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Most Repeated Idioms/Phrases for SSC CGL Tier 1 & 2 English Exam

Most Repeated Idioms/Phrases for SSC CGL Tier 1 & 2 English Exam

Directions: In question nos. 1 to 12 four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase underlined in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning  of the idiom/phrase.

Q1. To go by

(a) to throw away

(b) to be guided by

(c) to disobey

(d) to avoid

Q2. Reading between the lines

(a) reading slowly and haltingly

(b) understanding the sense not the actual words.

(c) understanding the meaning of words and not the sense

(d) reading superficially

Q3. By fits and starts

(a) consistently

(b) irregularly

(c) in high spirits

(d)enthusiastically

Q4. Put up with

(a) excuse

(b) accept

(c) refuse

(d) tolerate

Q5. Talking through one’s hat

(a)talking nonsense

(b) talking ignorantly

(c) talking irresponsibly

(d)talking insultingly

Q6. At the eleventh hour

(a) at eleven o’clock

(b) at the last hour of the day

(c) at the last possible time

(d) arrive late

Q7. Augean stables

(a) to remove an evil

(b) a place for horses

(c) to clean the stables

(d) stables for Augean horses.

Q8. At the helm of

(a) at the helm of the ship

(b) at the main situation

(c) in the centre of the ship

(d) in the centre of a storm

Q9. An apple of discord

(a) the cause of a contention

(b) sour apple

(c) a fight for an apple  

(d) a quarrel

Q10. Call one’s shot

(a) make intentions clear

(b) call with a shot

(c) to show determination

(d) shoot at a cab

Q11. Call it a day

(a) good bye to active life

(b) name the day

(c) call on someone

(d) end the work of the day

Q12. Between the Devil and the Sea

(a) in a fix

(b) a Devil in the sea

(c) in a worse situation

(d) a compromising situation

 

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Idioms & Phrases Practice Exercise | SSC CGL Examination 2018

Idioms & Phrases Practice Exercise | SSC CGL Examination 2018

Q1. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/Phrase.

Live from hand to mouth

(a) Filthy rich people

(b) To be dependent on others

(c) To have enough money to live on and nothing extra

(d) Living in miserable conditions.

Q2. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/Phrase.

To face the music

(a) To bear the consequences

(b) To disparage someone

(c) To be hard of hearing

(d) To enjoy a musical concert

Q3. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

Gnash your teeth

(a) Express rage

(b) Brush your teeth

(c) Laugh hysterically

(d) Take a big bite

Q4. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

Let something slip through one’s fingers

(a) Lose a wedding ring

(b) Not be able to understand a difficult concept

(c) Let go of certain unpleasant things

(d) to waste an opportunity to achieve something

Q5. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/Phrase.

Adam’s ale

(a)  Gift

(b)  Food

(c)  Water

(d)  Belongings

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Q6. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/Phrase.

At one’s wits end

(a)  A man of ability

(b)  At the last moment

(c)  To get puzzled

(d)  Undecided controversy

Q7. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

To steal a march

(a) To act in a foolish way

(b) To break something

(c) To outshine

(d) To see a hidden meaning

Q8. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

In a jiffy

(a) Fail to win appreciation

(b) In an appropriate manner

(c) Something that is done very quickly

(d) To fall in love

Q9. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

Herculean task

(a)  Important task

(b)  Motivating

(c)  Optional to do

(d)  Very difficult task

Q10. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

On tenterhooks

(a)  Flattery

(b)  In a disorganized manner

(c)  In anxious suspense

(d)  Speak quickly

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CGL Examination English Idioms / Phrases | SSC 2018 Online Preparation

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Q1. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

Get on the nerves

(a)  To be an irritant

(b)  To lose confidence

(c)  To become very sensitive; cry easily

(d)  To become very strong emotionally

Q2. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

Keep under one’s hat

(a) Keep all your wealth in your home

(b)  To keep something a secret

(c)  Steal and hide something

(d)  Take care of somebody else’s valuables given to you for safe keeping

Q3. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

Get up on the wrong side of the bed

(a) Make a wrong decision and regret it for the rest of the life

(b) Start the day in a bad mood, which continues all day long

(c) Have a sleepless night especially due to worries

(d) Suffer an uncomfortable stay at an unfamiliar place

Q4. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

Learn by heart

(a) To memorize something

(b) Love something terribly

(c) Learn a lesson by making a mistake

(d) Learn to control or hide your true feelings

Q5. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/Phrase.

Will­ o ­the wisp

(a) Something that is impossible to get or achieve.

(b) To keep off an unwanted and undesirable person.

(c) To spend recklessly.

(d) Accept or leave the offer.

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Q6. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/Phrase.

To go through fire and water

(a) To scold someone

(b) To experience many dangers in order to achieve something

(c) To act without restraints

(d) Something which hurts

Q7. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/Phrase.

Chicken-hearted

(a) Coward

(b)  Short tempered

(c)  Composed

(d)  Bold

Q8. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/Phrase.

Red letter day

(a) Starting day

(b)  Holiday

(c)  Significant day

(d)  Ending day

Q9. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

Ended in a fiasco

(a) A complete failure

(b)  A successful event

(c)  Changed one completely

(d)  Twisted around

Q10. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

Sow wild oats

(a) To make someone fool

(b)  To make space to red

(c)  To take revenge

(d)  To waste time by doing foolish things

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SSC CGL English Idioms Phrases | Online Exam Preparation 2018 | Tier 1

SSC CGL English Idioms Phrases | Online Exam Preparation 2018 | Tier 1

Q1. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

Pillar to post

(a) Main support of an object

(b) One place to another

(c) To be reluctant

(d) To incite others

Q2. n the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

Hobson’s choice

(a) To choose first in row

(b) To make a careful choice

(c) No real choice at all

(d) To seek all favourable alternatives to choose from

Q3. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

The alpha and the omega

(a)  Happy and sad

(b)  The beginning and the end

(c)  The love and the hatred

(d)  Truth and dare

Q4. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

Throw up the sponge

(a)  To attack

(b)  To laugh at someone

(c)  To surrender

(d)  To talk loudly

Q5. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/Phrase.

To put a spoke in one’s wheel

(a)  To be advantageous at the time of difficulty

(b)  To maintain under all circumstances

(c)  To blame the other party

(d)  To put a difficulty in the way of progress

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Q6. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/Phrase.

At loggerheads

(a)  To suffer

(b)  In conflict with someone

(c)  To face tough competition

(d)  To be in do or die situation

Q7.In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

A wild goose chase

(a) Fruitful search

(b) Timely search

(c) Useless search

(d) Wrong decision

Q8.In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

A moot point

(a) Agreeable

(b) Disputed

(c) Unclear

(d) Unknown

Q9. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/Phrase.

Spick and Span

(a)  High and low

(b)  Dark and light

(c)  Neat and clean

(d)  Happy and sad

Q10. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/Phrase.

To draw the longbow

(a)  To nullify

(b)  To exaggerate

(c)  To underrate

(d)  To demarcate

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Repeated Idioms Phrases English Section :- SSC CGL 2018 Tier 1

Repeated Idioms Phrases English Section :- SSC CGL 2018 Tier 1

Q1. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

Rat race

(a)  Make others fight for scraps and get sadistic pleasure out of it

(b)  Be an oppressive boss and treat employees like animals

(c)  A way of life in which people are caught up in a fiercely competitive struggle for wealth or power

(d)  Play games with the lives of other people and see them run aimlessly

Q2. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

Spin one’s wheels

(a)  Keep bragging about oneself

(b)  Try your luck

(c)  Expel much effort for little or no gain

(d)  Start a long journey

Q3. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/Phrase.

Mealy-mouthed

(a)  Ill-tempered

(b)  Soft-spoken

(c)  Enthusiastic

(d)  Depressed

Q4. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/Phrase.

By fits and starts

(a)  Occasionally

(b)  Totally

(c)  Finally

(d)  Irregularly

Q5. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

All agog

(a)  Avoid

(b)  Contentment

(c)  Amazed

(d)  Unsystematically

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Q6. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

Not to mince matters

(a)  To be at ease

(b)  To not confuse others

(c)  To not interfere in others affairs

(d)  To speak out politely

Q7. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

Kick the bucket

(a) Loose temper

(b) To delay a little longer

(c) To die

(d) To meet with an accident

Q8. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

An axe to grind

(a) To act bravely

(b) To act like a fool

(c) To have a selfish motive

(d) To take risk

Q9. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

Pillar to post

(a) Main support of an object

(b) One place to another

(c) To be reluctant

(d) To incite others

Q10. In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

Hobson’s choice

(a) To choose first in row

(b) To make a careful choice

(c) No real choice at all

(d) To seek all favourable alternatives to choose from

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Online Quiz – Idioms & Phrases for SSC CGL Exam | Part 6

Online Quiz – Idioms & Phrases for SSC CGL Exam | Part 6

1.An olive branch

Meaning- Peace request/ peace treaty

Example- This is an excellent time for offering the olive branch to enemies and competitors too.

2.Apple of discord

Meaning- Matter of dispute/ cause of quarrel

Example- This wealth of father becomes apple of discord between two brothers.

3.Ants in your pants

Meaning- Restless; cannot keep still one moment

Example- His five year old daughter has ants in her pants. She keeps running around never can keep still for moment.

4.Behind the scenes

Meaning- A lot of unseen and maybe even secret activities going on behind the scenes

Example- Behind the scenes, both sides are working towards an agreement.

5.Beholden to someone

Meaning- Grateful

Example- Stan refused to accept a college loan because he didn’t want to feel beholden to anyone.

6.Being grouchy

Meaning- Being bad tempered; complaining

Example- Sometimes she is grouchy, but all in all she is an excellent teacher.

7.Don’t give a hoot

Meaning- Don’t care

Example- I’ll go ahead and waste my time, i dont give a hoot about what you think.

8.Don’t hand me that line

Meaning- Don’t tell me that old familiar lie

Example- I know for a fact you weren’t sick yesterday, so don’t give me that line.

9.Don’t lay a finger on me

Meaning- Don’t touch me in any way

Example- Don’t you dare lay a finger on me.

10.Taken to task

Meaning- Criticized for one’s action

Example- I was taken to task for arriving late.

11.Takes two to tango

Meaning- It takes two to fight

Example- We will never reach an agreement unless we sit down for a discussion. It takes two to tango.

12.Talk big

Meaning- To boast or brag

Example- We dislike those who talk big and do noting.

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SSC CGL Online Idioms and Phrases | Online Exam | Part – 5

SSC CGL Online Idioms and Phrases | Online Exam | Part – 5

1.Abject despair

Meaning- Total and utter hopelessness that could not be worse

Example- For a while, he stood in front of the mirror, crying, his broad shoulders bent under the terrible weight of abject despair.

2.Able-bodied

Meaning- Strong, vigorous and healthy in body

Example- If you are not injured or sick, you can generally be considered an able-bodied individual capable of physical exertion.

3.Abominable behaviour

Meaning- Highly offensive, despicable, repulsive, immoral actions or deeds

Example- The weather during our beach vacation was abominable, but we tried to have fun even in the midst of a horrible storm.

4.Call names

Meaning- To abuse

Example- A lifelong fan of aviation, Call named it Flying J in honor of the aviation industry.

5.Callous remark

Meaning- Hurtful, insensitive, comment showing lack of feeling for others

Example- A student’s callous behavior towards his teacher is absolutely not accepted in this school. He will be reprimanded for his actions.

6.Don’t be so cranky

Meaning- Don’t be so irritable; bed-tempered

Example- If you don’t feed soon, you’ll start getting cranky and I need you happy.

7.Don’t be so miserable

Meaning- Try not to look so unhappy all the time

Example- Why do you make yourself miserable by taking on too much work?

8.Don’t get along together

Meaning- Cannot agree

Example- We have made every effort to get along with our new neighbors, but they don’t seem interested in becoming friends.

9.Head and shoulders above the rest

Meaning- Far better than all the others; a cut above the rest

Example- I’m so proud of our boy, Johnny – he was head and shoulders above the rest of his class in his school project.

10.Head in the clouds

Meaning- Lost in illusion; overly-optimistic

Example- The government has its head in the clouds when it comes to the rebels.

11.Yellow press

Meaning- It is a type of journalism that presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines to sell more newspapers

Example- Believing the article to be nothing more than yellow journalism, the editor decided not to publish the fake piece.

12.Yellow-bellied

Meaning- Cowardly

Example- George is a yellow-bellied guy, don’t send him on such a tough assignment.

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SSC Practice English Questions Idioms and Phrases | Part – 4

1.A backslider

Meaning- A lazy, irresponsible person who does not support a combine effort.

Example- Many of the patients backslide into drug and alcohol abuse.

2.A bad omen

Meaning-  An indication that something bad is about to happen

Example- Mohan’s overconfidence was interpreted as a bad omen, and his popularity declined.

3.A ballpark figure

Meaning- An approximate estimate of how-many or how-much.

Example- The management was given a ballpark figure at the very beginning of the presentation.

4.Call it quits

Meaning- Give up

Example- At midnight, the student decided to call it quits and closed his books.

5.Call a spade and spade

Meaning- To be frank

Example- He failed the exam twice. If you were to call a spade a spade, then you would not push him to give it again.

6.Call-off

Meaning- Cancel

Example- Ram refused to obey the court’s order to call off the strike .

7.Easy as pie

Meaning- Not hard at all

Example- The results are sure to be good this time since the exam was as easy as a pie.

8.Easy money

Meaning- Money that comes without one’s having had to work very hard for it

Example- It was easy money, because Sourabh was so good he could win, and beat the odds, almost every time.

9.Easy-going

Meaning- Relaxed and taking it easy in a friendly and happy way

Example- The easygoing stuff generally concludes with a reprinted advertisement or one that was created specifically for the annual report.

10.Quack doctor

Meaning- Someone who practices medicine without proper knowledge

Example- The quack doctors, who used to sell bogus or out-of-date medicines, no longer come to the village.

11.Quaver with fear

Meaning- Quiver from weakness

Example-  Rita’s voice quavered during the speech.

12.Yearning desire

Meaning- A persistent desire

Example- Sita found herself yearning for friends again.

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