Important Idioms and Phrases for Competitive Exams

  1. Make Amends For :
    Meaning – To make up for something someone did
    Usage- The mother made amends for the mistake of her son.
  2. Left me high and dry:
    Meaning-To leave someone unsupported
    Usage-Despite knowing about her parents’ death, she left him high and dry.
  3. Don’t make a mountain out of a mole hill :
    Meaning-To make a major issue out of minor one
    Usage-She has the habit of making a mountain out of a mole hill for every little incident.
  4. Spilled the Beans:
    Meaning-Disclose a secret
    Usage-She spilled the beans about her birthday surprise.
  5. Snake in the grass :
    Meaning-A despised person
    Usage-How could you trust her? She is such a snake in the grass.
  6. Helter-Skelter :
    Meaning-In disorderly haste
    Usage-The children ran helter-skelter all over the sea shore
  7. Leaps and Bounds :
    Usage-Patients’ condition improved by leaps and bounds.
  8. Herculean Task :
    Meaning-A work requiring very great effort
    Usage-It would indeed be a herculean task to teach the students if they have not done their homework on the task.
  9. Got the sack :
    Meaning- Was dismissed from
    Usage-He got the sack when they found that he had lied about his qualifications.
  10. The green eyed monster :
    Meaning- Jealousy
    Usage-He was bitten by the green eyed monster.

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