Idioms & Phrases Asked in Different Competitive Exams in Different years – 1

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  1. Sweeping Statement – Thoughtless statement (SO(Audit), 1997)
  2. All at sea – Puzzled (SO(Audit), 1997)
  3. Enough rope – Enough freedom for action (SO(Audit), 1997)
  4. By fits and start – Irregularly (SO(Audit), 1997)
  5. Fell afoul of – Got into trouble with (SO(Audit), 1997)
  6. Token strike – Short strike held as warning (SO(Audit), 1997)
  7. Face the music – Get reprimanded (SO(Audit), 1997)
  8. Look down upon – Hate intensely (SO(Audit), 1997)
  9. Flogging a dead horse – Wasting time in useless effort (SO(Audit), 1997)
  10. Under a cloud – Under suspicion (SO(Audit), 1997)
  11. Green thumb – To have a natural interest (SO(Audit), 2001)
  12. Played havoc – Caused destruction (SO(Audit), 2001)
  13. No love lost between – Not on good terms (SO(Audit), 2001)
  14. Fair and square – Honest (SO(Audit), 2001)
  15. A white elephant – Costly or troublesome possession (SO(Audit), 2001)
  16. Out and out – Totally (SO(Audit), 2001)
  17. On the cuff – On credit (SO(Audit), 2001)
  18. Does not hold water – Cannot be believed (SO(Audit), 2001)
  19. A wild goose chase – Futile search (SO(Audit), 2001)
  20. In a tight corner – In a difficult situation (SO(Audit), 2001)
  21. Going places – Talented and successful (SO(Audit), 2003)
  22. In cold blood – A murder done without intention (SO(Audit), 2003)
  23. Off and on – Occasionally (SO(Audit), 2003)
  24. Hard and fast – Strict (SO(Audit), 2003)
  25. Took to heels – Run away in fear (SO(Audit), 2003)
  26. To keep up – To keep in touch (SO(Audit), 2003)
  27. Make a clean breast – Confess without reserve (SO(Audit), 2003)
  28. Heads will roll – Transfers will take place (SO(Audit), 2003)
  29. Make no bones about – Do not have any hesitation in anything (SO(Audit), 2003)
  30. Take after – Resembles (SO(Audit), 2003)
  31. To starve off – Postpone (SO(Audit), 2003)
  32. To give a piece of mind – To reprimand (SO(Audit), 2003)
  33. Rest on laurels – To be complacent (SO(Audit), 2003)
  34. Pay through nose – Pay an extremely high price (SO(Audit), 2003)
  35. Draw on fancy – Use imagination (SO(Audit), 2003)
  36. Turn an honest living – Make an legitimate living (SO(Audit), 2005)
  37. Give the game away – Give out the secret (SO(Audit), 2005)
  38. Cheek by jowl – Very near (SO(Audit), 2005)
  39. Give in – Yield (SO(Audit), 2005)
  40. Run riot – Act without restraint (SO(Audit), 2005)
  41. Go through fire and water – Undergo any risk (SO(Audit), 2005)
  42. Talking through hat – Talking nonsense (SO(Audit), 2005)
  43. Put up with – Tolerate (SO(Audit), 2005)
  44. By fits and starts – Irregularly (SO(Audit), 2005)
  45. Reading between the lines – Understanding the hidden meaning (SO(Audit), 2005)
  46. Get the sack – dismissed from (SO(Audit), 2006)
  47. Pros and cons – Considering all the facts (SO(Audit), 2006)
  48. By leaps and bounds – Very Quickly (SO(Audit), 2006)
  49. In the good books –In favour with boss (SO(Audit), 2006)
  50. In the long run – Ultimately (SO(Audit), 2006)
  1. Turn a deaf year – Disregard/ignore/refuse (SO(Audit), 2006)
  2. At one’s wit’s end – Puzzled/confused/perplexed (SO(Audit), 2006)
  3. Set the record straight – Give a correct account (SO(Audit), 2007)
  4. Good Samaritan – Helpful person (SO(Audit), 2007)
  5. Bad blood – Angry feeling (SO(Audit), 2007)
  6. To go to the whole hog – To do it completely (SO(Audit), 2007)
  7. Lay out – Spend (SO(Audit), 2007)
  8. Laying off – Dismissal from jobs (SO(Audit), 2007)
  9. Leaps and bounds – At rapid pace (SO(Audit), 2007)
  10. Spilling the beans – Revealing the information indiscreetly (SO(Audit), 2007)
  11. Carry out – Execute (SO(Audit), 2007)
  12. Went to the winds – Dissipated/ To be utterly lost (SO(Audit), 2008)
  13. Ins and outs – Full details (SO(Audit), 2008)
  14. A white elephant – A costly but useless possession (SO(Audit), 2008)
  15. Fed up – Annoyed (SO(Audit), 2008)
  16. In the good books – In favour with (SO(Audit), 2008)
  17. Sharp practices – Dishonest means (SO(Audit), 2008)
  18. In high spirits – Full of hope and enthusiasm (SO(Audit), 2008)
  19. Shake in shoes – Tremble with fear (SO(Audit), 2008)
  20. Fits and starts – Not regularly (SO(Audit), 2008)
  21. Close shave – Narrow shave (SO(Audit), 2008)
  22. Hobson’s choice – No real choice at all (TA(IT & CE), 2004)
  23. To eat a humble pie – To apologize (TA(IT & CE), 2004)
  1. An open book – One that hold no secrets (TA(IT & CE), 2004)
  2. An axe to grind – A private interest to serve (TA(IT & CE), 2004)
  3. Stand-offish – Indifferent (TA(IT & CE), 2004)
  4. Sowing wild oats – Irresponsible pleasure seeking in young age (TA(IT & CE), 2004)
  5. A bolt from the blue – Something unexpected and unpleasant (TA(IT & CE), 2006)
  6. By leaps and bounds – Rapidly (TA(IT & CE), 2006)
  7. Of no avail – Useless (TA(IT & CE), 2006)
  8. On the verge of – On the brink of (TA(IT & CE), 2006)
  9. A sore point – Something which hurts (TA(IT & CE), 2006)
  10. Like a phoenix – With a new life/rebirth/reincarnation (TA(IT & CE), 2006)
  11. To keep under wraps – Secret (TA(IT & CE), 2006)
  12. Die in harness – To die at one’s work (TA(IT & CE), 2006)
  13. Fair- weather friend – A friend that deserts in difficulties (TA(IT & CE), 2006)
  14. Emerge out of thin air – Appear Suddenly (TA(IT & CE), 2006)
  15. Cut no ice – Had no influence (TA(IT & CE), 2006)
  16. Brought up – Introduce for discussion (TA(IT & CE), 2006)
  17. Cannot hold a candle to – Cannot be compared to (TA(IT & CE), 2006)
  18. Burn one’s boat – Leave no means of return (TA(IT & CE), 2006)
  19. Make one’s flesh creep – Horrify (TA(IT & CE), 2006)
  20. Pros and cons – For and against/ analysis of all the given facts (TA(IT & CE), 2007)
  21. To take into account – To consider (TA(IT & CE), 2007)

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