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English Questions : Idioms for all banking exams – Set 3

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Welcome to Online English Section with explanation in Here we are providing here some important idioms and phrases, which is BASED ON IBPS PO/CLERK/LIC AAO/RRB & SSC CGL EXAM and other competitive exams.

to pick out: to choose, to select

  • Ann picked out a good book to give to her brother as a graduation gift.
  • Johnny, if you want me to buy you a toy, then pick one out

to take one’s time: to do without rush, not to hurry
This idiom is often used in the imperative form. (See the first example)

  • There’s no need to hurry doing those exercises. Take your time.
  • William never works rapidly. He always takes his time in every thing that he does.

to talk over: to discuss or consider a situation with others

  • We talked over Carla’s plan to install an air conditioner in the room, but we couldn’t reach a decision.
  • Before I accepted the new job offer, I talked the matter over with my life.

to life down: to place oneself in a flat position, to recline

  • If you are tired, why don’t you lie down for an hour or so?
  • The doctor says that Grace must lie down and rest for a short time every afternoon.

to stand up: to rise from a sitting or lying position (also: to get up)

  • When the president entered the room, everyone stood up.
  • Suzy, stop rolling around on the floor; get up

to sit down: to be seated (also: take a seat)

  • We sat down on the park bench and watched the children play.
  • There aren’t any more chairs, but you can take a seat on the floor.

all (day, week, month, year) long: the entire day, week, month, year

  • I’ve been working on my income tax forms all day long. I’ve hardly had time to eat.
  • It’s been raining all week long. We haven’t seen the sun since last Monday.

by oneself: alone, without assistance

  • Francis translated that French novel by himself. No one helped him.
  • Paula likes to walk through the woods by herself, but her brother prefers to walk with a companion.

on purpose: for a reason, deliberately
This idiom is usually used when someone does something wrong or unfair.

  • Do you think that she didn’t come to the meeting on purpose?
  • It was no accident that he broke my glasses. He did it on purpose.

to get along with: to associate or work well with; to succeed or manage in doing (also: to get on with)

  • Terry isn’t getting along with her new roommate; they argue constantly.
  • How are you getting on with your students?

to make a difference (to): to be of importance (to), to affect
This idiom is often used with adjectives to show the degree of importance.

  • It makes a big difference to me whether he likes the food I serve.
  • Does it make any difference to you where we go for dinner?
  • No, it doesn’t make any difference.
  • It makes no difference to Lisa either.

to take out: to remove, to extract ; to go on a date with  (also to go out with)

  • Student, take out your books and open them to page twelve.
  • Did you take Sue out last night?
  • No, she couldn’t go out with