Important Idioms and Phrases For SSC and RRB Exams Part 1

Important Idioms and Phrases For SSC and RRB Exams Part 1

In this article we have compiled Idioms & Phrases asked in various examination held by SSC and RRB.Some Idioms & Phrases are repeated, focus on them because they  were asked multiple times, so they have been included them multiple  times too.

 

Idioms & Phrases

1. Sweeping Statement – Thoughtless statement (SO(Audit), 1997)
2. All at sea – Puzzled (SO(Audit), 1997)
3. Enough rope – Enough freedom for action (SO(Audit), 1997)
4. By fits and start – Irregularly (SO(Audit), 1997)
5. Fell foul of – Got into trouble with (SO(Audit), 1997)
6. Token strike – Short strike held as warning (SO(Audit), 1997)
7. Face the music – Get reprimanded (SO(Audit), 1997)
8. Look down upon – Hate intensely (SO(Audit), 1997)
9. Flogging a dead horse – Wasting time in useless effort (SO(Audit), 1997)
10. Under a cloud – Under suspicion (SO(Audit), 1997)
11. Green thumb – To have a natural interest (SO(Audit), 2001)
12. Played havoc – Caused destruction (SO(Audit), 2001)
13. No love lost between – Not on good terms (SO(Audit), 2001)
14. Fair and square – Honest (SO(Audit), 2001)
15. A white elephant – Costly or troublesome possession (SO(Audit), 2001)
16. Out and out – Totally (SO(Audit), 2001)
17. On the cuff – On credit (SO(Audit), 2001)
18. Does not hold water – Cannot be believed (SO(Audit), 2001)
19. A wild goose chase – Futile search (SO(Audit), 2001)
20. In a tight corner – In a difficult situation (SO(Audit), 2001)
21. Going places – Talented and successful (SO(Audit), 2003)
22. In cold blood – A murder done without intention (SO(Audit), 2003)
23. Off and on – Occasionally (SO(Audit), 2003)
24. Hard and fast – Strict (SO(Audit), 2003)
25. Took to heels – Run away in fear (SO(Audit), 2003)
26. To keep up – To keep in touch (SO(Audit), 2003)
27. Make a clean breast – Confess without reserve (SO(Audit), 2003)
28. Heads will roll – Transfers will take place (SO(Audit), 2003)
29. Make no bones about – Do not have any hesitation in anything (SO(Audit), 2003)
30. Take after – Resembles (SO(Audit), 2003)
31. To starve off – Postpone (SO(Audit), 2003)
32. To give a piece of mind – To reprimand (SO(Audit), 2003)
33. Rest on laurels – To be complacent (SO(Audit), 2003)
34. Pay through nose – Pay an extremely high price (SO(Audit), 2003)
35. Draw on fancy – Use imagination (SO(Audit), 2003)
36. Turn an honest living – Make an legitimate living (SO(Audit), 2005)
37. Give the game away – Give out the secret (SO(Audit), 2005)
38. Cheek by jowl – Very near (SO(Audit), 2005)

39. Give in – Yield (SO(Audit), 2005)
40. Run riot – Act without restraint (SO(Audit), 2005)
41. Go through fire and water – Undergo any risk (SO(Audit), 2005)
42. Talking through hat – Talking nonsense (SO(Audit), 2005)
43. Put up with – Tolerate (SO(Audit), 2005)
44. By fits and starts – Irregularly (SO(Audit), 2005)
45. Reading between the lines – Understanding the hidden meaning (SO(Audit), 2005)
46. Get the sack – dismissed from (SO(Audit), 2006)
47. Pros and cons – Considering all the facts (SO(Audit), 2006)
48. By leaps and bounds – Very Quickly (SO(Audit), 2006)
49. In the good books –In favour with boss (SO(Audit), 2006)
50. In the long run – Ultimately (SO(Audit), 2006)
51. To be always one’s beck and call – At one’s disposal (ready to serve one’s master) (SO(Audit),
2006)
52. Turn a deaf year – Disregard/ignore/refuse (SO(Audit), 2006)
53. At one’s wit’s end – Puzzled/confused/perplexed (SO(Audit), 2006)
54. To fight tooth and nail – To fight in a determined way for what you want (SO(Audit), 2006)
55. The green-eyed monster – Used as a way of talking about jealousy (SO(Audit), 2006)
56. Set the record straight – Give a correct account (SO(Audit), 2007)
57. Good Samaritan – Helpful person (SO(Audit), 2007)
58. Bad blood – Angry feeling (SO(Audit), 2007)
59. To go to the whole hog – To do it completely (SO(Audit), 2007)
60. Lay out – Spend (SO(Audit), 2007)
61. Laying off – Dismissal from jobs (SO(Audit), 2007)
62. Leaps and bounds – At rapid pace (SO(Audit), 2007)
63. Spilling the beans – Revealing the information indiscreetly (SO(Audit), 2007)
64. Carry out – Execute (SO(Audit), 2007)
65. Went to the winds – Dissipated/ To be utterly lost (SO(Audit), 2008)
66. Ins and outs – Full details (SO(Audit), 2008)
67. A white elephant – A costly but useless possession (SO(Audit), 2008)
68. Fed up – Annoyed (SO(Audit), 2008)
69. In the good books – In favour with (SO(Audit), 2008)
70. Sharp practices – Dishonest means (SO(Audit), 2008)
71. In high spirits – Full of hope and enthusiasm (SO(Audit), 2008)
72. Shake in shoes – Tremble with fear (SO(Audit), 2008)
73. Fits and starts – Not regularly (SO(Audit), 2008)
74. Close shave – Narrow shave (SO(Audit), 2008)
75. Take with a grain of salt – To listen to something with considerable doubt (TA(IT & CE), 2004)

 

76. Hobson’s choice – No real choice at all (TA(IT & CE), 2004)
77. To eat a humble pie – To apologize (TA(IT & CE), 2004)
78. To give the devil his due – to give encouragement even to the enemy (TA(IT & CE), 2004)
79. Reading between the lines – looking for meanings that are not actually expressed (TA(IT & CE),
2004)
80. An open book – One that hold no secrets (TA(IT & CE), 2004)
81. An axe to grind – A private interest to serve (TA(IT & CE), 2004)
82. To blow one’s own trumpet – Praise one’s own abilities and achievements (TA(IT & CE), 2004)
83. Stand-offish – Indifferent (TA(IT & CE), 2004)
84. Sowing wild oats – Irresponsible pleasure seeking in young age (TA(IT & CE), 2004)
85. A bolt from the blue – Something unexpected and unpleasant (TA(IT & CE), 2006)
86. By leaps and bounds – Rapidly (TA(IT & CE), 2006)
87. Of no avail – Useless (TA(IT & CE), 2006)
88. On the verge of – On the brink of (TA(IT & CE), 2006)
89. A sore point – Something which hurts (TA(IT & CE), 2006)
90. Like a phoenix – With a new life/rebirth/reincarnation (TA(IT & CE), 2006)
91. To keep under wraps – Secret (TA(IT & CE), 2006)
92. Die in harness – To die at one’s work (TA(IT & CE), 2006)
93. Fair- weather friend – A friend that deserts in difficulties (TA(IT & CE), 2006)
94. Emerge out of thin air – Appear Suddenly (TA(IT & CE), 2006)
95. Cut no ice – Had no influence (TA(IT & CE), 2006)
96. Brought up – Introduce for discussion (TA(IT & CE), 2006)
97. Cannot hold a candle to – Cannot be compared to (TA(IT & CE), 2006)
98. Burn one’s boat – Leave no means of return (TA(IT & CE), 2006)
99. Make one’s flesh creep – Horrify (TA(IT & CE), 2006)
100. Pros and cons – For and against/ analysis of all the given facts (TA(IT & CE), 2007)
101. To take into account – To consider (TA(IT & CE), 2007)
102. Blow over – Pass off (TA(IT & CE), 2007)
103. Run into – Incurred/to experience difficulties (TA(IT & CE), 2007)
104. Blue-eyed boys – Favorites (TA(IT & CE), 2007)
105. Dropping names – Hinting at high connections/To mention famous people you know
or have met in order to impress others. (TA(IT & CE), 2007)
106. A Red letter day – An important day (TA(IT & CE), 2007)
107. Bone to pick – Cause of quarrel/ Bone of contention (TA(IT & CE), 2007)
108. At stone’s throw – Very near (TA(IT & CE), 2007)
109. Struck a chill to the heart – Arouse fear/to make somebody afraid (TA(IT & CE), 2007)
110. End in a fiasco –A Total/Utter failure (TA(IT & CE), 2007)
111. Fall back – To turn or move back (TA(IT & CE), 2008)

 

112. Turn up one’s nose at – To reject/despises (TA(IT & CE), 2008)
113. Turn one’s head – To feel proud in a way that other people find it annoying (TA(IT & CE),
2008)
114. High and dry – Neglected/ To leave someone helpless (TA(IT & CE), 2008)
115. Take for granted – To accept readily/ To pre-suppose as certainly true (TA(IT & CE), 2008)
116. Mince matters – To confuse issues/ to mix facts (TA(IT & CE), 2008)
117. Currying favour with – Ingratiating / trying too hard to get please somebody (TA(IT & CE),
2008)
118. Set one’s face against – Oppose strongly (TA(IT & CE), 2008)
119. Strom in a tea cup – Commotion (angry/worry) over a trivial matter (TA(IT & CE), 2008)
120. Putting one’s foot down – Asserting one’s authority/ take a firm stand (TA(IT & CE), 2009)
121. The man in the street – An ordinary man (common man) (TA(IT & CE), 2009)
122. To catch up with – To compete with (TA(IT & CE), 2009)
123. Fight to the bitter end – To fight a losing battle (TA(IT & CE), 2009)
124. Throw down a glove – To accept defeat (TA(IT & CE), 2009)
125. Read between the lines – Understanding the hidden meaning (TA(IT & CE), 2009)
126. Let the cat out of the bag – To utter a secret carelessly or by mistake (TA(IT & CE), 2009)
127. To have Too many iron in the fire – To get engage in too many enterprises at the
same time (TA(IT & CE), 2009)
128. Fall through – To fail (TA(IT & CE), 2009)
129. Cut one off, without a shilling – Disinheriting / To expel from fraternal property (TA(IT &
CE), 2009)
130. To smell a rat – To suspect a trick (Statistical Investigator, 2005)
131. Turn a deaf ear – Disobey (Statistical Investigator, 2005)
132. Have the last laugh – To be victorious at the end of an argument (Statistical Investigator, 2005)
133. Red letter day – Happy and significant day (Gala day) (Statistical Investigator, 2005)
134. To blaze a trail – To lead the way as a pioneer (Statistical Investigator, 2005)
135. To beat a retreat – To run away in fear (Statistical Investigator, 2005)
136. To steer clear of – Avoid (Statistical Investigator, 2005)
137. To get one’s own back –To get one’s revenge (Statistical Investigator, 2005)
138. To run across – To meet by chance (Statistical Investigator, 2005)
139. A dark horse – An unforeseen competitor (Statistical Investigator, 2005)
140. Put up with – Endure (Statistical Investigator, 2006)
141. Got the sack – Dismissed from (Statistical Investigator, 2006)
142. Herculean task –A work requiring very great effort (Statistical Investigator, 2006)
143. By leaps and bounds – Rapidly (Statistical Investigator, 2006)
144. Helter-Skelter – In disorderly haste (Statistical Investigator, 2006)
145. Go to the winds – Disappear (SO(CA), 2005)
146. Make ducks and drakes of – Squander (SO(CA), 2005)

 

147. On the level – Honest and sincere (SO(CA), 2005)
148. Done for – Ruined (SO(CA), 2005)
149. Make a clean breast – Confess (SO(CA), 2005)
150. To end in smoke – To come to nothing; no outcome (SO(CA), 2005)
151. To have something up one’s sleeve – Having a secret plan (SO(CA), 2005)
152. To take to one’s heel – To run away (SO(CA), 2005)
153. To turn a deaf ear – To be indifferent (SO(CA), 2005)
154. At snail’s pace – To do things very slowly (SO(CA), 2005)
155. To run one down – To disparage someone (SO(CA), 2005)
156. To blow one’s own trumpet – To praise oneself (SO(CA), 2005)
157. To face the music – To bear the consequences (SO(CA), 2005)
158. To take someone to task – To scold someone (SO(CA), 2005)
159. At one’s wit – Puzzled/Confused/Perplexed (SO(CA), 2005)
160. At stake – In danger/ that can be lost or won depending on the success of a particular
action (SO(CA), 2007)
161. To play to the gallery – To behave in an exaggerated way to attract people’s attention
(SO(CA), 2007)
162. Read between the lines – Understand the hidden meaning (SO(CA), 2007)
163. Sitting on the fence – Hesitating which side to take (SO(CA), 2007)
164. No love lost between – Not on good terms (SO(CA), 2007)
165. To have not a leg to stand on – Unable to prove or explain why something is
reasonable (SAS, 2005)
166. A man in the street – An ordinary person / common man (SAS, 2005)
167. Blood running cold – Become very frightened (SAS, 2005)
168. Playing to the gallery – Befooling the common man (SAS, 2005)
169. Come out of one’s shell – To appear suddenly (SAS, 2005)
170. Lay down arms – To surrender (CPO, 2010)
171. Making hay while the sun shines – Taking advantage of a favorable opportunity (CPO,
2010)
172. Blow one’s own trumpet – To praise oneself (CPO, 2010)
173. Bear with – Support / To be patient with some body or something (CPO, 2010)
174. Give vent to – To emphasize (CPO, 2010)
175. Turn a deaf ear – Pay no attention (CPO, 2010)
176. Bone of contention – Matter of dispute (CPO, 2010)
177. Stand on own feet – To be independent (CPO, 2010)
178. By fits and starts – Irregularly (CPO, 2010)
179. Over head and ears – Completely (CPO, 2010)
180. To call it a day – To conclude proceedings (CGL T-1, 2011)
181. To put up with – To tolerate (CGL T-1, 2011)

 

182. To face the music – To bear the consequences (CGL T-1, 2011)
183. Yeoman’s service – Social work (CGL T-1, 2011)
184. To take to hearts – To grieve over (CGL T-1, 2011)
185. To smell a rat – To be suspicious(CGL T-1, 2011)
186. To move heaven and earth – to try everything possible (CGL T-1, 2011)
187. To take someone for a ride – to deceive (cheat) someone (CGL T-1, 2011)
188. In cold blood – Not intentional / Excitedly (CGL T-1, 2011)
189. A damp squib – A disappointing result (CGL T-1, 2011)
190. To bite the dust – To be defeated (CGL T-1, 2011)
191. To take to one’s heel – To run away (CGL T-1, 2011)
192. To be all at sea – Lost and confused (CGL T-1, 2011)
193. Cold Comfort – Slight satisfaction (CGL T-1, 2011)
194. A bolt from the blue – An unexpected and unpleasant event (CGL T-1, 2011)
195. To feather one’s nest – To make oneself rich (in position or in monetary terms) (CGL T-1,
2011)
196. To die in harness – To die while in service (CGL T-1, 2011)
197. To show a clean pair of heels – to escape/run away (CGL T-1, 2011)
198. To flog a dead horse –to waste one’s efforts (CGL T-1, 2011)
199. To strain every nerve – To make utmost efforts (CGL T-1, 2011)
200. A bolt form the blue – Unexpected problem (CPO, 2011)
201. Sailing in the same boat – Being in the same difficult situation (CPO, 2011)
202. Gift of the gab – Ability to speak well (CPO, 2011)
203. To keep the wolf from the door – Escape starvation (CPO, 2011)
204. Soft option – Easy and agreeable option (CPO, 2011)
205. A little gush of gratitude – Excessive enthusiasm (FCI, 2012)
206. To lose ground – To become less popular (FCI, 2012)
207. To fall back on – to fail to do something important in time (FCI, 2012)
208. To make one’s blood boil – To make somebody furious (FCI, 2012)
209. Wear and tear – Damage (FCI, 2012)
210. To add fuel to the fire – To cause additional anger (FCI, 2012)
211. Hand in glove – In close relationship (FCI, 2012)
212. To make a mountain of a molehill – To give great importance to little things (FCI, 2012)
213. To speak one’s mind – To be frank and honest (FCI, 2012)
214. Maiden speech – First speech (DEO, 2008)
215. At the eleventh hour – At the very last moment (DEO, 2008)
216. Cope with – compromise (DEO, 2008)
217. Go a long way – help considerably (DEO, 2008)
218. Gift of the gab – talent of speaking (DEO, 2008)

 

219. Standstill – Complete halt (DEO, 2008)
220. Cross swords – Disagree (DEO, 2008)
221. Pore over – Go through (DEO, 2008)
222. Make both ends meet – To live a lavish life (DEO, 2008)
223. Run down – Criticise (DEO, 2008)
224. Grease anybody’s palm – To give bribe (Stenographer, 2010)
225. Leave in the lurch – Abandon in the midway/difficult situation (Stenographer, 2010)
226. Caught red handed – At the time of committing crime (Stenographer, 2010)
227. On the brink of – On the point of (Stenographer, 2010)
228. Face the music – Face the unpleasant consequences (Stenographer, 2010)
229. Gift of the gab – Ability to speak impressively (Stenographer, 2010)
230. Go down the drain – Lose forever (Stenographer, 2010)
231. A close shave – Narrow escape from danger (Stenographer, 2010)
232. Cool as cucumber – Not nervous or emotional (Stenographer, 2010)
233. In high spirits – Cheerful (Stenographer, 2010)
234. Scapegoats – A person who is blamed for the wrongdoings with arrogant reactions (CHSL,
2010)
235. A red letter day – A day memorable for joyful event (CHSL, 2010)
236. Wears heart on sleeves – Express feelings openly (CHSL, 2010)
237. To pay off old scores – To refund old dues (CHSL, 2010)
238. Man of letters – Proficient in literary arts (CHSL, 2010)
239. Turn down – Refuse (CHSL, 2010)
240. On good terms – Agree with someone (CHSL, 2010)
241. Stole the show – Win everyone’s praise (CHSL, 2010)
242. Measure up – Reach the level (CHSL, 2010)
243. Doctor the accounts – To manipulate the accounts (CHSL, 2010)
244. Dark horse – An unexpected winner (CHSL, 2010)
245. Face the music – To bear the criticism (CHSL, 2010)
246. In the red – Losing money/to owe money (CHSL, 2010)
247. In lieu of – Despite of (CHSL, 2010)
248. Beat about the bush – Speak in a round about manner (CHSL, 2010)
249. Bring about – Cause (Stenographer, 2011)
250. Pull up – Reprimand (Stenographer, 2011)
251. At sixes and seven – In disorder or confusion (Stenographer, 2011)
252. Lose head – Panic (Stenographer, 2011)
253. Take to task – To criticize severely/ to punish (Stenographer, 2011)
254. Sit in judgement – To pass judgement(or comment on someone ) especially when you
have no authority (Stenographer, 2011)

 

255. Leave in the lurch – To desert someone (Stenographer, 2011)
256. Cry over spilt milk – Cry over irreparable loss (Stenographer, 2011)
257. Bad blood – Active enmity (Stenographer, 2011)
258. Close shave – A narrow escape (Stenographer, 2011)
259. Grease palms – To bribe someone (MT(NT), 2011)
260. Carrot and stick – Reward and punishment policy (MT(NT), 2011)
261. To cut teeth – To gain experience of something for the first time (MT(NT), 2011)
262. Cut no ice – Had no influence (MT(NT), 2011)
263. Close the book – Stop working on something (MT(NT), 2011)
264. In fits and starts – Irregularly (MT(NT), 2011)
265. Bird’s eye view – An overview (MT(NT), 2011)
266. Run in the same groove – Clash with each other (MT(NT), 2011)
267. Keep your head – Remain calm (MT(NT), 2011)
268. Pull strings – Use personal influence (MT(NT), 2011)
269. Pot luck dinner – Dinner where somebody brings something to eat (Stenographer, 2011)
270. To hit below the belt – To attack unfairly (Stenographer, 2011)
271. All at sea – Puzzled (Stenographer, 2011)
272. Sought after – Wanted by many people because it’s of good quality or difficult to
find/Pursued by (Stenographer, 2011)
273. Build castle in the air – Daydreaming (Stenographer, 2011)
274. On the spur of the moment – To act suddenly, without planning (CHSL, 2011)
275. To have something up one’s sleeve – To have a secret plan (CHSL, 2011)
276. A red letter day – An important or joyful occasion in one’s life (CHSL, 2011)
277. To explore every avenue – To try every opportunity (CHSL, 2011)
278. At one’s beck and call – Ready to follow orders/ To be dominated by someone (CHSL,
2011)
279. By fair or foul means – In honest or dishonest way (CHSL, 2011)
280. Status quo – As it is/ unchanged position (CHSL, 2011)
281. To burn candle at both ends – To be extravagant/ Spend without any worry (CHSL, 2011)
282. To hit the jackpot – To make money quickly (CHSL, 2011)
283. To bring to light – to reveal (CHSL, 2011)
284. At the eleventh hour – At the last possible moment (CHSL, 2011)
285. Go scot-free – To escape without punishment (CHSL, 2011)
286. To shed crocodile tears – To pretend grief (CHSL, 2011)
287. To look down one’s nose – To regard with contempt (CHSL, 2011)
288. To miss the bus – To miss an opportunity (CHSL, 2011)
289. A white elephant – Costly and troublesome possession, with much use to its owner
(CHSL, 2011)
290. To call spade a spade – To be frank (CHSL, 2011)

 

291. To fight tooth and nail – To fight heroically, in very determined way (CHSL, 2011)
292. Birds of same feather – Persons of same character (CHSL, 2011)
293. Take exception – To object over something (CHSL, 2011)
294. High handed – Using authority in an unreasonable way, overbearing (CHSL, 2011)
295. Too fond of one’s own voice – To like talking without wanting to listen to other
people/Very selfish (CHSL, 2011)
296. By leaps and bounds – Rapidly (CHSL, 2011)
297. An open book – Straight forward and honest dealings (CHSL, 2011)
298. Fall short – Fail to meet expectation/ have no effect (CHSL, 2011)
299. Heart to heart talk – Frank talk (CHSL, 2011)
300. Give the game away – Give out the secret(unintentionally) (CHSL, 2011)
301. Take cue from – To copy what someone already did in past in order to be successful
(CHSL, 2011)
302. Call for – To ask (CHSL, 2011)
303. Out of the question – Undesirable/ Not worth discussing (CHSL, 2011)
304. Run into – To meet someone accidently (CHSL, 2011)
305. End up in something – Come to nothing/ Useless (CHSL, 2011)
306. Spread like fire – Spread rapidly (CHSL, 2011)
307. Ins and outs – Full details (CHSL, 2011)
308. Dropping like flies – Collapsing in large numbers (CHSL, 2011)
309. Rat race – Fierce competition for power (CHSL, 2011)
310. Hard nut to crack – Difficult task (CHSL, 2011)
311. See eye to eye – To think in same way (CHSL, 2011)
312. Put across – To communicate your ideas, feelings, etc. successfully. (CHSL, 2011)
313. To have second thoughts – To reconsider (Constable, 2012)
314. Not my cup of tea – Not what somebody likes or interested in (Constable, 2012)
315. To break the ice – To start a conversation (Constable, 2012)
316. To eat a humble pie – To say or show sorry for a mistake that one made (Constable, 2012)
317. To add fuel to fire – To worsen the matter / To incite (CPO, 2012)
318. To burn one’s fingers – To get physically hurt (CPO, 2012)
319. At the eleventh hour – At the last moment (CPO, 2012)
320. To feel like a fish out of water – Uncomfortable situation (CPO, 2012)
321. To foam at one’s mouth – To be very angry (CPO, 2012)
322. Send packing – To tell somebody firmly or rudely to go away / Terminate service (CGL T-2,
2012)
323. Kick up a row – Make a great fuss / To complain loudly about something (CGL T-2, 2012)
324. Wet behind the ears – Young and without experience / Naïve (CGL T-2, 2012)
325. To talk someone over – To convince over (CGL T-2, 2012)
326. Wear heart on sleeves – Express emotions freely (CGL T-2, 2012)

327. Bury the hatchet – To make peace / To stop being unfriendly and become friends
again (CGL T-2, 2012)
328. Once in a blue moon – Rarely (CGL T-2, 2012)
329. Through thick and thin – Under all circumstances (CGL T-2, 2012)
330. Come to grief – To suffer (CGL T-2, 2012)
331. Eat anyone’s salt – To be anyone’s guest (CGL T-2, 2012)
332. Give a hand with – To help with (CPO, 2012)
333. Take to heart – To be very upset by something that somebody says or does / Serious
(CPO, 2012)
334. Had better – used for telling somebody what you think he ‘should’ do (CPO, 2012)
335. Strike a bargain – To negotiate a deal (CPO, 2012)
336. Point blank – Very definite and direct (CPO, 2012)
337. Scapegoat – A person who is blamed for the wrongdoings, mistakes, or faults of others,
especially for reasons of expediency / Fall guy (CPO, 2012)
338. Kicking heels – To be relaxed and enjoy / Waste time (CPO, 2012)
339. End in smoke – Come to nothing (CPO, 2012)
340. Die in harness – Die in service/ Die while working (CPO, 2012)
341. On the horns of dilemma – In a situation where you have to make choice between
things that are equally unpleasant (CPO, 2012)
342. Hold your tongue – To be silent (CHSL, 2012)
343. No hard and fast rules – Easy regulation (CHSL, 2012)
344. Live from hand to mouth – Miserably (CHSL, 2012)
345. Turn a deaf ear – Refuse to obey (CHSL, 2012)
346. Take exception – To object (CHSL, 2012)
347. To hail from – To come from (CHSL, 2012)
348. To put an end to – Stop (CHSL, 2012)
349. By fits and starts – Irregularly (CHSL, 2012)
350. Bad blood – Feeling of hatred (CHSL, 2012)
351. Turn up – To appear (CHSL, 2012)
352. Die hard – unwilling to change (CHSL, 2012)
353. Turn down – Reject (CHSL, 2012)
354. To pass away – Die (CHSL, 2012)
355. Carry weight – Be important / Important influence (CHSL, 2012)
356. Fall flat – Fail to amuse people / Fail to produce intended effect(CHSL, 2012)
357. Under the thumb of – Under the control of (CHSL, 2012)
358. To get wind – Come to know about something secret or private (CHSL, 2012)
359. Part and parcel – An essential part of something (CHSL, 2012)
360. To give vent to – To express a feeling, especially anger, strongly (CHSL, 2012)