100 Most Important Idioms and Phrases for Competitive Exam | 100 Most Important IDIOMS & PHRASES For SSC CHSL / SSC MTS

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Most Important IDIOMS & PHRASES For SSC CHSL / SSC MTS

Ques.1. A night owl
Ans. A person who prefers to be awake late at night

Ques.2. At your beck and call
Ans. 
To have absolute control over someone

Ques.3. Bag and baggage
Ans. With all belongings

Ques.4. Bed of roses
Ans. A pleasant condition of life

Ques.5. After one’s own heart
Ans.  Having likes and dislikes similar to one’s own

Ques.6. The whys and wherefores
Ans. Underlying reason

Ques.7. To call in question
Ans. Challenge

Ques.8. In dire straits
Ans. Very bad situation

Ques.9. Steal someone’s thunder
Ans. To take the credit for something someone else did

Ques.10.  Flash in the pan
Ans.  Something that looks promising in the beginning but fails to deliver anything in the end

Ques.11. Go the extra mile
Ans. Do much more than required

Ques.12. Get the picture
Ans. To understand what’s happening

Ques.13. An axe to grind
Ans.
Personal and selfish reason

Ques.14. Light at the end of tunne
Ans. 
Something that signals the end of a difficult situation

Ques.15. Fit as a fiddle
Ans.
In good health

Ques.16. Take it with a grain of salt
Ans. 
To understand that something is likely to be untrue

Ques.17. Wild goose chase
Ans.
To do something pointless

Ques.18. Blow one’s own trumpet
Ans. 
To praise oneself

Ques.19. Add fuel to the flames
Ans. 
Making a bad situation even worse

Ques.20. To put a spoke in one’s wheel
Ans. 
To thwart someone in execution of one’s design

Ques.21. Hang in there
Ans. 
Don’t give up

Ques.22. Bite off more than you can chew
Ans. 
Take on a task that you cannot finish

Ques.23. Lose your marbles
Ans. 
To become insane

Ques.24. To be in the doldrums
Ans. 
To be in low and dull spirits

Ques.25. The best thing since sliced bread
Ans.
A really good invention

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Ques.26. A herculean task
Ans. 
A tough job

Ques.27. Bounce something off someone
Ans. 
Discuss ideas with someone to get their views

Ques.28. Raining cats and dogs
Ans. 
A very heavy downpour

Ques.29. Level playing field
Ans.
A fair competition

Ques.30. An arm and a leg
Ans. 
Very expensive

Ques.31. In the blink of an eye
Ans. 
 Happen fast and instantaneously

Ques.32. Rain on someone’s parade
Ans. 
To spoil and ruin a happy moment

Ques.33. Miss the boat
Ans. 
Fail to take advantage of an opportunity

Ques.34. Bone to pick
Ans. 
Having a complaint that needs to be discussed

Ques.35. . Hit the sack
Ans. 
To go to bed in order to sleep

Ques.36. Out of the woods
Ans. 
Not in danger

Ques.37. On the ball
Ans.
Aware of any changes or developments and quick to react to them

Ques.38. Gate-crasher
Ans. 
A person who enters an event without any invitation

Ques.39. Bear a grudge
Ans. 
To feel angry against somebody for a past incident

Ques.40. Beside oneself
Ans. 
Feeling overwhelming fear or worry

Ques.41. Risk life and limb
Ans.
In danger of death or serious injury

Ques.42. Throw caution to the wind
Ans. 
Ignore the risk

Ques.43. Lay hands on
Ans. 
To touch or grasp someone, often with the threat of violence

Ques.44. To succeed in competitive exams is not an easy task
Ans.
child’s play

Ques.45. Snake in the grass
Ans. 
Treacherous person

Ques.46. Wrangle for an ass’s shadow
Ans. 
Argue over petty issues

Ques.47. Bury the hatchet
Ans. 
To end a quarrel

Ques.48. Chew someone out
Ans.
 To scold someone

Ques.49. The pot calling the kettle black
Ans.
People are guilty of the very fault they identify in others

Ques.50. Explore all avenues
Ans. 
Try out every possibility to get a result

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Ques.51. Spinning one’s wheels
Ans.
To make a lot of effort without achieving anything

Ques.51. Grease someone’s palm
Ans. 
To bribe one discreetly

Ques.52. A man of means
Ans. 
A wealthy man with lots of money and assets

Ques.53. Done for
Ans. 
Ruined

Ques.54. Called for
Ans. 
To require somethin

Ques.55. It takes two to tango
Ans. 
 A conflict where both people are at fault

Ques.56. Back to square one
Ans.
Having to start all over again

Ques.57. Spill the beans
Ans.
Tell something that should be kept secret

Ques.58. Fish out of water
Ans. 
Not feeling comfortable in a new environment

Ques.59. Sow wild oats
Ans. 
Engaging in rebelliousness or promiscuity

Ques.60. Let the cat out of the bag
Ans. 
To reveal a secret accidentally

Ques.61. Pull yourself together
Ans. 
Calm down

Ques.62. Face the music
Ans. 
To face the unpleasant consequences of one’s actions

Ques.63. Royal road
Ans.
Achieving something trouble free

Ques.64. Public enemy number one
Ans. 
Someone who is the greatest threat to a group or community

Ques.65. Silver tongue
Ans. 
Speaking with an eloquent expression to convince people

Ques.66. Where the shoe pinches
Ans. 
Where the difficulty lies

Ques.67. In the fast lane
Ans. 
In great excitement

Ques.68. Penny wise and pound foolish
Ans. 
Careful in trivial matters but wasteful in large

Ques.69. Blaze the trail
Ans.
Be first to do something important

Ques.70. Spick and span
Ans.  To be neat and clean

Ques.71. Keep a straight face
Ans.  Look serious though you want to laugh

Ques.72. At the drop of a hat
Ans. Do something immediately without hesitation

Ques.73. A vicious cycle
Ans. When one problem causes another problem

Ques.74. Be riding high
Ans. To be very successful

Ques.75. . Will-o-the-wisp
Ans. An unrealistic or unattainable goal

Ques.76. Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t
Ans. It is easier to be in a known bad situation than being in an unknown worse situation

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Ques.77. Like oil and water
Ans.  Two people who are different from each other

Ques.78. White elephant
Ans.  Something that costs a lot of money but has no useful purpose

Ques.79. Has bigger fish to fry
Ans. Has more important work to do

Ques.80. A cakewalk
Ans. An easy task or victory

Ques.81. Be in seventh heaven
Ans.  To be extremely happy

Ques.82. Taste of your own medicine
Ans. Have the same bad treatment that you have given to others

Ques.83. To go through fire and water
Ans.  To face many challenges

Ques.84. Forty winks
Ans. To take a short nap

Ques.85. A Penelope’s web
Ans. An endless job

Ques.86. Once in a blue moon
Ans. Very rarely

Ques.87. Have your heart in your mouth
Ans. Feeling extremely nervous

Ques.88. Head over heels
Ans. To be madly in love

Ques.89. A chip on one’s shoulder
Ans. An attitude that leads one to become easily angered

Ques.90. Pour out one’s heart
Ans. To express openly

Ques.91. A slap on the wrist
Ans. A small punishment

Ques.92. Armed to the teeth
Ans. Carrying a lot of weapons

Ques.93. In the long run
Ans. In the end

Ques.94. On the fence
Ans. Halting between two options

Ques.95. To add fuel to fire
Ans. To make a bad situation worse

Ques.96. Wear your heart on your sleeve
Ans. Expressing emotions very openly

Ques.97. Up a creek without a paddle
Ans. In a troublesome and serious situation

Ques.98. Get a second wind
Ans. Have renewed energy after having been tired

Ques.99. at the last minute
Ans. at the eleventh hour

Ques.100. An ox on their tongue
Ans. Bribed to remain silent

 

 

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