Idioms & Phrases for Competitive Exams

Idioms & Phrases Important Questions - Page 2

In the English language there are many expressions that mean something completely different from what they mean literally. Choose the correct meaning of the following sentences.

Few Example for Idioms

  • At the drop of a hat
    Meaning: without any hesitation; instantly.
  • Ball is in your court
    Meaning: It is up to you to make the next decision or step
  • Barking up the wrong tree
    Meaning: Looking in the wrong place. Accusing the wrong person
  • Be glad to see the back of
    Meaning: Be happy when a person leaves
  • Beat around the bush
    Meaning: Avoiding the main topic. Not speaking directly about the issue.
  • Burn the midnight oil
    Meaning: To work late into the night, alluding to the time before electric lighting.
  • Far cry from
    Meaning: Very different from
  • Every cloud has a silver lining
    Meaning: Be optimistic, even difficult times will lead to better days.
  • Don't count your chickens before the eggs have hatched
    Meaning: This idiom is used to express "Don't make plans for something that might not happen".
  • Cut corners
    Meaning: When something is done badly to save money.
  • Cross that bridge when you come to it
    Meaning: Deal with a problem if and when it becomes necessary, not before
  • Take with a grain of salt
    Meaning: This means not to take what someone says too seriously.
  • Miss the boat
    Meaning: This idiom is used to say that someone missed his or her chance
  • Let the cat out of the bag
    Meaning: To share information that was previously concealed
  • Kill two birds with one stone
    Meaning: This idiom means, to accomplish two different things at the same time.
  • In the heat of the moment
    Meaning: Overwhelmed by what is happening in the moment.


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