Idioms for Competitve Exams

IDIOMS
1.Back to square one

Meaning: To be back at the starting point of something.

Example: I picked up all the leaves and branches from my lawn yesterday but there was a storm last night and now I’m back to square one.

2.Back on one’s feet:

Meaning: to be healthy again after sickness.

Example: I couldn’t do anything for two weeks while I had the flu but now I’m back on my feet.

3.By hook or by Crook

Meaning: At any cost /by fair or unfair mean.

Example: I decided that I was going to get that job by hook or by crook.

4.Blow one’s trump

Meaning- self praise

Example: Anyone will tell you she’s one of the best journalists we’ve got, although she’d never blow her own horn.

5.Beat the air

Meaning- do useless effort

Examples: The candidates for office were so much alike that we thought our vote amounted to beating the air .

6.Bed of thorns

Meaning: Full of difficulties

Examples: Life of an ill person always remains a bed of thorns.

7.Beat about the bush

Meaning :To discuss a topic without being specific about anything

Examples: Don’t beat around the bush. Just tell me where my brother is

8.Bag and baggage
Meaning: (with) all one’s belongings.

Example: Tired of their tantrums, the landlady asked her tenants to vacate the house, bag and baggage, in a week’s times.

9.Blue eyed boy
Meaning: a man who is liked and admired by somebody in authority.

Example: She gets the charge of all the assignment except the finance, which is kept for the blue-eyed boy.

10.Bread and Butter
Meaning: someone’s livelihood.

Example: Teaching classic music to young boys and girls is her bread and butter.

11.Bear the brunt of
Meaning: take the main force, often of a criticism or unpleasant event.

Example: When the teachers and other government employees went on a strike, they did not realize they’d have to bear the brunt of public anger when they go back to work.

12.Burn the candle at both the ends
Meaning: exhaust someone’s energies or resources by leading a hectic life.

Example: She has been burning the candle at both ends by doing a full-time job and preparing for her International English Language Test exams.

13.Bury the hatchet
Meaning: make peace; end a quarrel, settle one’s differences to become friends again.

Example 1: The two neighboring countries India and Pakistan have often been advised by the world bodies to bury the hatchet for their own progress.

14.Bury head in the sand
Meaning: refuse to think about an unpleasant situation, hoping that it will improve so that you will not have to deal with it.

Example: Parents and Principal said ragging was being ignored and accused the girls hostel’s warden of burying her head in the sand, in Perth city of Australia.

15.Blue blood
Meaning: descent from nobility, aristocrat.

Example: She often tell her friends that she has blue blood flowing through her veins.

16.By dint of

Meaning: as result of something.

Example: Mark got what he wanted by dint of requesting and threatening

17.Break a leg

Meaning: good luck, best wishes

Example:

to wish someone luck especially before a performance

“Break a leg!” I shouted out to him before he rushed in for his auditions.

18.Born with a silver spoon in mouth

Meaning: To be born to parents who are rich and have a good social rank.

Example: He does not need this job as much as I do, he is born with a silver spoon in his mouth.

19.Beyond the pale

Meaning

An unacceptable way to express something.

Something that is not considered decent.

Example:

They broke up because her behaviour was simply beyond the pale.

 

 

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