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Idioms and Phrases asked in SSC CGL 2019-2020

Compilation of All the Idioms and Phrases Asked in SSC CGL 2019-2020 Tier 1 

Select the appropriate meaning of the given idioms.


To take French leave
1. Acknowledge the host
2. Leave with written permission
3. Welcome the host
4. Leave without any intimation


Solution : 4




A hard nut to crack
1. Easily disappointed
2. Not restrained
3. Easily encouraged
4. A difficult problem


Solution : 4




On shank’s mare
1. On foot
2. On an elephant
3. On a bicycle
4. On a lion


Solution : 1




A snake in the grass
1. A good friend
2. A secret enemy
3. A well-wisher
4. Difficult to find


Solution : 2



Spill the beans
1. Waste money
2. Perform magic
3. Give away a secret
4. Work hard


Solution : 3




Blow one’s own trumpet
1. Condemn others
2. Follow others
3. Praise oneself
4. Be self-reliant


Solution : 3




Dead heat
1. Close contest that ends in a tie
2. A strong heat wave
3. A deadly blast of hot air
4. Strong opposition to one’s ideas


Solution : 1




Back to square one
1. Draw a square
2. Come to the original point
3. Move ahead
4. Neglect something


Solution : 2




To throw a fit
1. Become unconscious
2. Faint and fall down
3. Express extreme anger
4. Caution someone about fitness


Solution : 3

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The bee’s knees
1. Problematic
2. Extraordinary
3. Observant
4. Foolish


Solution : 2




Hold water
1. To be busy
2. To be valid
3. To be fickle
4. To be deep


Solution : 2




Bring to light
1. Praise in public
2. Cheer someone
3. Reveal clearly
4. Brighten up


Solution : 3




A bed of roses
1. A valley full of flowers
2. An easy and happy situation
3. A pleasant perfume
4. A difficult path


Solution : 2




A close-fisted person
1. A miserly person
2. A strong person
3. A cruel person
4. A kind person


Solution : 1




To flog a dead horse

1. To accept the challenge
2. To make the best use of resources
3. To complete the work
4. To waste the efforts


Solution : 4




To take the bull by the horns
1. To handle difficulties
2. To murder someone
3. To surrender to the enemy
4. To speak arrogantly


Solution : 1




To add fuel to the fire.
1. Exploit someone
2. To make a bad situation worse
3. Simplify the problem
4. Calm down the situation


Solution : 2




Hobson’s Choice
1. To be in an aggressive mood when facing a challenge
2. To exercise the choice to surrender before the enemy
3. To challenge an unworthy opponent
4. An apparently free choice where there is no real alternative


Solution : 4




Chicken-hearted
1. Selfish
2. Generous
3. Miserly
4. Cowardly


Solution : 4




By and by
1. Suddenly
2. By any means
3. Gradually
4. On the whole


Solution : 3




See eye to eye
1. See clearly
2. Be suspicious
3. Stare at someone
4. Agree with someone


Solution : 4




Pull a fast one
1. Progress fast
2. Take quick action
3. Trick someone
4. Believe someone easily


Solution : 3




Like a dying duck in a thunderstorm
1. Daring
2. Confident
3. Dejected
4. Comfortable


Solution : 3




To paddle one’s own canoe
1. To act in a childish way
2. Depend on oneself
3. To exercise hard
4. To take rest


Solution : 2




Look down upon
1. To look for somethingunderground
2. To consider someone inferior
3. To be full ofguilt
4. To look down from aheight


Solution : 2




Keep abreast of
1. Keep ahead of
2. Keep oneself updated
3. Keep up the good work
4. Keep a watch on


Solution : 2




Give a piece of one’s mind
1. To share one’s ideas
2. To donate something valuable
3. To rebuke someone strongly
4. To advise someone


Solution : 3




Come to the point
1. To speak plainly about the real issue
2. To get reconciled to something
3. To unravel a mystery
4. To meet at a designated place


Solution : 1




The people were scared because the burglar was “at large”.
1. very dangerous
2. very famous
3. not caught
4. behind bars


Solution : 3




Cut and dried
1. Dead and gone
2. Badly hurt
3. Very old
4. Already decided


Solution : 4




Make off with

1. To understand
2. To run away
3. To discover
4. To transfer


Solution : 2




Kill two birds with one stone
1. To plan two murders simultaneously
2. To be an expert shooter
3. To try something impossible
4. To achieve two results with a single effort


Solution : 4




The acid test
1. A fact, event or situation that proves something
2. A critical situation or crisis
3. An unpleasant or offensive test
4. Throwing acid on someone’s face


Solution : 1




Blind alley
1. A state of deep thought
2. A person who comes to meet occasionally
3. A situation in which no further progress can be made
4. Taking first step after somebody’s approach


Solution : 3




To take a back seat
1. To go through a short but unpleasant period of time
2. To lecture or criticise the person who is actually in control of something
3. To be less successful in one’s efforts
4. To become less important or to give up control over things


Solution : 4




To bark up the wrong tree
1. To sound or appear ferocious but not actually so
2. To make a sound like that of a dog
3. To cover oneself with the outer covering of a wrong tree
4. To do something that will not get the result you want


Solution : 4

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