Idiom and phrases for ssc cgl SSC CHSL IBPS PO IBPS Clerk

Idiom and phrases for ssc cgl SSC CHSL IBPS PO IBPS Clerk

  1. Rank and file – Ordinary persons
  2. By fits and starts – In short periods, not regularly
  3. A wee bit – A little
  4. Out of the wood – Free from difficulties and dangers
  5. Under his thumb – Under his control
  6. At one’s wits end – In a state where one does not know what to do
  7. Between the devil and the – Between two dangers deep sea
  8. Burn the midnight oil – Work or study hard
  9. Call a spade a spade – Speak frankly and directly
  10. Come off with flying colours – Be highly successful
  11. Hoping against hope – Without hope
  12. Hit the nail on the head – Do or say the exact thing
  13. An axe to grind – A personal interest in the matter
  14. To get rid of – Dispose of
  15. At daggers drawn – Bitterly hostile
  16. To play ducks and drakes – To act foolishly or inconsistently
  17. To take the bull by the horns – To tackle a problem in a bold and direct fashion
  18. Rain cats and dogs – Rain heavily
  19. To move heaven and earth – To make a supreme effort
  20. No avail – Without any result
  21. Bark up the wrong tree – Accuse or denounce the wrong person
  22. Keep one at bay – Keep one at a distance
  23. Make a clean breast of it – Confess – especially when a person has done a wrong thing
  24. Have a card up one’s sleeve – Have a secret plan in reserve
  25. Like a cat on hot bricks – Very nervous
  26. Cat and dog life – Life full of quarrels
  27. Cock and bull story – Made up story that one should not believe
  28. Cry for the moon – Ask for the impossible
  29. The pros and cons – The various aspects of a matter in detail
  30. Be in a tight corner – In a very difficult situation
  31. Cross one’s t’s and dot – Be precise, careful and one’s i’s exact
  32. Keep one’s fingers crossed – The anxiety in which you hope that nothing will upset your plans
  33. Spread like wild fire – Spread quickly
  34. The gift of the gab – Talent for speaking
  35. Throw out of gear – Disturb the work
  36. Tooth and nail – With all one’s power
  37. Take to one’s heels – Run away
  38. Die in harness – Die while in service
  39. Out of the way – Strange
  40. Read between the lines – Understand the hidden meaning
  41. In cold blood – Deliberately; without emotion
  42. Show a clean pair of heals – Run away
  43. A thorn in the flesh – A constant source of annoyance
  44. Smell a rat – Suspect something foul
  45. Nip in the bud – Destroy in the early stage
  46. Out of the question – Impossible
  47. Stick to one’s guns – Remain faithful to the cause
  48. A man of straw – A man of no substance
  49. Leave no stone unturned – Use all available means
  50. Harp on the same string – Dwell on the same subject
  51. Take a leaf out of one’s book – Imitate one
  52. Like a fish out of water – In a strange situation
  53. At one’s beck and call – Under his control
  54. Bury the hatchet – End the quarrel and make peace
  55. Feather one’s own nest – Make money unfairly
  56. Leave one in the lurch – Desert one in difficulties; leave one in a helpless condition
  57. To eat humble pie – To apologize humbly; to yield under humiliating circumstances
  58. To eat your words – To take back what you have said
  59. To make both ends meet – To live within one’s income
  60. In high spirits – Very happy
  61. Kill two birds with one stone – To achieve two results with one effort
  62. Let the cat out of the bag – Reveal a secret
  63. Put the cart before the horse – Put or do things in the wrong order
  64. A hard nut to crack – A difficult problem
  65. In hot water – In trouble
  66. Wash one’s dirty linen – Discuss unpleasant in public private matters before strangers
  67. On tenterhooks – In a state of suspense and anxiety
  68. To all names – To abuse
  69. To bell the cat – To face the risk
  70. A big gun – An important person
  71. To blow one’s own – To praise one’s own trumpet achievement
  72. A bosom friend – A very close friend
  73. A brown study – Dreaming
  74. A close shave – Narrow escape
  75. To cut a sorry figure – To make a poor show
  76. Take one to task – Rebuke
  77. Turn a deaf ear – Disregard / ignore what one says
  78. By hook or by crook – By fair or foul means
  79. Gain ground – Become popular
  80. Pay off old scores – Take revenge
  81. Put a spoke in one’s wheel – To upset one’s plans
  82. Turn over a new leaf – Change for the better
  83. Make up one’s mind – Decide
  84. In the long run – Eventually; ultimately
  85. In the nick of time – Just at the last moment
  86. Through thick and thin – Under all conditions
  87. With a high hand – Oppressively
  88. Sitting on the fence – Hesitate between two decisions
  89. Bring to light – Disclose
  90. Burn one’s fingers – Get into trouble by interfering in other’s affairs
  91. Laugh one’s head off – Laugh heartily
  92. Chew the cud – Ponder over something
  93. Hard and fast rules – Strict rules
  94. Play second fiddle – Take an unimportant part
  95. Above board – Honest and open
  96. At arms length – To keep at a distance
  97. At the eleventh hour – At the last moment
  98. At sixes and sevens – In a disordered manner
  99. An apple of discord – A cause of quarrel
  100. At home – Comfortable
  101. Alpha and omega – The beginning and the end
  102. At sea – Confused and lost
  103. At one’s beck and call – At one’s service
  104. An acid test – A critical test
  105. Add fuel to the fire – To aggravate the situation
  106. At a snail’s pace – Very slowly
  107. To beat about the bush – Talk irrelevantly
  108. A bone of contention – A source of quarrel
  109. To burn one’s boats – Go back on a decision
  110. To burn candle at both ends – To waste lavishly
  111. To build castles in the air – Make imaginary schemes
  112. A bolt from the blue – Something unexpected
  113. By leaps and bounds – Rapidly
  114. A burning question – An important topic
  115. To bell the cat – To face the risk
  116. A big gun – An important person
  117. To blow one’s own – To praise one’s own trumpet achievement
  118. A bosom friend – A very close friend
  119. A brown study – Dreaming
  120. A close shave – Narrow escape
  121. To cut a sorry figure – To make a poor show
  122. Take one to task – Rebuke
  123. Turn a deaf ear – Disregard / ignore what one says