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English Questions : Idioms for all banking exams – Set 14

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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 eat in/To eat out : to eat at home/to eat in a restaurant

  • I feel too tired to go out for dinner. Let’s eat in again tonight.
  • When you eat out, what restaurant do you generally go to?

cut and dried: predictable, known beforehand; boring

  • The results of the national election were rather cut and dried; the Republicans won easily.
  • A job on a factory assembly line is certainly cut and dried.

to look after: to watch, to supervise, to protect (also: to take care of, to keep an eye on)

  • Grandma will look after the baby while we go to the lecture.
  • Who is going to take care of your house plants while you are away?
  • I’d appreciate it if you’d keep an eye on my car while I’m in the store.

to feel like: to have the desire to, to want to consider
This idiom is usually followed by a gerund (the –ing form of a verb used as a noun).

  • I don’t feel like studying tonight. Let’s go to a basketball game.
  • I feel like taking a long walk. Would you like to go with me?

once and for all: finally, absolutely

  • My daughter told her boyfriend once and for all that she wouldn’t date him anymore.
  • Once and for all, john has quit smoking cigarettes.

to hear from: to receive news or information from
To hear from is used for receiving a letter, telephone call, etc., from a person or organization.

  • I don’t hear from my brother very often since he moved to Chicago.
  • Have you heard from the company about that new job?

to hear of: to know about, to be familiar with; to consider
The second definition is always used in the negative.

  • When I asked for directions to Mill Street, the police officer said that she had never heard of it.
  • Byron strongly disagreed with my request by saying, “I won’t hear of it!”

to make fun of: to laugh at, to joke about

  • They are making fun of Carla’s new hair style. Don’t you think that it’s really strange?
  • Don’t make fun of Jose’s English. He’s doing the best he can.

to come true: to become reality, to prove to be correct

  • The weatherman’s forecast for today’s weather certainly came true.
  • Everything that the economists predicted about the increased cost of living has come true.

as a matter of fact: really, actually (also: in fact)

  • Hans thinks he knows English well but, as a matter of fact, he speaks very poorly.
  • I didn’t say that. In fact, I said quite the opposite.

to have one’s way: to arrange matters the way one wants (especially when someone else doesn’t want to same way) (also: to get one’s way)

  • My brother always wants to have his way, but this time our parents said that we could do what I wanted.
  • If Sheila doesn’t get her way, she becomes very angry.

to look forward to: to expect or anticipate with pleasure
This idiom can be followed by a regular noun or a gerund.

  • We’re greatly looking forward to our vacation in Mexico.
  • Margaret never looks forward to going to work.