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English Grammar – Idiom and Phrases 1 (SSC CGL)

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Welcome to Online English in We are providing English Grammar Which is very Important in English Language, we are providing you One Word Substitutions, Which is very important for Banks and SSC CGL Exams!!!

  1. A fair crack of the whip – A period of importance
  2. To hold something in leash – To restrain
  3. To wrangle over an ass’s shadow – To quarrels over trifles
  4. To play fast and loose – To hurt some body’s feelings /to play tricks
  5. All agog – Restless
  6. to give up the ghost – To die
  7. To snap one’s fingers – To be anxious
  8. A pipe dream – An impractical plan
  9. To stand to one’s guns – To perseverance when hardships press
  10. To loose one’s head – To become confused and over exited
  11. By the skin of one’s teeth – Only just
  12. To throw one’s glove – To give a challenge
  13. To be in abeyance – In suspense
  14. A chip off the old block – Characteristics of one’s ancestors
  15. To take people by storm – To captive tem unexpectedly
  16. To throw up the sponge – To surrender or give up the contest
  17. Harp on – To keep on talking
  18. To catch somebody on the hop to – To catch somebody of guard
  19. To spell the beans – To reveal secret information
  20. To bring one’s egg to a bad market – To fail in one’s plan because one goes to the wrong people for help
  21. To get cold feet – To be afraid
  22. To take a leap in the dark – To do a hazardous thing without any idea of the result
  23. To give get/give the bird – To send away
  24. To be at daggers drawn – To be bitter enemy
  25. To save one’s face – to evade disgrace
  26. To spilt hours – To indulge in over-refined arguments
  27. A lady’s man – A lover of woman company
  28. Will o’ the wisp – Anything which eludes or deceives
  29. To get into scrape – To find oneself in an awkward predicament
  30. To fly off the handle – To lose one’s temper
  31. To blaze trail – To initiate work in a movement
  32. To be lost in the cloud – To be perplexed
  33. Hush money – Bribe paid to secure silence
  34. A tall order – A task difficult to perform
  35. To draw bead upon – To take aim at
  36. All and sundry – Everything without distinction
  37. To disabuse one’s mind – To remove a misapprehension
  38. To temp providence – To take reckless risks
  39. To accept the gauntlet – To suffer humiliation
  40. French leave – Absence without permission
  41. To have brush with – To have a slight encounter
  42. To pull one’s socks up – To try hard
  43. Within an ace of – Narrowly
  44. To blow hot and clod – To be inconsistent
  45. To give chapter and verse for a thing – To produce the proof of something
  46. To beggars’ description Beyond one’s power – to describe adequately
  47. To plough the sands – To busy oneself in a way which cannot lead to any profitable result
  48. Foar in the mouth – To be furious
  49. To take umbrage – To be offended
  50. Something up one’s sleeve – A secret plan Adam’s ale Water
  51. To draw the long bow – To make and exaggerated statement
  52. To fight to the bitter end – To carry on a contest regardless of consequences
  53. Queer somebody’s pitch – Upset one’s plan
  54. To make the grade – To come out successful
  55. To be up and doing – To be actively engaged
  56. To see eye to eye with – To agree
  57. A jaundiced eye – prejudice
  58. To see red – To find fault with
  59. To rip up with old sores – To revive a quarrel which was almost forgotten
  60. To carry off the bell – To bag the first position
  61. To live in clover – To live in great comfort and luxury
  62. Pin-money Allowance made – to a lady for her expenses
  63. Get down to brass tracks Begin – to talk in plain, straight forward terms
  64. Spick and span – Neat and clean
  65. To take the wind out of another’s sails – To anticipate another and to gain advantage over him
  66. To carry the coal – to Newcastle To do unnecessary things
  67. To turn the cover – To pass the crisis
  68. A sop to Cerberus Ransom – to an enemy
  69. To hit the nail on the head – To guess right
  70. A baker’s dozen – Thirteen
  71. To run amuck – To run about in frenzy
  72. To be at one’s finger’s end – To be completely conversant with
  73. To pull strings – To exert hidden influence
  74. A green horn – An inexperienced man
  75. To look sharp – To be quick
  76. To pour oil in troubled water – To calm a quarrel with soothing words
  77. To play on a fiddle – To be busy over trifles
  78. To mind one’s P’s and Q’s – To be careful one one’s mind
  79. To oil the knocker – To tip the office boy
  80. To cut the crackle – To stop talking and start
  81. To cool one’s heels – To be kept watching for sometime
  82. By the rule of thumb – By practical experience which is rather rough
  83. A fool’s errand – A useless undertaking
  84. To put somebody in his place – To make him humble
  85. To talk shop – To talk about business or professional affairs
  86. To keep one’s head above water – To keep out of debt
  87. To live fast – To lead a life of dissipation
  88. To hold a brief for – To defend someone
  89. To pay off old scores – To harm someone because they have harmed you in the past
  90. To take a leaf out of somebody’s book – To take him as a model
  91. To set he Thames on fire – To try to do the impossible
  92. To cast the pearl before a swine – To offer someone a thing which he cannot appreciate
  93. To bear the palm – To win
  94. To change the colour – To shift the allegations to
  95. To cut the Gordian knot – to be victorious.
  96. To have one’s heart in one’s boots – To be deeply depressed.
  97. To strike one’s colours – To surrender.
  98. To cry wolf – To raise a false alarm.
  99. To give one’s ears – To listen carefully.
  100. To hang up one’s hat – To make oneself comfortable in another.