IDIOMS AND PHRASES : English prep set 1

IDIOMS AND PHRASES : English prep set 1 for bank exams : bankers guru adda

A fair crack of the whip

A period of importance

To hold something in leash

To restrain

To wrangle over an ass’s shadow

To quarrels over trifles

To play fast and loose

To hurt some body’s feelings /to play tricks

All agog


to give up the ghost

To die

To snap one’s fingers

To be anxious

A pipe dream

An impractical plan

To stand to one’s guns

To perseverance when hardships press

To loose one’s head

To become confused and over exited

By the skin of one’s teeth

Only just

To throw one’s glove

To give a challenge

To be in abeyance

In suspense

A chip off the old block

Characteristics of one’s ancestors

To take people by storm

To captive tem unexpectedly

To throw up the sponge

To surrender or give up the contest

Harp on

To keep on talking

To catch somebody on the hop to

To catch somebody of guard

To spell the beans

To reveal secret information

To bring one’s egg to a bad market

To fail in one’s plan because one goes to the wrong people for help

To get cold feet

To be afraid

To take a leap in the dark

To do a hazardous thing without any idea of the result

To give get/give the bird

To send away

To be at daggers drawn

To be bitter enemy

To save one’s face

to evade disgrace

To spilt hours

To indulge in over‐refined arguments

A lady’s man

A lover of woman company

Will o’ the wisp

Anything which eludes or deceives

To get into scrape

To find oneself in an awkward predicament

To fly off the handle

To lose one’s temper

To blaze trail

To initiate work in a movement

To be lost in the cloud

To be perplexed

Hush money

Bribe paid to secure silence

A tall order

A task difficult to perform

To draw bead upon

To take aim at

All and sundry

Everything without distinction

To disabuse one’s mind

To remove a misapprehension

To temp providence

To take reckless risks

To accept the gauntlet

To suffer humiliation

French leave

Absence without permission

To have brush with

To have a slight encounter

To pull one’s socks up

To try hard

Within an ace of


To blow hot and clod

To be inconsistent

To give chapter and verse for a


To produce the proof of something

To beggars’ description

Beyond one’s power to describe adequately

To plough the sands

To busy oneself in a way which cannot lead to any profitable result

Foar in the mouth

To be furious

To take umbrage

To be offended

Something up one’s sleeve

A secret plan

Adam’s ale


To draw the long bow

To make and exaggerated statement

To fight to the bitter end

To carry on a contest regardless of consequences

Queer somebody’s pitch

Upset one’s plan

To make the grade

To come out successful

To be up and doing

To be actively engaged

To see eye to eye with

To agree

A jaundiced eye


To see red

To find fault with

To rip up with old sores

To revive a quarrel which was almost forgotten

To carry off the bell

To bag the first position

To live in clover

To live in great comfort and luxury


Allowance made to a lady for her expenses

Get down to brass tracks

Begin to talk in plain, straight forward terms

Spick and span

Neat and clean

To take the wind out of another’s


To anticipate another and to gain advantage over him

To carry the coal to Newcastle

To do unnecessary things

To turn the cover

To pass the crisis

A sop to Cerberus

Ransom to an enemy

To hit the nail on the head

To guess right

A baker’s dozen


To run amuck

To run about in frenzy

To look down one’s nose at

To regard with half‐hidden displeasure or contempt

Hard pressed

In difficulties

To be at one’s finger’s end

To be completely conversant with

To pull strings

To exert hidden influence

A green horn

An inexperienced man

To look sharp

To be quick

To pour oil in troubled water

To calm a quarrel with soothing words

To play on a fiddle

To be busy over trifles

To mind one’s P’s and Q’s

To be careful one one’s mind

To oil the knocker

To tip the office boy

To cut the crackle

To stop talking and start

To cool one’s heels

To be kept watching for sometime

By the rule of thumb

By practical experience which is rather rough

A fool’s errand

A useless undertaking

To put somebody in his place

To make him humble

To talk shop

To talk about business or professional affairs

To keep one’s head above eater

To keep out of debt

To live fast

To lead a life of dissipation

To hold a brief for

To defend someone

To pay off old scores

To harm someone because they have harmed you in the past

To take a leaf out of somebody’s


To take him as a model

To set he Thames on fire

To try to do the impossible

To cast the pearl before a swine

To offer someone a thing which he cannot appreciate

To bear the palm

To win



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