Idioms & Phrases Asked in Different Competitive Exams in Different years – 4

  1. Give in – To agree to do something that you don’t want to do (MTS, 2013)
  2. Leaps and bounds - Irregularly (MTS, 2013)
  3. Wide off the mark - Irrelevant / Not accurate / Inadequate (MTS, 2013)
  4. Out of the world – Extraordinary (MTS, 2013)
  5. Sweep under the carpet – Keep hidden (MTS, 2013)
  6. By leaps and bound – Very rapidly (MTS, 2013)
  7. To toe the line – To follow the lead / To follow boss’s orders (MTS, 2013)
  8. Stick to guns – Maintain opinion (MTS, 2013)
  9. Take hat off – Encourage / To admire somebody very much for something he has done(MTS, 2013)
  1. Null and void – Empty (FCI, 2013)
  2. Break the ice – Initiate a talk (FCI, 2013)
  3. Keep the wolf from the door – Avoid starvation (FCI, 2013)
  4. Fish in troubled water – To make a profit out of troubled situation (FCI, 2013)
  5. Look into – To investigate (FCI, 2013)
  6. Smell the rat – Suspect that something is fishy (CGL T-1, 2013)
  7. Let the grass grow under the feet – Delay in getting things done (CGL T-1, 2013)
  8. Apple of discord – Cause of animosity (CGL T-1, 2013)
  9. A fish out of water – In uncomfortable situation (CGL T-1, 2013)
  10. In the long run – Over a period of time (CGL T-1, 2013)
  11. Jumping down one’s throat – To react very angrily to somebody (CGL T-1, 2013)
  12. Out of wits – Greatly confused (CGL T-1, 2013)
  13. Call spade a spade – To speak in a straightforward manner (frankly) (CGL T-1, 2013)
  14. Face the music – Accept the punishment (CGL T-1, 2013)
  15. To play second fiddle – Take a subordinate role (CGL T-1, 2013)
  16. Casting pearl before swine – Offering good things to undeserving people (CGL T-1, 2013)
  17. Putting the cart before the horse – Doing things in the wrong way (CGL T-1, 2013)
  18. Not fit to hold candle – Not so good as somebody or something else (CGL T-1, 2013)
  19. Egg someone on – TO encourage somebody to do something (CGL T-1, 2013)
  20. For good - Permanently (CGL T-1, 2013)
  21. Achilles’s heel – Weak spot (CGL T-1, 2013)
  22. Take a leap in the dark – To take risk (CGL T-1, 2013)
  23. Cut the guardian knot – Remove difficulty / To solve problem (CGL T-1, 2013)
  24. Blow one’s own trumpet – Self boasting (CGL T-1, 2013)
  25. A cakewalk – An easy achievement (CGL T-1, 2013)
  26. Not to look a gift horse in the mouth – Not to find fault with the gift received (CGL T-1,
2013)
  1. Man of straw – A man of no substance (CGL T-1, 2013)
  2. Born with a silver spoon – Born in a rich family (CGL T-1, 2013)
  3. Let sleeping dogs lie – Not to bring up an old controversial issue (CGL T-1, 2013)
  4. A month of Sundays – A long time (CGL T-1, 2013)
  5. A closed book – A mystery (CGL T-1, 2013)
  6. In apple pie order – In perfect order (CGL T-1, 2013)
  7. Thick and thin – In spite of all difficulties (CGL T-1, 2013)
  8. Wet one’s whistle – To have a drink / Moistens one’s throat (CGL T-1, 2013)
  9. Bury the hatchet – Make peace (CGL T-1, 2013)
  10. Cool one’s heel – To keep waiting (CGL T-1, 2013)
  11. Live-wire – A person who is lively or energetic (CGL T-1, 2013)
  12. Feel blue – In trouble / depressed (Constable, 2013)
  13. Above board – Legal and honest (Constable, 2013)
  14. Pour cats and dogs – Rain heavily (Constable, 2013)
  15. For good - Permanently (Constable, 2013)
  16. Iron fist – To treat people in severe manner / strictly (Constable, 2013)
  17. Time and again - Always (Constable, 2013)
  1. Rule the roost – Exercise authority / To be the most powerful member in the group(CPO, 2013)
  1. Have something up your sleeve – Have an alternate plan (CPO, 2013)
  2. Take to task – Punished / Reprimanded (CPO, 2013)
  3. Feel one’s pulse – To find what one is thinking on some point (CPO, 2013)
  4. Donkey’s year – A long time (CGL T-2, 2013)
  5. To make things done – To manage (CGL T-2, 2013)
  6. Chicken out – Withdraw / To decide not to do something because you are afraid (CGL T-2,2013)
  1. Ice braking – Starting a conversation (CGL T-2, 2013)
  2. Bad hats – People of bad character (CGL T-2, 2013)
  3. Give and take – Adjustment / Willingness in relationship to accept what somebody
else wants and gives up some of what you want (CGL T-2, 2013)
  1. Off and on – Irregularly (CGL T-2, 2013)
  2. Man of straw – A man of no substance (CGL T-2, 2013)
  3. Break down – Weep bitterly (CGL T-2, 2013)
  4. Get down to business – To begin work seriously (CHSL, 2013)
  5. Giving a piece of one’s mind – Speak sharply / To disapprove (CHSL, 2013)
  6. Go about470. Take exception - To object at something (CHSL, 2013)
  7. Picking up holes in – Finding out faults with something (CHSL, 2013)
  8. To cast a die – To take a decision (CHSL, 2013)
  9. Put up with – Bear patiently / To bear or endure (CHSL, 2013)
  10. The gift of the gab – Ability to speak well (CHSL, 2013)
  11. See through – Detect / To realize the truth (CHSL, 2013)
  1. Keep an open house – Welcome all members (CHSL, 2013)
  2. Wet behind ears – Young and inexperienced / Naive (CHSL, 2013)
  3. Pick on - Warn severely (MT(NT), 2014)
  4. Fight tooth and nail – Fight with strength and fury (MT(NT), 2014)
  5. Teething problems – Difficulties at the start (MT(NT), 2014)
  6. A wild goose chase – Fruitless pursuit (MT(NT), 2014)
  7. To get into hot water – To get into trouble (MT(NT), 2014)
  8. A bolt from the blue – A complete surprise (MTS, 2014)
  9. Plain sailing – Very easy (MTS, 2014)
  10. Take to one’s heel – Run off (MTS, 2014)
  11. To cut one short – To criticize one (CGL T-1, RE-2013)
  12. Show the white flag – T o surrender (CGL T-1, RE-2013)
  13. A cut above – Rather superior to (CGL T-1, RE-2013)
  14. To throw dust in one’s eye – To deceive (CGL T-1, RE-2013)
  1. Give vent to - Express (CGL T-1, RE-2013)
  2. Bring about – Cause to happen (CGL T-1, RE-2013)
  3. Husband one’s resource – Save / Economical (CGL T-1, RE-2013)
  4. Foam at the mouth - Angry (CGL T-1, RE-2013)
  5. Keep wolf away from the door – Keep away extreme poverty (CGL T-1, RE-2013)
  6. Pin money – Additional money (CGL T-1, RE-2013)
  7. The Alpha and Omega – Beginning and end (CGL T-1, RE-2013)
  8. Salt of the earth – Good, honest and ideal (CGL T-1, RE-2013)
  9. Bring the house down – Make the audience applaud enthusiastically (CGL T-1, RE-2013)
  10. Gerrymandering way – In a manipulative and unfair way (CGL T-1, RE-2013)
  11. Strain every nerve – Make all efforts / Try all tricks (CGL T-1, RE-2013)
  12. Hard and fast – That cannot be altered / fixed (CGL T-1, RE-2013)
  13. Dot one’s I’s and cross one T’s – Be detailed and exact (CGL T-1, RE-2013)
  1. All moonshine – Superficial (CPO, 2014)
  2. Wild goose chase – A foolish and useless enterprise (CPO, 2014)
  3. Swan song – Last prayer (at funeral or farewell) (CPO, 2014)
  4. By the skin of teeth – By the narrowest margin (CPO, 2014)
  5. Bury the hatchet – Make peace / Forget the quarrels (CPO, 2014)
  6. Keep up with – Go at equal pace (CPO, 2014)
  7. Flies off at a tangent – Start discussing something irrelevant (CPO, 2014)
  8. Batten down the hatches – Prepare for a difficult situation (CPO, 2014)
  9. Nail one’s colours to the mast – Refuse to climb down (CPO, 2014)
  10. All might and main – With full force (CPO, 2014)
  11. Red herrings – Clues intended to distract or mislead / An unimportant fact, idea, event,
etc. that takes people attention from the important ones (CPO, 2014)
  1. To cut one’s coat according to one’s cloth – To live within one’s means (CPO, 2014)
  2. White elephant – A costly but useless possession (CPO, 2014)
  3. Look sharp – Pay attention (CPO, 2014)
  4. Big draw – Huge attraction (CPO, 2014)
  5. Bear down – To move quickly towards something/someone in a determined or
threatening way (CPO, 2014)
  1. To put a spoke in someone’s wheel – Destroy the plan / Cause hindrance / To
prevent somebody from putting their plan into action (CPO, 2014)
  1. At a stretch - Continuously (CPO, 2014)
  2. Know beans about something – Well informed and intelligent (CPO, 2014)
  3. To get into hot water – To get into troubles (CPO, 2014)
  4. Know the ropes – Learn the procedures (CGL T-1, 2014)
  5. Barking up the wrong tree – Trying to find someone ay wrong place (CGL T-1, 2014)
  6. In the swim – Well informed and up-to-date (CGL T-1, 2014)
  7. Rub up the wrong way – To irk or irritate someone (CGL T-1, 2014)
  8. Add fuel to the fire – Worsen the situation (CGL T-1, 2014)
  9. In the loop – Informed regularly (CGL T-1, 2014)
  10. Hold one’s horses – To keep waiting (CGL T-1, 2014)
  11. Black out – Lost consciousness (CGL T-1, 2014)
  12. Cut and dry method - Honest (CGL T-1, 2014)
  13. Back to the drawing board – Plan it all over again (CGL T-1, 2014)
  14. In the air – Certain / Able to be firmly relied on to happen or be the case / Specific but
not explicitly named or stated (CGL T-1, 2014)
  1. On the same page – Thinks in a similar way (CGL T-1, 2014)
  2. Pull no punch – Speaks frankly (CGL T-1, 2014)
  3. Going places – Talented and successful (CGL T-1, 2014)
  4. Stand/Hold your ground – Refuse to yield / To continue with your opinions or
intentions when someone is opposing you (CGL T-1, 2014)
  1. Put your feet down – Take a firm stand / To be very strict in opposing what somebody
wishes to do (CGL T-1, 2014)
  1. Read between the line – To understand the inner meaning (CGL T-1, 2014)
  2. To the letter – Paying attention to every detail / Doing or following exactly what
somebody something says (CGL T-1, 2014)
  1. To carve out a niche – To work harder in order to have successful career / Develop a
special position for oneself (CGL T-2, 2014)
  1. Wild goose chase – Useless search / Unprofitable adventure (CHSL, 2014)
  2. In Dutch – In trouble (CHSL, 2014)
  3. See eye to eye – To have the same opinion (CHSL, 2014)
  4. Come to light – Been revealed / To become known to people (CHSL, 2014)
  5. Around the clock – Day and night (CHSL, 2014)
  6. Balloon goes up – The situation turns unpleasant or serious (CHSL, 2014)
  7. Watching grass grow – Very boring (CHSL, 2014)
  8. Nine day’s wonder – A dazzling short-lived spectacle of no real value (CHSL, 2014)
  9. Beyond the pale – Outside commonly accepted standards (CHSL, 2014)
  10. Took after – Similar to / to look or behave like an older member of your family (CHSL, 2014)
  11. Throw dust into one’s eye – To deceive (CHSL, 2014)
  12. Cool about working – Not tense about working / Reading to work (CHSL, 2014)
  13. Salad days - Adolescence (CHSL, 2014)
  14. All ears - Attentive (CHSL, 2014)
  15. Maiden speech – First speech (CHSL, 2014)
  16. Hold water – With logical backing / To stand up to critical examination (CHSL, 2014)
  17. Other fish to fry – Some important work to attend to (CHSL, 2014)
  18. A close shave – A narrow escape from danger (CHSL, 2014)
  19. To tell in a nut shell – In a brief manner / Summarize(CHSL, 2014)
  20. Within a stone’s throw – At a short distance (CHSL, 2014)
  21. To feather one’s nest – To enrich oneself when opportunity occurs (CHSL, 2014)
  22. A close-fisted person – A miser (CHSL, 2014)
  23. To gather roses only – To seek all enjoyments of life (CHSL, 2014)
  24. A black sheep – A person with bad reputation (CHSL, 2014)
  25. To grease the palm – To bribe (CHSL, 2014)
  26. For good – Permanently (CHSL, 2014)
  27. An about turn – Complete change of opinion or situation (CHSL, 2014
  28. Make a mockery – to make something seem ridiculous or useless / No serious
outcome (CHSL, 2014)
  1. Eat like a horse – Eat a lot (CHSL, 2014)
  2. Go to the dogs – To be ruined (CHSL, 2014)
  3. Pay on the nail – Pay promptly / Payment without delay (CHSL, 2014)
  4. Penelope’s web – An endless job (CHSL, 2014)
  5. At draggers drawn - Enmity (CHSL, 2014)
  6. Bury the hatchet – Make peace (CGL T-2, 2014)
  7. Null and void – Not binding / Having no legal force / Not binding (CGL T-2, 2014)
  8. Break in - To train somebody or something in something (CGL T-2, 2014)
  9. Stir up a Hornet’s nest - To create a lot of trouble (CGL T-2, 2014)
  10. Second thoughts – Reconsidering the original idea (CGL T-2, 2014)
  11. Average out - Balance (CGL T-2, 2014)
  12. Go to the dogs – Ruin / to go to in very bad situation (CGL T-2, 2014)
  13. Floored – To surprise or confuse (CGL T-2, 2014)
  14. Give way - Collapse (CGL T-2, 2014)
  15. Tall tales - Boasting (CGL T-2, 2014)
  16. Backseat driver – A person who gives unwanted advice (CGL T-2, 2014)
  17. At random - Without any aim or target (CGL T-2, 2014)
  18. Break off – Suddenly stop (CGL T-2, 2014)
  19. Go haywire – Become out of control (CGL T-2, 2014)
  20. Above board – Honest / Without any secret (CGL T-2, 2014)
  21. Feather in one’s cap – An achievement (CGL T-2, 2014)
  22. Follow one’s nose – To go straight ahead (CGL T-2, 2014)
  23. To latch onto – To promote (CGL T-2, 2014)
  24. Fight shy of – To avoid someone/ something (CGL T-2, 2014)
  25. Add fuel to the fire – Worsen the matter (CGL T-2, 2014)
  26. Cock and bull story – Absurd an unbelievable story (CHSL, 2015)
  27.  Hold water – Seem logical (CHSL, 2015)
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