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.
under the weather: not feeling well, sick
- John stayed home from work because he was feeling under the weather.
- When you cat cold, you feel under the weather.
to hang up: to place clothes on a hook or hanger ;to replace the receiver on the phone at the end of a conversation
- Would you like me to hang up your coat for you in the closet?
- The operator told me to hang the phone up and call the number again.
to count on: to trust someone in time of need (also: to depend on)
- I can count on my parents to help me in an emergency.
- Don’t depend on Frank to lend you any money; he doesn’t have any.
to make friends: to become friendly with others
- Patricia is a shy girl and doesn’t make friends
- During the cruise Ronald made friends with almost everyone on the ship.
out of order: not in working condition
- The elevator was out or order, so we had to walk to the tenth floor of the building.
- We couldn’t use the soft drink machine because it was out of order.
to get to: to be able to do something special; to arrive at a place, such as home, work, etc. for the second definition, do not use the preposition to with the words home or there.
- The children got to stay up late and watch a good movie for the family.
- I missed the bus and couldn’t get to the office until ten o’clock.
- When are you planning to get home tonight?
few and far between: not frequent, unusual, rare
- The times that our children get to stay up late are few and far between.
- Airplane travel is very safe because accidents are few and far between.
to look over: to examine, to inspect closely (also: to go over, to read over, to check over)
Go over is different from the other forms because it is not separable.
- I want to look my homework over again before I give it to the teacher.
- The politician went over his speech before the important presentation.
- You should never sign any legal paper without checking it over
to have (time) off: to have free time, not to have to work (also: to take time off)
The related form to take time off is used when someone makes a decision to have free time, sometimes when others might not agree with the decision.
- Every morning the company workers have time off for a coffee break.
- Several workers took the afternoon off to go to a baseball game.
to go on: to happen; to resume, to continue (also: to keep on)
- Many people gathered near the accident to see what was going on.
- I didn’t mean to interrupt you. Please go on.
- The speaker kept on talking even though most of the audience had left.
to put out: extinguish, to cause to stop functioning
To put out has the same meaning as to turn off (Lesson 1) for a light fixture.
- No smoking is allowed in here. Please put out your cigarette.
- The fire fighters worked hard to put the brush fire out.
- Please put out the light before you leave. Okay, I’ll put it out.
all of a sudden: suddenly, without warning (also: all at once)
- All of a sudden Ed appeared at the door. We weren’t expecting him to drop by.
- All at once Millie got up and left the house without any explanation.