Idioms & Phrases for Competitive Exams

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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