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English Questions : Idioms for all banking exams – Set 17

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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.

Idioms and Phrases

on one’s toes: alert, cautious
This idiom is usually used with the verbs stay and keep.

  •  It’s important for all the players on a soccer team to stay on their toes.
  •  We’d better keep on our toes while we’re walking along the dark portions of this street.

to get along: to make progress; to manage to live in a certain state of health

  • o Juan is getting along very well in his English studies.
  • o How is Mr. Richards getting along after his long illness?

hard of hearing: partially deaf, not able to hear well

  • You’ll have to speak a little louder. Mrs. Evans is hard of hearing.
  • Please don’t shout. I’m not hard of hearing.
  • Listening to loud music too much can make you hard of hearing.

to see eye to eye: to agree, to concur

  •  I’m glad that we see eye to eye on the matter of the conference location.
  • A husband and wife don’t always see eye to eye with each other, but a good marriage can survive small disagreements.

to have in mind: to be considering, to be thinking.

  • I don’t want to see a movie now. I have in mind going to the park.
  • It’s up to you what we eat tonight. Do you have anything in mind?

to keep in mind: to remember, not to forget (also: to bear in mind)

  • I didn’t know that Paula doesn’t like vegetables. We should bear that in mind next time we invite her for dinner.
  • Please keep in mind that you promised to call Stan around noon.

for once: this one time, for only one time

  • For once I was able to win a game of golf against Steve, who is a much better player than I am.
  • Dad, for once would you please let me drive the new car?

to go off: to explode; to sound as an alarm; to leave suddenly without explanation

  • The accident happened when a box of firecrackers went off accidentally.
  •  For what time did you set the alarm clock to go off tomorrow morning?
  •  Vince went off without saying good-bye to anybody; I hope he wasn’t angry.

to grow out of: to outgrow, to become too old for; to be a result of

  • He still bites his nails now and then, but soon he’ll grow out of the habit.
  • The need for the salary committee grew out of worker dissatisfaction with the pay scale.

to make the best of: to do the best that one can in a poor situation

  • If we can’t find a larger apartment soon, we’ll just have to make the best of it right here.
  • Even though the Martinez family is having financial problems, they make the best of everything by enjoying the simple pleasures of life.

to cut off: to shorten by cutting the ends; to disconnect or stop suddenly

  • The rope was two feet longer than we needed, so we cut off the extra length.
  • The operator cut our long-distance phone conversation off after two minutes.

to cut out: to remove by cutting ; to stop doing something (for the second definition, also: to knock it off)
For the second definition, the idiom is usually separated by the pronoun it.

  • The child likes to cut out pictures form the newspaper and to paste them in a notebook.
  • He kept bothering her, so finally she told him to cut it out. However, he wouldn’t knock it off until her larger brother appeared.