Idioms & Phrases Asked in Different Competitive Exams in Different years – 2

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  1. Blow over – Pass off (TA(IT & CE), 2007)
  2. Run into – Incurred/to experience difficulties (TA(IT & CE), 2007)
  3. Blue-eyed boys – Favorites (TA(IT & CE), 2007)
  1. A Red letter day – An important day (TA(IT & CE), 2007)
  2. Bone to pick – Cause of quarrel/ Bone of contention (TA(IT & CE), 2007)
  3. At stone’s throw – Very near (TA(IT & CE), 2007)
  4. Struck a chill to the heart – Arouse fear/to make somebody afraid (TA(IT & CE), 2007)
  5. End in a fiasco –A Total/Utter failure (TA(IT & CE), 2007)
  6. Fall back – To turn or move back (TA(IT & CE), 2008)
  7. Turn up one’s nose at – To reject/despises (TA(IT & CE), 2008)
  8. Turn one’s head – To feel proud in a way that other people find it annoying (TA(IT & CE), 2008)
  1. High and dry – Neglected/ To leave someone helpless (TA(IT & CE), 2008)
  2. Take for granted – To accept readily/ To pre-suppose as certainly true (TA(IT & CE), 2008)
  3. Mince matters – To confuse issues/ to mix facts (TA(IT & CE), 2008)
  1. Set one’s face against – Oppose strongly (TA(IT & CE), 2008)
  2. Strom in a tea cup – Commotion (angry/worry) over a trivial matter (TA(IT & CE), 2008)
  3. Putting one’s foot down – Asserting one’s authority/ take a firm stand (TA(IT & CE), 2009)
  4. The man in the street – An ordinary man (common man) (TA(IT & CE), 2009)
  5. To catch up with – To compete with (TA(IT & CE), 2009)
  6. Fight to the bitter end – To fight a losing battle (TA(IT & CE), 2009)
  7. Throw down a glove – To accept defeat (TA(IT & CE), 2009)
  8. Read between the lines – Understanding the hidden meaning (TA(IT & CE), 2009)
  9. Let the cat out of the bag – To utter a secret carelessly or by mistake (TA(IT & CE), 2009)
  1. Fall through – To fail (TA(IT & CE), 2009)
  1. To smell a rat – To suspect a trick (Statistical Investigator, 2005)
  2. Turn a deaf ear – Disobey (Statistical Investigator, 2005)
  3. Red letter day – Happy and significant day (Gala day) (Statistical Investigator, 2005)
  4. To blaze a trail – To lead the way as a pioneer (Statistical Investigator, 2005)
  5. To beat a retreat – To run away in fear (Statistical Investigator, 2005)
  6. To steer clear of – Avoid (Statistical Investigator, 2005)
  7. To get one’s own back –To get one’s revenge (Statistical Investigator, 2005)
  8. To run across – To meet by chance (Statistical Investigator, 2005)
  9. A dark horse – An unforeseen competitor (Statistical Investigator, 2005)
  10. Put up with – Endure (Statistical Investigator, 2006)
  11. Got the sack – Dismissed from (Statistical Investigator, 2006)
  12. Herculean task –A work requiring very great effort (Statistical Investigator, 2006)
  13. By leaps and bounds – Rapidly (Statistical Investigator, 2006)
  14. Helter-Skelter – In disorderly haste (Statistical Investigator, 2006)
  15. Go to the winds - Disappear (SO(CA), 2005)
  16. Make ducks and drakes of – Squander (SO(CA), 2005)
  17. On the level – Honest and sincere (SO(CA), 2005)
  18. Done for – Ruined (SO(CA), 2005)
  19. Make a clean breast – Confess (SO(CA), 2005)
  20. To end in smoke – To come to nothing; no outcome (SO(CA), 2005)
  21. To have something up one’s sleeve – Having a secret plan (SO(CA), 2005)
  22. To take to one’s heel – To run away (SO(CA), 2005)
  23. To turn a deaf ear – To be indifferent (SO(CA), 2005)
  24. At snail’s pace – To do things very slowly (SO(CA), 2005)
  25. To run one down – To disparage someone (SO(CA), 2005)
  26. To blow one’s own trumpet – To praise oneself (SO(CA), 2005)
  27. To face the music – To bear the consequences (SO(CA), 2005)
  28. To take someone to task – To scold someone (SO(CA), 2005)
  29. At one’s wit – Puzzled/Confused/Perplexed (SO(CA), 2005)
  30. At stake – In danger/ that can be lost or won depending on the success of a particular action (SO(CA), 2007)
  1. To play to the gallery – To behave in an exaggerated way to attract people’s attention (SO(CA), 2007)
  1. Read between the lines – Understand the hidden meaning (SO(CA), 2007)
  2. Sitting on the fence – Hesitating which side to take (SO(CA), 2007)
  3. No love lost between – Not on good terms (SO(CA), 2007)
  4. To have not a leg to stand on – Unable to prove or explain why something is reasonable (SAS, 2005)
  1. A man in the street – An ordinary person / common man (SAS, 2005)
  2. Blood running cold – Become very frightened (SAS, 2005)
  3. Playing to the gallery – Befooling the common man (SAS, 2005)
  4. Come out of one’s shell – To appear suddenly (SAS, 2005)
  5. Lay down arms – To surrender (CPO, 2010)
  6. Making hay while the sun shines – Taking advantage of a favorable opportunity (CPO, 2010)
  1. Blow one’s own trumpet – To praise oneself (CPO, 2010)
  2. Bear with – Support / To be patient with some body or something (CPO, 2010)
  3. Give vent to – To emphasize (CPO, 2010)
  4. Turn a deaf ear – Pay no attention (CPO, 2010)
  5. Bone of contention – Matter of dispute (CPO, 2010)
  6. Stand on own feet – To be independent (CPO, 2010)
  7. By fits and starts – Irregularly (CPO, 2010)
  8. Over head and ears – Completely (CPO, 2010)
  9. To call it a day – To conclude proceedings (CGL T-1, 2011)
  10. To put up with – To tolerate (CGL T-1, 2011)
  11. To face the music – To bear the consequences (CGL T-1, 2011)
  12. Yeoman’s service – Social work (CGL T-1, 2011)
  13. To take to hearts – To grieve over (CGL T-1, 2011)
  14. To smell a rat – To be suspicious(CGL T-1, 2011)
  15. To move heaven and earth – to try everything possible (CGL T-1, 2011)
  16. To take someone for a ride – to deceive (cheat) someone (CGL T-1, 2011)
  17. In cold blood – Not intentional / Excitedly (CGL T-1, 2011)
  18. A damp squib – A disappointing result (CGL T-1, 2011)
  19. To bite the dust – To be defeated (CGL T-1, 2011)
  20. To take to one’s heel – To run away (CGL T-1, 2011)
  21. To be all at sea – Lost and confused (CGL T-1, 2011)
  22. Cold Comfort – Slight satisfaction (CGL T-1, 2011)
  23. A bolt from the blue – An unexpected and unpleasant event (CGL T-1, 2011)
  24. To feather one’s nest – To make oneself rich (in position or in monetary terms) (CGL T-1, 2011)
  1. To die in harness – To die while in service (CGL T-1, 2011)
  2. To show a clean pair of heels – to escape/run away (CGL T-1, 2011)
  3. To flog a dead horse –to waste one’s efforts (CGL T-1, 2011)
  4. To strain every nerve – To make utmost efforts (CGL T-1, 2011)
  5. A bolt form the blue – Unexpected problem (CPO, 2011)
  6. Sailing in the same boat – Being in the same difficult situation (CPO, 2011)
  7. Gift of the gab – Ability to speak well (CPO, 2011)

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