Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Important Idioms & Phrases for SSC CGL 2015 Exam

Important Idioms & Phrases for SSC CGL 2015 Exam
  1. To take into account -
    • Meaning - to consider
    • Example -  I advised my students to take into account the advice of the elders.
  2. Achilles heel -
    • Meaning - any part, spot or area that is vulnerable
    • Example - English Grammar is my Achilles heel.
  3. To put on airs -
    • Meaning -to behave in an unnatural way in the hope of impressing people.
    • Example -  A great man never puts on airs
  4. To lay down one's arms -
    • Meaning - to surrender
    • Example - The soldier was forced to lay down his arms.
  5. To cast aspersions -
    • Meaning -to make damaging or derogatory remarks
    • Example -  He dared to cast aspersions on your integrity.
  6. Bad Blood -
    • Meaning - bitterness, enmity
    • Example -  Since the land dispute, there has been bad blood between the two brothers.
  7. To set the bait -
    • Meaning -to lay a trap
    • Example -  The police set the bait to trap the absconding criminal.
  8. To keep the ball rolling -
    • Meaning -to continue a conversation or an activity
    • Example - The jury kept the ball rolling to find out the truth.
  9. To beat about the bush -
    • Meaning - to approach a subject without coming to the point.
    • Example - The Finance Minister beat about the bush and did not give any answer to the question of the leader of the opposition.
  10. To beat a retreat-
    • Meaning - to go back
    • Example -  The pakistani army beat a retreat in the Kargil War.
  11. To put on airs-
    • Meaning - behave in an unnatural way in the hope of impressing people.
    • Example -  A great man never puts on airs.
  12. At somebody's beck and call -
    • Meaning - at somebody's command
    • Example - The officer has all his staff at his back and call.
  13. A bird's eye view -
    • Meaning - a panoramic view; a general view
    • Example - I had a bird's eye view of Delhi from the window of the flight.
  14. Blue Blood -
    • Meaning -alleged superiority by reason of birth.
    • Example -  Jawahar Lal Nehru was a man of blue blood.
  15. Bolt from the blue -
    • Meaning - Sudden or unexpected misfortune
    • Example -  This money was a bolt from the blue.
  16. To pass the buck -
    • Meaning - to shift responsibility or blame to another person
    • Example - He passed the buck of his failure to his teacher.
  17. To kick the bucket -
    • Meaning - to die
    • Example - Bilash Rao Deshmukh kicked the bucket on august 14, 2014.
  18. To bury the hatchet -
    • Meaning - to stop quarreling and become friends
    • Example - The two enemies buried the hatchet yesterday.
  19. The carrot and the sick -
    • Meaning -the hope of rewards and the threat of punishment.
    • Example - A criminal is always ready for the carrot and the stick.
  20. To bell the cat -
    • Meaning - to attempt something dangerous
    • Example -  Very few people dare to bell the cat these days.
  21. Cheek by the jowl-
    • Meaning -very near, very close
    • Example - They were sitting cheek by jowl in the Concert Hill.
  22. To work against the clock -
    • Meaning - to work fast
    • Example - The labourers worked against the clock and went home.
  23. To clear cobwebs away -
    • Meaning - to make mind clear of old thoughts
    • Example - Both of them should clear cobwebs away and become friends.
  24. To give somebody the cold shoulder-
    • Meaning -to show deliberate disregard or indifference.
    • Example -  The minister gave the D.M the cold shoulder.
  25. To throw cold water on -
    • Meaning - to discourage
    • Example -  He threw cold water on his wife's ambition.
  26. To eat crow -
    • Meaning -to have to accept something embarrassing to one.
    • Example -  His defeat made him eat crow.
  27. To give currency -
    • Meaning -to spread, to make current, to publicise
    • Example -  We should avoid giving currency to rumours.
  28. A Square Deal -
    • Meaning - a fair treatment in a bargain.
    • Example -  I think it is a square Deal.
  29. A feather in one's cap -
    • Meaning - an achievement of which one can be proud.
    • Example -  His win in the assembly election is a feather in his cap.
  30. To fly a kite -
    • Meaning - to test public opinion
    • Example -  When the government employees decide to go on strike, the government tries to fly a kite.

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