Most Important Idioms and Phrases With Answers For All Competitive Exams Part 1

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1. To get one’s own back : to get one’s revenge

2. Yeoman’s service : excellent work

3. On the cuff : on credit

4. Blowing his own trumpet : praising himself

5. Pros and cons : for and against

6. Set their face against : opposed strongly

7. Helter-skelter : in disorderly haste

8. A dark horse : an unforeseen competitor

9. Turned his head : changed him completely

10. To die in harness : to die while in service

11. Within a stone’s throw : very near to

12. Have the last laugh : to be victorious at the end of an argument

13. Struck a chill to the heart : aroused fear

14. To take into account : to consider

15. To mince matters : to confuse issues

16. The pros and cons : consider all facts

17. Came out of his shell : became more sociable

18. Rest on their laurels : to be complacent

19. Lay out : spend

20. By fits and starts : Irregularly

21. To stave off : postpone

22. A wild goose chase : Futile search

23. Fought to the bitter end : carried on a contest regardless of the consequences

24. High and dry : neglected

25. Made no bones about : did not have any hesitation in

26. To be all at sea : lost and confused

27. Takes after : resembles

28. Carry out : execute

29. To take someone to task : to scold someone

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30. He didn’t tell me directly, but reading between the lines : Understanding the sense rather than the actual words

31. Made a clean breast of : confessed without reserve

32. Close shave : narrow escape

33. At snail’s pace : very slowly

34. Cut him off without a shilling : disinherited him

35. Red-letter day : happy and significant day

36. Under a cloud : Under suspicion

37. Talking through his hat : talking nonsense

38. Blow over : pass off

39. The green-eyed monster : jealousy

40. Currying favour with : ingratiating itself with

 

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