English Grammar – Idiom and Phrases 9 (SSC CGL)

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  1. To the fore – Prominent
  2. To blow the gaff – To revel a secret
  3. To get into bad odour – To become popular
  4. Worth one’s weight in cold – Invaluable
  5. To cook one’s goose – To ruin one’s chances or plans completely
  6. Gravy train – Source of much or easy; money
  7. Like grim death – Very firmly
  8. To let one’s hair down – To behave informally
  9. To hand in one’s cheeks – To die
  10. To run with the hue and hunt with the hounds – To be on good terms with both sides in a dispute
  11. Hare and hound – Paper chase
  12. To take up the hatchet – To prepare for or go to war
  13. Heavy tidings – Bad news
  14. Hell for leather – As quick as possible
  15. Cat in hell’s chance – No chance at all
  16. Like a bat out of hell – At top speed
  17. High and mighty – Arrogant
  18. A hill of beans – A thing of little value
  19. to hoist with one’s own petard – To be caught in ones own trap
  20. From the horse’s mouth – From a reliable source
  21. To take issue – To be in disagreement
  22. everyman jack – Everyone without exception
  23. The cut of one’s jib – A person’s personal appearances or manner
  24. To kick against the pricks – To hurt oneself by useless resistance
  25. At the rate of knots – Very fast
  26. The last straw – An addition to a task, burden, etc. Which strained one’s patience to the limit
  27. To be all legs – To be a tall and very thin person
  28. To have a hollow leg – To have a large appetite
  29. A lick and a promise – A feeble attempt
  30. Out on a limb – In a dangerous situation
  31. To live by one’s wits – To get money by ingenious and irregular methods not necessarily honest
  32. The devils own luck – Good luck
  33. To have a memory like a sieve – To have a faint memory
  34. Middle of the road – Average
  35. To have a monkey on one’s back – To be addicted to narcotic drug
  36. The mote in somebody’s eye – A very minor mistake (of somebody)
  37. To go through the motions – To work carelessly
  38. In a muck – In an untidy situation
  39. Not for nuts – Under no circumstances
  40. To sport one’s oak – To keep one’s door close
  41. Odd and even – Game of chance
  42. to carry off the palm – To be victorious
  43. To be par for the course – To be what one would expect to happen or expect somebody to do
  44. To pay the debt of nature – To die
  45. To know (somebody) off his pedestal – To show that he is no longer highly regarded
  46. Penn y wise and pound foolish – shaving small sums at the risk of large ones
  47. To be in the picture – To be familiar with the matter
  48. To pip(somebody) at the post – To defeat at the last moment
  49. To stretch a point – To make an exception
  50. Printer’s devil – The youngest apprentice in a printing office
  51. To put out feelers – Cautiously check the views of others
  52. a/the sixty four dollar question – An important question that is very difficult to answer
  53. The quick and dead – All people alive or dead
  54. In a flat spin – In a state of panic
  55. To be the dead spit of – Exact counterpart or likeness of
  56. To stew in one’s own juice – To suffer the consequences of one’s own action
  57. To strike a chord – To say something that other people sympathize or identify with
  58. To have the sun in one’s eye – To drink
  59. A month of Sundays – A long period of time
  60. to put to the sword – To kill
  61. Not for all the tea in china – No matter how great the reward
  62. The king of terror – Death
  63. As thick as thieves – Very friendly
  64. The tip of the iceberg – Small but evident part of a much larger concealed situation
  65. A man about town – A man who spends much time at fashionable parties, clubs, theatres
  66. To lay someone under tribute – To impose tax on somebody
  67. To swear like a trooper – To use very obscene or blasphemous language
  68. To twiddle one’s thumb – To be idle
  69. To be up before somebody – To appear in court
  70. To take the veil – To become a nun