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 keep out: not to enter, not allow to enter
- There was a large sign outside the door that said, “Danger! Keep out!“
- I’ve told you to keep the dog out of the house.
to keep away (from): to stay at a distance (from); to avoid use of (also: stay away from)
- Please be sure to keep the children away from the street!
- The signs on the burned-out house said, “Keep Away! Danger Zone.”
- It’s important for your health to stay away from dangerous drugs.
to find fault with: criticize, to complain about something
- It is very easy to find fault with the work of others, but more difficult to accept criticism of one’s own work.
- Johnson is always finding fault with her children, but they really try to please their mother.
to be up to: to be responsible for deciding; to be doing as a regular activity
The second definition is most often used in a question as a form of greeting.
- I don’t care whether we go to the reception or not. It‘s up to
- Hi, George. I haven’t seen you in a while. What have you been up to?
ill at ease: uncomfortable or worried in a situation
- Speaking in front of a large audience makes many people feel ill at ease.
- My wife and I were ill at ease because our daughter was late coming home from a date.
to do over: to revise, to do again
A noun or pronoun must separate the two parts of this idiom.
- You’d better do the letter over because it is written so poorly.
- Jose made so many mistakes in his homework that the teacher made him do it over.
to look into: to investigate, to examine carefully (also: to check into)
- The police are looking into the matter of the stolen computers.
- The congressional committee will check into the financial dealings of the government contractor.
to take hold of: to grasp, to grip with the heads
- You should take hold of the railing as you go down those steep stairs.
- The blind man took hold of my arm as I led him across the street.
to get through: to finish, to complete
This idiom is followed either by the –ing form of a verb (a gerund) or by the preposition with.
- I didn’t get through studying last night until almost eleven o’clock.
- At what time does your wife get through with work every day?
from now on: from this time into the future
- Lee’s doctor told him to cut down on eating fatty foods from now on, or else he might suffer heart disease.
- I’m sorry that I dropped by at a bad time. From now on I’ll call you first.
to keep track of: to keep or maintain a record of; to remember the location of
- Steve keeps track of all the long-distance telephone calls related to his business that he makes from his house.
- With seven small children, how do the Wilsons keep track of all of them?
to be carried away: to be greatly affected by a strong feeling
This idiom can also be used with get instead of be.
- Paula and Leanne were carried away by the sad movie that they saw together.
- James got carried away with anger when his roommate crashed his new car into a telephone pole.