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

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.

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