IDIOMS AND PHRASES : English prep set 2

IDIOMS AND PHRASES : English prep set 2 for bank exams : bankers guru adda

To change the colour

To shift the allegations to

To cut the Gordian knot

to be victorious

To have one’s heart in one’s boots

To be deeply depressed

To strike one’s colours

To surrender

To cry wolf

To raise a false alarm

To give one’s ears

To listen carefully

To hang up one’s hat

To make oneself comfortable in another person’s home

To get the hang of thing

To understand the meaning of it

To make a shot

To make a guess

A man of weight

A man of importance

Pell‐mell

In hurried disorder

To put one on one’s mettle

To rouse one to do one’s best

To ride hell for leather

To ride with furious speed

To speak daggers

To speak to a person with hostility

Be in the mire

Be in difficulties

To give a rap on the knuckles

To rebuke

Sum and substance

Summary

A drug in the market

Commodities no in demand

Mealy‐mouthed

Cunning

Moot point

A debatable point

Give a wide berth

Keep away from

Brought to light

Disclose

Fits and stars

Irregularly

High and low

Everywhere

Intends and purposes

Practically

Rest on my laurels

Be complacent

Clinched the issue

Decided

Call a spade a spade

Be outspoken in language

Point‐blank

Pointedly

Neck out

Invite trouble unnecessarily

Green eyes

Jealous

Bird’s eye view

General view

Goes to dog

Is ruined

Keep a level head

Remain cool and composed

Turned the corner

Passed the crisis

Fishing in trouble water

Talking advantage of troubled conditions for personal profit

In high sprit

Cheerful

To rock the boat

Upset the balance

Tooth and nail

With strength and fury

Wee hours of the day

At dawn

Put the foot down

Not to yield

In the blues

Depressed

On the wane

Growing less

Fair and square

Upright

Hole and corner method

Underhand

Scream blue murder

Make a great deal of noise and object vehemently

Paint the town red

Have a lively time

Keep the finger crossing

Wait expectantly

At odds

In dispute

Make ducks and drakes

Squandered lavishly

No love lost

Intense dislike

Ride the high horse

Puts in airs

Pull a long face

Looks indifferent

Beside the mark

Irrelevant

Send(one) about one’s business

To send someone away , usually in an unfriendly way

Run in the same groove

Advance in harmony

Wolf in sheep’s clothing

Hypocrite

Chewing the cuds

To muse on, to chat , in an aimless manner

At ease

Embarrassed

Cut corners

Simplify the producers

At the drop of hat

Without delay

Burning question

A widely debated issue

Paddle of own canoe

Depended on himself

At cross purposes

Misunderstanding of each other’s purposes

In raptures

Very enthusiastic

Out of place

Inappropriate

Gets on nerves

Irritate

Wear heart on sleeves

Exposing innermost feeling to others

Like a duck in a thunderstorm

Distressed

Herculean task

Work required great effort

An eye to the main chance

Object to make money

Make flesh creep

Frightened

Himself to himself

In unsociable

Leave high and dry

To leave some one unsupported and unable to manoeuvre

Call in questions

Challenges

Means business

Earnest /sincere

A left handed compliment

An insincere

Once in a while

Occasionally

Kick heels

waste time

Lying down

To show no reaction

Gone down the drained

Wasted

in the offing

About to start

Design on

To have plans to exploit or somehow take of someone advantage or

something

Queer fish

Strange person

Broken reed

A frustrated man

Gather roses only

Seek all the enjoyment of life

At sea

Confused

Lay by the heels

Chance and capture

Hanky‐panky

Jugglery

Stick one’s neck out

To Take a risk

Mare’s nest

A false invention

Back‐chat

Impertinent/disrespectful remarks

Bear in mind

Remember

To cut your teeth

To gain experience

Keeping up appearances

Maintaining outward show

Heads will roll

People will get into serve trouble

Little elbow

Freedom

A bee in bonnet

An obsession about something

Gift of the gab

Fluency of speech

Turn hand

Adapt himself to

Fell flat

Had not effect

Gentleman on large

Has no serious occupation

White elephant

Useless

To let the bygones be bygones

Ignore the past

Come to the crunch

Decisive movement

Keeps a good table

Entertain guest sumptuously

Draw the long bone

Exaggerate

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