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.
1. To take the bull by the horns
Meaning: To face danger
- She decided to take the bull by the horns and try to solve the problem.
- Nora decided to take the bull by the horns and organize things for herself.
- Under such circumstances, you have no choice, but take the bull by the horns
2. At your fingertips
Meaning: Readily available
- If you have something at your fingertips it is easily available for you to use or reach.
- He has all the latest statistics at his fingertips
3. A small fry
- These local companies are only small fry compared to the huge multinationals.
- The Army seemed very small fry in comparison
4. Utopian idea
Meaning: Imaginary idea
- Mrs. Alex was pursuing a utopian idea of world prosperity.
- Some will have utopian ideas about what can be done with that money.
5. Bite the dust
Meaning: To fail or defeated or destroyed
- I am not going to bite the dust so easily.
- Half of all new restaurants bite the dust in the first year
6. To take to one’s heel
Meaning: To run away from something /somebody
- The thief took to his heel when he saw the policeman approaching.
- The man took to his heels to try to get to the busstop before the bus left.
7. To talk through one’s hat
Meaning: To talk nonsense
- As he talking through his hat, I couldn’t understand.
- He is talking through his hat when he says he’ll make the team.
8. Ins and outs
Meaning: details and complexities
- I do not understand the ins and outs of politics.
- I’m not surprised he made such a stupid mistake he does not know the ins and outs of this business.
9. Dark horse
Meaning: An unexpected winner
- The party is hoping that a dark horse will appear before the election.
- He’s a bit of a dark horse: he was earning a fortune, but nobody knew.
- Anna’s such a dark horse – I had no idea she’d published a novel.
10. Beat the heat
Meaning : to remain cool in hot weather
- I have found that drinking a cool glass of water helps to beat the heat in summer
- It’s not a good idea to rely only on Soft Drinks to beat the heat.
- We are going to Waterpark to beat the heat.