SSC Graduate Level, RBI assistant, RBI Grade B, LIC AAO/ ADO, 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…

IDIOMS AND PHRASES-V

  • To dig one’s own grave :-To do something which results in one’s own downfall

Example: By developing enmity with the minister, he has dug his own grave.

  • A feather in one’s cap :-A credit or achievement

Example: Winning the Jnanpith Award was yet another feather in his cap.

  • Greenhorn :-A novice, an inexperienced person

Example: You cannot expect perfect work from a greenhorn.

  • To leave no stone unturned :-To do one’s best, take all possible effort

Example: I will leave no stone unturned to prove myself worthy of your expectations.

  • To read between the lines :-To discover a hidden meaning

Example: One cannot understand the themes in the poetry of Keats unless one reads between the lines.

  • Through thick and thin :-Through good times and bad

Example: Good friends stick by you through thick and thin.

  • To put the cart before the horse :-To do something in the wrong order

Example: Planning how to spend money before earning it, is like putting the cart before the horse.

  • By fits and starts :-Shorty, irregular bursts of activity

Example: The company is growing by fits and starts.

  • To bury one’s head in the sand :-To refuse to face facts

Example: Joseph buried his head in the sand when told of his son’s debts.

  • A blessing in disguise :-Something which appears unfortunate at the time but proves ultimately to be fortunate

Example: The transfer to the city turned out to be a blessing in disguise because at his new post he met the girl who was to become his wife.

  • To make up one’s mind :-To decide

Example: Offered a job in the Gulf, it didn’t take him long to make up his mind to leave home and go abroad.

  • Donkey’s years :-A very long time

Example: Nowadays one has to wait donkey’s years to get justice.

  • Make head or tail of something :-To understand something

Example: Sunil’s report was so complicated that I could not make head or tail of it.

  • To lend a hand :-To help

Example: Lend me a hand to rearrange these books.

  • To blow someone up :-To scold someone severely

Example: When he crashed his motorbike, his father blew him up for speeding.

  • At daggers drawn :-To be sworn enemies

Example: Ram and Sham are at daggers drawn over a small piece of land.

  • To hit below the belt. :-Unfair act

Example: Spreading a false rumour about someone is hitting below the belt.

  • To let the cat out of the bag :-To accidentally reveal a secret

Example: She let the cat out of the bag when she revealed that they were planning a surprise party for him.

  • To blow one’s own trumpet :-To praise one’s own abilities and achievements

Example: People who blow their own trumpets are disliked by others.

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IDIOMS AND PHRASES-IV

IDIOMS AND PHRASES-IV

Candidates preparing Idioms and Phrases for, LIC ADO, RBI Exams 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…

IDIOMS AND PHRASES-IV

  • To throw in the towel :-To abandon a practice or activity

Example: After being hit by a lawsuit, he threw in the towel and sold his business.

  • At loggerheads :-To be enemies; to be at war

Example: Three times India and Pakistan were at loggerheads over the Kashmir issue.

  • A bolt from the blue :-Something unexpected

Example: The news of his father’s death came to us like a bolt from the blue.

  • To rain cats and dogs :-To rain very heavily

Example: He couldn’t go out, even though he had his umbrella, because it was raining cats and dogs.

  • To make both ends meet :-To live within one’s income

Example: Even with a good wage, nowadays it is difficult to make both ends meet.

  • Sword of Damocles :-An impending danger

Example: The possibility of a third world war is hanging over our heads like a sword of Damocles.

  • To put the cat among the pigeons :-Introduce someone who is likely to cause trouble

Example: The new officer is an efficiency expert; that will put the cat among the pigeons.

  • An iota of :-Little of truth, doubt etc.

Example: Your statement does not have even an iota of truth.

  • In the pipeline :-Certain to happen

Example: Mr Mohan’s promotion is in the pipeline. It only has to be approved by the Chairman.

  • To keep abreast of :-To be in touch with

Example: Read the newspapers if you want to keep abreast of the times.

  • To steal a march :-To gain advantage over

Example: I stole a march on him and frustrated his evil designs against me.

  • A square peg in a round hole :-Misfit

Example: Roshan is only a matriculate. If you promote him as an administrator, he will prove to be a square peg in a round hole.

  • A daredevil :-A person who does not care for any consequences

Example: That daredevil is going to jump into the water from a great height.

  • To eat one’s words :-To apologise in a humiliating manner

Example: He had to eat his words when he discovered that his employee, whom he had accused of theft, was quite innocent.

  • To turn a deaf ear :-To ignore

Example: The boss turned a deaf ear to the secretary’s pleading and dismissed her.

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