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SSC English Free study material: Idioms & Phrases (Set-1)

Nov 7, 2017 19:45 IST
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    SSC english study material

    Idioms and phrases are very important in SSC exams. There are nearly 2-3 questions are framed in every SSC exams. These questions are very easy in nature and do not require much efforts. It only demands your skills to identify the meaning. These are phrases containing more than two words carrying the same meaning every time, wherever these are used.

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    In this article, we have shared a couplet of 50 phrases in below. Go through and memorize them-

    SSC English Free Questions: Idioms & Phrases

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    01) Chip on his shoulder- Angry today about something that occurred in the past

    02) Chow down- To eat                 

    03) Clear- cut- Clearly stated, definite, apparent

    04) Close but no cigar- To be near and almost accomplish a goal, but fall short

    05) Close call- A situation involving a narrow escape from danger

    06) Cock and bull story- An unbelievable tale, untrue story

    07) Come hell or high water- Any difficult situation or obstacle

    08) Crack someone up- To make someone laugh

    09) Cross your fingers- To hope that something happens the way you want it to

    10) Cry wolf- Intentionally raise a false alarm

    11) Cup of joe- A cup of coffee

    12) Curtain lecture- A reproof by wife to her husband

    13) Cut and dried- Ready made form

    14) Cut to the chase- Leave out all the unnecessary details and just get to the point

    15) Dark horse- One who was previously unknown and is now prominent

    16) Day in and day out- Continuously, constantly

    17) Dead Ringer- 100 % identical, a duplicate

    18) Devil’s advocate- Someone who takes a position for the sake of argument without believing in that

    19) Dog days of summer- The hottest day of the summer season

    20) Don’t count your chickens before they hatch- Don’t rely on it until you sure of it

    21) Don’t look a gift horse in the month- When someone gives you a gift, don’t be ungrateful

    22) Don’t pull all your eggs in one basket- Do not pull all your resources in one possibility

    23) Doozy- Something outstanding

    24) Down to the wire- Something that ends at the last minute or last few seconds

    25) Drastic times call for drastic measures- When you are extremely desperate you need to take extremely desperate actions

    26) Drink like a fish- To drink very heavily, drinking anything

    27) Dry run- Rehearsal

    28) Egg on- To urge somebody

    29) Eighty six- A certain item is no longer available. Or this idiom can also mean, to throw away

    30) Elvis has left the building- The show has come to an end. It’s all over

    31) Ethnic cleansing- Killing of a certain ethnic or religious group on a massive scale

    32) Ever and anon- Now and then

    33) Every cloud has a silver lining- Be optimistic, even difficult times will lead to better days

    34) Every other (one)- Every second (one), alternate (ones)

    35) Everything but the kitchen sink- Almost everything and anything has been included

    36) Excuse my French- Please forgive me for cussing

    37) Fabian policy- Policy of delaying decisions

    38) Face-to-face- Direct, personal; directly, personally (written without hyphens)

    39) Fair and wide- Equal opportunity to all

    40) Far and wide- Every where

    41) Few and far between- Not frequent, unusual, rare

    42) Field day- An enjoyable day or circumstance

    43) Fifty- fifty- Divided into two equal parts

    44) Finding your feet- To become more comfortable in whatever you are doing

    45) Finger licking good- To become more comfortable in whatever you are doing

    46) Fire and brimstone- A very tasty food or meal

    47) Fire and fury- Fearful penalties

    48) First and foremost- Extreme enthusiasm

    49) Fishy: doubtful- Highest priority

    50) Fixed in your ways- Not willing or wanting to change from your normal way of doing something

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