SSC CGL 2020 Important Idioms & Phrases

Important Idiom and phrases for SSC Exams


GoldenHandshake – A big sum of money given to someone who retires or leaves the company.

Sentence – A company wanted to decrease their workforce. They offered a golden handshake to some of the employees.


The best of both worlds – The benefits of widely differing situations enjoyed at the same time.

Sentence – Rahul had the best of both worlds since he worked as an ordinary member of the team but got to learn from the leaders.


Feeling a bit under the weather – Feeling slightly ill.

Sentence – I may not be able to jog today, as I am feeling a bit under the weather.


Cost an arm and a leg – Be very expensive.

Sentence – Her laziness made her miss her flight to Delhi. The next ticket cost her an arm and a leg.


Jump the bandwagon – To join a popular activity or trend.

Sentence – When Tarun was detected with diabetes, he quickly jumped on the bandwagon and joined the Zumba dance classes.


Balls in your court – When it is up to you to make the next decision or step.

Sentence – Now the ball is in your court ; decide weather you want to join the company or not.


Bite off more than you can chew – To take up a task which you may not be able to accomplish.

Sentence – Priya bit off more than she could chew  when she decided to take up the 500 page assignment.


Hear it on a grapevine – To hear rumors about someone or something.

Sentence – I heard it on grapevine that he had stiffed an old man asking for his pension.


It takes two to tango – Actions or communications need more than one person.

Sentence – Even though Manish thought he would be fired after the altercation with his boss, thankfully upper management realized that it takes two to tango.


Laststraw – The final problem in a series of problems.

Sentence – The last straw was when the company fired most of the managers.



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