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English Questions : Idioms for all banking exams – Set 13

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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 break down: to stop functioning
Compare this idiom with to burn out . To burn out means that electrical equipment becomes hot from overuse and stops functioning. To break down means that something stops functioning mechanically, whether from overuse or not.

  • I just bought my new car yesterday and already it has broken down.
  • The elevator broke down, so we walked all the way up to the top floor.

to turn out: to become or result; to appear, to attend (also: to come out)
The noun form turnout derives from the second definition of the idiom.

  • Most parents wonder how their children will turn out as adults.
  • Hundreds of people came out for the demonstration against new taxes.
  • What was the turnout for the public hearing on the education reforms?

once in a blue moon: rarely, infrequently

  • Snow falls on the city of San Diego, California, once in a blue moon.
  • Once in a blue moon my wife and I eat at a very expensive restaurant.

to give up: to stop trying, to stop a bad habit ; to surrender

  • I’m sure that you can accomplish this task. Don’t give up yet!
  • If you give up smoking now, you can certainly live a longer life.
  • The soldiers gave themselves up in the face of a stronger enemy forces.

to cross out: to cancel by marking with a horizontal lines

  • The teacher crossed out several incorrect words in Tanya’s composition.
  • I crossed the last line out of my letter because it had the wrong tone to it.

to take for granted
: not to appreciate fully ; to assume to be true without giving much thought
A noun or pronoun often follows the verb take.

  • John took his wife for granted until once when he was very sick and needed her constant attention for a week.
  • He spoke English so well that I took it for granted he was an American.
  • He took for granted that I wasn’t American because I spoke English so poorly!

to take into account: to consider a fact while evaluating a situation Again, a noun or pronoun often follows the verb take.

  • The judge took the prisoner’s young age into account before sentencing him to three months in jail.
  • Educators should take into account the cultural backgrounds of students when planning a school curriculum.

to make clear: to clarify, to explain

  • Please make clear that he should never act so impolitely again.
  • The supervisor made it clear to the workers that they had to increase their productivity.

clear-cut: clearly stated, definite, apparent

  • The president’s message was clear-cut: the company had to reduce personnel immediately.
  • Professor Larsen is well known for his interesting and clear-cut presentations.

to have on: to be wearing

  • How do you like the hat which Grace has on today?
  • When Sally came into the room, I had nothing on except my shorts.

to come to: to regain consciousness; to equal, to amount to

  • At first they thought that the man was dead, but soon he came to.
  • The bill for groceries at the supermarket came to fifty dollars.

to call for: to require; to request, to urge

  • This cake recipe calls for some baking soda, but we don’t have any.
  • The member of Congress called for new laws to regulate the banking industry.