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SSC CGL: Idioms And Phrases

Idioms And phrases are also some of the confusing topics and frequently asked in the English section.

Idioms are the group of words whose meaning changes when used together although they give different meaning when used separately.

Here are some most commonly asked Idioms with their meanings.


1. Once in a blue moon:

->Something that happens very rarely.

2.  Beating around the bush:

->Avoiding the main topic,(usually done to hide something)

3Spill the beans:

->To disclose a secret

4.Piece of cake:

->Something that is easy to understand or do

5.Blessing in disguise:

->Something good and useful that did not initially seem that way

6.The best of both worlds:

->The benefits of widely differing situations enjoyed at the same time

7Feeling a bit under the weather:

->Feeling slightly ill

8. Cost an arm and a leg:

->Be very expensive

9. Bite off more than you can chew:

->To take up a task which you may not be able to accomplish due to lack of ability.

10. Break the ice:

->To initiate a social conversation or interaction.

11.A house of cards:

->A poor plan or strategy

 12. Give cold shoulder:

->To ignore

13. Hit the nail on the head:

->To do the correct thing

14. Let the cat out of the bag:

->To reveal the secret carelessly or by mistake

15.Open Pandora’s Box:

->To find a source of great troubles and problems

16. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket:

->Do not put all your resources in one basket.

17. To be a Good Samaritan:

->To be kind and compassionate to someone in distress

18. To put in a nutshell:

->To say in a few words or to make something concise

19. To pour oil on troubled waters:

->To make peace

20. To move heaven and earth:

->To exert all efforts


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