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English Questions : Idioms for all banking exams – Set 5

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Welcome to Online English Section with explanation in AffairsCloud.com. 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 look out: to be careful or cautious (also: to watch out)
Both of these idioms can occur with the preposition for.

  • Look out!” Jeffrey cried as his friend almost stepped in a big hole in the ground.
  • Look out for reckless drivers whenever you cross the street.
  • Small children should always watch out for strangers offering candy.

to shake hands: to exchange greetings by clasping hands

  • When people meet for the first time, they usually shake hands.
  • The student warmly shook hands with his old professor.

to get back: to return

  • Mr. Harris got back from his business trip to Chicago this morning.
  • Could you get the children back home by five o’clock?

to catch cold: to become sick with a cold of the nose for throat

  • If you go out in this rain, you will surely catch cold.
  • How did she ever catch cold in such warm weather?

to get over: to recover from an illness; to accept a loss or sorrow

  • It took me over a month to get over my cold, but I’m finally well now.
  • It seems that Mr. Mason will never get over the death of his wife.

to make up one’s mind: to reach a decision, to decide finally

  • Sally is considering several colleges to attend, but she hasn’t made up her mind yet.
  • When are you going to make up your mind about your vacation plans?

to change one’s mind: to alter one’s decision or opinion

  • We have changed our minds and are going to Canada instead of California this summer.
  • Matthew has changed his mind several times about buying a new cat.

for the time being: temporarily (also: for now)

  • For the time being, Janet is working as a waitress, but she really hopes  to become an actress soon.
  • We’re living in an apartment for now, but soon we’ll be looking for a house to buy.

for good: permanently, forever

  • Ruth has returned to Canada for good. She won’t ever live in the United States again.
  • Are you finished with school for good, or will you continue your studies some day?

to call off: to cancel

  • The referee called off the soccer game because of the darkness.
  • The president called the meeting off because she had to leave town.

to put off: to postpone

  • Many student’s put off doing their assignments until the last minute.
  • Let’s put the party off until next weekend, okay?

in a hurry: hurried, rushed (also: in a rush)

  • Alex seems in a hurry; he must be late for his train again.
  • She’s always in a rush in the morning to get the kids to school.