Idioms are a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words. The knowledge of idioms is important as you would find a considerable number Idiom based questions in major banking exams such IBPS, SBI, RRB, Syndicate PGDBF, Canara PGDBF etc.

IDIOMS (A – Z) for SSC and Other Banking Exams.

At the drop of the hatto do something easily and without any preparation
Against the clockto be in a hurry to do something before a particular time
Blind leading the blindsomeone who does not understand something but tries to explain it to other
Burn a hole in one’s pocketto spend money quickly
Carry coals to new castleto take something to a place or a person that has a lot of that thing already
Cast a long shadow Something or someone that casts a long shadow has considerable influence on other people or events.
Dragging its feet delaying in decision, not showing enthusiasm
Don't wash your dirty laundry in public People, especially couples, who argue in front of others or involve others in their personal problems and crises, are said to be washing their dirty laundry in public; making public things that are best left private
Eleventh hour decisiondecision that is made at the last possible minute
Eyes are bigger than one's stomachIndicating they are greedy and take on more than they can consume or manage.
French leaveabsent without permission, to take French leave is to leave a gathering without saying goodbye or without permission.
Finger in the pie to show interest in something
Graveyard shift to work very late at night, is called the graveyard shift
Give someone a piece of your mind to you criticize someone strongly and angrily.
Heart in the right placegood natured
Hand to mouth Someone who's living from hand to mouth, is very poor and needs the little money they have coming in to cover their expenses
In black and whiteto give in writing
If the shoe fits, wear itThis is used to suggest that something that has been said might apply to a person
Jungle out there the situation is dangerous and there are no rules
Just for the record the person is saying it so that people know but does not necessarily agree with or support it.
Keep your eye on the ballto stay alert and pay close attention to what is happening
Kangaroo courtWhen people take the law into their own hands and form courts that are not legal, these are known as kangaroo court
Let the cat out of the bagreveal the secret
Let nature take its course to allow someone to live or die naturally.
Make castles in the airplans or hopes that have very little chances of happening.
Man of his word a person who does what he says and keeps his Promises
No smoke without fire there's always some reason for a rumour.
Nobody’s fool one who can take care of himself
On pins and needlesto be very worried about something
Open Pandora’s boxto discover more problems
Poker face Someone with a poker face doesn't show any emotion or reaction so that people are clueless about what they are feeling
Pen is mightier than the sword words and communication are more powerful than wars and fighting
Quiet as a cat to make as little noise as possible and try to be unnoticeable
Queer fish A strange person is a queer fish
Red herring If something is a distraction from the real issues, it is a red herring
Reduce to ashesdestroyed or made useless. His infidelities reduced their relationship to ashes
Sail under false colours Someone who sails under false colours is hypocritical or Pretends to be something they aren't in order to deceive people
Tables are turned the situation has changed giving the advantage to the party who had previously been at a disadvantage
Take someone under your wingto look after someone while they are learning something
Under your nosesomething that occurs right in front of you,especially if it is surprising or audacious, it happens under your nose
Up to the neckto be very involved in it, especially when it's something wrong
Voice in the wilderness Someone who expresses an opinion that no one believes or listens to is a voice in the wilderness,especially if proved right later.
Vicar of Bray A person who changes their beliefs and principles to stay popular with people above them is a Vicar of Bray
Whale of a time If you have a whale of a time, you really enjoy yourself
Wait for a raindrop in the drought to wait or hope for something that is extremely unlikely to happen
X factorThe dangers for people in the military that civilians do not face, for which they receive payment, are known as the X factor.
You reap what you sow if you do bad things to people, bad things will happen to you, or good things if you do good things. It is normally used when someone has done something bad.
Young Turk a young person who is rebellious and difficult to control in a company, team or organisation.
Your sins will find you outthings you do wrong will become known.
Zero hour The time at which a planned operation, typically a military one, is set to begin.
Zigged before you zagged If you did things in the wrong order, you zigged before you zagged.



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