SSC Exam- Idioms and Phrases

1. Acid Test:
Meaning – Acid test proves the effectiveness of something.
Example – I practiced hard at the dance sessions but the acid test will come when the master will assess our solo performances.
2. Cut the ground from under feet :
Meaning – When you cut the ground from under someone’s feet, you do something which weakens their position.
Example – When team India hit more than 350 runs in the ODI, they cut the ground from under the opponent’s feet.
3. Chase your tail:
Meaning – Spending a lot of time and energy doing a lot of things but actually achieving too little.
Example – He’s been chasing his tail all week collecting data but the report is still not ready

4. Whole bag of tricks:
Meaning – Means trying all the clever means to achieve something.
Example – It was really difficult to find the information even after applying the whole bag of tricks.
5. Deliver the goods :
Meaning – Do what is expected or promised.
Example – I have given my car to a new mechanic for repair, hope he delivers the goods.
6. Fine-tooth comb 
Meaning – Examining something carefully to not miss out any details.
Example – The boss examined my report with a fine tooth comb before submitting it to the senior management.
7. Explore all avenues
Meaning – Trying out every possibility to get a result.
Example – It is a difficult thing to do but if we really want it done, we must explore all avenues.
8. Fast track something –
Meaning – Rating something higher on your priority list to achieve the desired result.
Example – In view of the seriousness of the crime, the civil society is pressing up on a fast track decision from the court.
9 . Get ducks in a row –
Meaning – Getting your things well organized.
Example – To ensure a successful product launch, we must get our ducks in a row.
10. Get the show on the road –
Meaning – Putting up a plan or idea into action.
Example – Now that we have compeleted all the legal formalities, let’s get the show on the road.

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64 Comments

  1. breaking news ,,,,,,,,,,,,,ssc cgl 2015 exam pattern changed, just similar to civil services,,,,,,

  2. ssc ki site pe aisa kuch nhi h….i have checked nd the biggest thing is agar aisa kuch hota to post ho jata abhi tak es site pe

  3. ye sach bol rha h…syllabus change hoga…IMG khan jo committee bni thi ssc ke liye uski recommendations h ye

  4. syllabus may change and also exam pattern…IMG khan suggested these changes to be done in cgl 2015

  5. Don't panic…syllabus of ssc cgl is not changed, CONFIRMED…someone mischievous person used this trick to fool everyone…this link was created in April starting… So just stay focused without wasting time…

  6. My name is Dhillon saab and I have prepared a paragraph by using these idioms so please correct me where i was wrong because i am trying whole bag of tricks to improve my english ,:

    My name is Dhillon Saab. i have explored all avenues to get a govt. job. i have chased my tail for preparing for these exams. but when IBPS and SSC disclosed the final result, it cut the ground from under my feet. i was hoping that this time IBPS will surely deliver the goods. but the result was not in my favour. NOW its time to get ducks again in the row and to fast track all my weaknesses during my last attempt. i am examining each and every weakness with a fine tooth comb. now its time to get the show on the road. i am ready for this year but the acid test will come when IBPA/SSC will judge my performance.

  7. It may change the pattern by taking an extra descriptive paper of qualifying nature, as done by them in CHSL…but it won't be gonna change the syllabus

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