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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 point out: to show, to indicate, to bring to one’s attention

  • What important buildings did the tour guide point out to you?
  • The teacher pointed out the mistakes in my composition.
  • A friend pointed the famous actor out to me.

To be up: to expire, to be finished
This idiom is used only with the word time as the subject.

  • “The time is up,” the teacher said at the end of the test period.
  • We have to leave the tennis court because our hour is up; some other people want to use it now.

To be over: to be finished, to end (also: to be through)
This idiom is used for activities and events.

  • After the dance was over, we all went to a restaurant.
  • The meeting was through ten minutes earlier than everyone expected.

On time: exactly at the correct time, punctually

  • I thought that Margaret would arrive late, but she was right on time.
  • Did you get to work on time this morning, or did rush hour traffic delay you?

In time to: before the time necessary to do something

  • We entered the theater just in time to see the beginning of the movie.
  • The truck was not able to stop in time to prevent an accident.

To get better, worse, etc.: to become better, worse, etc.

  • Heather has been sick for a month, but now she is getting better.
  • This medicine isn’t helping me. Instead of getting better, I’m getting worse.

to get sick, well, tired, busy, wet, etc.: to become sick, well, tired, busy, wet, etc.
This idiom consists of a combination of get and various adjectives.

  • Gerald got sick last week and has been in bed since that time.
  • Every afternoon I get very hungry, so I eat a snack.

Had better: should, ought to, be advisable to
This idiom is most often used in contracted form (I’d better).

  • I think youd better speak to Mr. White right away about this matter.
  • The doctor told the patient that he’d better go home and rest.

Would rather : prefer to (also: would just as soon)

  • Would you rather have the appointment this Friday or next Monday?
  • I would just as soon go for a walk as watch TV right now.

to call it a day/night : to stop working for the test of the day/night

  • Herb tried to repair his car engine all morning before he called it a day and went fishing.
  • We’ve been working hard on this project all evening; let’s call it a night.

To figure out : to solve, to find a solution ; to understand

  • How long did it take you to figure out the answer to the math problem?
  • I was never able to figure it out.

To think of : to have a (good or bad) opinion of

This idiom is often used in the negative or with adjectives such as much and highly.

  • I don’t think much of him as a baseball player; he’s a slow runner and a poor hitter.
  • James thinks highly of his new boss, who is a kind and helpful person.