English: Idioms and Phrases Set 44

Important Idioms and Phrases useful for various exams like Banking, SSC CGL 2017, CPO, CHSL, RRB NTPC, High Court and other exams.
Though the topic Idioms and Phrases is asked in SSC and related exams, but it is important for other exams as well as a part of general English.

  1. Around the bend
    A) outstanding
    B) crazy
    C) energetic
    D) indifferent
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    Option B
    I think this job is sending me around the bend.
  2. By a long shot
    A) act of bravery
    B) to take the risk/to go to any extent
    C) a wide gap
    D) to any extent/at all
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    Option D
    You haven’t done your share of the work by a long shot.
    Extra info: this phrase is usually used in negative sentences.
  3. Halcyon days
    A) important days
    B) peaceful days
    C) tough days
    D) in the past
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    Option B
    She recalled the halcyon days of childhood.
  4. Hit below the belt
    A) to harm
    B) to stimulate
    C) to strike unfairly
    D) to surrender
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    Option C
    Fred was hit below the belt and suffered considerably.
  5. Be off colours
    A) look ill
    B) look cheerful
    C) hidden
    D) dead
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    Option A
    He had flu a couple of months ago and he’s been a bit off-colour ever since.
  6. Make a hash
    A) to undergo risk
    B) to find a way out
    C) to clean up
    D) to mess up
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    Option D
    They’ve made a hash of their financial affairs.
  7. Man of straw
    A) strong person
    B) weak person
    C) learned person
    D) honest person
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    Option B
    He was accused by his opponents of being a man of straw and lacking in decisiveness.
  8. Once for all
    A) conclusively
    B) single handed
    C) subterfuge
    D) contemporary
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    Option A
    We have to decide, once and for all, whether we want to ask Dad for money.
  9. Rock the boat
    A) to entertain
    B) to win support
    C) to disturb a situation
    D) to lighten the situation
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    Option C
    We certainly don’t want anyone rocking the boat just before the election.
  10. Swelled head
    A) injury
    B) dishonest
    C) honest
    D) conceited
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    Option D
    Don’t get a swelled head from all this success.

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