Important Idioms and Phrases For SSC and RRB Exams Part 2

Important Idioms and Phrases For SSC and RRB Exams Part 2

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.

 

362. In black and white – In writing (CHSL, 2012)
363. At a loss – Unable / Not knowing about what to do or say (CHSL, 2012)
364. Lame excuse – Unsatisfactory explanation (CHSL, 2012)
365. Hand in glove – Working closely with someone / Very intimate (CHSL, 2012)
366. A hard nut to crack – A difficult problem or situation to solve or deal with (CHSL, 2012)
367. For better or worse – Always (CHSL, 2012)
368. From the bottom of one’s heart – To speak frankly (CHSL, 2012)
369. In a nutshell – Brief (CHSL, 2012)
370. A shot in the dark – An attempt to guess something (CHSL, 2012)
371. At the eleventh hour – At a last moment (CHSL, 2012)
372. Water under the bridge – Something that happened in the past and is now forgotten
or no longer important (CHSL, 2012)
373. Stick to guns – Hold on to original decisions (CHSL, 2012)
374. Out of hand – Out of control, at once, immediately (CHSL, 2012)
375. The salt of the earth – Very good and honest/ Kind (CHSL, 2012)
376. Talking through hat – Talking nonsense (CHSL, 2012)
377. Looking forward to – To expect something or someone (FCI, 2012)
378. Slip off – Leave quietly (FCI, 2012)
379. Get on well – Have a friendly relationship (FCI, 2012)
380. In a pickle – In an embarrassing or awkward situation (FCI, 2012)
381. Under a cloud – Being subject to suspicion (FCI, 2012)
382. As hard as nail – Emotionless / To show no sympathy, kindness or fear (CGL, 2012)
383. Allow a free hand – Complete liberty (CGL, 2012)
384. Lays out – To spend money (CGL, 2012)
385. Break down – To lose control of your feelings and start crying / Could not proceed (CGL,
2012)
386. Cut coat according to one’s cloth – Live within your means (CGL, 2012)
387. Weal and woe – Ups and downs (CPO, 2012)
388. Iron will – Strong determination (CPO, 2012)
389. To take to task – Punish (CPO, 2012)
390. Rack and ruin – Ransacked (CPO, 2012)
391. Rides the high horse – Feel superior (CPO, 2012)
392. By fits and starts – Irregularly (MTS, 2013)
393. Has a bee in one’s bonnet – To be preoccupied or obsessed with something (MTS, 2013)
394. See through – Detect / To realize the truth about someone or somebody (MTS, 2013)
395. Take after – To follow / To take care of older members of family (MTS, 2013)
396. Break up – Disband itself / The breaking up of relationship or association / The division
of larger group in smaller fragments (MTS, 2013)
397. Stand by – Support (MTS, 2013)

 

398. Bull in a China shop – A clumsy person (MTS, 2013)
399. Change colours – To turn pale (MTS, 2013)
400. Spick and span – Neat and clean / Tidy (MTS, 2013)
401. Give in – To agree to do something that you don’t want to do (MTS, 2013)
402. Leaps and bounds – Irregularly (MTS, 2013)
403. Wide off the mark – Irrelevant / Not accurate / Inadequate (MTS, 2013)
404. Out of the world – Extraordinary (MTS, 2013)
405. Sweep under the carpet – Keep hidden (MTS, 2013)
406. By leaps and bound – Very rapidly (MTS, 2013)
407. To toe the line – To follow the lead / To follow boss’s orders (MTS, 2013)
408. Stick to guns – Maintain opinion (MTS, 2013)
409. Take hat off – Encourage / To admire somebody very much for something he has done
(MTS, 2013)
410. Null and void – Empty (FCI, 2013)
411. Break the ice – Initiate a talk (FCI, 2013)
412. Keep the wolf from the door – Avoid starvation (FCI, 2013)
413. Fish in troubled water – To make a profit out of troubled situation (FCI, 2013)
414. Look into – To investigate (FCI, 2013)
415. Smell the rat – Suspect that something is fishy (CGL T-1, 2013)
416. Let the grass grow under the feet – Delay in getting things done (CGL T-1, 2013)
417. Apple of discord – Cause of animosity (CGL T-1, 2013)
418. A fish out of water – In uncomfortable situation (CGL T-1, 2013)
419. In the long run – Over a period of time (CGL T-1, 2013)
420. Jumping down one’s throat – To react very angrily to somebody (CGL T-1, 2013)
421. Out of wits – Greatly confused (CGL T-1, 2013)
422. Call spade a spade – To speak in a straightforward manner (frankly) (CGL T-1, 2013)
423. Face the music – Accept the punishment (CGL T-1, 2013)
424. To play second fiddle – Take a subordinate role (CGL T-1, 2013)
425. Casting pearl before swine – Offering good things to undeserving people (CGL T-1, 2013)
426. Putting the cart before the horse – Doing things in the wrong way (CGL T-1, 2013)
427. Not fit to hold candle – Not so good as somebody or something else (CGL T-1, 2013)
428. Egg someone on – TO encourage somebody to do something (CGL T-1, 2013)
429. For good – Permanently (CGL T-1, 2013)
430. Achilles’s heel – Weak spot (CGL T-1, 2013)
431. Take a leap in the dark – To take risk (CGL T-1, 2013)
432. Cut the guardian knot – Remove difficulty / To solve problem (CGL T-1, 2013)
433. Blow one’s own trumpet – Self boasting (CGL T-1, 2013)
434. A cakewalk – An easy achievement (CGL T-1, 2013)

 

435. Not to look a gift horse in the mouth – Not to find fault with the gift received (CGL T-1,
2013)
436. Man of straw – A man of no substance (CGL T-1, 2013)
437. Born with a silver spoon – Born in a rich family (CGL T-1, 2013)
438. Let sleeping dogs lie – Not to bring up an old controversial issue (CGL T-1, 2013)
439. A month of Sundays – A long time (CGL T-1, 2013)
440. A closed book – A mystery (CGL T-1, 2013)
441. In apple pie order – In perfect order (CGL T-1, 2013)
442. Thick and thin – In spite of all difficulties (CGL T-1, 2013)
443. Wet one’s whistle – To have a drink / Moistens one’s throat (CGL T-1, 2013)
444. Bury the hatchet – Make peace (CGL T-1, 2013)
445. Cool one’s heel – To keep waiting (CGL T-1, 2013)
446. Live-wire – A person who is lively or energetic (CGL T-1, 2013)
447. Feel blue – In trouble / depressed (Constable, 2013)
448. Above board – Legal and honest (Constable, 2013)
449. Pour cats and dogs – Rain heavily (Constable, 2013)
450. For good – Permanently (Constable, 2013)
451. Iron fist – To treat people in severe manner / strictly (Constable, 2013)
452. Time and again – Always (Constable, 2013)
453. Eat humble pie – To say or show that you are sorry for the mistakes committed by you
(CPO, 2013)
454. Rule the roost – Exercise authority / To be the most powerful member in the group
(CPO, 2013)
455. Have something up your sleeve – Have an alternate plan (CPO, 2013)
456. Take to task – Punished / Reprimanded (CPO, 2013)
457. Feel one’s pulse – To find what one is thinking on some point (CPO, 2013)
458. Donkey’s year – A long time (CGL T-2, 2013)
459. To make things done – To manage (CGL T-2, 2013)
460. Chicken out – Withdraw / To decide not to do something because you are afraid (CGL T-2,
2013)
461. Ice braking – Starting a conversation (CGL T-2, 2013)
462. Bad hats – People of bad character (CGL T-2, 2013)
463. Give and take – Adjustment / Willingness in relationship to accept what somebody
else wants and gives up some of what you want (CGL T-2, 2013)
464. Off and on – Irregularly (CGL T-2, 2013)
465. Man of straw – A man of no substance (CGL T-2, 2013)
466. Break down – Weep bitterly (CGL T-2, 2013)
467. Get down to business – To begin work seriously (CHSL, 2013)
468. Giving a piece of one’s mind – Speak sharply / To disapprove (CHSL, 2013)
469. Go about – Go around / TO continue to do something (CHSL, 2013)

 

470. Take exception – To object at something (CHSL, 2013)
471. Picking up holes in – Finding out faults with something (CHSL, 2013)
472. To cast a die – To take a decision (CHSL, 2013)
473. Put up with – Bear patiently / To bear or endure (CHSL, 2013)
474. The gift of the gab – Ability to speak well (CHSL, 2013)
475. See through – Detect / To realize the truth (CHSL, 2013)
476. Cordon off – Isolate / To stop people from getting into an area by surrounding it with
police (CHSL, 2013)
477. Keep an open house – Welcome all members (CHSL, 2013)
478. Wet behind ears – Young and inexperienced / Naive (CHSL, 2013)
479. Pick on – Warn severely (MT(NT), 2014)
480. Fight tooth and nail – Fight with strength and fury (MT(NT), 2014)
481. Teething problems – Difficulties at the start (MT(NT), 2014)
482. A wild goose chase – Fruitless pursuit (MT(NT), 2014)
483. To get into hot water – To get into trouble (MT(NT), 2014)
484. A bolt from the blue – A complete surprise (MTS, 2014)
485. Plain sailing – Very easy (MTS, 2014)
486. Take to one’s heel – Run off (MTS, 2014)
487. To cut one short – To criticize one (CGL T-1, RE-2013)
488. Show the white flag – T o surrender (CGL T-1, RE-2013)
489. A cut above – Rather superior to (CGL T-1, RE-2013)
490. To throw dust in one’s eye – To deceive (CGL T-1, RE-2013)
491. Read between the lines – Know what the writer thinks / Know hidden meaning (CGL T-1,
RE-2013)
492. Give vent to – Express (CGL T-1, RE-2013)
493. Bring about – Cause to happen (CGL T-1, RE-2013)
494. Husband one’s resource – Save / Economical (CGL T-1, RE-2013)
495. Foam at the mouth – Angry (CGL T-1, RE-2013)
496. Keep wolf away from the door – Keep away extreme poverty (CGL T-1, RE-2013)
497. Pin money – Additional money (CGL T-1, RE-2013)
498. The Alpha and Omega – Beginning and end (CGL T-1, RE-2013)
499. Salt of the earth – Good, honest and ideal (CGL T-1, RE-2013)
500. Bring the house down – Make the audience applaud enthusiastically (CGL T-1, RE-2013)
501. Gerrymandering way – In a manipulative and unfair way (CGL T-1, RE-2013)
502. Strain every nerve – Make all efforts / Try all tricks (CGL T-1, RE-2013)
503. Hard and fast – That cannot be altered / fixed (CGL T-1, RE-2013)
504. Turn up one’s nose at – To not accept something because you do not think it is good
enough for you / To treat with contempt (CGL T-1, RE-2013)
505. Down in the dumps – Sad and depressed (CGL T-1, RE-2013)

 

507. All moonshine – Superficial (CPO, 2014)
508. Wild goose chase – A foolish and useless enterprise (CPO, 2014)
509. Swan song – Last prayer (at funeral or farewell) (CPO, 2014)
510. By the skin of teeth – By the narrowest margin (CPO, 2014)
511. Bury the hatchet – Make peace / Forget the quarrels (CPO, 2014)
512. Keep up with – Go at equal pace (CPO, 2014)
513. Flies off at a tangent – Start discussing something irrelevant (CPO, 2014)
514. Batten down the hatches – Prepare for a difficult situation (CPO, 2014)
515. Nail one’s colours to the mast – Refuse to climb down (CPO, 2014)
516. All might and main – With full force (CPO, 2014)
517. Red herrings – Clues intended to distract or mislead / An unimportant fact, idea, event,
etc. that takes people attention from the important ones (CPO, 2014)
518. To cut one’s coat according to one’s cloth – To live within one’s means (CPO, 2014)
519. White elephant – A costly but useless possession (CPO, 2014)
520. Look sharp – Pay attention (CPO, 2014)
521. Big draw – Huge attraction (CPO, 2014)
522. Bear down – To move quickly towards something/someone in a determined or
threatening way (CPO, 2014)
523. To put a spoke in someone’s wheel – Destroy the plan / Cause hindrance / To
prevent somebody from putting their plan into action (CPO, 2014)
524. At a stretch – Continuously (CPO, 2014)
525. Know beans about something – Well informed and intelligent (CPO, 2014)
526. To get into hot water – To get into troubles (CPO, 2014)
527. Know the ropes – Learn the procedures (CGL T-1, 2014)
528. Barking up the wrong tree – Trying to find someone ay wrong place (CGL T-1, 2014)
529. In the swim – Well informed and up-to-date (CGL T-1, 2014)
530. Rub up the wrong way – To irk or irritate someone (CGL T-1, 2014)
531. Add fuel to the fire – Worsen the situation (CGL T-1, 2014)
532. In the loop – Informed regularly (CGL T-1, 2014)
533. Hold one’s horses – To keep waiting (CGL T-1, 2014)
534. Black out – Lost consciousness (CGL T-1, 2014)
535. Cut and dry method – Honest (CGL T-1, 2014)
536. Back to the drawing board – Plan it all over again (CGL T-1, 2014)
537. In the air – Certain / Able to be firmly relied on to happen or be the case / Specific but
not explicitly named or stated (CGL T-1, 2014)
538. On the same page – Thinks in a similar way (CGL T-1, 2014)
539. Pull no punch – Speaks frankly (CGL T-1, 2014)

 

540. Going places – Talented and successful (CGL T-1, 2014)
541. Stand/Hold your ground – Refuse to yield / To continue with your opinions or
intentions when someone is opposing you (CGL T-1, 2014)
542. Put your feet down – Take a firm stand / To be very strict in opposing what somebody
wishes to do (CGL T-1, 2014)
543. Read between the line – To understand the inner meaning (CGL T-1, 2014)
544. To the letter – Paying attention to every detail / Doing or following exactly what
somebody something says (CGL T-1, 2014)
545. To carve out a niche – To work harder in order to have successful career / Develop a
special position for oneself (CGL T-2, 2014)
546. Wild goose chase – Useless search / Unprofitable adventure (CHSL, 2014)
547. In Dutch – In trouble (CHSL, 2014)
548. See eye to eye – To have the same opinion (CHSL, 2014)
549. Come to light – Been revealed / To become known to people (CHSL, 2014)
550. Around the clock – Day and night (CHSL, 2014)
551. Balloon goes up – The situation turns unpleasant or serious (CHSL, 2014)
552. Watching grass grow – Very boring (CHSL, 2014)
553. Nine day’s wonder – A dazzling short-lived spectacle of no real value (CHSL, 2014)
554. Beyond the pale – Outside commonly accepted standards (CHSL, 2014)
555. Took after – Similar to / to look or behave like an older member of your family (CHSL, 2014)
556. Throw dust into one’s eye – To deceive (CHSL, 2014)
557. Cool about working – Not tense about working / Reading to work (CHSL, 2014)
558. Salad days – Adolescence (CHSL, 2014)
559. All ears – Attentive (CHSL, 2014)
560. Maiden speech – First speech (CHSL, 2014)
561. Hold water – With logical backing / To stand up to critical examination (CHSL, 2014)
562. Other fish to fry – Some important work to attend to (CHSL, 2014)
563. A close shave – A narrow escape from danger (CHSL, 2014)
564. To tell in a nut shell – In a brief manner / Summarize(CHSL, 2014)
565. Within a stone’s throw – At a short distance (CHSL, 2014)
566. To feather one’s nest – To enrich oneself when opportunity occurs (CHSL, 2014)
567. A close-fisted person – A miser (CHSL, 2014)
568. To gather roses only – To seek all enjoyments of life (CHSL, 2014)
569. A black sheep – A person with bad reputation (CHSL, 2014)
570. To grease the palm – To bribe (CHSL, 2014)
571. For good – Permanently(CHSL, 2014)
572. An about turn – Complete change of opinion or situation (CHSL, 2014)

 

573. Make a mockery – to make something seem ridiculous or useless / No serious
outcome (CHSL, 2014)
574. Eat like a horse – Eat a lot (CHSL, 2014)
575. Go to the dogs – To be ruined (CHSL, 2014)
576. Pay on the nail – Pay promptly / Payment without delay (CHSL, 2014)
577. Penelope’s web – An endless job (CHSL, 2014)
578. At draggers drawn – Enmity (CHSL, 2014)
579. Bury the hatchet – Make peace (CGL T-2, 2014)
580. Null and void – Not binding / Having no legal force / Not binding (CGL T-2, 2014)
581. Break in – To train somebody or something in something (CGL T-2, 2014)
582. Stir up a Hornet’s nest – To create a lot of trouble (CGL T-2, 2014)
583. Second thoughts – Reconsidering the original idea (CGL T-2, 2014)
584. Average out – Balance (CGL T-2, 2014)
585. Go to the dogs – Ruin / to go to in very bad situation (CGL T-2, 2014)
586. Floored – To surprise or confuse (CGL T-2, 2014)
587. Give way – Collapse (CGL T-2, 2014)
588. Tall tales – Boasting (CGL T-2, 2014)
589. Backseat driver – A person who gives unwanted advice (CGL T-2, 2014)
590. At random – Without any aim or target (CGL T-2, 2014)
591. Break off – Suddenly stop (CGL T-2, 2014)
592. Go haywire – Become out of control (CGL T-2, 2014)
593. Above board – Honest / Without any secret (CGL T-2, 2014)
594. Feather in one’s cap – An achievement (CGL T-2, 2014)
595. Follow one’s nose – To go straight ahead (CGL T-2, 2014)
596. To latch onto – To promote (CGL T-2, 2014)
597. Fight shy of – To avoid someone/ something (CGL T-2, 2014)
598. Add fuel to the fire – Worsen the matter (CGL T-2, 2014)
599. Cock and bull story – Absurd an unbelievable story (CHSL, 2015)
600. Hold water – Seem logical (CHSL, 2015)
601. To be down to earth – To be realistic (CHSL, 2015)
602. In the nick of time – Just in time (CHSL, 2015)
603. To shun evil company – To avoid or give up bad company (CHSL, 2015)
604. Seamy side – Unpleasant and immoral (CHSL, 2015)
605. A sacred cow – A person never to be criticised (CHSL, 2015)
606. A dog’s breakfast – A total mess / A thing that has been done badly (CHSL, 2015)
607. Sail in the same boat – To be in same situation (CHSL, 2015)
608. Take the bull by the horns – to face a difficulty courageously (CHSL, 2015)
609. Shed crocodile tears – To pretend to be sympathetic (CHSL, 2015)

 

610. To be in a quandary – In a confusing situation (CHSL, 2015)
611. Take French leave – Absenting oneself without permission (CHSL, 2015)
612. To put in a nutshell – To state something very concisely (CHSL, 2015)
613. The genomes of Zurich – A slang term for Swiss bankers (CHSL, 2015)
614. To make up one’s mind – To decide what to do (CHSL, 2015)
615. To call it a day – Decide to finish working of the day (CHSL, 2015)
616. In two minds – To be undecided (CHSL, 2015)
617. Put something by – To save money for a particular purpose (CHSL, 2015)
618. On cloud nine – Extremely happy (CHSL, 2015)
619. The jury is out – No decision has been reached (CHSL, 2015)
620. Have a finger in every pie – To be meddlesome / To involved in a lot of different
activities and having influence over them (CHSL, 2015)
621. To take after – To resemble an older member of family (CHSL, 2015)
622. Flying visit – Very short visit (CHSL, 2015)
623. Telling upon – Showing effectively / Having strong effect (Constable, 2015)
624. Kith and kin – Relatives (Constable, 2015)
625. Part and parcel – Important part (Constable, 2015)
626. Beat about the bush – Circumlocution / Does not talk specifically (Constable, 2015)
627. Carry out – Complete something (Constable, 2015)
628. Take fancy – To attract or please somebody (Constable, 2015)
629. Snake in the grass – A hidden enemy (CGL T-1, 2015)
630. Make a mountain of a mole hill – Exaggerate a minor problem (CGL T-1, 2015)
631. Spill the beans – Reveal the secret information (CGL T-1, 2015)
632. Make amends for – Compensate the loss (CGL T-1, 2015)
633. Leave high and dry – In a difficult situation without help or money / Leave alone to
work / A boat in a position out of water (CGL T-1, 2015)
634. Make believe – To pretend that something is true (CGL T-1, 2015)
635. Go for the jugular – Attack all out / To attack somebody’s weaker point during a
discussion (CGL T-1, 2015)
636. Keep a level head – To remain calm and sensible in a difficult situation (CGL T-1, 2015)
637. Under the weather – Sick (CGL T-1, 2015)
638. At loggerheads – In strong disagreement (CGL T-1, 2015)
639. Go Dutch – Divide the cost (CGL T-1, 2015)
640. Alma mater – Institution where one got education (CGL T-1, 2015)
641. A closefisted man – A miser (CGL T-1, 2015)
642. As draft as a brush – Very silly (CGL T-1, 2015)
643. Rise with the lark – Get up early / To get out of bed very early in the morning (CGL T-1, 2015)

 

644. At one’s wit’s end – To be so worried by a problem that you don’t know what to do
next (CGL T-1, 2015)
645. Make a beeline – Rush / To go straight towards something as quick as you can (CGL T-1,
2015)
646. Wild goose chase – Useless search (CGL T-1, 2015)
647. A man of letters – A literary person (CGL T-1,RE 2015)
648. Horse sense – Basic common sense (CGL T-1,RE 2015)
649. Shot in the arm – Something that gives encouragement (CGL T-1,RE 2015)
650. Catch time by the forelock – Seize opportunity (CGL T-1,RE 2015)
651. Get on nerves – Annoying (CGL T-1,RE 2015)
652. Clean hands – innocent (CPO, 2015)
653. A golden mean – Middle course between two extremes (CPO, 2015)
654. Vexed question – Controversial issue (CPO, 2015)
655. Keep the wolf away from the door – To keep off starvation (CPO, 2015)
656. Out of sorts – Ill or sick / Upset (CPO, 2015)
657. Gut feeling – Strong instinct (based on feelings and emotions rather than thought and
reason) (CPO, 2015)
658. Finish with something – Be through / To have something at the end / To stop doin
something (CPO, 2015)
659. Red-letter day – An important day (CPO, 2015)
660. A close fisted man – Miser (CPO, 2015)
661. To set the Thames on fire – Do a heroic deed / To do such a work that needs a
strenuous effort (CPO, 2015)
662. Eat humble pie – To say sorry for mistakes / Suffer humiliation (CPO, 2015)
663. Play ducks and drakes – Spend lavishly / To waste or squander (CPO, 2015)
664. Be taken aback – Shocked or surprised (CPO, 2015)
665. Lay it on thick – An exaggeration / To talk about somebody or something in a way than they
really are (CPO, 2015)
666. Bird’s eye view – A overview / A general view from above (CPO, 2015)
667. To win laurels – to earn great prestige (CPO, 2015)
668. In the soup – To be in trouble (CPO, 2015)
669. Draw the line – To set a limit (CPO, 2015)
670. A bee hive – A busy place (CPO, 2015)
671. To cut the Gordian knot – To perform a difficult task (CPO, 2015)
672. Take a French leave – Being absent without permission (CGL T-2, 2015)
673. Arm-chair critic – A person who give advice based on theory not on practice (CGL T-2, 2015)
674. A chip of the old block – An experienced old man (CGL T-2, 2015)
675. Feather your nest – To make yourself richer, especially by spending money on yourself
that should be spent on something else (CGL T-2, 2015)

 

676. Throw up cards – To give in / To blow away the plan (CGL T-2, 2015)
677. Vote with your feet – Showing your disapproval (CGL T-2, 2015)
678. Dog in a manger – A selfish person (CGL T-2, 2015)
679. Chapter and verse – Providing minutes details (CGL T-2, 2015)
680. Bring down the house – Amuse the audience greatly / To make everyone cheer (CGL T-2,
2015)
681. Give a wide berth to – To stay away from or avoid someone (CGL T-2, 2015)
682. A hard nut to crack – A difficult problem to solve (CGL T-2, 2015)
683. In black and white – In writing (CGL T-2, 2015)
684. Beside the mark – Irrelevant / Not to be accurate (CGL T-2, 2015)
685. To give a piece of mind – Scolding / To tell someone that you are angry with them or
you disapprove of their behaviour (CGL T-2, 2015)
686. Give away – To distribute something(CGL T-2, 2015)
687. Fight tooth and nail – Fight with all strengths (CGL T-2, 2015)
688. Show a clean a pair of heels – To run away fast / To flee swiftly (CGL T-2, 2015)
689. All moonshine – Concocted / Superficial (CGL T-2, 2015)
690. Up to the mark – According to the required standard (CGL T-2, 2015)
691. A red letter day – An important day (CGL T-2, 2015)
692. Sit on the fence – To avoid becoming involved in deciding or influencing something
(Stenographer, 2016)
693. Shake off – Forget / To get away from somebody who is chasing or following you
(Stenographer, 2016)
694. Cock and bull story – A concocted or absurd story (Stenographer, 2016)
695. Pull a long face – Look dejected / An unhappy or disappointed expression (Stenographer,
2016)
696. Under a cloud –Under suspicion (Stenographer, 2016)
697. Cat-nap – Short sleep (CGL T-1, 2016)
698. To pull a long face – Look sad (CGL T-1, 2016)
699. Fit like a glove – Perfectly (CGL T-1, 2016)
700. Caught red-handed – Discovered in the act of doing (CGL T-1, 2016)
701. Gate crasher – Uninvited guest (CGL T-1, 2016)
702. To angle – To fish (CGL T-1, 2016)
703. For all intents and purposes – Practically (CGL T-1, 2016)
704. Go out of one’s way – Do everything possible (CGL T-1, 2016)
705. In the running – Has good prospects in competition (CGL T-1, 2016)
706. Beat about the bush – To say everything except the main topic (CGL T-1, 2016)
707. Make room – Make space (CGL T-1, 2016)
708. Mend your way’s – Improve one’s behaviour (CGL T-1, 2016)
709. Beggar description – Cannot be described (CGL T-1, 2016)
710. Drag one’s feet – Be reluctant to act (CGL T-1, 2016)

 

711. Hope against hope – Nurture an impossible hope (CGL T-1, 2016)
712. For keeps – Forever (CGL T-1, 2016)
713. Paled into insignificance – Seemed less important (CGL T-1, 2016)
714. With one voice – Unanimously (CGL T-1, 2016)
715. Make it light – Treat lightly (CGL T-1, 2016)
716. Every inch a gentleman – Entirely (CGL T-1, 2016)
717. A rough, violent, troublesome person – Tartar (CGL T-1, 2016)
718. To add fuel to the fire – Make thing worse (CGL T-1, 2016)
719. To take to heart – TO be greatly affected (CGL T-1, 2016)
720. To bring to light – TO reveal (CGL T-1, 2016)
721. All moon shine – Far from reality (CGL T-1, 2016)
722. At a snail’s pace – Slowly (CGL T-1, 2016)
723. Call on – Pay a visit (CGL T-1, 2016)
724. Pros and cons – Advantages and disadvantage (CGL T-1, 2016)
725. Once in a blue moon – Very rarely (CGL T-1, 2016)
726. Fish out of water – An uncomfortable position (CGL T-1, 2016)
727. Be down with – Suffering from (CGL T-1, 2016)
728. Fair-weather friend – Supports only when easy and convenient (CGL T-1, 2016)
729. Pull together – Work harmoniously (CGL T-1, 2016)
730. To bury the hatchet – to make peace (CGL T-1, 2016)
731. Selling like hot cakes – To have a very good sale (CGL T-1, 2016)
732. Scot free – Unpunished (CGL T-1, 2016)
733. To give oneself airs – Behave arrogantly (CGL T-1, 2016)
734. At a stone’s throw – At short distance (CGL T-1, 2016)
735. Bone of contention – Matter of dispute (CGL T-1, 2016)
736. To eat humble pie – To yield under humiliating circumstances (CGL T-1, 2016)
737. To end in smoke – To fail/ To end without any practical results (CGL T-1, 2016)
738. To spill the beans – To reveal a secret (CGL T-1, 2016)
739. Drive home – Emphasise (CGL T-1, 2016)
740. A left hand compliment – An ambiguous compliment (CGL T-1, 2016)
741. Cut a sorry figure – Make a poor impression (CGL T-1, 2016)
742. To take to task – Reprimand (CGL T-1, 2016)
743. Bad blood – Enmity (CGL T-1, 2016)
744. Maiden speech – First speech (CGL T-1, 2016)
745. To get cold feet – Fear (CGL T-1, 2016)
746. Beside the mark – Not to the point (CGL T-1, 2016)
747. On tenterhooks – In suspense and anxiety (CGL T-1, 2016)
748. A cuckoo in the nest – An unwelcomed intruder (CGL T-1, 2016)

 

749. A house of cards – An insecure scheme (CGL T-1, 2016)
750. To smell a rat – To suspect foul dealings (CGL T-1, 2016)
751. Old head on young shoulder – To be wise beyond one’s age (CGL T-1, 2016)
752. A wild-goose chase – Pointless search (CGL T-1, 2016)
753. Hard of hearing – To be deaf (CGL T-1, 2016)
754. Burn your boats – Do something that makes it impossible to return ro the previous
situation (CGL T-1, 2016)
755. Dressing-down – To give scolding (CGL T-1, 2016)
756. Null and void – Invalid (CGL T-1, 2016)
757. A dark horse – Unexpected winner (CGL T-1, 2016)
758. Throw cold water – Discourage (CGL T-1, 2016)
759. Butt in – Interrupt (CGL T-1, 2016)
760. Couch potato – A person who prefers to watch television (CGL T-1, 2016)
761. Carry the ball – Be in charge (CGL T-1, 2016)
762. Turn down – Reject (CGL T-1, 2016)
763. Catch a tartar – to deal with a person who is more than one’s match (CGL T-1, 2016)
764. Cap in hand – In a respectful manner (CGL T-1, 2016)
765. In the blues – Cheerless and depressed (CGL T-1, 2016)
766. Cheek by jowl – Very close together (CGL T-1, 2016)
767. Beyond the pale – Unreasonable or unacceptable (CGL T-1, 2016)
768. Blow one’s own trumpet – Praise oneself (CGL T-1, 2016)
769. Stick to guns – Maintain own opinion (CGL T-1, 2016)
770. At sea – At a loss (CGL T-1, 2016)
771. Straw in the wind – An indication of what might happen (CGL T-1, 2016)
772. Face the music – Be punished (CGL T-1, 2016)
773. Curry favours – Seek favourable attention (CGL T-1, 2016)
774. Weal and woe – Good times and bad times (CGL T-1, 2016)
775. Call in question – Challenge (CGL T-1, 2016)
776. Make both ends mean – Live within means (CGL T-1, 2016)
777. Put up the shutters – Go out of business (CGL T-1, 2016)
778. A drop in a bucket – A very insignificant amount (CGL T-1, 2016)
779. Draw a blank – Find no favour (CGL T-1, 2016)
780. To keep in abeyance – In a state of suspension (CGL T-1, 2016)
781. To be in a fix – In a difficult situation (CGL T-1, 2016)
782. To break the ice – Make people comfortable and relaxed / Start conversation (CGL T-1,
2016)
783. As daft as a brush – Extremely silly (CGL T-1, 2016)
784. In a nutshell – Briefly and concisely (CGL T-1, 2016)

785. Strain every nerve – Work very hard (CGL T-1, 2016)
786. Evening of life – Old age (CGL T-1, 2016)
787. Button one’s lips – Stop talking (CGL T-1, 2016)
788. Cock and bull stories – Absurd and unlikely stories (CGL T-1, 2016)
789. A live wire – Lively and active (CGL T-1, 2016)
790. Capital punishment – Death sentence (CGL T-1, 2016)
791. Leaps and bounds – Rapidly (CGL T-1, 2016)
792. Wet behind the ears – Young and without much experience (CGL T-1, 2016)
793. Under a cloud – Under suspicion (CGL T-1, 2016)
794. Get the sack – Be dismissed (CGL T-1, 2016)
795. Feather in one’s cap – A new and additional distinction (CGL T-1, 2016)
796. Donkey’s year – A long time (CGL T-1, 2016)
797. Leave no stone unturned – To try every possible way (CGL T-1, 2016)
798. A man of letters – Scholar (CGL T-1, 2016)
799. Bear in mind – Remember (CGL T-1, 2016)
800. To nip in the bud – To stop something in the starting (CGL T-1, 2016)
801. To put a spoke in one’s wheel – To hinder (CGL T-1, 2016)
802. To clip one’s wings – To deprive one of power (CGL T-1, 2016)
803. Hold up – Delay (CGL T-1, 2016)
804. To play fast and loose – To act in an unreliable way (CGL T-1, 2016)
805. Feather one’s own nest – Make money in an improper way (CGL T-1, 2016)
806. Pull a fast one – Play a trick (CGL T-1, 2016)
807. Grease the palm – To bribe (CGL T-1, 2016)
808. Turn-turtle – Complete over-turn of a situation (CGL T-1, 2016)