Bihar Board Class 12th English Grammar Idioms and Phrases Important Questions
1. A jigsaw puzzle – Terrorism is a jigsaw puzzle; it cannot be full explained.
2 At any rate – I have to come back to Patna today at any rate
3. At sixes and sevens – My books are always at sixes and sevens
4. At bay – You have to keep this evil at bay.
5. At the expense of – I cannot buy a new car at the expense of my children’s studies.
6. Apple of discord – Kashmir is an apple of discord between India and Pakistan.
7. At daggers drawn – The two friends were at daggers drawn after a minor quarrel.
8. By any chance – He is not going to pass this test by any chance.
9. Be suited to – This is hardly suited to my programme.
10. Bear upon – Your extravagance will bear upon the studies of your children.
11. Bone of contention – Kashmir is to bone of contention between India and Pakistan.
12. Blow hot and cold – Politician master the art of blowing hot and cold in public
13. By hook or crook – He decided to win this match by hook or crook.
14. Bed of roses – Life is not a bed of roses.
15. Be at the wheels – His wife was at the wheels when this accident took place.
16. Between the lines – You will have to read between the lines to understand the purpose of his speech.
17. Bad blood’ – There is already bad blood between the neighbours.
18. Blood upon one’s hands – Macbeth had the blood of King Duncan upon his hands.
19. Black sheep – He is regarded as the black sheep of the family.
20. Cut one short – As I was in the middle of my arguments my teacher cut me short.
21. Catch a Tartar – In this young minister the C.M. caught a Tartar.
22. Cling to – He clung to his version despite opposition from all.
23. Chips of the same block – The smuggler and the contractor are the chips of the same block.
24. Hang, on – The fortune of farmers hangs on the Land Acquisition Bill.
25. Have to do with – I have nothing to do with these lapses.
26. Hard and fast – Rules for eating and drinking in this family are hard and fast.
27. In vain – He tried to stop him; but it was in vain.
28. In black and white – Only shouting will not do; you will have to give this in black and white.
29. In tune with – His action was quite in tune with what he had announced.
30. In cold blood – The robbers shot the landlord in cold blood.
31. Keep one’s fingers crossed – I am hopeful for a new house; but I am keeping my fingers crossed.
32. Look down upon – Don’t look down upon the poor.
33. Leaps and bounds – This family is making progress by leaps and bounds.
34. Make up one’s mind – He has not as yet made up his mind about his career.
35. Music to ears – The announcement of rise in D.A. has been music to the ears of the employees.
36. Move heaven and earth – The child moved heaven and earth for a new toy.
37. Out of tune – The older people are out of tune with the younger generation.
38. Once in a blue moon – I see new movies one in a blue moon.
39. Pull someone round – Ramesh pulled Suman round over his caustic remarks.
40. Put up a brave fight – She put up a brave fight against cancer.
41. Point of view – Explain your point of view on nuclear energy.
42. Part with – They had to part with a number of household goods.
43. Place upon – The office placed upon him many new responsibilities.
44. Pandora’s box – The creation of a new state opens a Pandora’s box.
45. Settle down – Now that you have child you must settle down to a peaceful life.
46. Step out – Because of the rain waters around the flat he could not step out.
47. Switch over – In course of his speech, he switched over to English.
48. Stand up for – I cannot stand up for such nonsense.
49. Snake in the grass – Beware of people who are full of promises-they are snakes in the grass.
50. Try out – You can try out this new medicine for cough.
51. Ward off – You can ward off many diseases by keeping your surroundings clean.
52. Writing on the wall – The leaders failed to see the writing on the wall; and now they are helpless over terrorist attacks!
53. White elephant – The new generator is merely a white elephant.