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SSC English free study material: Idioms and Phrases (Set-2)

Nov 8, 2017 18:59 IST
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    SSC english study material

    In all SSC exams, there are 2-3 questions are compulsorily asked from Idioms & phrases. Hence, this topic is very important and unavoidable. It requires less efforts and more understanding skills. These are a sentence containing more than two words and have different & definite meaning from its orientation. These phrases or idioms are used in English language as it is to state things/ circumstances lucidly in limited words.  So, Examiner wants to check your grip and familiarity with English language.

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    In this article, we have shared a list of 50 idioms and phrases with their coherent meaning. Go through them and read each one at least one time. It will surely stuck to your brain.

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    1) In the worst way- Very much, greatly

    2) In time to- Before the time necessary to do something

    3) In touch- Having contact

    4) In vain- Useless, without the desired result

    5) In your face- An aggressive and bold confrontation

    6) Ins and outs- Full detail

    7) Inside out- With the inside facing the outside

    8) Intents and purposes- Practically

    9) It figures- It seems likely, reasonable, or typical

    10) It takes two to tango- A two person conflict where both people are at fault

    11) It’s a small world- You frequently see the same people in different places

    12) It anyone’s call- A competition where the outcome is difficult to judge or predict

    13) Ivory tower- Imaginary world

    14) Ivy league- Since 1954 the Ivy league has been the following universities: Columbia, Brown, Cornell

    15) Jaywalk- Crossing the street (from the middle) without using the crosswalk

    16) Joshing me- Tricking me

    17) Keep an eye on him- You should carefully watch him. Keep an eye on

    18) Keep body and soul together- To earn a sufficient amount of money in order to keep yourself alive

    19) Keep your chin up- To remain joyful in a tough situation

    20) Kick the bucket- Die

    21) Kith and kin- Blood relatives

    22) Kitty-corner- Diagonally across. Sometimes called Catty- Corner as well

    23) Knock on Wood- Knuckle tapping on wood in order to avoid some bad luck

    24) Know the ropes- To understand the details

    25) Last but not least- An introduction phrase to let the audience know that the last person mentioned is also very important

    26) Last straw- The final event in a series of unacceptable actions

    27) Latin and Greek- Unable to understand

    28) Leave no stone unturned- Make all possible efforts

    29) Lend me your ear- To politely ask for someone’s full attention

    30) Length and breadth- All over

    31) Let along- and certainly not (also: not to mention, to say nothing of)

    32) Let the cat out of the bag- To share a secret that wasn’t suppose to be shared

    33) Level playing field- A fair competition where no side has an advantage

    34) Life and soul- Main support

    35) Like a chicken and its head cut off- To act in a frenzied manner

    36) Liquor someone up- To get someone drunk

    37) Little by little- Gradually, slowly (also: step by step)

    38) Live-wire- Energetic

    39) Loaves and fish- Material interests

    40) Lock and key- In safe place

    41) Long in the tooth- Old people (or horses)

    42) Loose cannon- Someone who is unpredictable and can cause damage if not kept in check

    43) Make no bones about- To state a fact so there are no doubts or objections

    44) Method to my madness- Strange or crazy actions that appear meaningless but in the end are done for a good reason

    45) Might and main- With all enthusiasm

    46) Milk and water- Weak

    47) More or less- Approximately, almost, somewhat, to a certain degree

    48) Mumbo Jumbo- Nonsense or meaningless speech

    50) Mum’s the word- To keep quiet, To say nothing

    50) Narrow-minded- Not willing to accept the ideas of others

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