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PART 7 of the complete (A-Z) IDIOMS and PHRASES(with its usage in a sentence) for SSC ,bank(SBI, IBPS, RBI) and other exams.





🔘PART 7 of the complete (A-Z) IDIOMS and PHRASES(with its usage in a sentence)  for SSC ,bank(SBI, IBPS, RBI)  and other  exams




🔸Hold water 
Meaning- sound,  tenable


Use hold water  in a sentence 

Example- His statement will not hold water as it is not based on facts. 



🔸Hang together 

Meaning-   support one another


Use Hang together  in a sentence 

Example-  The two statements delivered by the leader of the party do not hang together. 


🔸Hope against hope 

Meaning-   hope inspite of disappointment


Use Hope against hope  in a sentence 

Example-  Mr. Mehta’s case is very weak and everybody knows that finally he will lose, but he is still hoping against hope. 



🔸Have an axe to grind 

Meaning-   to  have a selfish interest


Use Have an axe to grind  in a sentence 

Example-  Sneha is very selfish but the way she is being polite with everyone gives the impression that she has an axe to grind. 



🔸Have the gift of the gab

Meaning-   art of speaking


Use Have the gift of the gab in a sentence 

Example-  Meera is not highly qualified but she has the gift of the gab.



🔸Hit below the belt 

Meaning-   to  strike unfairly


Use Hit below the belt  in a sentence 

Example-  We should always face the enemy boldly and never hit him below the belt. 


🔸Hold one’s tongue 

Meaning-   to  keep quiet


Use Hold one’s tongue  in a sentence 

Example-  We should always hold our tongue before our elders.



🔸Herculean task 

Meaning-  very difficult


Use Herculean task  in a sentence 

Example-  It is Herculean task to root out corruption in India. 



🔸Haul over the coals 

Meaning-   to take to task


Use Haul over the coals  in a sentence 

Example-  Shila was hauled over the coals by her parents for her misconduct. 




🔸Have one’s finger in everyone’s pie 
Meaning-   to  partake of something


Use Have one’s finger in everyone’s pie  in a sentence 

Example-  My best friend likes to have her finger in everyone’s pie as she is in the habit of meddling with the affairs of others. 



🔸Halcyon days 

Meaning-  peaceful days


Use Halcyon days  in a sentence 

Example-  The days we spend in our school life are the halcyon days of our life. 



🔸Hold out an olive branch 

Meaning-  offer of peace


Use Hold out an olive branch  in a sentence 

Example-  The terrorists are not prepared to hold out an olive branch to the Government of India. 



🔸Hanky panky 

Meaning-  jugglery


Use Hanky panky  in a sentence 

Example-  None of this hanky panky, tell me the truth. 



🔸Have feet of clay 

Meaning-   full of faults


Use Have feet of clay  in a sentence 

Example-  The C.B.I inquiry revealed that many ministers have feet of clay. 



🔸Heart and soul 

Meaning-  devoted


Use Heart and soul  in a sentence 


Example-  Mahesh took part in the annual function heart and soul. 


🔸Hard and fast 

Meaning-  strict


Use Hard and fast  in a sentence 

Example-  No hard and fast rule is laid down about being regular in the college. 



🔸Hang fire 

Meaning-  remain unsolved


Use Hang fire  in a sentence 

Example- Kashmir problem has been hanging fire for many years. 


🔸High and dry 

Meaning-   a difficult situation


Use High and dry  in a sentence 

Example-  Ramesh was left high and dry by his business partners. 



🔸Hit the nail on the head 

Meaning-  to do the right thing at the right time


Use Hit the nail on the head  in a sentence 

Example-  Samira hit the nail on the head by resigning her job. 



🔸Hobson’s choice 

Meaning-   no alternative


Use Hobson’s choice  in a sentence 

Example-  The employees in the private sector have Hobson’s choice because they are forced to accept what they are ordered to do. 



🔸Have too many irons in the fire 

Meaning-   doing many things at a time


Use Have too many irons in the fire  in a sentence 

Example-  Rajkumar is fickle minded and has too many irons in the fire. 



🔸Hold in abeyance

Meaning-  postpone


Use Hold in abeyance in a sentence 

Example-  For lack of funds the district administration has held the construction of road in abeyance. 



🔸High and mighty 

Meaning-  proud persons


Use High and mighty  in a sentence 

Example-  The high and mighty forget that everything in the world is transient. 



🔸Hard nosed attitude 

Meaning-   aggressive


Use Hard nosed attitude  in a sentence 

Example-  I don’t know why my teacher always has a hard nosed attitude towards me. 



🔸Hold in leash

Meaning-   to restrain


Use Hold in leash in a sentence 

Example- As a responsible leader of a party you must hold criticism of party workers in leash. 



🔸Head and shoulders 

Meaning-  superior


Use Head and shoulders  in a sentence 

Example- Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee was head and shoulders above his predecessors. 



🔸Hold a brief

Meaning-  to defend someone


Use Hold a brief in a sentence 

Example- It is very improper for parents to hold a brief for their children who are in the wrong. 



🔸Hush money 

Meaning-  a bribe


Use Hush money  in a sentence 

Example- Suresh managed to escape punishment by paying hush money. 



🔸Hold at bay 

Meaning-  to  prevent enemy from coming


Use Hold at bay in a sentence 

Example-  Maharana Pratap could not hold the Mughal army at bay for long. 



🔸Helter skelter 

Meaning-  here and there


Use Helter skelter  in a sentence 

Example- When the police arrived the rioters ran helter skelter. 



🔸Have a brush with 

Meaning-   to  have encounter


Use Have a brush with  in a sentence 

Example- Our Principal had a brush with the Vice Chancellor over the appointment of a lecturer. 



🔸Hornet’s nest 

Meaning-  raise controversy


Use Hornet’s nest  in a sentence 


Example- The speaker stirred up hornet’s nest by referring to impending changes in the rules. 


🔸Hold somebody to ransom 

Meaning-  to  demand concession by making someone captive


Use Hold somebody to ransom  in a sentence 

Example- It is a pity that a handful of militants are holding the nation to ransom. 


🔸Hole and corner 

Meaning-   secret


Use Hole and corner  in a sentence 

Example- She has come to know of your hole and corner method of dealing with people. 



Most Important idioms compilation for SSC CGL CPO CHSL, bank (SBI, IBPS, RBI grade B) exams




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