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.
- Armchair critic
1) Be happy when a person leaves.
2) Speak of an issue (mostly current) which many people are talking about and which is usually disputed.
3) Who knows or pretends to know a lot about something in theory rather than practice.
4) A way of asking what someone is thinking.Answer – 3)
Explanation : who knows or pretends to know a lot about something in theory rather than practice.
Example – He is such an armchair critic; he has no experience in the subject but he is ready to give plenty of advice.
- Go bananas
1) Without any hesitation.
2) A large amount of money.
3) Become extremely angry or excited.
4) All the advantages.Answer – 3)
Explanation : Become extremely angry or excited.
Example – she went bananas when I said I was going to leave the job.
- Power behind the throne
1) The person who actually controls the person who is apparently in charge.
2) To take on a task that is way too big.
3) To further a loss with mockery or indignity; to worsen an unfavorable situation.
4) Not speaking directly about the issue.Answer – 1)
Explanation : The person who actually controls the person who is apparently in charge.
Example- They say that the vice president is the power behind the throne.
- Make both ends meet
1) Accusing the wrong person.
2) Earn just enough money to live on.
3) It is up to you to make the next decision or step
4) A good idea or plan.Answer – 2)
Explanation : Earn just enough money to live on.
Example- They were finding it hard to make ends meet.
- Nip in the bud
1) Cannot judge something primarily on appearance.
2) Something good that isn’t recognized at first.
3) To stop something soon after it has begun
4) To present a counter argument.Answer – 3)
Explanation :To stop something soon after it has begun.
Example- If this problem isn’t nipped in the bud, it will soon get totally out of hand
- Take cue from
1) Feeling slightly ill.
2) When you complain about a loss from the past.
3) Very different from.
4) To be strongly influenced.Answer – 4)
Explanation : To be strongly influenced.
Example- His new tunes take their cues from the music of Africa and Cuba.
- Uncalled for
1) To deceive someone into thinking well of them.
2) To take the credit for something someone else did.
3) Insulting or offensive.
4) Would never like to do something.Answer – 3)
Explanation : Insulting or offensive.
Example- I consider your remarks quite uncalled for.
- Smoking gun
1) Something good that isn’t recognized at first.
2)The indisputable sign of guilt.
3) A good invention or innovation.
4)Not to take what someone says too seriously.Answer – 2)
Explanation : The indisputable sign of guilt.
Example- Mr. Trump was left holding the smoking gun.
1) Acid test proves the effectiveness of something.
2)Do what is expected or promised.
3) Haughty and stubborn.
4)Examining something carefully to not miss out any details.Answer – 3)
Explanation : Haughty and stubborn.
Example- Nobody wants to invite him in any party as he is stiff-necked.
- Play havoc
1) Completely disrupt.
2)Trying out every possibility to get a result.
3) Works very well or has the desired effect.
4)Getting your things well organizedAnswer – 1)
Explanation : Completely disrupt.
Example-Shift work plays havoc with the body clock.