Check out the list of more than 1000 Idioms and Phrases that are most commonly asked in all the government exams such as SSC CGL, UPSC, FCI, IBPS PO/SO/Clerk, PSU exams, RBI, Insurance exams, etc.
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- A damp squib (complete failure )
Example: The visit of our Foreign Minister to USA proved a damp squib on terrorist issue.
- ABC ( very common knowledge ) :
Example: He doesn’t know ABC of Physics.
- Alpha and Omega ( First and last letter of Greek alphabet, means beginning and end )
Example: The alpha and omega of British policy was to keep the Indians divided.
- An eye wash ( a pretence)
Example: He does nothing without self interest, all his excuses are but on eye was.
- Back and Call (at the service)
Example: Don’t worry I am at your back and call.
- Between the cup and the lips ( On the point of achievement)
Example: Until I got the appointment letter in hand, I was not sure of the posting as there were many slips between the cup and the lips.
- By fits and starts ( irregularly)
Example: Work done by fits and starts never completes in time.
- Curtain lecture ( a reproof by wife to her husband)
Example : My younger brother never pays any attention to his wife’s curtain lecture.
- Fire and brimstone ( fearful penalties )
Example: The USA has threatened Iraq with fire and brimstone if she refuses to follow the resolutions of UNO.
- Gird up the loin ( to be ready) :
Example: We should gird up the loin to fight the poverty and menace of dowery.
- Helter skelter ( here and there )
Example: On arrival of the police the strikers ran helter skelter.
- Hush money ( a bribe )
Example : He managed to escape punishment by paying hush money.
- Weal and Woe (prosperity and adversity )
Example: I will abide by you in all weal and woe.
- To assume airs ( to pretend superiority )
Example: He is in the habit of assuming airs in the presence of his in laws.
- Ever and anon ( now and then )
Example: She goes to temple ever and anon.
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