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‘কমিউনিকেশন’ বা যোগাযোগ আমাদের সমাজে অত্যন্ত গুরুত্বপূর্ণ। ‘ফাস্ট ফুড অর্ডার’ করা থেকে শুরু করে সরকারি কার্য চালানো পর্যন্ত সকল কিছুই আমরা আমাদের ধারণার প্রকাশের উপর নির্ভর করি। আজকের ক্লাসে আমরা দেখে নেবো সেই বিশেষ গুরুত্বপূর্ণ Idioms and phrases গুলি যা বিভিন্ন চাকরী এবং ভর্তি পরীক্ষায় সচরাচর এসে থাকে

এই জটিল কাজটি সম্পন্ন করার জন্য মানুষ ব্যবহার করে ‘ভাষা’। প্রতিটি সংস্কৃতি তার নির্দিষ্ট প্রয়োজন এবং উদ্দেশ্য অনুসারে একটি ভাষা তৈরি করেছে। এইভাবে, প্রতিটি সংস্কৃতির ব্যক্তিদের জন্য বিশেষ অভিব্যক্তি রয়েছে।

চলুন তাহলে দেখে নেই সেই বিশেষ গুরুত্বপূর্ণ Idioms and phrases (with Sentence) -গুলি যা বিভিন্ন চাকরী, বিসিএস, ব্যাংকের নিয়োগ, অন্যান্য গুরুত্বপূর্ণ সরকারি চাকরি এবং ভর্তি পরীক্ষায় যেগুলো প্রায়শই এসে থাকে ।

  1. Decked up ( সাজানো ) / আকর্ষণীয় দেখাতে বিশেষ পোশাক পরিহিত

Meaning: put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive

Example: When the consultation began in the evening, the mausoleum of former Chief
Minister Jayalalithaa on the Marina was decked up with flowers

  1. Doing the rounds (মানুষের একটি বৃহৎ গোষ্ঠীর মধ্যে ছড়িয়ে দেওয়া এবং ব্যাপকভাবে প্রচার করা)


    Meaning: to be passed from one person to another
    Example: An awful rumour is doing the rounds that the boss is having an affair with her secretary./
    Since morning, the talk doing the rounds was that Mr. Panneerselvam would come out with a statement on the merger after Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Thursday announced the government’s move to constitute a commission of inquiry, one of the two demands that the AIADMK (PTA) had been raising.

  2. Put off (একটি এড়িয়ে যাওয়া উত্তর, কিছু করতে বিলম্ব করার জন্য, বিশেষ করে কারণ আপনি এটি করতে চান না)


    Meaning: an evasive reply, to delay doing something, especially because you do not want to do it
    Example: The “strong stand” taken by leaders, including former Minister K.P. Munusamy, was said to have prompted Mr. Panneerselvam to put off a decision on the merger. Mr. Munusamy was not available for comment

  3. Takes a beating (খারাপভাবে পারফর্ম করার কারণে বা সমালোচিত হওয়ার কারণে ক্ষতিগ্রস্ত হতে হবে)


    Meaning: to be damaged because of performing badly or being criticized
    Example: Vishal Sikka quits as Infosys CEO, shares take a beating

  4. Turn up/on the heat (কাউকে কিছু করতে রাজি করার জন্য বল প্রয়োগ করা; কাউকে কিছু করার জন্য চাপ বাড়াতে)


    Meaning: to use force to persuade someone to do something; to increase the pressure on someone to do something
    Example: Management is turning the heat up to increase production. The teacher really turned up the heat on the students by saying that everyone would be punished if the real culprit was not found.

  5. Rip apart (সম্পূর্ণরূপে কিছু ধ্বংস করা)


    Meaning: to destroy something completely
    Example: The nine judge bench of the supreme court on Thursday ripped apart its own
    judgment of 2014 upholding section 377 of the Indian penal code, which criminalizes
    consensual sexual acts of adults in private

  6. Step down (একটি গুরুত্বপূর্ণ পদ বা অফিস থেকে প্রত্যাহার বা পদত্যাগ করা)


    Meaning: withdraw or resign from an important position or office
    Example: R. Seshasayee, chairman of the board decided to step down from the board, Infosys said in a release.

  7. Strikes a blow (একটি ধারণা, আন্দোলন, বা গোষ্ঠীকে সাহায্য করার জন্য বা সমর্থন করার জন্য কিছু করা, একটি ধারণা, আন্দোলন বা গোষ্ঠীর ক্ষতি বা বিরোধিতা করার জন্য কিছু করা)


    Meaning: to do something to help or to support an idea, movement, or group , to do something to harm or oppose an idea, movement, or group
    Example: The supreme court judgment strikes a blow on the unbridled encroachment and surveillance by the state and its agencies in the life of the common man

  8. Hold on (অপেক্ষা করা, থামা বা বন্ধ করা, কঠিন পরিস্থিতিতে সহ্য করা।)


    Meaning: wait; stop , endure in difficult circumstances.
    Example: The result helped UP hold on to the top spot in Zone B but, in a group where the difference between the top and bottom-placed sides is just 16 points, it would be a fragile lead.

  9. Pull through (অসুস্থতা বা অন্যান্য বিপজ্জনক বা কঠিন পরিস্থিতির মধ্য দিয়ে যাওয়া )


    Meaning: get through an illness or other dangerous or difficult situation
    Example: Second seed Harinder Pal was in a lot of trouble after a sluggish start against Aditya Jagtap, but regained the surety of his touch to pull through in four games.

  10. Pumped up (উদ্দীপনা বা উত্তেজনায় পূর্ণ,)


    Meaning: to fill with enthusiasm or excitement, to fill with or as if with air
    Example: “I like the fast court. I am pretty happy and pumped up to play the semifinal,” said Kush.

  11. Leave no stone unturned (কিছু অর্জন বা পাওয়ার জন্য সম্ভাব্য সবকিছু করা)


    Meaning: to do everything possible in order to achieve or find something
    Example: Ahead of its return to the IPL in 2018, Chennai Super Kings is leaving no stone unturned to get its campaign back on the track. One of the key reasons for its success in the first eight years was that the team managed to retain a core group of players and the support staff.

  12. Rope in (কোনো কাজ করতে সাহায্য করার জন্য প্ররোচিত করা )


    Meaning: you mean that someone persuaded you to help them do that task
    Example: For 2018, the intentions remains the same with the team intending to rope in former coach Stephen Fleming.

  13. to win laurels (সম্মান বয়ে আনা)


    Meaning: To win honour
    Example: The two, who have won many laurels for the country by winning medals in the Commonwealth, Asian and World championships, exhorted the students to focus on physical fitness.

  14. snuffed out (কিছু দ্রুত শেষ করা, বিশেষ করে বল প্রয়োগ করে)


    Meaning: to make something end quickly, especially by using force
    Example: It was the government’s most brutal attempt to snuff out the rebellion.

  15. knock out (কাউকে পরাজিত করে একটি প্রতিযোগিতা থেকে বিদায় করা)


    Meaning: to make someone leave a competition by defeating them
    Example: Denis Shapovalov makes his glee known after knocking out top seed Rafael Nadal.

  16. crash out


    Meaning: to be badly defeated so that you have to leave a competition
    Example: Davinder Singh became the first Indian to qualify for the javelin final even as his more fancied compatriot Neeraj Chopra crashed out in the qualification round.

  17. lay in tatters (যা সামলে ওঠা কঠিন/অসম্ভব এমনভাবে ক্ষতিগ্রস্ত)


    Meaning: damaged beyond repair
    Example: 1. Her hopes lay in tatters. 2. Wayde van Niekerk’s dreams of emulating legend Michael Johnson’s 200-400m world double lay in tatters on Thursday as Turkey’s 9/1 outsider Ramil Guliyev edged the 200m final.

  18. Turn in
    Meaning: Hand in, submit
    Example: Ramil Guliyev turned it on when it mattered most tostun pre-race favorite
    Wayde Van Niekerk In the 200 m
  19. sweat something out (উদ্বিগ্নভাবে কিছুর জন্য অপেক্ষা করা, ঘাম ঝরিয়ে শরীরে কিছু বের করা।)
    Meaning: to anxiously wait for something, to get rid of something in one’s body by sweating.
    Example: With team selection imminent, Dhoni and Suresh Raina, who last played an ODI for India in October 2015, sweated it out on Friday. sent in my application and now I have to sweat out the two months until I get an answer.
  20. keep at bay
    Meaning: to prevent someone from moving closer
    Example: Refreshed with a day’s rest thanks to the inclement weather, Virat Kohli reiterated that his men will keep complacency at bay while playing the third and final Test against Sri Lanka here from Saturday
  21. tone down (পরিবর্তিত, যাতে কম চরম বা তীব্র হতে পারে)
    Meaning: altered so as to be less extreme or intense.
    Example: The ground is surrounded by cloud-enveloped mountains and acres of verdant green. The last-named shade was however toned down on the pitch with the ground-staff scrubbing away the grass.
  22. scrub away (ঘষে কিছু পরিষ্কার করা)
    Meaning: to clean something away by rubbing.
    Example: The ground is surrounded by cloud-enveloped mountains and acres of verdant green. The last-named shade was however toned down on the pitch with the ground-staff scrubbing away the grass.
  23. wear and tear (কাজ বা ব্যবহার থেকে ক্ষতি)
    Meaning: damage from work or use
    Example: The visitor’s dominance has been overwhelming against a host that is still searching for the right combination and ideal performance while also resembling the walking-wounded, losing players to freak incidents on the ground or to regular wear-andtear that affects athletes.
  24. tick all the boxes : (প্রয়োজনীয় বা কাঙ্ক্ষিত সবকিছুই পূরণ করা )
    Meaning: To satisfy or fulfill everything that is necessary or desired.
    Example: Virat Kohli’s men have ticked most of the boxes, be it runs or wickets, with the lone worry being a few butter-fingers in the close-in cordon.
  25. butter-fingers (আনাড়ির মতো কোনো জিনিস ফেলে দেয় বা অন্যথায় কিছু ধরতে ব্যর্থ হওয়া )
    Meaning: Someone who is clumsy and often drops things or else fails to catch something Example: Virat Kohli’s men have ticked most of the boxes, be it runs or wickets, with the lone worry being a few butter-fingers in the close-in cordon.
  26. lose ground (কারও বা কোনো কিছুর পিছনে পড়া, কম সফল হওয়া)
    Meaning: to fall behind someone or something, become less successful
    Example: Equity benchmark indices lost ground for the fifth consecutive day on Friday as weak domestic corporate numbers along with global negativity on account of geopolitical tensions dampened investor sentiment
  27. stem the tide
    Meaning: to stop something from increasing
    Example: This law may stem the tide of pollution of our beautiful river from the factories built along its banks.
  28. Hinge on
    Meaning: to be determined or decided by (something): to depend on (something) Example: Roelant Oltmans’ continuation as the hockey head coach hinges on the clarity and quality of his plans for India’s hectic season ahead
  29. Make or break (হয় সম্পূর্ণ সাফল্য বা সম্পূর্ণ ধ্বংসের কারণ)
    Meaning: Cause either total success or total ruin,
    Example: The recent Europe tour was expected to be the make-or-break outing for the Dutchman and a final decision will be taken when the Hockey India panel, formed to evaluate the team’s performance, meets in New Delhi from August 31 to September 3.
  30. Step up
    Meaning: to make something go or run faster, increase,
    Example: What he has done so far is appreciated but there is now need to step up to another level, compete and win against the top-four.
  31. Turn down (প্রত্যাখ্যান বা বাতিল)
    Meaning: a rejection or refusal.
    Example: How could you turn down such a fantastic job?
  32. In the scheme of things
    Meaning: the way things are organized or happen in a particular situation, or the way someone wants them to be organized:
    Example: He insisted that R. Ashwin, despite playing only 15 ODI matches since the 2015
    World Cup, is very much in the scheme of things
  33. Back up
    Meaning: one that serves as a substitute or support
    Example: Looking ahead to the 2019 World Cup, we will need to have back up options for every bowler that we have.”
  34. Bestowed on
    Meaning: to give something to someone; to present something to someone
    Example: Knighthoods had been bestowed on West Indian cricketers like ‘confetti’
  35. Cross the line (গ্রহণযোগ্য থেকে পরিবর্তন হয়ে অগ্রহণযোগ্য হওয়া , কোনো কিছু ভুল করা, যা সঠিক বা গ্রহণযোগ্য তার বাইরে যাওয়া/কিছু করা)
    Meaning: to change from being acceptable to being unacceptable, to do something wrong
    Example: 1. Her criticism crossed the line from helpful to just plain hurtful. 2. Chasing a target of 224, India-A took 62.3 overs to cross the line as Karun got rid of his wretched form, hitting 13 boundaries in 144 balls.
  36. Pulled off (কঠিন কিছু করতে সফল হওয়া)
    Meaning: to succeed in doing something that is difficult
    Example: 1. We pulled off the deal. 2. I never thought you’d pull it off. 3. In the biggest upset in the section, France’s Brice Leverdez pulled off the first shock by defeating second seed Lee Chong Wei 21-19, 22-24, 21-17 in 75 minutes and perhaps end Lee’s elusive search for the world title which has seen him take three silver medals just as he has done in the Olympics.
  37. Bow out ( একটি কার্য বা ভূমিকা থেকে প্রত্যাহার বা অবসর, একটি বাধ্যবাধকতা থেকে নিজেকে সরিয়ে ফেলা)
    Meaning: withdraw or retire from an activity or role.
    Example: 1. she handed in a resignation letter, deciding it was an appropriate time for her to bow out” 2. He bowed out when he heard how much work was involved”
  38. Cast out ( একটি দল বা স্থান/জায়গা থেকে কাউকে বাদ দেয়া)
    Meaning: to force someone or something to leave a place
    Example: 1. “Individuals who do not accept the norms are cast out from the group” 2. The minority verdict said social evils such as sati, infanticide, and devadasi system were cast out by way of legislation and not by judicial orders.
  39. Every cloud has a silver lining (প্রতিটি মেঘ রূপালী আস্তরণে ঢাকা, খারাপ জিনিসের পরে ভাল জিনিস আসে,
    Meaning: Good things come after bad things
    Example: 1. After the fire two years ago few could see the silver lining” 2. ‘It seems that if you’re big, rich and powerful enough, every cloud has a silver lining.’
  40. Take a stand
    Meaning: Adopt a firm position about an issue
    Example: To smoothen the process of merger of the two AIADMK factions, the camp led by chief minister Edapadi k. Palaniswami is expected to take a stand against AIADMK (AMMA) interim general secretary V.K.Sasikala at a meeting at the party headquarters on
    Monday
  41. Blew the lid off ( (কিছু) সম্পর্কে সত্য প্রকাশ করা)
    Meaning: to make public something that was previously not known or was hidden

    Example: 1. The investigation blew the lid off corruption in city hall. 2. Former DIG of Prisons D. Roopa, who blew the lid off the special treatment meted out to prisoners, including Sasikala submitted the footage taken from the CCTV recording of the central prison complex, as part of her statement to the ACB.
  42. Run over ( যানবাহন দিয়ে কাউকে বা কিছুকে আঘাত করা এবং তাদের উপর দিয়ে গাড়ি চালানো)
    Meaning: to hit someone or something with a vehicle and drive over them, to practise what you are going to say in a speech, performance etc
    Example: Senior Railway Ministry officials told that welding work was underway near the Khatauli railway station in Uttar Pradesh, leaving a portion of the track without rails when the Utkal Express ran over it and derailed, as per the prima facie investigation
  43. Gearing up (নিজেকে প্রস্তুত করা, বা একটি কার্যকলাপ বা ইভেন্টের জন্য কিছু প্রস্তুত করা)
    Meaning: to prepare yourself, or to prepare something for an activity or event.

    Example: 1. Politicians are already gearing up for the election. 2. With the home-stretch in sight, the leading contenders headed by Swapnil Dhopade are gearing up for a powerful finish in the National Challengers chess championship here. 3. “the region geared up for the tourist season”
  44. Pinned back (কোন ধরণের ফাস্টেনার দিয়ে পিছনে এবং বাইরের কিছু ধরে/আঁকড়ে ধরা পিন করে কিছু ধরে রাখা/আঁকড়ে ধরা)

    Meaning: to hold something back by pinning

    Example: 1. Do you have a hair clip? I need to pin my bangs back. 2. I need something to pin back the pages on this cookbook. It keeps flipping shut while I’m cooking. 3. The 26-year-old Spaniard struck the winner with less than three minutes remaining in an impressive show of character by Chelsea after it had been pinned back when substitute Michy Batshuayi headed into his own net eight minutes from time

46. Part ways (একে অপরকে ছেড়ে যাওয়া, কারো কাছ থেকে বিদায় নেওয়া)
Meaning: to leave each other, to depart from someone
Example: After failing to defend their Los Cabos title last month. Purav Raja and Divji Sharan fell 15 places each in the ATP rankings and the pair decided to part ways heading to the US OPEN.

47. Hogging the limelight (অন্যদের বাদ দিয়ে নিজেকে মনোযোগের কেন্দ্রবিন্দুতে পরিণত করা)
Meaning: making oneself the center of attention to the exclusion of others
Example:1.Why did my sister have to wear such a stunning and extravagant dress to my wedding? I swear, she’s always hogging the limelight! 2.The audience member’s hilarious story and infectious personality hogged the limelight during the talk show. 3. Over the past few years, the Indian presence in the men’s singles has been growing steadily. Initially, women players hogged the limelight due to Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu winning titles. Now Srikanth, Prannoy, Sai Praneeth and I are doing pretty well on the world stage.

Drowning out
Meaning: to make it impossible to hear something
Example: The hyper-charged crowds were only too happy to comply and shouted back,
“Bharat Mata ki Jai”, drowning out the Pakistani “attack

Wind down
Meaning: gradually lose power
Example: Seventy years after 1947, it’s time to wind down the choreographed hostility at the India-Pakistan border

Bury the hatchet
Meaning: end a quarrel or conflict and become friendly
Example: AIADMK factions bury the hatchet

Put off

Meaning: delay doing something
Example: Amit Shah’s 3 day trip to TN that was to begin on Tuesday was cancelled on Monday , the second time in less than four months that the BJP president has put off his visit to the state

  1. To feel under the weather
    Meaning: to not feel well
    Example: I’m really feeling under the weather today; I have a terrible cold and fever
  2. Eked out
    Meaning: to make (a supply) last, to add to (something insufficient), esp with effort Example: GM Harika eked out a draw against GM Stupak Kirill from Belarus
    Many workers can only eke out their redundancy money for about 10 weeks.
  3. Signed off
    Meaning: To announce the end of a communication; conclude.
    Example: Vishwanathan Anand signed off with a loss, that resulted in Sergey Karjakin’s lone victory, and finished tied eighth with Garry Kasparov
  4. Bring up the rear
    Meaning: to move along behind everyone else; to be at the end of the line.
    Example: Having brought up the rear in the 10 player event, Anand and Kasparov will be keen to gain ground when the action shifts to 18 round blitz.
  5. Gain ground
    Meaning: to become more successful, popular, or accepted
    Example: Having brought up the rear in the 10 player event, Anand and kasporav will be keen to gain ground when the action shifts to 18 round blitz.
  6. Put up a brave front
    Meaning: to act confidently in a difficult situation
    Example: When the National Anthem played, Rashmi Rathore put up a brave front. she’d just received the mixed doubles skeet gold medal with Mairaj Ahmed Khan in the Asian shotgun shooting championship at Astana, Kazakhstan.
  7. Pent-up
    Meaning: unable to be expressed or released, closely confined or held back.
    Example: Ceremony over, she deserted the podium, heading for the closest corner. Pentup grief gave way to a torrent of tears.
  8. Tie up (the) loose ends
    Meaning: to deal with the last few things that have to be done before you can finish something
    Example: We’ve just got a few loose ends to tie up and then the report will be ready.
  9. Shore up
    Meaning: to support or help
    Example: NPA resolution would necessitate a higher recapitalization of these banks “ MR.PATEL said “the government and the RBI are in dialogue to prepare a set of measures to enable state-run banks to shore up the requisite capital in a time-bound
  10. Run out
    Meaning:be used up.
    Example: Just a year after Rio hosted the Olympics, its crime rate has spiralled out of control, and its top politicians have landed in jail cells for corruption
  11. Spilled over
    Meaning: reach a point at which it can no longer be controlled or contained, to spread to other areas
    Example: Rio’s poor have been bearing the brunt of gang wars for decades. But in the year since the 2016 Games, robberies, murders, kidnappings and gun battles have spilled over onto the streets.
  12. Cut down
    Meaning: reduce, do less of something bad
    Example: The troops may stay over till 2018 if their guns fail to cut down the surging violence
  13. Playing out
    Meaning: happen, take place, develop in a particular way
    Example: As the world is hooked on the Game of Thrones season seven, Pakistan continues to experience its own power games, which have been playing out, in one way or the other, since the early 1950s.
  14. To take off
    Meaning: To embark on rapid activity, development, or growth, to begin
    Example: the Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA) is set to take off soon, with the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) asking Centrally funded higher education institutions to send their project proposals to be financed by the agency
  15. Close on the heels
    Meaning: happening soon after another event, following close behind someone or something
    Example: Her remarks came hard on the heels of a statement by the President.
  16. Chalk out
    Meaning: to explain something carefully to someone, as if one were talking about a chalk drawing.
    Example: Directing status quo in the matter till August 22, which is also the next date of hearing, the apex court ordered the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the State government to chalk out a balancing plan, one by which both students who have got through NEET and rural students ill-equipped for NEET can be “adjusted” in the medical admission list.
  17. Mow someone or something down
    Meaning: to violently cause someone or something to fall.
    Example: The car skidded along the side of the road and mowed down several mailboxes before coming to a stop
  18. Plough into someone/something
    Meaning: to crash into someone or something with force, especially because you are moving or driving too quickly or in a careless or uncontrolled way
    Example: On Thursday afternoon, Oukabir and his associates drove a van along Barcelona’s crowded Las Ramblas thoroughfare, ploughing into tourists leaving 13 dead and more than 100 injured.
  19. Wearing off
    Meaning: lose effectiveness or intensity.
    Example: With the impact of the slowdown on the city’s residential market wearing off, inventory levels are now gradually decreasing
  20. Have/take a crack at something
    Meaning: to try something
    Example: He didn’t win the tennis championships, but he plans to have another crack at it next year.
    I would love to have another crack at the pro game, says Staffordshire’s, Sam Kelsall
  21. Brushed aside
    Meaning: to refuse to accept that something is important or true
    Example: PCB has announced that it would serve Umar Akmal with a show cause notice even as head coach Mickey Arthur brushed aside the allegations leveled against him by the middle order batsman.
  22. Knockout
    Meaning: defeat
    Example: Conor Mc Gregor believes he will knock out Floyd Mayweather inside two rounds but is ready for all scenarios when the two fighters clash in their eagerly anticipated superfight next week.
  23. Picked up
    Meaning: become better; improve, to come down with
    Example: Tests carried out on Thursday morning confirm that the Uruguayan has a distension in the posterior articular capsule in his right knew picked up in the second half of the Clasico in the Santiago Bernabeu
  24. Ruled out
    Meaning: to prevent, disqualify, overrule, or cancel someone or something
    Example: Juventus on Thursday ruled key defender Giorgio Chiellini out of the Champions
    League final against Barcelona after he suffered a muscle tear in training
  25. Hit the right note
    Meaning: if something you say or do hits the right note, it is suitable and has a good effect
    Example: It was an optional session where Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah looked like hitting the right notes ahead of what will be the start of a long limited-over engagement for the Men in Blue.
  26. Fend off
    Meaning: prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening;
    Example: The spotlight, though, was on the 36-year-old Dhoni, who now has to fend off questions about his future with alarming regularity.
  27. Pale shadow
    Meaning: Less impressive or not as good as before or when compared with someone or something similar
    Example: Yet, there is no denying that the former skipper has looked a pale shadow of his past glorious self on many occasions, the last of which was in the West Indies recently, when he scored a painful 54 off 114 in the fourth ODI at Antigua, again as India lost the game by 11 runs.
  28. Dig in
    Meaning: to prepare yourself for a difficult situation
    Example: Both sides are digging in for a long and bitter dispute.
  29. To burst the bubble
    Meaning: to disabuse someone of a false notion or rationalization that has grown comfortable
    Example: Daniel Craig’s comments came just hours after he told a radio station; I’d hate to burst the bubble, but no decision has been made at the moment
  30. On the run
    Meaning: trying to avoid being captured
    Example: A third woman came forward on Tuesday to accuse Roman Polanski of sexual assault when she was a minor, four decades after he went on the run for raping another girl
  31. Put on airs
    Meaning: Pretend to be better than one is
    Example: He didn’t have to put on airs. He was the nicest guy.
  32. A bolt out of the blue.
    Meaning: a sudden unexpected event
    Example: Bill’s dropping his life insurance was a bolt from the blue for his wife
  33. Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth
    Meaning: don’t be ungrateful when you receive a gift
    Example: I know the car is not in great condition, but you shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth.
  34. Shoots up
    Meaning: to increase very quickly in size or amount
    Example: Some athletes are suspected of shooting up steroids to improve their strength.
  35. Wrapped up
    Meaning: involved with someone or something
    Example: She is all wrapped up with her husband and his problems
  36. Keep’s his nerves/ holds his nerves
    Meaning: you remain calm and determined in a difficult situation
    Example: Justin Thomas keeps his nerve, wins PGA championship
  37. Has an edge
    Meaning: to have an advantage, enjoy a superior or winning position
    Example: The new Renault has the edge on other similar models – it’s larger and cheaper.
  38. Set down (কোনো নির্দিষ্ট উপায়ে কিছু বিবেচনা করা, বা কাগজের টুকরোতে কিছু লিখা যাতে এটি ভুলে যাওয়া না হয় এবং পরবর্তী দেখা যায়)
    Meaning: to consider something in a particular way, o write something on a piece of paper so that it will not be forgotten and can be looked at later Example: It’s often a lot of work to set your thoughts down on paper.
  39. In the pink (খুবই স্বাস্থ্যকর)
    Meaning: very healthy
    Example: He recovered completely from his surgery and has been in the pink ever since
  40. Pulled up (থামা; রাস টানিয়া ধরা; লাগাম টানিয়া ধরা; থামান; গুটান) 2. উচ্চতা বাড়ানো
    Meaning: come to a halt. increase the altitude
    Example: A van pulled up outside the cottage with six men inside 2. “the pilot pulled the plane up in an attempt to avoid the building”
  41. To be on cloud nine (অত্যন্ত খুশি হওয়া)
    Meaning: To be extremely happy
    Example: Was Helen pleased about getting that job?” “Pleased? She was on cloud nine!
  42. To run hot (সিডিউল/সময়সূচীর আগে ঘটা/থাকা )
    Meaning: be ahead of one’s shcedule
    Example: Sundar is running hot in his cricket career
  43. Roar to life (কাজ করতে শুরু করা )
    Meaning: to begin working
    Example: He puts his foot on the accelerator and the innings roars to life
  44. Sketched out (কিছু বিবরণ সহ কোন কিছুর সংক্ষিপ্ত বর্ণনা দেয়া:)
    Meaning: to give a short description of something, containing few details:
    Example: In his shortest Independence Day address yet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday sketched out the broad contours of his idea of a “New India” as one that was free of communalism, casteism, terrorism, corruption, and nepotism, and also one that would require citizens to do their bit to create it.
  45. Blacked out (সেন্সরশিপ দ্বারা দমন করা)
    Meaning: to suppress by censorship
    Example: The CPI(M) said on Tuesday that Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar’s
    Independence Day speech was blacked out by Doordarshan and All India Radio
  46. Trampling on (কাউকে বা কিছুকে পায়ের তলায় পিষে ফেলা, ভারী বা ধ্বংসাত্মকভাবে পদদলিত করা)
    Meaning: to crush someone or something underfoot, To tread heavily or destructively on
    something
    Example: The children trampled on the flowers
  47. Give up (নিয়মিত করা হয় এমন কিছু করা বন্ধ করা )
    Meaning: to stop doing something that you do regularly
    Example: The Union home ministry is set to give up its power to impose the ‘disturbed
    areas’ tag on Assam and Manipur, both ruled by BJP
  48. Ring in
    Meaning: (ring in something), to ring bells to celebrate something, especially the new year
    Example: Janamastmi was rung in with religious fervor in Maharastra on Tuesday.
  49. To fan the flames (রাগ বা ঘৃণার মতো আবেগকে আরো শক্তিশালী করে তোলা)
    Meaning: “make something more intense; to make a situation worse 2. “make something more intense; to make a situation worse
    Example: 1. instead of being a calming force you fanned the flames of hostility 2. The riot fanned the flames of racial hatred even more.
  50. Cruise around in something (কিছুতে গাড়ি চালানো বা ঘোরাঘুরি করা)
    Meaning: to drive or ride around in something
    Example: Would you like to cruise around in a car like that?
  51. Chips in (কোনো উদ্দেশ্যে বা কোনো তহবিলে অর্থ বা সময় দিয়ে অবদান রাখা, কোনো একটি গোষ্ঠী দ্বারা গৃহীত কোনো একটি কাজ বা সংগ্রহ তে অবদান রাখা)
    Meaning: to add something to someone else’s conversation , To contribute to something
    being undertaken by a group, such as a task or collection
    Example: 1. Every member of the team chipped in to help pay for the coach’s surgery 2. Athisyaraj chips in with a four wicket haul as the side eases past super gillies. 3. If everyone chips in to help, we can clean this garage in no time.
  52. Tighten the screws (কারো উপর প্রবল চাপ প্রয়োগ করা)
    Meaning: exert strong pressure on someone.
    Example: Washington contained and struck to tighten the screws on the Super Gillies’ batting and then waded into the attack for the quickest half century in TNPL
  53. Set the tone (কিছুর জন্য একটি নির্দিষ্ট মুড্ বা মেজাজ প্রতিষ্ঠা করা)
    Meaning: to establish a particular mood or character for something
    Example: The lanky Wahington’s Blitzkrieg shut out the opposition.To the super gillie’s attack, he must have seemed a force of nature.Washington blasted paceman for three successive sixes in the opening over to set the tone – an imperious hit over the off side field the best among them
  54. Shut out
    Meaning: to not allow someone to enter a particular place, if you shut something out, you stop yourself from seeing it, hearing it, or thinking about it
    Example: The lanky Wahington’s Blitzkrieg shut out the opposition.To the super gillie’s attack, he must have seemed a force of nature.Washington blasted paceman for three successive sixes in the opening over to set the tone – an imperious hit over the off side field the best among them
  55. Racked up ( বড় কিছু, বেশি পরিমাণ কিছু পাওয়া, অর্জন করা, লাভ করা)
    Meaning: to get a large number or amount of something
    Example: 1. Austrlia racked up their 10th victory. 2. The airline was racking up losses of $1.5 million a day. 3. Mr. Trump deleted his retweet on Tuesday after about five minutes, but not before the message sent to his 35 million followers racked up a big response.
  56. A penny for your thoughts
    Meaning: A way of asking what someone is thinking
    Example: For several minutes they sat silently, then finally she looked at him and said, “A penny for your thoughts, Walter”
  57. To keep one’s head above water
    Meaning: avoid succumbing to difficulties, typically debt.
    Example: The business is in trouble, but we are just about keeping our heads above water.
  58. To cut the crackle (কথা বন্ধ করে শুরু করা)
    Meaning: to stop talking and start
    Example: 1. Let’s cut the cackle and get down to business. 2. The politicians in India needs to cut the crackle for the benefit of the masses.
  59. A clarion call (লোকেদের কিছু করার জন্য একটি দৃঢ় এবং স্পষ্ট অনুরোধ)
    Meaning: a strong and clear request for people to do something
    Example: 1. “He issued a clarion call to young people to join the Party” 2. In 1942, the clarion call was ‘ Karenge ya marenge ’ (Do or Die) — today it is ‘Karenge aur kar ke rahenge ’ (We will do and accomplish). These five years are about
    Sankalp se siddhi (commitment to fulfilment),”Modi said
  60. Against the odds (অনেক অসুবিধা সত্ত্বেও)
    Meaning: despite many difficulties
    Example: 1. Humans are resilient. In our toughest moments, we will fight, we will struggle, and we will triumph…often against the odds. 2. Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel may have won a high-stakes Rajya Sabha battle against great odds, but the mystery about the one extra vote that proved decisive for him still remains amid claims and counterclaims and speculation.
  61. Pitched against someone
    Meaning: to make someone fight or compete against someone else
    Example: Mr. Patel received a total of 44 votes to win the prestigious fight that saw him pitched against BJP’s Amit Shah, known for his election and political strategies.
  62. Teeming down
    Meaning: to rain very heavily
    Example: It’s been teeming down all day.
  63. Send someone to glory
    Meaning: to kill someone, to officiate at the burial services for someone
    Example: The preacher sent him to glory amidst the sobs of six or seven former fans.
  64. Run into
    Meaning: collide with, reach a level
    Example: Fourth seed Sindhu could face Hong Kong’s Ngan Yi Cheung, seeded 13, for a place in the quarterfinals where she could run into fifth seed Sun Yu.
  65. Tees off
    Meaning: to start the first hole in a game of golf, to begin [doing anything]; to be the first one to start something, (to tee someone off )
    Example: Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy make their bids for golfing history when the 99th PGA Championship tees off Thursday at Quail Hollow with heavy rain and storms forecast.
  66. Bow out
    Meaning: to leave a job or stop doing an activity, usually after a long time:
    Example: With this win, super Gilies qualified for the knock outs, while tricky warriors bowed out of tournament
  67. Claw back
    Meaning: to get something again that you had lost such as power, especially gradually
    and with difficulty
    Example: Schwartzman claws back from the brink
  68. Tune up
    Meaning: to prepare for something
    Example: Croatia’s Vekic powered to a 6-3, 6-4 victory, to the disappointment of a partisan crowd whose support couldn’t lift Bouchard. She was broken six times by Vekic, 21, who is in the main draw of this US Open tune-up for the first time.
  69. Shoot off
    Meaning: to write and send a message quickly
    Example: My daughter will shoot off an e-mail before she’ll sit down and write a letter.
  70. At the eleventh hour
    Meaning: At the last possible moment or opportunity.
    Example: Millions of companies in India are still not ready to file their first returns under the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) ahead of an Aug. 20 deadline, a top official told Reuters, urging them not to leave things to the eleventh hour
  71. Crunch up
    Meaning: to break someone or something up into piece
    Example: Yet he gave an assurance that the huge IT back end that is designed to crunch up to 3 billion invoices a month and calculate companies’ taxes would be stable, even if there is a last-minute rush to file.
  72. A chip off the old block
    Meaning: someone who resembles their parent in character or appearance
    Example: Meher has a very little patience-a chip off the old block.
  73. To throw up the sponge/throw in the towel
    Meaning: to stop trying to do something because you know that you cannot succeed
    Example: Three of the original five candidates have now thrown in the towel.
  74. Cry down
    Meaning: to belittle; disparage, to silence by making a greater noise
    Example: Men of dissolute lives cry down religion because they would not be under the restraints
  75. Take on
    Meaning: become very upset, fight against someone
    Example: After a delay in counting, the Election commission announced the names of the winners, while the fourth candidate Balwantsinh Rajput of the BJP, who resigned as Congress leader to take on Mr.patel lost the contest that became a tightrope walk for
    Congress president Sonia Gandhi
  76. Tightrope walk
    Meaning: to be in a situation where one must be very cautious.
    Example: After a delay in counting, the Election commission announced the names of the winners, while the fourth candidate Balwantsinh Rajput of the BJP, who resigned as Congress leader to take on Mr.patel lost the contest that became a tightrope walk for

Congress president Sonia Gandhi

  1. Passed himself off
    Meaning: pretend to be
    Example: He passed himself off as a great and rich man
  2. Spick and span
    Meaning: neat, clean, and well looked after.
    Example: She keeps her house spick and span

To take the call on
Meaning: make a decision or a judgment
Example: The supreme court Bench denied any relief to petitioner and advocate, saying that it was for the government to take the call on such issues.

  1. Ramp up
    Meaning: to increase the amount or size of something
    Example: The maker of iconic products like the iPhone and the Mac is looking at a multi pronged strategy to ramp up its presence in one of the fastest growing markets in the world.
  2. Scaling up
    Meaning: to make something larger in size, amount etc than it used to be
    Example: This includes scaling up its manufacturing, developing localized features on its OS, setting up self-owned retail outlets and creating an ecosystem for developers to shift from android to the ios platform
  3. Narrowing down
    Meaning: to reduce the number of possibilities or choices
    Example: In this case, for the first time, we were able to identify some key papers and documents. we also spoke to the banks, gathered CCTV footage and collected bank officials statements before narrowing down on the person
  4. Roped in
    Meaning: to persuade to take part in some activity or to trick or entice into some activity
    Example: Despite the smashing success of the show elsewhere, and actor Kamal Haasan
    being roped in, there were doubts over whether a show that depends on surveillance and
    an intrusion on privacy would work in Tamil.
  5. Notched up
    Meaning: to win something, or to achieve something
    Example: Jones, who notched up 3631 runs in 52 Tests at 46.55, said “A couple of law firms approached me later for suing Cricket Australia for ‘dismissal from service.
  6. Held off
    Meaning: to stop an opponent from starting to win or lead
    Example: In a fantastic race that erupted on the final lap, Kipyegon held off all-comers, including double-hunting Semenya, down the home straight to clock 4min 02.59sec.
  7. Bear the brunt of
    Meaning: to receive the worst part of something unpleasant or harmful, such as an attack Example: Young people are bearing the brunt of unemployment
  8. Hush up
    Meaning: to keep something a secret; to try to stop a rumour from spreading.
    Example: Centre attempting to hush up incident , alleges Congress
    There was some financial scandal involving one of the ministers but it was all hushed up.
  9. To keep its flock together ( প্রচুর সংখ্যায় একত্রিত হওয়া)
    Meaning: to gather together in great numbers.
    Example: 1. A large number of blackbirds flocked together, making a lot of noise. 2. Gujarat MLAs , who were flown to Bengaluru 10 days ago s part of the party’s desperate move to keep its flock together amid several defections .returned to Gujarat only to be taken to another resort in Anand, 70 km from Ahmedabad
  10. In the dock (বিচারে, বিশেষ করে ফৌজদারি মামলায়)
    Meaning: On trial or under intense scrutiny.
    Example : 1. The accused stood in the dock through the entire proceeding. 2. Under attack fro diluting the case of alleged stalking and attempted kidnap of a young woman on Friday night by Vikas Barala , son of the Haryana state BJP president Subahsh barala and his Ashish , the Chandigarh police on Monday fount itself again in the dock after it was reported that CCTV footage from at least five locations was missing as the cameras were non-functional.
  11. Hover over (কারো বা কিছুর কাছাকাছি থাকা, অপেক্ষা করা, পরামর্শ বা হস্তক্ষেপ করার জন্য প্রস্তুত)
    Meaning: to stay close to someone or something, waiting, ready to advise or interfere. Example :Please don’t hover over me, watching what I am doing. I have to hover over this project or someone will mess it up.
  12. Brought up (কোনো বিষয় নিয়ে আলোচনা শুরু করা)
    Meaning: to start discussing a subject
    Example: Mr. Sonowal brought up the idea when he called on the president on Saturday.
  13. Call on someone (কারো সাথে দেখা করা)
    Meaning: to visit someone, usually for a short time ,
    Example: 1. “he’s planning to call on Katherine today” 2. Mr. Sonowal brought up the idea when he called on the president on Saturday
  14. Beat someone down (কাউকে পরাজিত করা বা নিরাশ করা, বিভ্রান্তিতে (একজন ব্যক্তিকে) ফেলা)
    Meaning: to defeat or demoralize someone.
    Example : 1. The continuous barrage beat the infantry down . ( ক্রমাগত বাঁধ পদাতিক বাহিনীকে হতাশ করেছিল।) 2. Samir Singh got to within 36 km of his goal of running 10000km I n100 days when pain and exhaustion beat him down.
  15. Keep/ have your tail up

Meaning: If someone has their tail up, they are optimistic and expect to be successful.
Example: The Indian team keeps their tail up for the upcoming match

  1. Boxed into a corner
    Meaning: To create a predicament or unpleasant situation for oneself whereby there are
    no or very few favourable solutions or outcomes
    Example : This is not the first time that Jadeja has found himself boxed into a corner.
  2. Map out
    Meaning:: to decide in detail how something will be done
    Example: He was plagued by Gstro-intestinal infections and contracted viral fever but has run 9964.19 kms in 100 days , said Vikram Bhatti , who handled Mr.Singhs’ campaign, Mr.singh wants to rest and map out a new challenge this time over 40000kms
  3. Closing ranks
    Meaning : to join with someone in a cause, or agreement.
    Example: Jordan’s king Abdullah visited the west bank on Monday – a signal to Israel that he is closing ranks with the Palestinians on key issues .
  4. whisked away ((কাউকে বা কিছু) দ্রুত এবং নিঃশব্দে দূরে নিয়ে যাওয়া, পরিচালনা করা বা বহন করা)
    Meaning: To escort, conduct, or carry someone or something swiftly and quietly away
    Example:1.Security forces whisked the president away after the first gunshots were heard.2.I wish my husband would just whisk me away to somewhere exotic like Thailand or the Bahamas for a week. 3. The bodyguards whisked away the politician after the speech.
  5. spot on
    Meaning: Exactly right; perfectly accurate
    Example: Drag flick specialist Diwakar Ram, who had put up a sterling show throughout the tournament was spot on in the final too
  6. play / cry / sing hearts out
    Meaning: to do something with vigour or intensity.
    Example: both teams played their hearts out in an entertaining contest
  7. 4: with tail between legs
    Meaning: Appearing frightened or cowardly
    Example: The frightened dog ran away with its tail between its legs when the bigger dog growled.
  8. in the thick of things
    Meaning: to be very involved at the busiest or most active stage of a situation or activity
    Example: A fierce debate ensued and he found himself in the thick of it.
  9. Taste of your own medicine
    Meaning: you do something bad to someone that they have done to you to teach them a
    lesson.
    Example: John, who is often rude and abrupt with people, was devastated when the
    teacher treated him rudely. He doesn’t like having a dose of his own medicine.
  10. A fair crack of the whip
    Meaning: an equal chance to do something
    Example: In India all the students should be given a fair crack of the whip.
  11. To pay off old scores
    Meaning: have his revenge
    Example: from his attitude it is cl, ar that he wants to pay off old scores
  12. cutting loose (অনিয়ন্ত্রিত, বন্য আচরণ করা)
    Meaning: to behave in an uncontrolled, wild way
    Example: Don’t be too hard on them – they’re just kids and they need to cut loose sometimes.

158.Wiped out
Meaning: to kill someone , a decisive defeat , to clean completely by wiping:
Example: Malawi on Thursday celebrated successful conclusion of a two year project moving 520 sedated elephants by truck to a reserve where the animals had been nearly wiped out
They wiped him out to keep him from testifying.

  1. Calls off
    Meaning: to decide that something will not happen , cancel
    Example: Example : Following appeals by film-makers and producers , the Film Employees
    Federation of South india (FEFSI) on Thursday called off its strike
  2. boss someone around
    Meaning: To tell one what to do
    Example: Stop bossing me around. I’m not your employee. Captain Smith bosses around the whole crew. That’s his job
  3. Run up
    Meaning: to raise or hoist something, such as a flag , to cause something to go higher, such as the price of stocks or commodities
    Example: Example : In the Run up to the implementation of GST , we did expect many challenges including an impact on trade pipeline inventory
  4. To live in clover ( একটি বিলাসবহুল এবং আরামদায়ক জীবন যাপন, সৌভাগ্য আছে এমন ; বিশেষ করে আর্থিকভাবে খুব ভাল পরিস্থিতিতে)
    Meaning: 1. having good fortune; in a very good situation, especially financially 2. living a luxurious and comfortable life
    Example: 1.  If only I could win the lottery, then I would be living in clover 2. If I get this contract, I’ll be in clover for the rest of my life.
  5. to be in two minds
    Meaning: to be unable to decide about something:
    Example: I’m in two minds about accepting the job

164.to talk shop
Meaning: to talk about work when not working
Example: Two New York Yankee pitchers will be there to sign autographs and talk shop with fans.

  1. to make the grade
    Meaning: to be satisfactory; to be what is expected.
    Example: He wanted to get into medical school but he failed to make the grade.
  2. picking holes
    Meaning: to find mistakes in something someone has done or said, to show that it is not good or not correct
    Example: He is always picking holes in every project
  3. Hush up
    Meaning: to keep something a secret; to try to stop a rumour from spreading.
    Example: Centre attempting to hush up incident , alleges Congress
    There was some financial scandal involving one of the ministers but it was all hushed up.
  4. To keep its flock together
    Meaning: to gather together in great numbers.
    Example: Gujarat MLAs , who were flown to Bengaluru 10 days ago s part of the party’s desperate move to keep its flock together amid several defections .returned to Gujarat only to be taken to another resort in Anand, 70 km from Ahmedabad
  5. In the dock

    Meaning: On trial or under intense scrutiny.
    Example : Under attack fro diluting the case of alleged stalking and attempted kidnap of a young woman on Friday night by Vikas Barala , son of the Haryana state BJP president Subahsh barala and his Ashish , the Chandigarh police on Monday fount itself again in the dock after it was reported that CCTV footage from at least five locations was missing as the cameras were non-functional.

170.Hover over
Meaning: to stay close to someone or something, waiting, ready to advise or interfere. Example :Please don’t hover over me, watching what I am doing. I have to hover over this project or someone will mess it up.

  1. Brought up
    Meaning: to start discussing a subject
    Example: Mr. Sonowal brought up the idea when he called on the president on Saturday.
  2. Call on someone
    Meaning: to visit someone, usually for a short time ,
    Example: Mr. Sonowal brought up the idea when he called on the president on Saturday
  3. Beat someone down
    Meaning: to defeat or demoralize someone.
    Example :Samir Singh got to within 36 km of his goal of running 10000km I n100 days when pain and exhaustion beat him down
  4. Keep/ have your tail up
    Meaning: If someone has their tail up, they are optimistic and expect to be successful.
    Example: The Indian team keeps their tail up for the upcoming match
  5. Boxed into a corner
    Meaning: To create a predicament or unpleasant situation for oneself whereby there are
    no or very few favourable solutions or outcomes
    Example : This is not the first time that Jadeja has found himself boxed into a corner.
  6. Map out
    Meaning:: to decide in detail how something will be done
    Example: He was plagued by Gstro-intestinal infections and contracted viral fever but has run 9964.19 kms in 100 days , said Vikram Bhatti , who handled Mr.Singhs’ campaign, Mr.singh wants to rest and map out a new challenge this time over 40000kms
  7. Closing ranks
    Meaning : to join with someone in a cause, or agreement.
    Example: Jordan’s king Abdullah visited the west bank on Monday – a signal to Israel that he is closing ranks with the Palestinians on key issues .
  8. whisked away
    Meaning: To escort, conduct, or carry someone or something swiftly and quietly away
    Example: The bodyguards whisked away the politician after the speech.
  9. spot on
    Meaning: Exactly right; perfectly accurate
    Example: Drag flick specialist Diwakar Ram, who had put up a sterling show throughout the tournament was spot on in the final too
  10. play / cry / sing hearts out
    Meaning: to do something with vigour or intensity.
    Example: both teams played their hearts out in an entertaining contest
  11. with tail between legs
    Meaning: Appearing frightened or cowardly
    Example: The frightened dog ran away with its tail between its legs when the bigger dog growled.
  12. in the thick of things
    Meaning: to be very involved at the busiest or most active stage of a situation or activity
    Example: A fierce debate ensued and he found himself in the thick of it.
  13. Taste of your own medicine

Meaning: you do something bad to someone that they have done to you to teach them a
lesson.
Example: John, who is often rude and abrupt with people, was devastated when the
teacher treated him rudely. He doesn’t like having a dose of his own medicine.

  1. A fair crack of the whip
    Meaning: an equal chance to do something
    Example: In India all the students should be given a fair crack of the whip.
  2. To pay off old scores
    Meaning: have his revenge
    Example: from his attitude it is cl, ar that he wants to pay off old scores
  3. cutting loose
    Meaning: to behave in an uncontrolled, wild way
    Example: Don’t be too hard on them – they’re just kids and they need to cut loose sometimes.
  4. Wiped out
    Meaning: to kill someone , a decisive defeat , to clean completely by wiping:
    Example: Malawi on Thursday celebrated successful conclusion of a two year project moving 520 sedated elephants by truck to a reserve where the animals had been nearly wiped out
    They wiped him out to keep him from testifying.
  5. Calls off
    Meaning: to decide that something will not happen , cancel
    Example: Example : Following appeals by film-makers and producers , the Film Employees
    Federation of South india (FEFSI) on Thursday called off its strike
  6. boss someone around
    Meaning: To tell one what to do
    Example: Stop bossing me around. I’m not your employee. Captain Smith bosses around the whole crew. That’s his job
  7. Run up
    Meaning: to raise or hoist something, such as a flag , to cause something to go higher, such as the price of stocks or commodities
    Example: Example : In the Run up to the implementation of GST , we did expect many challenges including an impact on trade pipeline inventory
  8. To live in clover
    Meaning: Meaning : having good fortune; in a very good situation, especially financially
    Example: If I get this contract, I’ll be in clover for the rest of my life.
  9. to be in two minds
    Meaning: Meaning : to be unable to decide about something:
    Example: I’m in two minds about accepting the job
  10. to talk shop
    Meaning: to talk about work when not working
    Example: Two New York Yankee pitchers will be there to sign autographs and talk shop with fans.
  11. to make the grade
    Meaning: to be satisfactory; to be what is expected.
    Example: He wanted to get into medical school but he failed to make the grade.
  12. picking holes
    Meaning: to find mistakes in something someone has done or said, to show that it is not good or not correct
    Example: He is always picking holes in every project
  13. Buck the odds
    Meaning: To buck the odds means to go against the odds. Despite the odds not being in your favour, you still won.
    Example: Given the manner she has been bucking the odds, nothing seems impossible for the brave Jyotika far far away from the glitz-laden metros.
  14. Break through
    Meaning: If you break through, you achieve success even though there are difficulties and
    obstacles.
    Example: Indeed , the shy Jyothika has a heart larger than her small frame.Given her
    background and modest means, she has been breaking through barriers.
  15. Zero in on
    Meaning: to direct all your attention to one thing , If you zero in a weapon, you aim it directly at something you want to hit:
    Example: ‘This was not the first time . he had come to meet his wife on two occasions earlier, and he followed the same pattern and time .It was easy for the police to zero in on him.’ Said the official.
  16. Holed up
    Meaning: to take shelter somewhere , to hide somewhere.
    Example: Soldiers seen at the house at Hakripora in Pluwara district ,where the militants were holed up, on Tuesday.
    The robbers were holed up in a deserted warehouse.
  17. Live something down
    Meaning: to make people forget that you made a big mistake or did something very embarrassing in the past:
    Example: Having mishandled NEET is one failure that the Tamilnadu government will struggle to live down
  18. Music to the ears
    Meaning: a welcome sound to someone; news that someone is pleased to hear
    Example: The winter session of 2016 hit a low point of 16%.It is shameful.Taxation bills, as significant as Aadhaar , were passed within two weeks without being referred toa commitmee’ he said. The reference to the ‘hurried’ passage of Aadhaar, however ,may not be music to the government’s ears.
  19. Lavish something on someone
    Meaning: to give someone a lot, or too much, of something such as money, presents, or attention:
    Example: MR.Trump lavished praise on Gen.Kelly after he was sworn in , but that may not necessarily guarantee anything in the long term.
  20. Wound up
    Meaning: brought to a state of great tension
    Example: A former India captain ,who served the squad as its team director just a year bach , Shastri steps into the shoes of Anil kumble , whose manner of exit showed the BCCI and Skipper Virat Kohli in poor light .Shastri spoke to the media at the Sinhalese sports club on Tuesday and just as he wound up, it was time for him to bond with Sri lankan’s eternal fan.
  21. Step into someone’s shoes
    Meaning: to take on a particular role or task that someone else has been doing Example: A former India captain ,who served the squad as its team director just a year bach , Shastri steps into the shoes of Anil kumble , whose manner of exit showed the BCCI and Skipper Virat Kohli in poor light .Shastri spoke to the media at the Sinhalese sports club on Tuesday and just as he wound up, it was time for him to bond with Sri lankan’s eternal fan.
  22. Served up
    Meaning: to offer something
    Example: Serena Williams served up a rallying cry for equal pay for black women , decrying that they would have to work on average eight months longer to earn the same as male counterparts in one year
  23. Chip on one’s shoulder
    Meaning: an angry attitude from someone who feels unfairly treated:
    Example: She’s not going to make any friends if she walks around with a chip on her shoulder like that.
  24. Call The Shots (Or Tune)
    Meaning to be in command; to have the authority to make decisions Example: The boss is the boss and he calls the shots. Petroleum will call the shots again.
  25. Steal The Show
    Meaning: attracts the most attention and praise.
    Example: Falcons TTC’S Wu Yang, who stole the show on the final night of the inaugural
    Ultimate Table tennis league on Sunday, walked away with the biggest individual purse of Rs.1.5 lakh after being named the ‘Ultimate One’ besides winning Rs.1lakh for being the most valuable player among women.
  26. Walked Away ( With Something )
    Meaning to win a prize or competition very easily
    Example:: Falcons TTC’S Wu Yang, who stole the show on the final night of the inaugural
    Ultimate Table tennis league on Sunday, walked away with the biggest individual purse of Rs.1.5 lakh after being named the ‘Ultimate One’ besides winning Rs.1lakh for being the most valuable player among women.
  27. Walk All Over Someone
    Meaning: to treat someone badly by always making them do what you want them to do Example: If you don’t want to work at the weekend, say so – don’t let the boss walk all over you.
  28. Make The Cut

Meaning: To survive an elimination when a team or group is being chosen
Example: By his own admission, Jeev Mikha Singh has not had a great 2017, h e has made the cut only four times from 13 appearances on the Asian and European Tours, his best finish a tied 22nd at the jointly-sanctioned ISPS Handa World Super 6 in Perth in February.

  1. Bring / Ring The Curtain Down
    Meaning: to bring something to an end; to declare something to be at an end Example: Caeleb Dressel brought the curtain down on the World championships with a historic seventh medal here on Sunday, equaling the record of swim legend Michael Phelps.
  2. Make A Splash
    Meaning: to get a lot of public attention
    Example: Now she’s made a splash in the American television show ‘Civil Wars’.
  3. Spruced Up
    Meaning: to improve the appearance of someone or something, Make neat and trim, Example: The Karnataka Golf Association has undergone much work to be ready for this week’s TAKE SOLUTIONS MASTERS, the first Asian Tour event at the venue since the Indian open in 2012.‘KGA has always been good, but for this event, we’ve really spruced it up ‘’ He said.
  4. Shunted Out
    Meaning: to move (someone or something) to a different and usually less important or noticeable place or position.
    Example: Daniel Ricciardo blasted Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen for ‘amateur’ diving on Sunday after the Dutch teenager shunted him out of the Hungarian GP on the opening lap.
  5. Taking Its Toll
    Meaning: to cause harm or suffering (কারো বা কিছুর উপর গুরুতর, খারাপ প্রভাব ফেলা)
    Example:1. If you keep working so hard, the stress will eventually take its toll 2. A little more than a year after the alleged Russian effort to interfere in the US. Presidential election came to light, the diplomatic fallout –an unravelling of the relationship between the Moscow and Wahington o na scale not seen in decades – is taking its toll
  6. Mended His Ways
    Meaning: to improve your behaviour after you have been behaving badly for a long time/ একজনের আচরণ পরিবর্তন করা বা উন্নত করা: খারাপ আচরণ করা বন্ধ করা এখন সময় (আপনার জন্য) আপনার উপায়গুলি সংশোধন করার।
    Example:: 1. It’s time (for you) to mend your ways. 2. Appearing before a Bench led by Justice Dipak Mishra, Attorney General
    K.K.Venugopal highlighted that Mr.khan had not mended his ways even after rendering an apology to the supreme court and was recently booked for sedition for allegedly making statements against the army.
  7. Back to drawing board
    Meaning: Revising something (such as a plan) from the beginning, typically after it has failed (একটি ধারণা, স্কিম, বা প্রস্তাব ব্যর্থ হয়েছে তা ইঙ্গিত করতে ব্যবহৃত হয় এবং নতুন একটি তৈরি করতে হবে বোঝাতে।)
    Example: 1. “the government must go back to the drawing board and review the whole issue of youth training” 2. Having triggered an avalanche of litigation across the country, the prevention of Cruelty to animal (regulation of livestock market) rules of 2017, which ban the sale of cattle in livestock
    markets for the purpose of slaughter or animal sacrifice, is now back to the drawing board.
  8. Lash out
    Meaning: 1. Hit or kick out at someone or something. 2. to suddenly attack someone or something physically or criticize him, her, or it in an angry way (হঠাৎ কাউকে বা কিছুকে শারীরিকভাবে আক্রমণ করা, রাগান্বিত হয়ে সমালোচনা করা)
    Example: 1. “the woman had lashed out in fear” 2. After the incident, Mr.Gandhi lashed out on twitter at the BJP govt. in the state and at the centre, saying he would not be deterred by stones or black flags.
  9. Ratcheting up
    Meaning: ratchet (something) up. ​to increase, or make something increase, repeatedly and by small amounts
    (কিছু বাড়ানো/বৃদ্ধি করা , বারবার এবং অল্প পরিমাণে বাড়ানো)
    Example: Overuse of credit cards has ratcheted up consumer debt to unacceptable levels.
    Ratcheting up the political temperature, TTV Dhinakaran, deputy general secretary of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (amma), announced his plan to tour the state and appointed 64persons to various positions n the party.
  10. Hunt down
    Meaning: to try to find a particular thing or person (একটি নির্দিষ্ট জিনিস বা ব্যক্তি খুঁজে বের করার চেষ্টা করা)
    Example: The summer postcard campaign by the European policy agency, Europol , was unveiled on Friday on its EU most wanted website as part of its ongoing initiative to hunt down Europe’s most wanted criminals.
  11. On the run
    Meaning: If someone is on the run, they are trying to escape or hide from someone such as the police or an enemy
    Example: Online initiative by Europol helps people check profile of 21 criminals on the run
  12. Hang up
    Meaning: To disconnect a phone call, o give up on someone or something; to quit dealing
    with someone or something.
    Example: Usain Bolt insists he will hang up his running spike after the world
    championships in London.
  13. stack up (against something)
    Meaning: to compare with something else , To make sense; add up
    Example: We wondered how London restaurants stacked up against Atlanta’s. The story he gave the police was full of contradictions—it just didn’t stack up.
  14. Raise the bar
    Meaning: to make a task a little more difficult, To raise the standards of quality that are
    expected of or required for something
    Example: Now free and confident Anna after winning maiden Asian 400 m gold at
    Bhubaneshwar, Ana could raise the bar in London
  15. Playing second fiddle to someone
    Meaning: To play a supporting or minor role in relation to someone else
    Example: He also denied that he had tired out of playing second fiddle to Lionel Messi at
    Barcelona.
  16. Miss the cut
    Meaning: (golf)to achieve a greater score after the first two rounds of a strokeplay tournament than that required to play in the remaining two rounds
    Example: He arrives here after having missed the cut at the Irish and scottish opens , but then he was in similarly wretched form before the secured the Indian open in March
  17. Rule out
    Meaning: to stop considering something as a possibility
    Example: Mr.Tillerson did not rule out a military strike against North Korea in remarks that were overall not strident at the state department
  18. Cut to the size
    Meaning: to make someone or something less important or detailed
    Example: Has Digvijaya Singh been cut to size?
  19. Scrape through
    Meaning: to move through something, scraping or rubbing the sides, to get by something just barely; to pass a test just barely.
    Example: The car, going at a very high speed, scraped through the tunnel. It just managed to scrape through
    Alice passed the test, but she just scraped through it. I just scraped through my calculus test.
  20. knock on the door of
    Meaning: to be very close to achieving
    Example: The Income – tax raids on the premises of Energy Minister D.K.Shivakumar and his close aides have sent shock waves among leaders of the ruling congress in Karnataka, with apprehensions of taxmen soon knocking on their doors.
  21. Pulled out
    Meaning: withdraw from an undertaking.
    Example:: While the Jaiprakash Associates led consortium, including IBM and Israel’s tower semiconductor, had pulled out in March last year, things were not moving ahead for the consortium led by HSMC Technologies, according to the sources
  22. On a knife’s edge
    Meaning: if a person or organization is on a knife-edge, they are in a difficult situation and
    are worried about what will happen in the future
    Example: She’s been living on a knife-edge since her ex-husband was released from prison
    last month. The theatre is on a financial knife-edge and must sell 75% of its seats every
    night to survive.
  23. Hinged on
    Meaning: to depend on someone or something; to depend on what someone or something does
    Example: The Monetary Policy Committee’s majority decision hinged on the observation that some “upside risks to inflation have either reduced or not materialized “
  24. Roll out
    Meaning: to offer a new product or service to the public
    Example: Driving down India’s national highways could be a much safer experience by the end of this year, with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) set to roll out an ‘incident management system’.
  25. Shot back
    Meaning: Return quickly
    Example: The Congress shot back with Mr. Gandhi suggesting that the Chief Minister should resign for the controversial deaths of the children in the hospital.
  26. Slipped back
    Meaning: to move quietly and cautiously back to someone or something
    Example: Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Kiran Bedi on Friday slipped back into her erstwhile role of a cop by riding pillion with her staff on a midnight motorbike inspection of the streets of Puducherry.
  27. Under fire
    Meaning: being criticized
    Example: Under fire for the deaths of more than 100 children in the BRD Medical College hospital, Mr. Adityanath launched a week-long cleanliness drive in UP — Swachh Uttar Pradesh, Swaasth Uttar Pradesh
  28. Fired up
    Meaning: to motivate someone; to make someone enthusiastic
    Example: I was so fired up with a nationalistic fervour that I whipped out my smartphone and took a video of myself taking the ‘Sankalp se Siddhi’ (achievement through resolve) pledge.
  29. Whipped out
    Meaning: To make or produce something quickly
    Example: I was so fired up with a nationalistic fervour that I whipped out my smartphone and took a video of myself taking the ‘Sankalp se Siddhi’ (achievement through resolve) pledge.
  30. Showed up
    Meaning: To cause or allow to be seen; display
    Example: The inexperience of two young Gujarat players Udit Kamdar and Fenil Shah showed up at inopportune times and allowed the Grandmaster duo of Swapnil Dhopade and Himanshu Sharma escape to hard-earned victories in the ninth round of the National Challengers chess championship here on Saturday.
  31. Lays down
    Meaning: to state officially what someone must do or how they must do it, to give up, establish
    Example: The EU has laid down tough standards for water quality
  32. Tumbled out
    Meaning: to fall, topple, or drop out of something, arise
    Example: Akash Saharan tumbled out first in the trap final in the Junior shotgun World
    Cup here on Friday.He qualified for the final with the score of 114
  33. Wriggle out
    Meaning: to free oneself from something by turning or twisting the body with sinuous writhing motions
    Example: With 13 points, Chaudhari was the best raider in action and his ability to wriggle out of tough situations played a big role in his team’s victory
  34. Squares off
    Meaning: to get ready for an argument or a fight
    Example: The Tests clinched without much of a strain, India will begin the journey to identify the core of its 2019 World Cup squad when it squares off against a low-onconfidence Sri Lanka in a five-match ODI series, starting here on Sunday
  35. Peg back
    Meaning: to prevent an opponent from winning in a game or competition
    Example: The underdogs were pegged back by United after that had taken a shock lead.
  36. Blessing in disguise
    Meaning: an apparent misfortune that eventually has good results. Example: Losing that job was a blessing in disguise really.
  37. Draw level
    Meaning: to move into a position where you are equal to someone else in a race, game, or competition
    Example: Bronze in the 400m proved to be a bittersweet consolation for US track legend Allyson Felix as she drew level with Jamaicans Merlene Ottey and Usain Bolt on having won 14 World Championships medals.
  38. Stroll through
    Meaning: to walk casually through something or some place
    Example: Federer, Nadal stroll through
    Let’s stroll through a few shops and see what the prices are like here.
  39. Crashed through
    Meaning: to break through something forcefully.
    Example: Felix crashed through into bronze in Wednesday’s 400m after Bahamas rival and race leader Shaunae Miller-Uibo faltered 20 metres from the finish line.
  40. Edge out
    Meaning: to beat someone in something such as a competition or election by a small
    amount
    Example: Earlier , Jaipur Pink Panthers edged out Puneri Paltan( pune)
  41. Drew first blood (প্রতিপক্ষের বিরুদ্ধে প্রথম কোনো সুবিধা বা স্কোর অর্জন)
    Meaning: the initial advantage gained by one side in any game, contest or competition.
    Example: 1. I drew first blood in the tournament and quickly dispatched my opponent. 2. Tamil Thalaivas drew first blood in the first minute as Prapanjan scored with a
    raid point
  42. Wash out (ব্যর্থ হওয়া এবং কিছু থেকে সরানো ( স্কুলের মতো), বৃষ্টি বা বন্যা হওয়া)
    Meaning: to fail and be removed from something such as school, to rain on or flood an
    event so that it must be cancelled
    Example: I studied all I could, but I still washed out.
  43. Rip up
    Meaning: to tear something into small pieces, o decide that something such as a plan or an agreement is useless and stop using it
    Example: Felix’s unheralded team-mate Phyllis Francis ripped up the form book to claim a shock gold, with Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Naser taking silver
  44. Fit (or fill) the bill
    Meaning: be suitable for a particular purpose.
    Example: It is never easy to step into the shoes of a genuine all-rounder like Kapil or exude the multi-faceted dimensions that were intrinsic to Dhoni but Kohli & Co. are hoping that Pandya will somehow fit the bill.
  45. Hold off
    Meaning: to not do something immediately
    Example: The 21-year-old former multi-eventer demonstrated all the strength he has
    acquired from competing as an all-rounder as he led from the first hurdle and was
    powerful enough to hold off his pursuers on the home straight to win in 48.35 seconds.
  46. Step into someone’s shoes
    Meaning: Take someone’s place
    Example: It is never easy to step into the shoes of a genuine all-rounder like Kapil or exude the multi-faceted dimensions that were intrinsic to Dhoni but Kohli & Co. are hoping that Pandya will somehow fit the bill.
  47. To pigeon hole (এই বিষয়ে সিদ্ধান্ত নেওয়া যে কেউ বা কিছু একটি নির্দিষ্ট ধরণের বা গোষ্ঠীর অন্তর্গত, বিশেষ করে তাদের সম্পর্কে যথেষ্ট কিছু না জেনেই এমন করা)
    Meaning: to decide that someone or something belongs to a particular type or group, especially without knowing much about them
    Example: 1. “I was pigeonholed as a ‘youth writer’” 2. Pandya is in an unenviable position, his role is one into which previous managements tried to pigeon-hole Ajit Agarkar, Irfan Pathan and more recently Stuart Binny. 3. He was pigeonholed early on in his career as a gospel singer
  48. Dished out
    Meaning: to give something too freely and in large amounts, to give out trouble, scoldings, criticism
    Example: The 23-year old from Gujarat, a certainty in India’s limited-over squads, secured a berth in Tests during the current tour of Sri Lanka. At Galle and in Colombo, Pandya dished out quickfire knocks (50 and 20) and had bowling figures of 1/13, 0/21 and 2/31.
  49. Bits and pieces
    Meaning: small things of different types
    Example: These are early days still but the numbers hint that Pandya could be more than a bits-and-pieces player, a species prevalent among Kapil’s men who won the 1983 World Cup. To top it, Pandya is excellent in the outfield.
  50. Saw off
    Meaning: deadlock or stalemate, a compromise
    Example: Anand accepted the offer, saw off the offensive and then pushed a queenside pawn to the seventh rank.
  51. On the hunt
    Meaning: searching
    Example: The police are still on the hunt for the escaped convicts
  52. On the hunt
    Meaning: searching
    Example: The police are still on the hunt for the escaped convicts
  53. Turn the clock back
    If you try to turn the clock back, you want things to be the way they were in the past. Example: DMK working president M.K.Stalin warned on Sunday that his party would not hesitate to put an end to the AIADMK government, which, according to him, had turned the clock back years and destroyed administration and governance in TN.
  54. Turns up the hea t
    To put pressure on someone or something; apply additional pressure to someone or something.
    Example: Regulator turns up heat on erring Chartered accountants
  55. Buried the hatche t
    End a quarrel or conflict and become friendly.
    Example: AIADMK deputy general secretary T.T.v Dhinakaran , who recently buried the hatchet with his aunt and jailed party leader V.K. Sasikala’s brother Divakaran, on Sunday announced that he would get back to active party work on August .
  56. Draw flak ( সমালোচনা, প্রতিকূল প্রতিক্রিয়া; অপব্যবহার)
    Is to draw criticism
    Example: 1. Such an unpopular decision is bound to draw a lot of flak from the press.A.P.J.M.Sheik Saleem , the grand nephew of Kalam , placed a copy of the Koran and the bible at the statue podium near the Bhagavad Gita on Sunday, only to draw flak from the HMK
  57. Took on
    To begin to perform or deal with
    Example: Union Finance minister Arun Jaitely took on detractors of the GST on Sunday , saying the regime was an integral part of the government’s efforts to mobilizemore fundss for the armed forces.
  58. Flagged off
    To inaugurate, to induct
    Example: Earlier this month , the ministry of Housing flagged off a new index – the NHB Residex – designed to track housing price trends I n cities across India.
  59. Shoot one’s wad or bolt
    Do all within one’s power; exhaust one’s resources or capabilities.
    Example: They were asking for more ideas but Bob had shot his bolt and couldn’t come up with any
  60. Hive off
    To set something apart from a group
    Example: An expression of interest from India’s oldest private sector MRO service provider Air works, has come as a shot in the arm for the centre that is considering an option to split Air India’s different businesses and hive them off separately.
  61. Shot in the arm
    Something that quickly makes a bad situation much better , a new activity
    Example: An expression of interest from India’s oldest private sector MRO service provider , Air works , has come as a shot in the arm for the centre that is considering an option to split Air India’s different businesses and hive them off separately
  62. To take a call on
    Informal, not very common, way to say ‘make a decision or a judgment
    Example: Vivek Gour , MD and CEO , Air works, said ‘ I am watching the situation very carefully but it is too early to say anything because the government has to take a call on whether they will sell Air India asa whole or break up its subsidiaries and sell.’
  63. To win laurels
    Meaning: To win honour
    Example: The two, who have won many laurels for the country by winning medals in the Commonwealth, Asian and World championships, exhorted the students to focus on physical fitness.
  64. Snuffed out
    Meaning: to make something end quickly, especially by using force
    Example: It was the government’s most brutal attempt to snuff out the rebellion.
  65. Knock out
    Meaning: to make someone leave a competition by defeating them
    Example: Denis Shapovalov makes his glee known after knocking out top seed Rafael Nadal.
  66. Crash out
    Meaning: to be badly defeated so that you have to leave a competition
    Example: Davinder Singh became the first Indian to qualify for the javelin final even as his more fancied compatriot Neeraj Chopra crashed out in the qualification round.
  67. Lay in tatters
    Meaning: damaged beyond repair
    Example: Wayde van Niekerk’s dreams of emulating legend Michael Johnson’s -m world double lay in tatters on Thursday as Turkey’s / outsider Ramil Guliyev edged the m final
  68. Turn in
    Meaning: Hand in, submit
    Example: Ramil Guliyev turned the file in.
  69. Sweat something out
    Meaning: to anxiously wait for something , to get rid of something in one’s body by sweating.
    Example: With team selection imminent, Dhoni and Suresh Raina, who last played an ODI for India in October , sweated it out on Friday.
    Sent in my application and now I have to sweat out the two months until I get an answer.
  70. Keep at bay (কাউকে কাছে আসতে/যেতে বাধা দেওয়া, (কাউকে বা কিছু) কাছে আসা বা প্রভাব ফেলতে বাধা দেয়া)
    Meaning: to prevent someone from moving closer
    Example: 1. The soldiers kept the attackers at bay 2. “drugs were keeping severe pain at bay” 3. Refreshed with a day’s rest thanks to the inclement weather, Virat Kohli reiterated that his men will keep complacence at bay while playing the third and final Test against Sri Lanka here from Saturday
  71. Tone down
    Meaning: altered so as to be less extreme or intense.
    Example: The ground is surrounded by cloud-enveloped mountains and acres of verdant green. The last-named shade was however toned down on the pitch with the ground-staff scrubbing away the grass.
  72. Scrub away
    Meaning: to clean something away by rubbing.
    Example: The ground is surrounded by cloud-enveloped mountains and acres of verdant green. The last-named shade was however toned down on the pitch with the ground-staff scrubbing away the grass.
  73. Wear and tear
    Meaning: damage from work or use
    Example: The visitor’s dominance has been overwhelming against a host that is still searching for the right combination and ideal performance while also resembling the walking-wounded, losing players to freak incidents on the ground or to regular wear-andtear that affects athletes.
  74. Tick all the boxes
    Meaning: To satisfy or fulfill everything that is necessary or desired.
    Example: Virat Kohli’s men have ticked most of the boxes, be it runs or wickets, with the lone worry being a few butter-fingers in the close-in cordon.
  75. Butter-fingers
    Meaning: Someone who is clumsy and often drops things or else fails to catch something Example: Virat Kohli’s men have ticked most of the boxes, be it runs or wickets, with the lone worry being a few butter-fingers in the close-in cordon.
  76. Lose ground
    Meaning: to fall behind someone or something , become less successful
    Example: Equity benchmark indices lost ground for the fifth consecutive day on friday as weak domestic corporate numbers along with global negativity on account of geopolitical tensions dampened investor sentiment
  77. Stem the tide
    Meaning: to stop something from increasing
    Example: This law may stem the tide of pollution of our beautiful river from the factories built along its banks.
  78. Burn your fingers
    Meaning: to have a bad experience when something such as a relationship or a business deal goes wrong
    Example: Many investors burned their fingers on those stocks.
  79. Jump the gun
    Meaning: act before the proper or appropriate time.
    Example: We all had to start the race again because Jane jumped the gun
  80. Shot in the arm
    Meaning: a boost or act of encouragement.
    Example: Fresh investment would provide the shot in the arm that this industry so badly needs
  81. Cast away
    Meaning: wrecked
    Example: The boat was cast away by the storm
  82. Worked up
    Meaning: excited
    Example: He got worked up just by the mention of her name
  83. To go at each other hammer and tongs
    Meaning: To do something or perform some task with tremendous fervor, determination, energy, or forcefulness. , to do something, especially to argue, with a lot of energy or violence
    Example: What started as a minor disagreement has escalated into a heated argument, and the two have been going at it hammer and tongs ever since
  84. To hold a brief for
    Meaning: be retained as counsel for , to argue for
    Example: Often counsel holding a brief for another does not read it in the confident expectation that the case would be postponed
  85. A mare’s nest
    Meaning: a complex or confused situation; a muddle , an illusory discovery.
    Example: The involvement of teachers in the scheme of education proves to be a mare’s nest
  86. Lay by
    Meaning: save for future needs
    Meaning: We should lay by our natural resources.

Example: We should be wise and lay by a considerable amount

  1. Make out
    Meaning: prove , discover , decipher
    Example: I cannot make out the Meaning: of this word
    I cannot make out the inscription on this wall
  2. Off the hook
    Meaning: no longer in difficulty or trouble
    Example: Pinarayi vijaiyan off the hook in SNC- lavalin case(a Canadian company)
  3. Come down hard on
    Meaning: To criticize or punish severely
    Example: They’re coming down heavily on people for not paying their licence fees. Joe’s parents came down hard on him when they learned he had been suspended from school
  4. Jump the gun
    Meaning: act before the proper or appropriate time.
    Example: We all had to start the race again because Jane jumped the gun
  5. Shot in the arm
    Meaning: a boost or act of encouragement.
    Example: Fresh investment would provide the shot in the arm that this industry so badly needs
  6. Cast away
    Meaning: wrecked
    Example: The boat was cast away by the storm
  7. Worked up ( ধীরে ধীরে কাউকে তীব্র উত্তেজনা, রাগ বা উদ্বেগের অবস্থায় নিয়ে আসা)
    Meaning: excited
    Example: 1. “he got all worked up and started shouting and swearing” 2. He got worked up just by the mention of her name
  8. To go at each other hammer and tongs
    Meaning: To do something or perform some task with tremendous fervor, determination, energy, or forcefulness. , to do something, especially to argue, with a lot of energy or violence

Example: What started as a minor disagreement has escalated into a heated argument, and the two have been going at it hammer and tongs ever since

  1. To hold a brief for
    Meaning: be retained as counsel for , to argue for
    Example: Often counsel holding a brief for another does not read it in the confident expectation that the case would be postponed
  2. A mare’s nest
    Meaning: a complex or confused situation; a muddle , an illusory discovery.
    Example: The involvement of teachers in the scheme of education proves to be a mare’s nest
  3. Lay by
    Meaning: save for future needs
    Example: We should be wise and lay by a considerable amount
  4. Doing the rounds
    Meaning: to be passed from one person to another
    Example: Since morning, the talk doing the rounds was that Mr. Panneerselvam would come out with a statement on the merger after Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Thursday announced the government’s move to constitute a commission of inquiry, one of the two demands that the AIADMK (PTA) had been raising.
  5. Put off ( সরাইয়া রাখা, খুলিয়া ফেলা, ভোগ ত্যাগ করা, বরখাস্ত করা, মুলতবি করা, উদ্দেশ্যভ্রষ্ট করান, কৌশলে এড়ান, কিছু করতে বিলম্ব করা, বিশেষ করে কারণ আপনি এটি করতে চান না।)
    Meaning: an evasive reply , to delay doing something, especially because you do not want to do it
    Example: 1. You can’t put the decision off any longer. 2. He was glad to have an excuse to put off telling her the news 3. The “strong stand” taken by leaders, including former Minister K.P. Munusamy, was said to have prompted Mr. Panneerselvam to put off a decision on the merger. Mr. Munusamy was not available for comment
  6. Takes a beating (খারাপ পারফর্ম করার কারণে বা সমালোচিত হওয়ার কারণে ক্ষতিগ্রস্ত হওয়া, ক্ষতি বা আঘাত সওয়া/ভোগা)
    Meaning: “to be damaged because of performing badly or being criticized
    Example: 1. “Her pride had taken a beating at his hands 2. Vishal sikka quits as Infosys CEO, shares take a beating
  7. Turn up/on the heat (কাউকে কিছু করতে রাজি করার জন্য বল প্রয়োগ করা; কাউকে কিছু করার জন্য চাপ বাড়ানো, আরও সংকল্প বা তীব্রতার সাথে কিছু করা শুরু করা)
    Meaning: 1, to use force to persuade someone to do something; to increase the pressure on someone to do something 2. To start to do something with more determination or intensity
    Example: 1. Wow, they really turned up the heat on their opponents in the second half. 2. Management is turning the heat up to increase production. The teacher really turned up the heat on the students by saying that everyone would be punished if the real culprit was not found.
  8. Rip apart (1. সম্পূর্ণরূপে কিছু ধ্বংস করা 2. প্রায়শই রূপকভাবে একটি ট্র্যাজেডি/কেলেঙ্কারি ব্যবহার করা হয় যা পরিবারকে প্রায় বিচ্ছিন্ন করে দেয়।)
    Meaning: to destroy something completely
    Example: 1. The child ripped the toy apart 2. The nine judge bench of the supreme court on Thursday ripped apart its own judgment of upholding section of the Indian penal code , which criminalises consensual sexual acts of adults in private. 3. Strong winds had ripped apart many of the little beach bungalows.
  9. Step down ( একটি গুরুত্বপূর্ণ পদ বা অফিস থেকে প্রত্যাহার বা পদত্যাগ )
    Meaning: withdraw or resign from an important position or office
    Example: R. Seshasayee, chairman of the board, along with former CEO and managing director Vishal Sikka, Jeffrey Lehman and John Etchemendy, decided to step down from the board, Infosys said in a release.
  10. Strikes a blow (কোনো ধারণা, কোনো আন্দোলন, বা কোনো গোষ্ঠীকে সাহায্য করার জন্য বা সমর্থন করার জন্য কিছু করা, একটি ধারণা, আন্দোলন বা গোষ্ঠীর ক্ষতি বা বিরোধিতা করার জন্য কিছু করা)
    Meaning: to do something to help or to support an idea, movement, or group , to do something to harm or oppose an idea, movement, or group
    Example: The supreme court judgment strikes a blow on the unbridled encroachment and surveillance by the state and its agencies in the life of the common man
  11. Hold on (অপেক্ষা করা, থামা, কঠিন পরিস্থিতিতে সহ্য করা ।)
    Meaning: wait; stop , endure in difficult circumstances.
    Example: The result helped UP hold on to the top spot in Zone B but, in a group where the difference between the top and bottom-placed sides is just points, it would be a fragile lead
  12. Pull through (কোনো অসুস্থতা বা বিপজ্জনক বা কোনো কঠিন পরিস্থিতি কাটাইয়া ওঠা)
    Meaning: get through an illness or other dangerous or difficult situation
    Example: Second seed Harinder Pal was in a lot of trouble after a sluggish start against Aditya Jagtap, but regained the surety of his touch to pull through in four games.
  13. Pumped up (উদ্দীপনা বা উত্তেজনাতে পূর্ণ, পরিমানে বৃদ্ধি করা,কিছু সম্পর্কে খুব উত্তেজিত বা উত্সাহী, গাড়ির চাকায় বাতাস ভরা)

    Meaning: to fill with enthusiasm or excitement , to fill with or as if with air
    Example: “I like the fast court. I am pretty happy and pumped up to play the semifinal,” said Kush.
  14. Leave no stone unturned (কিছু অর্জন বা খুঁজে পাওয়ার জন্য সম্ভাব্য সবকিছু করা)
    Meaning: to do everything possible in order to achieve or find something
    Example: 1. The researchers left no stone unturned in their search for the original documents 2. Ahead of its return to the IPL in , Chennai Super Kings is leaving no stone unturned to get its campaign back on the track. One of the key reasons for its success in the first eight years was that the team managed to retain a core group of players and the support staff.
  15. Rope in (কাউকে তাদের অনিচ্ছা সত্ত্বেও একটি কার্যকলাপে অংশ নিতে রাজি করান।)
    Meaning: you mean that someone persuaded you to help them do that task
    Example: For , the intentions remains the same with the team intending to rope in former coach Stephen Fleming

List of Important Idioms

1) A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush- Having something that is certain is much better than taking a risk for more, because chances are you might losing everything.
2) A blessing in disguise- Something good that isn’t recognized by first
3) Bull in china shop- One who causes damage
4) A chip on your shoulder- Being upset for something that happened in the past
5) A damp squib- Complete failure
6) A dime A dozen- Anything that is common and easy to get
7) A doubting Thomas- A skeptic who needs physical or personal evidence in order to believe something
8) A drop in the bucket- A very small part of something big or whole
9) A fool and his money are easily parted- It’s easy for a foolish person to lose his/ her money
10) A gentleman at large- An unreliable person
11) A green horn- Inexperienced
12) A house divided against itself cannot stand- Everyone involved must unify and function together or it will not work out.
13) A leopard can’t change his spots- You cannot change who you are
14) A lost cause- A hopeless case, a person or situation having no hope of positive change.
15) A man of straw- A weak person
16) A mare’s nest- A false invention
17) A penny saved is a penny earned- By not spending money, you are saving money (little by little)
18) A picture paints a thousand words- A visual presentation is far more descriptive than words
19) A piece of cake- A task that can be accomplished very easily
20) A slap on the wrist- A very mild punishment
21) A stalking horse- Pretence
22) A steal- Very inexpensive, a bargain
23) A taste of your own medicine- When you are mistreated the same way you mistreat others
24) A toss-up- A result hat is still unclear and can go either way
25) A wolf in sheep’s clothing- A dangerous person pretending harmless
26) ABC: Very common knowledge about to- Ready to, just going to
27) Above all- Mainly, especially
28) Above board- Fair and honest
29) According to- In the order of; on the authority of
30) Actions speak louder than words- It’s better to actually do something than hust talk about it
31) Add fuel to the fire- Whenever something is done to make a bad situation even worse than it is
32) Against the clock- Rushed and short on time
33) All (day, week, month, year) long- The entire day, week, month, year
34) All along- All the time, from the beginning (without change)
35) All and Sundry- Without making any distinction
36) All bark and no bite- When someone is threatening and/ or aggressive but not willing to engage in a fight
37) All greek to me- Meaningless and incomprehensible like someone who cannot read, speak, or
38) All in all- Considering everything
39) All in the same boat- When everyone is facing the same challenges
40) All of a sudden- Suddenly, without warning (All at once)
41) All right- Acceptable, fine; yes, okay
42) Alpha and omega- First and last letter of Greek alphabet, means beginning and end
43) An arm and a leg- Very expensive, A large amount of money
44) An axe to grind- To have a dispute with someone
45) An eye wash- A pretence
46) An iron hand- By force
47) Apple to my eye- Someone who is cherished above all others
48) As a matter of fact- Really, actually (also: as to)
49) As for- Regarding, concerning (also: as to)
50) As high as a kite- Anything that is high up in the sky
51) As soon as- Just after, when
52) As usual- as is the general case, as is typical
53) At all- To any degree (also: in the least)
54) At heart- Basically, fundamentally
55) At last- Finally, after a long time
56) At least- A minimum of, no fewer (or less) than
57) At odds- In dispute
58) At sixes and seven- Persons who are having different opinions
59) At the drop of a hat- Willing to do something immediately
60) Back and call- At the service
61) Back and forth- In a backward and forward motion
62) Back seat driver- People who criticize from the sidelines, much like someone giving unwanted advice
63) Back to square one- Having to start all over again
64) Back to the drawing board- When an attempt fails and it’s time to start all over
65) Bag and baggage- with all goods
66) Baker’s dozen- Thirteen
67) Bank on- Depend on, count on
68) Barking up the wrong tree- A mistake made in something you are trying to achieve
69) Bated breath- In anxiety, expectancy
70) Beat a dead horse- To force an issue that has already ended
71) Beating around the bash- Avoiding the main topic, not speaking directly about the issue
72) Bend over backwards- Do whatever it takes to help. Willing to do anything
73) Between a Rock and a Hard place- Stuck between two very bad options
74) Between Scylla and Charybdis- Choice between two unpleasant alternatives
75) Between the cup and the lips- On the point of achievement
76) Bite off more than you can chew- To take on a task that is a way to big
77) Bite your tongue- To avoid talking
78) Black and white- In writing
79) Blood is thicker than water- The family bond is closer than anything else 80) Blow hot and cold- Having no stand, shows favour at one time and unfavour at another
81) Blue moon- A rare event or occurrence
82) Body and soul- Entirely
83) Break a leg- A superstitious way to say ‘Good Luck’ without saying ‘Good Luck’, 84) Buy a lemon- To purchase a vehicle that constantly gives problems or stops running after you drive it 85) By & by- Gradually
86) By all means- Certainly, definitely, naturally (also: of course); using any possible way or method
87) By far- By a great margin, clearly
88) By fits and starts- Irregularly
89) By heart- By memorizing
90) By hook or by crook- By any means
91) By leaps and bound- speedily
92) By oneself- Alone, without assistance
93) By the way- Incidentally
94) Call a spade a spade- Straight talks
95) Can’t cut the mustard- Someone who isn’t adequate enough to compete or participate 96) Cast iron stomach- Someone who has no problems, complications or ill effects with eating anything
97) Cats and bull story- Untrue story
98) Cats and dogs- Heavy rain
99) Charley horse- stiffness in the leg/ A leg cramp
100) Chew someone out- Verbally scold someone
101) Chip on his shoulder- Angry today about something that occurred in the past
102) Chow down- To eat
103) Clear- cut- Clearly stated, definite, apparent
104) Close but no cigar- To be near and almost accomplish a goal, but fall short
105) Close call- A situation involving a narrow escape from danger
106) Cock and bull story- An unbelievable tale, untrue story
107) Come hell or high water- Any difficult situation or obstacle
108) Crack someone up- To make someone laugh
109) Cross your fingers- To hope that something happens the way you want it to
110) Cry wolf- Intentionally raise a false alarm
111) Cup of joe- A cup of coffee
112) Curtain lecture- A reproof by wife to her husband
113) Cut and dried- Ready made form
114) Cut to the chase- Leave out all the unnecessary details and just get to the point
115) Dark horse- One who was previously unknown and is now prominent
116) Day in and day out- Continuously, constantly
117) Dead Ringer- 100 % identical, a duplicate
118) Devil’s advocate- Someone who takes a position for the sake of argument without believing in that
119) Dog days of summer- The hottest day of the summer season
120) Don’t count your chickens before they hatch- Don’t rely on it until you sure of it 121) Don’t look a gift horse in the month- When someone gives you a gift, don’t be ungrateful
122) Don’t pull all your eggs in one basket- Do not pull all your resources in one possibility
123) Doozy- Something outstanding
124) Down to the wire- Something that ends at the last minute or last few seconds 125) Drastic times call for drastic measures- When you are extremely desperate you need to take extremely desperate actions
126) Drink like a fish- To drink very heavily, drinking anything
127) Dry run- Rehearsal
128) Egg on- To urge somebody
129) Eighty six- A certain item is no longer available. Or this idiom can also mean, to throw away
130) Elvis has left the building- The show has come to an end. It’s all over
131) Ethnic cleansing- Killing of a certain ethnic or religious group on a massive scale 132) Ever and anon- Now and then
133) Every cloud has a silver lining- Be optimistic, even difficult times will lead to better days
134) Every other (one)- Every second (one), alternate (ones)
135) Everything but the kitchen sink- Almost everything and anything has been included
136) Excuse my French- Please forgive me for cussing
137) Fabian policy- Policy of delaying decisions
138) Face-to-face- Direct, personal; directly, personally (written without hyphens)
139) Fair and wide- Equal opportunity to all
140) Far and wide- Every where
141) Few and far between- Not frequent, unusual, rare
142) Field day- An enjoyable day or circumstance
143) Fifty- fifty- Divided into two equal parts
144) Finding your feet- To become more comfortable in whatever you are doing
145) Finger licking good- To become more comfortable in whatever you are doing
146) Fire and brimstone- A very tasty food or meal
147) Fire and fury- Fearful penalties
148) First and foremost- Extreme enthusiasm
149) Fishy: doubtful- Highest priority
150) Fixed in your ways- Not willing or wanting to change from your normal way of doing something
151) Flash in the pan- Something that shows potential or looks promising in the beginning but fails to deliver
152) Flea market- A swap meet. A place where people gather to buy and sell inexpensive goods
153) Flesh and blood- This idiom can mean living material of which people are made of, or it can refer to human nature
154) Flip the bird- To raise your middle finger at someone
155) Foam at the mouth- To be enraged and show it
156) Fools’ Gold- Iron pyrites, a worthless rock that resembles real gold
157) Foot the bill- Bear expenses
158) For good- Permanently, forever
159) For once- This one time, for only one time
160) For sure- Without doubt (also: for certain)
161) For the time being- Temporarily (also: for now)
162) Free and easy- Natural and simple
163) French kiss- An open mouth kiss where tongues touch
164) From now on- From this time into the future
165) From rags to riches- To go from very poor to being very wealthy
166) Fuddy- duddy- An old-fashioned and foolish type of person
167) Full monty- This idiom can mean either, “The whole thing” or “Completely nude”
168) Funny farm- A mental institutional facility
169) Gall and wormwood- Source of irritation
170) Get down to brass tacks- To become serious about something
171) Get over it- To move beyond something that is bothering you
172) Get up on the wrong side of the bed- Someone who is having a horrible day
173) Get your walking papers- Get fired from the job
174) Gird up the loin- To be ready
175) Give and take- Compromise, cooperation between people
176) Give him the slip- To get away from, to escape
177) Give in- Surrender
178) Go down like a lead balloon- To be received badly by an audience
179) Go for broke- To gamble everything you have
180) Go out on a limb- Put yourself in a tough position in order to support someone/ something
181) Go the extra mile- Going above and beyond whatever is required for the task at hand 182) Good Samaritan- Someone who helps others when they are in need, with no discussion for
183) Graveyard shift- Working hours from about 12:00 am to 8.00
184) Great minds think alike- Intelligent people think like each other
185) Green room- The waiting room, especially for those who are about to go on a TV or radio show
186) Gut feeling- A personal intuition you get, especially when feel something may not be right
187) Had better- Should, ought to, be advisable to
188) Hand a gloves- Very intimate friends
189) Hard and fast- Certain
190) Hard of hearing- Partially deaf, not able to hear well
191) Haste makes waste- Quickly doing things results in a poor ending
192) Hat Trick- When one player scores three goals in the same hockey game.
193) Haughty and naughty- Arrogant and naughty
194) Have an axe to grind- To have a dispute with someone
195) Have got- To have, to possess
196) Have got to- Must (also: have to)
197) He lost his head- Angry and overcome by emotions
198) Head and shoulder- Superior
199) Head over heels- Very excited and/ or joyful, especially when in love
200) Heart and soul- With full devotion
201) Hell in a hand basket- Deteriorating and headed for complete disaster
202) Helter Shelter-Here and there
203) Herculean task- A tedious job
204) High five- Slapping palms above each others heads as celebration gesture
205) High on the Hog- Living in luxury
206) Hit below the belt- Contrary the principles of fairness
207) Hit the books- To study, especially for a test or exam
208) Hit the hay- Go to bed or go to sleep
209) Hit the nail on the head- Do something exactly right or say something exactly right
210) Hit the sack- Go to bed or go to sleep
211) Hither and thither- Here and there
212) Hocus Pocus- In general, a term used in magic or trickery
213) Hold your horses- Be patient
214) Hole and corner policy- A secret policy for an evil purpose
215) Hornet’s nest- Raise controversy
216) Hue and cry- Great noise
217) Hush money- A bribe
218) Icing on the cake- When you already have it good and get something on top of what you already have
219) Idle hands are the devil’s tools- You are more likely to get in trouble if you have nothing to do
220) If it’s not one thing, it’s another- When one thing goes wrong, then another, and another…
221) Ill at ease- Uncomfortable or worried in a situation
222) In a hurry- Hurried, rushed (also: in a rush)
223) In case- In order to be prepared if the meaning is in order to be prepared if something happens
224) In hand- Under firm control, well managed
225) In like Flynn- To be easily successful, especially when sexual or romantic
226) In no time- Very quickly, rapidly
227) In the bag- To have something secured
228) In the buff- Nude
229) In the heat of the moment- Overwhelmed by what is happening in the moment
230) In the long run- Eventually, after a long period of time
231) In the worst way- Very much, greatly
232) In time to- Before the time necessary to do something
233) In touch- Having contact
234) In vain- Useless, without the desired result
235) In your face- An aggressive and bold confrontation
236) Ins and outs- Full detail
237) Inside out- With the inside facing the outside
238) Intents and purposes- Practically
239) It figures- It seems likely, reasonable, or typical
240) It takes two to tango- A two person conflict where both people are at fault
241) It’s a small world- You frequently see the same people in different places
242) It anyone’s call- A competition where the outcome is difficult to judge or predict
243) Ivory tower- Imaginary world
244) Ivy league- Since 1954 the Ivy league has been the following universities: Columbia, Brown, Cornell
245) Jaywalk- Crossing the street (from the middle) without using the crosswalk
246) Joshing me- Tricking me
247) Keep an eye on him- You should carefully watch him. Keep an eye on
248) Keep body and soul together- To earn a sufficient amount of money in order to keep yourself alive
249) Keep your chin up- To remain joyful in a tough situation
250) Kick the bucket- Die
251) Kith and kin- Blood relatives
252) Kitty-corner- Diagonally across. Sometimes called Catty- Corner as well
253) Knock on Wood- Knuckle tapping on wood in order to avoid some bad luck
254) Know the ropes- To understand the details
255) Last but not least- An introduction phrase to let the audience know that the last person mentioned is also very important
256) Last straw- The final event in a series of unacceptable actions
257) Latin and Greek- Unable to understand
258) Leave no stone unturned- Make all possible efforts
259) Lend me your ear- To politely ask for someone’s full attention
260) Length and breadth- All over
261) Let along- and certainly not (also: not to mention, to say nothing of)
262) Let the cat out of the bag- To share a secret that wasn’t suppose to be shared
263) Level playing field- A fair competition where no side has an advantage
264) Life and soul- Main support
265) Like a chicken and its head cut off- To act in a frenzied manner
266) Liquor someone up- To get someone drunk
267) Little by little- Gradually, slowly (also: step by step)
268) Live-wire- Energetic
269) Loaves and fish- Material interests
270) Lock and key- In safe place
271) Long in the tooth- Old people (or horses)
272) Loose cannon- Someone who is unpredictable and can cause damage if not kept in check
273) Make no bones about- To state a fact so there are no doubts or objections
274) Method to my madness- Strange or crazy actions that appear meaningless but in the end are done for a good reason
275) Might and main- With all enthusiasm
276) Milk and water- Weak
277) More or less- Approximately, almost, somewhat, to a certain degree
278) Mumbo Jumbo- Nonsense or meaningless speech
280) Mum’s the word- To keep quiet, To say nothing
280) Narrow-minded- Not willing to accept the ideas of others

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Make someone the scapegoat for something

(To make to bear the sins for others)

Meaning: to make someone take the blame for something.

Ex. Don’t make me the scapegoat for the broken glass. I didn’t do it.

Icing on the cake

(Getting extra than expectations)

Meaning: something good that is added to another good thing.

Ex. He was delighted to have his story published – getting paid for it was just icing on the cake.

Keep your chin up

(To encourage someone in his bad times)

Meaning: an expression of encouragement to someone who has to bear some emotional burdens.

Ex. Friend! Don’t lose hope. Keep your chin up!

To lose ground to somebody/something

Meaning: to fail to maintain a share of something compared to others.

Ex. Good Indian restaurants are losing ground to less expensive ones which that have opened all over the city.

Spill the beans

Meaning: to give away a secret or surprise.

Ex. She threatened the president to spill the beans about their affair in front of media.

To feel blue

Meaning: To feel disappointed, dejected, sad or shattered.

Ex. As her exam didn’t go well, she’s feeling blue.

No strings attached

Meaning: there are no special or hidden demands or limitations that are included in an agreement.

Ex. Mahesh never believes in a no strings attached kind of relation

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

Meaning: Having something that is certain is much better than taking a risk for more, because you might lose everything.

Ex. You should have accepted the job because a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

A doubting Thomas

Meaning: A skeptic who needs physical or personal evidence in order to believe something.

Ex. Mr. Sharma is a doubting Thomas. He always asks for bills.

Pass the buck

Meaning: to blame someone or to make them responsible for a problem that you should deal with yourself.

Ex. Don’t try to pass the buck! It’s your fault, and everybody knows it.

Put a brave face

Meaning: to put a brave front; to face a situation with determination.

Ex. After her parents’ sudden death, she’s put a brave face on everything.

Take a back seat

Meaning: to let other people/things take a more active and responsible part in an organization or a situation.

Ex. As he got an offer from Bollywood, his plan to go for an MBA has taken a back seat.

Out of the blue (Idiom):
Something which is totally unexpected.

Ex. I was waiting for my sister at the airport and out of the blue I saw my friend near the exit.

Out of order (Phrase):
Inappropriate or unsuitable to a sutuation.

Ex. His attitude towards the elders was out of order.

Out of depth (Idiom):
To have no knowledge, experience or skill to deal with a particular situation or subject.

Ex. The movie was so bad that I think the director is out of depth with the popular culture.

Out of thin air (Idiom):
Out of nowhere, out of nothing.

Ex. The magician pulled a bouquet of flowers out of thin air.

On the cards (Idiom):
Possible or likely.

Ex. The merger of the ecommerce companies has been on the cards for quite some time now.

At the drop of a hat (Idiom):
At the slightest signal, Immediately without delay.

Ex. People get offended at the drop of a hat these days.

Once in a blue moon (Idiom):
An event that happens very rarely.

Ex. Once in a blue moon, her brother gives her a gift.

When pigs fly (Idiom):
Something that will never happen.

Ex. When pigs fly I will become the president of USA.

To cut corners (Idiom):
To do something badly or cheaply

Ex. The manager asked the team not to cut corners on the project and do it thoroughly, no matter what it costs.

To kill two birds with one stone (Idiom):
Achieve two aims at once.

Ex. I killed two birds with one stone and picked up the grocery on my way to the movie.

Grabbing the eye-balls (Idiom):

Gaining attention.

Turning the page(Idiom):

To move on to new involvements or activities; to make a fresh start.

Ex. You’ve been divorced for three years. It’s time to turn the page and start looking for somebody else.

Giving a jumpstart (Idiom):

To give a super start to someone’s career.

Going berserk (Idiom):

To erupt in furious rage, become crazily violent.

Ex. When they announced the gymnast’s score, her coach went berserk.

Beginning to see daylight (Idiom):

To realize that one is approaching the end of a project or task.

Ex. When I scheduled my thesis defense, I began to see daylight after two years of hard work.

On ice (Idiom):

Suspended or left hanging.

Ex. This matter should be on ice for a while.

On cloud nine (Idiom):

Extremely happy.

Under the weather (Idiom):

Slightly unwell or in low spirits.

Ex. She was sufficiently under the weather to have to pull out of the championship”

On the rocks (Idiom):

(of a relationship or enterprise) experiencing difficulties and likely to fail.

Ex. His marriage was on the rocks.

On the scent (Idiom):

In possession of a useful clue in a search or investigation.

Ex. He might be on the scent of something.

Rubber room (Noun phrase):

A room in which the walls are padded. It is typically found in psychiatric institutions, where it houses one who is not mentally stable, in an effort to prevent self-harm.

Gab room (Noun phrase):

A women’s restroom where women are said to chatter. She went to the gab room to powder her nose.

Elbow room (Idiom):

The freedom and ability to act as one wants.

Ex. If you’re worried about her having too much elbow room as student council president, you should impose limitations.

Engine room (Idiom):

The main source of talent, power, or ability in a team or group, likened to the room that houses a ship’s engine.

Ex. Sarah is our engine room, so with her injured, I’m not sure how we’ll be able to win on Saturday.

Rumpus room (Idiom):

A family recreation room.

Ex. If you kids are going to play rough, you’ll have to go down to the rumpus room.

Go the whole hog (Idiom):

To do something completely or thoroughly.

Ex. Vineeta decided to go the whole hog and joined the Army.

Be on toes (Idiom):

To stay active and alert.

This idiom could have been the correct choice, had ‘with minor details’ part not been there in the sentence.

Linger on (Idiom):

To remain alive; continue or persist, although gradually dying, ceasing, disappearing.

Ex. She lingered a few months after the heart attack.

Dot your i’s and cross your t’s (idiom):

To pay complete attention to the details.

Ex. Your instructor is a tough grader, be sure to dot your ‘i’s and cross your ‘t’s on your research.

Stay the course (Idiom)

To keep going strongly to the end of a race or contest.

Ex. Critics predicted the car could not stay the distance.

Take to task (Idiom):

To scold, reprimand, rebuke or lecture someone on some wrong or error they have committed.

Ex. Mom took me to task over the alcohol she found in my car.

Take someone/something with a pinch of salt (Idiom):

To not completely believe something that you are told, because you think it is unlikely to be true.

Ex. You have to take everything she says with a pinch of salt, because she tends to exaggerate.

Give someone a cold shoulder (Idiom):

To intentionally ignore someone or treat someone in an unfriendly way.

Ex. I thought she really liked me, but the next day she gave me the cold shoulder.

Cut someone some slack (Idiom):

To allow one more latitude or freedom than usual; to be lenient with one.

Ex. Oh, you know I never make requests like this, cut me some slack.

Rain on someone’s parade (Idiom):

To prevent someone from enjoying an event; spoil someone’s plans.

Evidently, out of the options given, only option A replaces the bold part most appropriately.

Q1) What is the Meaning of the Phrase – A Bolt from the Blue?

(a) A source of quarrel

(b) Narrow escape

(c) A difficult problem

(d) Something unexpected

Correct Answer: Option D – Something unexpected

Q2) What is the Meaning of the Phrase – A fish out of water?

(a) A man of no substance

(b) Anyone in an awkward situation

(c) A constant source of annoyance

(d) Honest and open

Correct Answer: Option B – Something unexpected

Q3) Which of the following is the correct meaning of the Phrase – At the drop of a hat?

(a) Willingness to do something instantly

(b) Confused and lost

(c) To support and sustain

(d) None of the Above

Correct Answer: Option A – Willingness to do something instantly

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Q4) Which of the following is the correct meaning of the Phrase – At the drop of a hat?

(a) Willingness to do something instantly

(b) Confused and lost

(c) To support and sustain

(d) None of the Above

Correct Answer: Option A – Willingness to do something instantly

Q5) Which of the following phrases means – Avoiding the main topic?

(a) Be in a tight corner

(b) Beating around the bush

(c) Bark up the wrong tree

(d) An axe to grind

Correct Answer: Option B – Beating around the bush

Q6) What does the Phrase By hook or by crook mean?

(a) Work or study hard

(b) By fair or foul means

(c) Speak frankly and directly

(d) None of the Above

Correct Answer: Option B – By fair or foul means

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Q7) What is the Meaning of the Phrase – To judge a book by its cover?

(a) To judge something primarily on appearance

(b) Ponder over something

(c) Made up story that one should not believe

(d) To provoke

Correct Answer: Option A – To judge something primarily on appearance

Q8) Which of the following is the correct meaning of the Phrase – Every cloud has a silver lining?

(a) A period of misfortune

(b) To Visit Casually

(c) Adverse conditions do not last forever

(d) From a higher position to a lower one

Correct Answer: Option C – Adverse conditions do not last forever

Q9) Which of the following phrases means – To Be very expensive?

(a) Come off with flying colours

(b) Cry for the moon

(c) Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

(d) Cost an arm and a leg (খুব দামি বা ব্যয়বহুল )

Correct Answer: Option D – Cost an arm and a leg

Ex: I want to buy a house by the beach, but it may cost me an arm and a leg.
আমি সমুদ্র সৈকতে একটি বাড়ি কিনতে চাই, কিন্তু এতে আমার প্রচুর অর্থ খরচ হতে পারে।

muaz সত্যিই কনসার্টে যেতে চায়। তিনি এর জন্য প্রচুর অর্থ দিতে ইচ্ছুক।
Ex: Muaz really wants to go to the concert. She’s willing to pay an arm and a leg for it.

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Q10) What does the Phrase Let the cat out of the bag mean?

(a) To reveal the secret carelessly or by mistake (অসতর্কভাবে বা ভুলবশত গোপন কথা প্রকাশ করা)

(b) In a strange situation

(c) Leave something alone if it might cause trouble

(d) None of the Above

Correct Answer: Option A – To reveal the secret carelessly or by mistake

Q11) Which of the following is the correct meaning of the Phrase – On tenterhooks?

(a) In a state of suspense and anxiety (চিন্তিত বা ঘটতে যাচ্ছে এমন কিছু নিয়ে উদ্বিগ্ন)

(b) Not in the usual form

(c) No Manners

(d) Without any result

Correct Answer: Option A – In a state of suspense and anxiety

Ex: We were on tenterhooks all morning waiting for the phone to ring. (Anxious and worried)
Be Careful: On tenterhooks NOT on tender hooks

Q12) What is the Meaning of the Phrase – One’s bread and butter?

(a) Release something that was previously under control

(b) One’s means of livelihood (কারও জীবিকার উপায়)

(c) Use all available means

(d) None of the above

Correct Answer: Option B – One’s means of livelihood

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Q13) What does the Phrase Make a face mean?

(a) Very nervous

(b) To show dislike or disappointment through facial expressions (মুখের অভিব্যক্তির মাধ্যমে অপছন্দ বা হতাশা প্রদর্শন করা)

(c) Being Serious or Dedicated

(d) None of the Above

Correct Answer: Option B – To show dislike or disappointment through facial expressions

Q14) Which of the following phrases means – Something that is easy to understand or do?

(a) Push one’s luck

(b) Piece of cake (এমন কিছু যা সহজে বোঝা যায় বা করা যায়)

(c) Out on a limb

(d) Put a spoke in one’s wheel

Correct Answer: Option B – Piece of cake

Q15) Which of the following is the correct meaning of the Phrase – Read between the lines?

(a) Trying to obtain more than what one has

(b) Free from difficulties and dangers

(c) Choose to be less important in a role

(d) Understand the hidden meaning (লুকানো/গূঢ অর্থ বুঝতে পারা)

Correct Answer: Option D – Understand the hidden meaning

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Q16) Which of the following options correctly explains the Phrase – Bite the Dust?

(a) To be very busy

(b) To be perfectly sure or certain

(c) To be Defeated in the Battle (যুদ্ধে পরাজিত হওয়া)

(d) none of the above

Correct Answer: Option C – To be Defeated in the Battle

Q17) What does the Phrase To get the sack mean?

(a) To act unfairly in a contest

(b) To be dismissed from your job (চাকরি থেকে বরখাস্ত হওয়া )

(c) Dispose of

(d) None of the Above

Correct Answer: Option B – To be dismissed from your job

Q18) What is the Meaning of the Phrase – keep the ball rolling?

(a) To keep things going (কোনো কিছু চলমান রাখা)

(b) To marry

(c) To come out of one trouble and get into a worse

(d) To attempt to do something without proper materials

Correct Answer: Option A – To keep things going

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Q19) Which of the following is the correct meaning of the Phrase – To break the ice?

(a) To start a conversation (একটি কথোপকথন শুরু করা )

(b) To continue at one’s occupation until death

(c) To attract attention

(d) To perform the most difficult part

Correct Answer: Option A – To start a conversation

Q20) Which of the following phrases means – To attempt to do something without proper materials?

(a) To lead to the altar

(b) To make bricks without straw (সঠিক উপকরণ ছাড়া কিছু করার চেষ্টা)

(c) To play ducks and drakes

(d) None of the above

Correct Answer: Option B – To make bricks without straw

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