SSC EXAM- Idioms and Phrases

1. Keep your fingers on the pulse –
Meaning – Being constantly aware of the most recent developments.
Example – An entrepreneur must keep his fingers on the pulse of the market to be successful.
2. Mean business –
Meaning – Being serious about what you announce.
Example – Now that all our policies about work are put up on intranet, we mean business.


3. Think on your feet –
Meaning – Adjusting quickly to changes and making fast decisions.
Example – A good sales man must be able to think on his feet to close the deal.
4. Sail through something –
Meaning – Being successful in doing something without difficulty.
Example – The presentation at the national conference was extremely important for the company. We sailed through it.
5. Tricks of the trade 
Meaning – Clever or expert way of doing something.
Example – Being into the construction business for last 10 years, I know all tricks of the trade.
6. Not let grass grow under feet –
Meaning – Don’t delay in getting something done.
Example – As soon as he finished all the registration formalities, he put the house on sale. He doesn’t let the grass grow under his feet.
7. Work like a charm –
Meaning – Works very well or has the desired effect.
Example – I had cloves from my sore throat and they worked like a charm.
8. Back-room boys –
Meaning – People who perform important work but have no contact with the public.
Example – Our back room boys deserve an applause for the success of this advertisement.
9. Dead wood –
Meaning – People or things which are no longer useful or necessary.
Example – The company bought in a lot of new computers. They no longer want the dead woods.
10. Get the axe –
Meaning – lose the job.

Example – The projects team was undergoing a major restructuring, recruitment executives were the first to get the axe.

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51 Comments

  1. u have to be ODD, to be no 1
    for all other places u have to be patience and just work hard!!!!!!!!!

  2. one think,i must say to u all ssc adda's admin that u are doing a
    brilliant and nobel job without any advertisment.

  3. Let's try to learn countries & capital:)

    Lithuania–Vilnius
    Mind trick:: 'Li' indiacates Bruclee…
    He played a villian role in a movie
    that is Vilnius

    Netherland–hague
    Mind trick:: Nether sounds 'Neither'
    So Neither Hack(HAGUE) our neighbours WI-FI

    Poland– Warsaw
    Mind trick:: U remember the movie 'Chennai express'..The code for the movie is
    :"Ready Steady Poooo" Sharuk fought with thangabali in climax..so that is a War..
    Now 'Po' "war' –Warsaw

    Romania–Bucharest
    Mind trick:: Roma always take 'rest'

    Scotland– Edinburgh
    Mind trick:: 'Scot' sounds like Scotch
    Burgh Sounds like Burger
    Now drink Scotch and Eat burger ( Edinburgh)

    Spain–Madrid
    Mind trick:: He got a pain and got Mad

    Sweden–Stockholm
    Mind trick:: There was a stock of sweet jalebi
    Sweden sounds like Sweet
    _/_

  4. 10 impo antonyms
    foment=quell
    tardy=prompt
    bleak=bright
    stingy=generous
    genial=unkind
    frugal=extravagant
    cessation=ongoing
    procrastinate=expedite
    betrayal=loyalty
    dilate=contract

  5. Thanx sir,,, _/_…sir a lil request to u plz help to solve para jumble with accuracy… Even in banking it matters a lot bt nt getting hold on this topic…maximum.tym wrng

  6. There is no short cut for it Sam. You just need to have a grip on English. Once you will start understanding the basic and language of Sentences, You yourself will be able to arrange them according to their meanings.

    All you can do is practice enough and try to learn more and more words daily to understand the meaning of sentences properly

  7. Sandeep sir..can u plz xplain this..
    The Commission has decided to accept OBC certificate in the pr escribed format issued after the closing date but within a period of 180 days from the closing date for receipt of application….which means obc certificate issued only after the clossing date will be accepted by commission for Delhi police application?can u plz xplain

  8. Sandeep sir..can u plz xplain this..
    The Commission has decided to accept OBC certificate in the pr escribed format issued after the closing date but within a period of 180 days from the closing date for receipt of application….which means obc certificate issued only after the clossing date will be accepted by commission for Delhi police application?can u plz xplain..

  9. Not only after the closing date, but the certificate made before it plus issued till the date 180 days after the closing date is acceptable.

  10. Sir but I have a doubt I have my obc cerificte issued in last october 2014 .. is there any need of taking a new one ..?

  11. hi friends ,,, m pankaj ssc 2015 is my first step in ssc ,,,,, so pls help me how to prepare for that,,,,, or pls recommend some books for gk preparation

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