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Idioms And Phrases SSC CGL Previous Year

Idioms and phrases for SSC CGL and other exams are extremely significant. If candidates are familiar with important idioms and phrases as well as their meanings, they can easily get a good score in the English section where at least 4-5 questions related to idioms and phrases are typically asked in the SSC CGL exam. To assist candidates in their preparation, we have compiled a list of 100+ idioms and phrases that are relevant for the SSC CGL exam and other SSC exams.

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Idioms Definition

An idiom is a statement or phrase that has a meaning that differs from its exact meaning. Thus it might be said, “Idioms mean something different than the individual words.” Students, however, often misread proverbs with idioms.

Idioms Examples

We have understood idioms and now move forward to the next step, which is examples of Idioms. Here are some examples of idioms to help you understand them:

  • I consider losing that job to have been a blessing in disguise because it motivated me to launch my own company.
  • Those souvenir keychains are a dime a dozen at the visitor stores.
  • Go ahead, I am all ears. Please share with me your thoughts.
  • We are all in the same boat as everyone else on staff who received a wage decrease.
  • You’re barking up the wrong tree if you believe I stole your novel. It’s not anything I’ve seen.
  • Stop beating around the bush and tell me why you didn’t show up to my twenty-first birthday party.
  • I could hurt him, but I have to bite the bullet and tell him the truth.
  • After years of silence, they decided to bury the hatchet and rekindle their friendship.
  •  I passed the exam by the skin of my teeth, with the minimum needed score.
  • Yes, we made a mistake but crying over spilt milk is pointless. Let’s concentrate on figuring out a fix.
  • Don’t cut corners on this job, it needs to be good to impress the new customer.

What are Phrases.?

A phrase is a group of words that make up a unit of meaning in a sentence. It does not contain a subject and a verb, and it doesn’t always express a complete idea. Phrases can act as nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and other parts of speech in a sentence. Examples of phrases include:

  • Noun phrase: “The big brown dog”
  • Adjective phrase: “With great enthusiasm”
  • Adverb phrase: “In the morning”
  • Verb phrase: “Have been studying”
  • Prepositional phrase: “On the table”
  • Infinitive phrase: “To swim in the ocean”
  • Gerund phrase: “Swimming in the ocean”
  • “Out of the blue” (adverb phrase, meaning unexpectedly)
  • “On top of the world” (prepositional phrase, meaning feeling very good)
  • “A piece of cake” (noun phrase, meaning something easy to do)
  • “Under the weather” (prepositional phrase, meaning feeling sick)
  • “In a nutshell” (prepositional phrase, meaning summarized in a few words)
  • “In the long run” (prepositional phrase, meaning in the future or over a period of time)
  • “Break a leg” (verb phrase, meaning good luck)

Phrases are different from idioms because idioms have a figurative meaning that is not easily deduced from the individual words in it, whereas phrases can be understood by analyzing the individual words that make it up.

Some Examples of the phrases are

  • The telephone was on the table
  • Children were snickering and giggling when the teacher left the room
  • The Nice neighbor offered him a glass of water.

Idioms & Phrases Asked in SSC Exam

S.No.Idioms & PhrasesMeaning
1.Rank and FileOrdinary People
2.By fits and startsIn short periods, not regularly
3.A wee bitA little
4.Out of the woodFree from difficulties and dangers
5.Under his thumbUnder his control
6.At one’s wit’s endIn a state where one does not know what to do
7.Between the devil and the deep seaBetween two dangers
8.Burn the midnight oilWork or study hard
9.Call a spade a spadeSpeak frankly and directly
10.Come off with flying colorsBe highly successful
11.Hoping against hopeWithout hope
12.Hit the nail on the headDo or say the exact thing
13.An axe to grindA personal interest in the matter
14.To get rid ofDispose of
15.At daggers drawnBitterly hostile
16.To play ducks and drakesTo act foolishly or inconsistently
17.To take the bull by the hornsTo tackle a problem in a bold and direct fashion
18.Rain cats and dogsRain heavily
19.To move heaven and earthTo make a supreme effort
20.No availWithout any result
21.Bark up the wrong treeAccuse or denounce the wrong person
22.Keep one at bayKeep one at a distance
23.Make a clean breast of itConfess – especially when a person has done a wrong thing
24.Have a card up one’s sleeveHave a secret plan in reserve
25.Like a cat on hot bricksVery nervous
26.Cat and dog lifeLife full of quarrels
27.Cock and bull storyMade up story that one should not believe
28.Cry for the moonAsk for the impossible
29.The pros and consThe various aspects of a matter in detail
30.Be in a tight cornerIn a very difficult situation
31.Cross one’s t’s and dotBe precise, careful and one’s i’s exact
32.At arm’s lengthTo keep at a distance
33.Out of the questionImpossible
34.Out of the wayStrange
35.Show a clean pair of healsRun away
36.Keep one’s fingers crossedThe anxiety in which you hope that nothing will upset your plans
37.In the nick of timeJust at the last moment
38.Sitting on the fenceHesitate between two decisions
39.Spread like wild fireSpread quickly
40.The gift of the gabTalent for speaking
41.By hook or by crookBy fair or foul means
42.Feather one’s own nestMake money unfairly
43.Throw out of gearDisturb the work
44.Take to one’s heelsRun away
45.Tooth and nailWith all one’s power
46.Die in harnessDie while in service
47.Take a leaf out of one’s bookImitate one
48.Leave no stone unturnedUse all available means
49.A man of strawA man of no substance
50.Read between the linesUnderstand the hidden meaning
51.In cold bloodDeliberately and without emotion
52.A thorn in the fleshA constant source of annoyance
53.Smell a ratSuspect something foul
54.Harp on the same stringDwell on the same subject
55.Bury the hatchetEnd the quarrel and make peace
56.Leave one in the lurchDesert one in difficulties; leave one in a helpless condition
57.Like a fish out of waterIn a strange situation
58.At one’s beck and callUnder his control
59.To make both ends meetTo live within one’s income
60.In hot waterIn trouble
61.Nip in the budDestroy in the early stage
62.Stick to one’s gunsRemain faithful to the cause
63.To eat humble pieTo apologize humbly and to yield under humiliating circumstances
64.In high spiritsVery happy
65.Put the cart before the horsePut or do things in the wrong order
66.To all namesTo abuse
67.On tenterhooksIn a state of suspense and anxiety
68.Wash one’s dirty linenDiscuss unpleasant in public-private matters before strangers
69.To bell the catTo face the risk
70.A hard nut to crackA difficult problem
71.Let the cat out of the bagReveal a secret
72.A big gunAn important person
73.Kill two birds with one stoneTo achieve two results with one effort
74.Take one to taskRebuke
75.Gain groundBecome Popular
76.To blow one’s ownTo praise one’s own trumpet achievement
77.A bosom friendA very close friend
78.A brown studyDreaming
79.Turn a deaf earDisregard / ignore what one says
80.A close shaveNarrow escape
81.Turn over a new leafChange for the better
82.Make up one’s mindDecide
83.In the long runEventually; ultimately
84.Bring to lightDisclose
85.Pay off old scoresTake revenge
86.Hard and fast rulesStrict rules
87.At the eleventh hourAt the last moment
88.A close shaveNarrow escape
89.To cut a sorry figureTo make a poor show
90.With a high handOppressively
91.Burn one’s fingersGet into trouble by interfering in other’s affairs
92.Laugh one’s head offLaugh heartily
93.Chew the cudPonder over something
94.Play second fiddleTake an unimportant part
95.Above boardHonest and open
96.Through thick and thinUnder all conditions
97.Put a spoke in one’s wheelTo upset one’s plans
98.At sixes and sevensIn a disordered/disorganized manner, chaotic
99.At homeComfortable
100.Alpha and omegaThe beginning and the end
101.At seaConfused and lost
102.A bosom friendA very close friend
103.At one’s beck and callAt one’s service
104.By leaps and boundsRapidly
105.To burn one’s boatsGo back on a decision
106.To beat about the bushTalk irrelevantly
107.To burn candle at both endsTo waste lavishly
108.Take one to taskRebuke
109.A bone of contentionA source of quarrel
110.Add fuel to the fireTo aggravate the situation
111.An acid testA critical test
112.At a snail’s paceVery slowly
113.A bolt from the blueSomething unexpected
114.To build castles in the airMake imaginary schemes
115.Once in a blue moonSomething that happens very rarely
116.Beating around the bushAvoiding the main topic
117.Cry over spilled milkComplaining about a loss or failure from the past
118.Chip on your shoulderWhen someone is upset about something that happened a while ago
119.Piece of cakeSomething that is easy to understand or do
120.Golden handshakeA big sum of money given to a person when he/she leaves a company or retires
121.Spill the beansTo disclose a secret
122.Blessing in disguiseSomething good and useful that did not initially seem that way
123.Mean businessBeing Serious or Dedicated
124.Come hell or high waterPossible obstacles in your path
125.Apple of one’s eyeBeing cherished
126.Bite off more than you can chewNot able to complete a task due to lack of ability
127.The best of both worldsThe benefits of widely differing situations enjoyed at the same time
128.Feeling a bit under the weatherFeeling slightly ill
129.The icing on the cakeSomething that turns good into great
130.Cost an arm and a legBe very expensive
131.Jump the bandwagonTo join a popular activity or trend
132.The ball is in your courtWhen it is up to you to make the next decision or step
133.To be in the doldrumsTo be in low spirits
134.To sit on the fenceTo remain neutral
135.Break the iceTo initiate a social conversation or interaction
136.Hear it on grapevineTo hear rumors about something or someone
137.Can’t judge a book by its coverCannot judge something primarily on appearance
138.It takes two to tangoActions or communications need more than one person
139.Let the cat out of the bagTo reveal the secret carelessly or by mistake
140.Black and blueFull of Bruises
141.Be on cloud nineBe very happy
142.Last strawThe final problem in a series of problems
143.A bird’s eye viewA view from a very high place that allows you to see a very large area
144.A litmus TestA method that helps to know if something is correct
145.At the drop of a hatWillingness to do something instantly
146.Afraid of one’s own shadowTo become easily frightened
147.A house of cardsA poor plan
148.Fool’s paradiseFalse sense of happiness
149.Get a raw dealTo not be treated as well as other people
150.Give cold shoulderTo ignore
151.Hand to mouthLive on only basic necessities
152.Make a faceTo show dislike or disappointment through facial expressions
153.It’s Greek to meSomething that is not understandable
154.To pour oil on troubled watersTo make peace
155.Don’t put all your eggs in one basketDo not put all your resources in one basket (in one place or thing)
156.To put in a nutshellTo say in a few words or to make something concise
157.Back outTo withdraw from a promise or contract
158.Blow upTo explode
159.Back-UpTo support and sustain
160.Back UponTo be relevant
161.Break DownFailure in something
162.Break offTo end or discontinue
163.Break UpTo disperse/dissolve
164.Bring upTo rear
165.Call forthTo provoke
166.Call outTo shout
167.Call uponTo order
168.Carry onTo continue
169.CastawayTo throw aside
170.Catch up withTo overtake
171.Come offTo take place
172.Cry DownTo make little of
173.Catch up withTo overtake
174.Cry out againstTo complain loudly against
175.Cut outDesigned for
176.Drop-inTo Visit Casually
177.Drop outTo fall
178.Fall backTo Recede; To Retreat
179.Fall downFrom a higher position to a lower one
180.Fall offTo Withdraw; To Drop Off
181.Fall underTo come under
182.Get alongTo Prosper; To Progress; To Proceed
183.Get on withTo Live Pleasantly Together; To Progress
184.Get intoTo be involved in
185.Give inTo Surrender; To Yield
186.Give overNot to do any longer
187.Go afterTo Follow; To Pursue
188.Go DownTo be accepted
189.Go withoutTo remain without
190.Go byTo follow
191.Hang aboutTo Loiter near a place
192.Hang uponTo depend upon
193.Hold outTo Endure; To Refuse to yield; To continue; To offer
194.Hold toAbide By
195.Keep offTo ward off
196.Keep up withTo keep pace with
197.Knock outTo win by hitting another one
198.It takes two to tangoBoth people involved in a bad situation are responsible for it
199.Last strawThe final problem in a series of problems
200.Keep something at bayKeep something away
201.Kill two birds with one stoneTo solve two problems at a time with just one action
202.Let sleeping dogs lieLeave something alone if it might cause trouble
203.Open the floodgatesRelease something that was previously under control
204.Out of the blueHappen unexpectedly
205.Out on a limbDo something risky
206.Over the TopTotally excessive and not suitable for the occasion
207.The pen is mightier than the swordWords and communication have a greater effect than war
208.Push one’s luckTrying to obtain more than what one has
209.Reap the harvestBenefit or suffer as a direct result of past actions
210.Roll-up sleevesTo get yourself prepared
211.See eye to eyeTo be in agreement with
212.Shot in the darkA complete guess
213.Sink your teeth intoDo something with a lot of energy and enthusiasm
214.Take with a grain/pinch of saltTo doubt the accuracy of information
215.Skating on thin iceDo or say something risky
216.Tight spotA difficult situation
217.Strike while the iron is hotTo act at the right time
218.Take the plungeVenture into something of one’s interest despite the risks involved
219.Take a nosediveRapid drop or decrease in value
220.Think the world ofAdmire someone very much
221.Stand in a good steadTo be useful or be of good service to someone
222.Take a back seatChoose to be less important in a role
223.Wave a dead chickenDo something useless
224.Whale of a timeEnjoy a lot
225.Wrap one’s brain aroundConcentrate on something to understand
226.Zero in on somethingFocus all attention on one thing
227.Above allChiefly, Mainly
228.On Account ofDue to
229.On no accountNot for Any Reason
230.A Fidus AchatesA faithful friend or a devoted follower
231.The Heel of AchillesA Weak Point
232.An AdonisA very handsome man
233.To assume airsTo affect superiority
234.To stand aloofTo keep to oneself and not mix with others
235.To lead to the altarTo marry
236.An AnaniasA Liar
237.An ApolloA Man with Perfect Physique
238.To Upset the Apple CartTo disturb the peace
239.Apple Pie OrderIn perfect order
240.Arcadian LifeA blissful, happy, rural and simple life
241.To take up armsTo fight or go to the war
242.To GrindTo have some selfish objective in view
243.To break the back of anythingTo perform the most difficult part
244.To backbite a personTo speak disguise about someone
245.He has no backboneHe has no will of his own
246.To cause bad bloodTo Cause Enmity
247.Bag and BaggageWith all one’s belongings
248.To keep the ball rollingTo keep things going
249.Barmecide feastImaginary Benefits
250.Bee-lineThe shortest distance between two places
251.Behind one’s backWithout one’s Knowledge
252.Behind the scenesIn Private
253.To hit below the beltTo act unfairly in a contest
254.To bite the dustTo be Defeated in Battle
255.A Wet BlanketA person who discourages enjoyment or enthusiasm
256.In Cold BloodDeliberately
257.A blue StockingA learned/educated or intellectual woman
258.At First BlushAt first sight
259.A Bolt from the BlueSomething completely unexpected that surprises you
260.One’s bread and butterOne’s means of livelihood
261.To breadth one’s lastTo Die
262.To make bricks without strawTo attempt to do something without proper materials
263.To kick the bucketTo die
264.Good wine needs no bushThere is no need to advertise something good
265.To burn the candle at both endsTo expend energy in two directions at the same time
266.If the cap fits, wear itIf you think the remarks refer to you, then accept the criticism
267.Care killed the catDon’t fret and worry yourself to death
268.To catch one’s eyeTo attract attention
269.To take the chairTo preside a meeting
270.She is no chickenShe is older than she says
271.To pick and chooseTo make a careful selection
272.To square the circleTo attempt something impossible
273.Every cloud has a silver liningAdverse conditions do not last forever
274.Close fistedMean
275.Cut your cloth according to your clothLive within your income
276.A cock and bull storyA foolishly incredible story
277.To be cocksureTo be perfectly sure or certain
278.To throw cold water upon anythingTo discourage efforts
279.Off-colorNot in the usual form
280.To commit to memoryTo learn by heart
281.Too many cooks spoil the brothWhere there are more workers than necessary
282.Crocodile tearsHypocritical Tears
283.By hook or by crookBy fair or foul means
284.Cut and driedReadymade
285.Up to dateRecent
286.Evil daysA period of misfortune
287.Halcyon DaysA time when there are peace and happiness in the land
288.To step into dead man’s shoesTo come into an inheritance
289.Go to the devilBe off
290.Devil’s bonesDice
291.Devil’s PlaythingsPlaying Cards
292.Give a dog a bad name and hang himOnce a person loses his reputation
293.Every dog has his daySooner or later, everyone has his share of good fortune
294.To throw dust in one’s eyesTo try to deceive someone or mislead someone
295.A white elephantA useless possession which is extremely expensive to keep
296.To set the Thames on fireTo do something sensational or remarkable
297.A burnt child dreads the fireOne who has had previous unpleasant experience is always scared of situations where such experiences are likely to be repeated
298.A fish out of waterAnyone in an awkward
299.Foul playCheating
300.To jump from a frying pan into fireTo come out of one trouble and get into a worse
301.All that glitters are not goldThings are not always as attractive as they appear
302.To die in harnessTo continue at one’s occupation until death
303.Make hay while the sun shinesTake advantage of all opportunities
304.Lock, stock and barrelThe whole of everything
305.A miss is as good as a mileComes nowhere near it. If someone narrowly misses the target it still is treated as a missed one or failure.
306.To move heaven and earthTo exert all efforts
307.One swallow does not make a summerIt is unreliable to base one’s conclusions on only a single test or incident
308.If wishes were horses, beggars might rideIf wishing could make things happen, then even the most destitute people would have everything they wanted
309.A nine days’ wonderAn event which relates a sensation for a time but is soon forgotten
310.Yellow pressNewspapers publish sensational and unscrupulous stories and exaggerate the news to attract readers.
311.A ballpark figureA general financial figure
312.To balance the booksTo make certain that the amount of money spent is not more than the amount of money received.
313.A cash cowA product or service that makes a lot of money for a company
314.Devil’s AdvocateTo present a counter-argument
315.Don’t give up the day jobYou are not very good at something. You could not do it professionally.
316.To cook the booksTo modify financial statements
317.To get the sackTo be dismissed from your job
318.To be snowed underTo be very busy
319.To work your fingers to the bone or to sweat bloodTo work really hard
320.Hear it on the grapevineTo hear rumors
321.In the heat of the momentOverwhelmed by what is happening at the moment
322.Not a spark of decencyNo Manners
323.Speak of the devil!This expression is used when the person you have just been talking about arrives
324.Whole nine yardsEverything. All of it
325.Your guess is as good as mineTo have no idea about anything

Idioms and Phrases In English

Here is a collection of such idioms and phrases in English, along with their definitions in the table that follows.

Idioms and Phrases In English
IdiomMeaning in EnglishMeaning in Hindi
Burn the midnight oilWork or study hardखूब मेहनत करो या पढ़ाई करो
Call a spade a spadeSpeak frankly and directlyखुलकर और सीधे बोलें
Come off with flying colorsBe highly successfulअत्यधिक सफल हो
Hoping against hopeWithout hopeबिना उम्मीद के
Like two peas in a podBe together alwaysहमेशा साथ रहो
Know which way the wind blowsTo understand what is happeningयह समझने के लिए कि क्या हो रहा है
Hit the nail on the headTo do something the exact way in which it should be done / Also refers to giving a direct answerकिसी काम को ठीक उसी तरीके से करना जिस तरीके से किया जाना चाहिए / इसका तात्पर्य सीधा उत्तर देने से भी है
Catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegarGetting what you want by being niceअच्छा बनकर आप जो चाहते हैं उसे प्राप्त करें
Let someone off the hookReleasing someone or letting someone goकिसी को रिहा करना या किसी को जाने देना
Like riding a bicycleA skill that you learn and will never forgetएक कौशल जिसे आप सीखेंगे और कभी नहीं भूलेंगे
Blame one’s toolsBlaming something on someone elseकिसी बात का दोष किसी और पर मढ़ना
It’s not rocket scienceNot that difficult to comprehendसमझना इतना भी मुश्किल नहीं है
Spill the beansReveal a secretएक रहस्य उजागर करें
Get the show on the roadStart something or begin an enterpriseकुछ भी शुरू करें या कोई उद्यम शुरू करें
Pull the last strawThe final point in a series of unfortunate events when you feel you cannot take it anymoreदुर्भाग्यपूर्ण घटनाओं की श्रृंखला में अंतिम बिंदु जब आपको लगता है कि आप इसे और नहीं सह सकते
That ship has sailedIt is too late to do somethingकुछ करने के लिए बहुत देर हो चुकी है
It is always the darkest before dawnSomething good is coming / Things will get betterकुछ अच्छा होने वाला है / हालात बेहतर हो जायेंगे
Have one’s head in the cloudsTo have no concentration at allबिल्कुल भी एकाग्रता न होना
On thin iceUsed to refer to a sensitive scenario or a person who is in troubleइसका उपयोग किसी संवेदनशील परिदृश्य या ऐसे व्यक्ति को संदर्भित करने के लिए किया जाता है जो संकट में है
Give a cold shoulderAct rudely to someoneकिसी के साथ अभद्र व्यवहार करना
Cannot make an omelette without breaking some eggsEverything has a cost to payहर चीज़ की एक कीमत चुकानी पड़ती है
Once bitten, twice shyBeing extremely cautious as you have been hurt alreadyअत्यधिक सतर्क रहें क्योंकि आपको पहले ही चोट लग चुकी है
Bolt from the blueSomething that happens unexpectedly or without a warningकुछ ऐसा जो अप्रत्याशित रूप से या बिना किसी चेतावनी के घटित होता है
When it rains, it poursWhen everything goes wrong at onceजब सब कुछ एक ही बार में गलत हो जाए
Miss the boatTo act too slowly and miss an opportunityबहुत धीरे-धीरे कार्य करना और अवसर गँवाना
Pull someone’s legTo make fun of someoneकिसी का मज़ाक उड़ाना
No pain no gainSuffering or making efforts is required to achieve somethingकुछ हासिल करने के लिए कष्ट सहना या प्रयास करना जरूरी है
See eye to eyeHave the same opinion or have the same point of viewएक ही राय रखें या एक ही दृष्टिकोण रखें
Wear your heart on your sleeveTo be extremely open about what you feel and thinkआप जो महसूस करते हैं और सोचते हैं उसके बारे में बेहद खुला होना
Takes two to tangoTwo persons are equally responsible for what is happening or has happenedजो कुछ हो रहा है या हो चुका है उसके लिए दो व्यक्ति समान रूप से जिम्मेदार हैं
Come rain or shineNo matter what happensचाहे जो हो जाये
So far so goodMeans that everything has turned out well until that pointइसका मतलब है कि उस बिंदु तक सब कुछ ठीक हो गया है
Comparing apples to orangesTo compare two things that are completely different and cannot be comparedदो चीजों की तुलना करना जो बिल्कुल अलग हैं और जिनकी तुलना नहीं की जा सकती
When pigs flyWhen something uncanny or impossible happensजब कुछ अलौकिक या असंभव घटित होता है
Curiosity killed the catAsking too many questions or involving too much in other people’s affairs will get you into troubleबहुत अधिक प्रश्न पूछना या दूसरे लोगों के मामलों में बहुत अधिक शामिल होना आपको परेशानी में डाल देगा
The best of both worldsGood in every wayहर तरह से अच्छा
Burn bridgesDo something to spoil relationshipsरिश्ते खराब करने के लिए कुछ ऐसा करें
The whole nine yardsRefer to everything that is thereवहां जो कुछ भी है उसका संदर्भ लें
Grass is greener on the other sideNever being satisfied with what one getsजो मिलता है उससे कभी संतुष्ट नहीं होना
Every dog has its dayEveryone gets a chanceहर किसी को मौका मिलता है
Counting your chickens before they hatchExpecting good results before something is doneकिसी काम को करने से पहले अच्छे परिणाम की उम्मीद करना
Go down in flamesTo fail terriblyबुरी तरह असफल होना
Adding fuel to the fireAggravating the problemसमस्या बढ़ रही है
Wrap your head around somethingTry to make sense about what is going onजो चल रहा है उसे समझने का प्रयास करें
Cut the mustardDo a perfectly good jobबिल्कुल अच्छा काम करो
Jump from the frying pan into the fireRefers to a situation becoming worseबदतर होती जा रही स्थिति को संदर्भित करता है
Cry over spilt milkWorrying or complaining about something that cannot be fixed/rectifiedकिसी ऐसी चीज़ के बारे में चिंता करना या शिकायत करना जिसे ठीक/ठीक नहीं किया जा सकता
Have a method to one’s madnessSeeming to be crazy but in fact, cleverदेखने में तो पागल लगते हैं, पर वास्तव में चतुर हैं
Do something at the drop of a hatDo something unplannedकुछ अनियोजित करो
Get wind of somethingTo have information about something secretकिसी गुप्त बात की जानकारी होना
Hear it from the horse’s mouthTo know something from the person involvedसंबंधित व्यक्ति से कुछ जानना
Fit as a fiddleTo be in good healthअच्छे स्वास्थ्य के लिए
Take everything with a pinch of saltRefers to being sceptic and not believing blindlyसंशयवादी होने और आँख मूँद कर विश्वास न करने को संदर्भित करता है
A pain in the neckRefers to a person who is annoyingएक ऐसे व्यक्ति को संदर्भित करता है जो परेशान करने वाला है
The best thing since sliced breadA good and useful inventionएक अच्छा और उपयोगी आविष्कार
Walk in the other’s shoesTo understand what the other is going throughयह समझने के लिए कि दूसरा क्या झेल रहा है
Break the iceTo make people feel comfortable with those who are unfamiliar to themलोगों को उन लोगों के साथ सहज महसूस कराना जो उनके लिए अपरिचित हैं
Having a monkey on your backTo have a problem that you cannot solve or get rid off easilyऐसी समस्या होना जिसे आप आसानी से हल नहीं कर सकते या छुटकारा नहीं पा सकते
Go on a wild goose chaseDoing something pointlessकुछ करना व्यर्थ है
Rain cats and dogsRaining heavilyभारी बारिश हो रही है
Once in a blue moonVery rarelyबहुत मुश्किल से ही
Bark up the wrong treeFollowing a misguided or mistaken thought or actionकिसी गुमराह या गलत विचार या कार्य का अनुसरण करना
Have the ball in one’s courtOne can make a call / decide on their ownकोई स्वयं कॉल/निर्णय ले सकता है
Devil quoting the BibleGood things being twisted for selfish and evil purposesअच्छी चीज़ों को स्वार्थी और बुरे उद्देश्यों के लिए तोड़-मरोड़ कर पेश किया जा रहा है
The devil is in the detailsRefers to something that seems to be good only from a distanceकिसी ऐसी चीज़ को संदर्भित करता है जो केवल दूर से ही अच्छी लगती है
Other fish in the seaMore opportunitiesज़्यादा अवसर
Spread like a wildfireSpread quicklyतेजी से फैलो
Out of gear Disturb the workकाम में खलल डालना
Something ain’t over until the fat lady singsIt is not over yet / there is more to the situationयह अभी ख़त्म नहीं हुआ है/स्थिति में और भी बहुत कुछ है
Bounce off the wallsTo be extremely excited and energeticअत्यधिक उत्साहित और ऊर्जावान होना
As right as rainSomething is perfectकुछ तो उत्तम है
To get bent out of shapeTo be upset, to take offence, to be angryपरेशान होना, नाराज़ होना, क्रोधित होना
Every cloud has a silver liningThere is always some good in every thing that happens / Something good will happen after something badहर चीज़ में कुछ न कुछ अच्छा जरूर होता है / कुछ बुरा होने के बाद कुछ अच्छा भी होता है
Play the devil’s advocateTo argue or fight over something just for the sake of itकिसी बात के लिए सिर्फ बहस या झगड़ा करना
Cross that bridge when we get to itDeal with the problem when it happensसमस्या घटित होने पर उससे निपटें
Throw caution to the windTo take a riskजोखिम उठाना
The best thing since sliced breadA good and useful inventionएक अच्छा और उपयोगी आविष्कार
Walk in the other’s shoesTo understand what the other is going throughयह समझने के लिए कि दूसरा क्या झेल रहा है
Break the iceTo make people feel comfortable with those who are unfamiliar to themलोगों को उन लोगों के साथ सहज महसूस कराना जो उनके लिए अपरिचित हैं
Having a monkey on your backTo have a problem that you cannot solve or get rid off easilyऐसी समस्या होना जिसे आप आसानी से हल नहीं कर सकते या छुटकारा नहीं पा सकते
Go on a wild goose chaseDoing something pointlessकुछ करना व्यर्थ है
Rain cats and dogsRaining heavilyभारी बारिश हो रही है
Once in a blue moonVery rarelyबहुत मुश्किल से ही
Bark up the wrong treeFollowing a misguided or mistaken thought or actionकिसी गुमराह या गलत विचार या कार्य का अनुसरण करना
Have the ball in one’s courtOne can make a call / decide on their ownकोई स्वयं कॉल/निर्णय ले सकता है
Devil quoting the BibleGood things being twisted for selfish and evil purposesअच्छी चीज़ों को स्वार्थी और बुरे उद्देश्यों के लिए तोड़-मरोड़ कर पेश किया जा रहा है
The devil is in the detailsRefers to something that seems to be good only from a distanceकिसी ऐसी चीज़ को संदर्भित करता है जो केवल दूर से ही अच्छी लगती है
Other fish in the seaMore opportunitiesज़्यादा अवसर
A snowball’s chance in hellNo chance at all at survivingजीवित रहने की बिल्कुल भी संभावना नहीं
Something ain’t over until the fat lady singsIt is not over yet / there is more to the situationयह अभी ख़त्म नहीं हुआ है/स्थिति में और भी बहुत कुछ है
Bounce off the wallsTo be extremely excited and energeticअत्यधिक उत्साहित और ऊर्जावान होना
As right as rainSomething is perfectकुछ तो उत्तम है
To get bent out of shapeTo be upset, to take offence, to be angryपरेशान होना, नाराज़ होना, क्रोधित होना
Every cloud has a silver liningThere is always some good in every thing that happens / Something good will happen after something badहर चीज़ में कुछ न कुछ अच्छा जरूर होता है / कुछ बुरा होने के बाद कुछ अच्छा भी होता है
Play the devil’s advocateTo argue or fight over something just for the sake of itकिसी बात के लिए सिर्फ बहस या झगड़ा करना
Cross that bridge when we get to itDeal with the problem when it happensसमस्या घटित होने पर उससे निपटें
Throw caution to the windTo take a riskजोखिम उठाना
A penny for your thoughtsUsed to ask someone what they are thinkingकिसी से पूछते थे कि वे क्या सोच रहे हैं
Bite off more than you can chewTo do more than you canअपनी क्षमता से अधिक करना
Judging a book by its coverJudge or form an opinion on someone based on appearancesदिखावे के आधार पर किसी का मूल्यांकन करना या उसके बारे में राय बनाना
Rain on one’s paradeTo spoil someone’s moment of praise / To spoil somethingकिसी की प्रशंसा के क्षण को ख़राब करना / किसी चीज़ को ख़राब करना
By the skin of your teethBy a very narrow margin, the slightest if chancesबहुत ही कम अंतर से, यदि संभावना नगण्य हो
Put all your eggs in one basketDoing something riskyकुछ जोखिम भरा काम करना
Put something on iceTo hold off somethingकिसी चीज़ को रोके रखना
Cannot have a cake and eat it tooCannot have everything for yourselfसब कुछ अपने लिए नहीं हो सकता
Beat around the bushTo avoid talking about what’s importantजो महत्वपूर्ण है उसके बारे में बात करने से बचें
Get your act togetherGet organized and do things effectivelyसंगठित हो जाओ और काम प्रभावी ढंग से करो
Hit the sackGo to sleepसो जाओ
Your guess is as good as mineI do not knowमुझे नहीं पता
Good things come to those who waitTo have patienceधैर्य रखना
Back against the wallStuck in a difficult circumstance with no escapeऐसी कठिन परिस्थिति में फँस गया हूँ जहाँ से निकलने का कोई रास्ता नहीं है
Up in armsBeing grumpy or angry about somethingकिसी बात पर चिड़चिड़े या क्रोधित होना
Scrape the barrelMaking the most of the worst situations or thingsसबसे खराब स्थितियों या चीजों का अधिकतम लाभ उठाना
Burn your boats/bridgesDoing something that makes it impossible to go back to the original state.कुछ ऐसा करना जिससे मूल स्थिति में वापस जाना असंभव हो जाए।
Break fresh/new groundDoing something that has never been done beforeकुछ ऐसा करना जो पहले कभी नहीं किया गया
Sell like hot cakesQuick selloutत्वरित बिक्री
Run around in circlesPutting efforts into something that is not a worthwhile resultकिसी ऐसी चीज़ में प्रयास करना जिसका कोई सार्थक परिणाम न हो
On cloud nineBeing very happyबहुत खुश हो रहे हैं
Left out in the coldBeing ignoredध्यान नही दिया जा रहा है
Blow hot and coldAlternate inconsistently between moods and actionsमनोदशाओं और कार्यों के बीच असंगत रूप से परिवर्तन करें
Cut cornersDoing something in an easier and least expensive mannerकिसी काम को आसान और कम खर्चीले तरीके से करना
Boil the oceanTaking up an almost impossible or overly ambitious projectलगभग असंभव या अत्यधिक महत्वाकांक्षी परियोजना को हाथ में लेना
Keep an ear to the groundStaying informed about everythingहर चीज़ के बारे में जानकारी रखना
Eat like a horseEating too excessivelyबहुत ज्यादा खाना
A snowball effectThe aspect of momentum in every event and how they build upon each otherप्रत्येक घटना में गति का पहलू और वे एक-दूसरे पर कैसे प्रभाव डालते हैं
Tie the knotto marry a mateएक साथी से शादी करने के लिए
The ball is in your courtone needs to take some action to keep something goingकिसी चीज़ को जारी रखने के लिए कुछ कार्रवाई करने की ज़रूरत है
A piece of cakesomething easily achievedकुछ आसानी से हासिल किया जा सकता है
A picture paints a thousand wordsan image of a subject conveys its meaning or essence more effectively than a description does.किसी विषय की छवि विवरण की तुलना में उसके अर्थ या सार को अधिक प्रभावी ढंग से बताती है।
Bed of rosesan easy, comfortable situation.एक आसान, आरामदायक स्थिति.
To make a long story shortused to end an account of events quicklyघटनाओं का लेखा-जोखा शीघ्र समाप्त करने के लिए उपयोग किया जाता है
Smell a ratto sense that someone has caused something wrongयह महसूस करना कि किसी ने कुछ गलत किया है
Sixth sensea supposed power to know or feel things that are not perceptible by the five senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch.उन चीजों को जानने या महसूस करने की एक कथित शक्ति जो दृष्टि, श्रवण, गंध, स्वाद और स्पर्श की पांच इंद्रियों द्वारा बोधगम्य नहीं हैं।
Rome was not built in a dayImportant work takes timeमहत्वपूर्ण कार्य में समय लगता है
Turn a blind eyepretend not to notice.नोटिस न करने का नाटक करें।
Don’t put all your eggs in one basketa piece of advice which means that one should not concentrate all efforts and resources in one area.एक सलाह जिसका अर्थ है कि किसी को सभी प्रयासों और संसाधनों को एक ही क्षेत्र में केंद्रित नहीं करना चाहिए।
Through thick and thinunder all circumstances, no matter how difficultहर परिस्थिति में, चाहे कितनी भी मुश्किल क्यों न हो
Rise and shineWake up and get out of bed promptlyउठें और तुरंत बिस्तर से बाहर निकलें
Wet one’s whistlehave a drinkएक जाम लें
Put the best foot forwardStart impressivelyप्रभावशाली शुरुआत करें
Stick one’s neck outTo take a riskजोखिम उठाना
Bear the palmBe victorious जय हो
From the horse’s mouthFrom a reliable sourceएक विश्वसनीय स्रोत से
Fool’s errandUseless undertaking बेकार उपक्रम
Be hand and footIn all possible ways; by all meansहर संभव तरीके से; हर तरह से
Gray matterIntelligenceबुद्धिमत्ता
Hear it on grapevineTo hear rumours about something or someoneकिसी चीज़ या व्यक्ति के बारे में अफवाहें सुनना
Bend over backwardsDo whatever it takes to help, willing to do anythingमदद के लिए जो भी करना पड़े वह करें, कुछ भी करने को तैयार हैं
Get your walking papersGet fired from the job नौकरी से निकाल दो
For the time beingTemporarilyअस्थायी रूप से
Lock and keyIn safe placeसुरक्षित स्थान पर
Cast a shadow onSpoil or let downबिगाड़ना या नीचा दिखाना
In the face ofRegardlessध्यान दिए बगैर
Whole bag of tricksMake use of all the possibilities or techniques to achieve something.कुछ हासिल करने के लिए सभी संभावनाओं या तकनीकों का उपयोग करें।
Dog eat dogRuthlessly competitiveनिर्दयतापूर्वक प्रतिस्पर्धी
Vote with one’s feetTo show disapprovalअस्वीकृति दर्शाने के लिए
Wipe the nose ofTo Cheatचूना लगाना
Cork something upTo stop up one’s mouth and be quiet अपना मुँह बंद करना और चुप रहना
Cook someone’s goose Spoil other person’s chances of successदूसरे व्यक्ति की सफलता की संभावनाएँ ख़राब करें
Sink or swimFail or succeedअसफल या सफल
Hit the road runningStart something and proceed at a fast pace with enthusiasmकिसी काम की शुरुआत करें और उत्साह के साथ तेज गति से आगे बढ़ें
To toe the lineTo accept the authority or policies of a particular group, especially unwillinglyकिसी विशेष समूह के अधिकार या नीतियों को विशेषकर अनिच्छा से स्वीकार करना
Spelled Outexplain something explicitlyकिसी बात को स्पष्ट रूप से समझाना
Throw caution to the winddo something without worrying about the risk or negative resultsजोखिम या नकारात्मक परिणामों की चिंता किए बिना कुछ करें
On thin icein a precarious or risky situationकिसी अनिश्चित या जोखिम भरी स्थिति में
a wild goose chasea search that is completely unsuccessful and a waste of timeएक ऐसी खोज जो पूरी तरह से असफल और समय की बर्बादी है
head over heelsfalling deeply in love with another personकिसी अन्य व्यक्ति के साथ गहराई से प्यार में पड़ना
at eleventh hourlast moment or almost lateअंतिम क्षण या लगभग देर से
On cloud ninebeing extremely happy making the sentence contextually incorrect.वाक्य को प्रासंगिक रूप से गलत बनाकर बेहद खुश होना।
A sitting ducka person or thing with no protection against an attack or other source of dangerकोई व्यक्ति या वस्तु जिसके पास किसी हमले या खतरे के अन्य स्रोत से कोई सुरक्षा नहीं है
Spilling the beansreveal secret information unintentionally or indiscreetlyअनजाने या अविवेकपूर्ण तरीके से गुप्त जानकारी प्रकट करना
Scot-freewithout suffering any punishment or injuryबिना कोई सज़ा या चोट झेले
An arm and a legphrase is used to refer something that is very expensiveवाक्यांश का उपयोग किसी ऐसी चीज़ को संदर्भित करने के लिए किया जाता है जो बहुत महंगी है
Bread and butterin reference to something every day or ordinaryहर दिन या सामान्य किसी चीज़ के संदर्भ में
Grow intobecome as a result of natural development or gradual increaseप्राकृतिक विकास या क्रमिक वृद्धि के परिणामस्वरूप बनें
Put Offto postpone or arrange a later dateबाद की तारीख को स्थगित करना या व्यवस्थित करना
Iron outto resolve by discussionचर्चा द्वारा समाधान करना
Tear upTo destroy or severely damage somethingकिसी चीज़ को नष्ट करना या गंभीर रूप से क्षति पहुँचाना
Clam upTo refuse to speakबोलने से इंकार करना
Think backrecall a past event or timeकिसी पिछली घटना या समय को याद करना
Wear off lose effectiveness or intensityप्रभावशीलता या तीव्रता खोना
Catch upan act of catching up or matching someone or something in a particular activityकिसी विशेष गतिविधि में किसी व्यक्ति या वस्तु को पकड़ने या उससे मेल खाने की क्रिया
Easy come, easy gosaid when something, especially money, is easily got and then soon spent or lostऐसा तब कहा जाता है जब कोई चीज़, विशेष रूप से पैसा, आसानी से मिल जाता है और फिर जल्द ही खर्च हो जाता है या खो जाता है
To spin one’s wheelswaste one’s time or effortsकिसी का समय या प्रयास बर्बाद करना
To be pushing up daisiesdead and buriedमृत और दफनाया गया
All good things must come to an endeverything that one is fond off comes to an end, eventuallyवह हर चीज़ जिसका कोई शौकीन होता है, आख़िरकार ख़त्म हो जाती है
Blood is thicker than waterfamily relationships and loyalties are the strongest and most important onesपारिवारिक रिश्ते और वफादारी सबसे मजबूत और सबसे महत्वपूर्ण हैं
All bark and no bitethreatening, aggressive, but not willing to engage in a fightधमकी देने वाला, आक्रामक, लेकिन लड़ाई में शामिल होने को तैयार नहीं
An axe to grindTo have a complaint or dispute that one feels compelled to discussकोई ऐसी शिकायत या विवाद होना जिस पर चर्चा करने के लिए कोई बाध्य महसूस करता हो
All in the same boatin the same situation; having the same problemउसी स्थिति में; एक ही समस्या है
All Greek to meexpressing that something is not understandableयह व्यक्त करना कि कुछ समझ में नहीं आ रहा है
To bend over backwardsto work very hard to accomplish something for someoneकिसी के लिए कुछ हासिल करने के लिए बहुत कड़ी मेहनत करना
No man is an islandto require help from other every now and then because of one’s limitationsअपनी सीमाओं के कारण समय-समय पर दूसरे से सहायता की आवश्यकता होती है
Tongue-in-cheekJocular or humorous, though seeming or appearing to be seriousमज़ाकिया या विनोदी, यद्यपि गंभीर प्रतीत होता या प्रतीत होता है
Wear your heart on your sleeveto display one’s feelings openly and habitually, rather than keep them privateअपनी भावनाओं को निजी रखने के बजाय खुले तौर पर और आदतन प्रदर्शित करना
When it rains, it pourssomething good or bad occurring multiple times within a short span of time.कुछ अच्छा या बुरा बहुत कम समय में कई बार घटित होना।
A slap on the wristmeans a mild reprimand or punishment.मतलब हल्की फटकार या सज़ा।
A blessing in disguisean unfortunate event or situation that results in an unforeseen positive outcome.एक दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण घटना या स्थिति जिसके परिणामस्वरूप अप्रत्याशित सकारात्मक परिणाम मिलता है।

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Q. What are phrases in Idioms and Phrases?

Ans: An idiom is a phrase where the meaning cannot be understood from the individual words that make it up. For example, the idiom “I’ll pull your leg” has nothing to do with legs! An idiom is an expression that cannot be taken literally. A phrase is a group of words that express a concept and is often used as an idiom.

Q. What is Idioms and phrases with examples?

Ans: Get your act together, it means you need to improve your behaviour/work Pull yourself together, it means calm down I’m feeling under the weather, it means I’m sick It’s a piece of cake, it means it’s easy Break a leg, it means good luck

Q. Where to not use any idiom?

Ans: Idioms should not be utilised in writing for academic or professional purposes.

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