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SSC English Free Study Material: Idioms & Phrases (Set-4)

Nov 9, 2017 19:12 IST
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    An Idiom is a phrase or an expression that has a figurative meaning, which is totally different from its literal meaning. There are thousands phrases in English as other language do also have. It generally refers to your English language understanding. SSC used to frame 2-3 questions out of this topic. So, practice maximum numbers of Idioms assures to score 4-6 marks in SSC exams with reading them once.

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    In the following text, we have shared 50 phrases that are frequently used in English literature and important from the competitive exam point of view. Let us take a tour of them-

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    1) All right- Acceptable, fine; yes, okay

    2) Alpha and omega- First and last letter of Greek alphabet, means beginning and end

    3) An arm and a leg- Very expensive, A large amount of money

    4) An axe to grind- To have a dispute with someone

    5) An eye wash- A pretence

    6) An iron hand- By force

    7) Apple to my eye- Someone who is cherished above all others

    8) As a matter of fact- Really, actually (also: as to)

    9) As for- Regarding, concerning (also: as to)

    10) As high as a kite- Anything that is high up in the sky

    11) As soon as- Just after, when

    12) As usual- as is the general case, as is typical

    13) At all- To any degree (also: in the least)

    14) At heart- Basically, fundamentally

    15) At last- Finally, after a long time

    16) At least- A minimum of, no fewer (or less) than

    17) At odds- In dispute

    18) At sixes and seven- Persons who are having different opinions

    19) At the drop of a hat- Willing to do something immediately

    20) Back and call- At the service

    21) Back and forth- In a backward and forward motion

    22) Back seat driver- People who criticize from the sidelines, much like someone giving unwanted advice

    23) Back to square one- Having to start all over again

    24) Back to the drawing board- When an attempt fails and it’s time to start all over

    25) Bag and baggage- with all goods

    26) Baker’s dozen- Thirteen

    27) Bank on- Depend on, count on

    28) Barking up the wrong tree- A mistake made in something you are trying to achieve

    29) Bated breath- In anxiety, expectancy

    30) Beat a dead horse- To force an issue that has already ended

    31) Beating around the bash- Avoiding the main topic, not speaking directly about the issue

    32) Bend over backwards- Do whatever it takes to help. Willing to do anything

    33) Between a Rock and a Hard place- Stuck between two very bad options

    34) Between Scylla and Charybdis- Choice between two unpleasant alternatives

    35) Between the cup and the lips- On the point of achievement

    36) Bite off more than you can chew- To take on a task that is a way to big

    37) Bite your tongue- To avoid talking

    38) Black and white- In writing

    39) Blood is thicker than water- The family bond is closer than anything else

    40) Blow hot and cold- Having no stand, shows favour at one time and unfavour at another

    41) Blue moon- A rare event or occurrence

    42) Body and soul- Entirely

    43) Break a leg- A superstitious way to say ‘Good Luck’ without saying ‘Good Luck’,

    44) Buy a lemon- To purchase a vehicle that constantly gives problems or stops running after you drive it

    45) By & by- Gradually

    46) By all means- Certainly, definitely, naturally (also: of course); using any possible way or method

    47) By far- By a great margin, clearly

    48) By fits and starts- Irregularly

    49) By heart- By memorizing

    50) By hook or by crook- By any means

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