English Questions : Idioms for all banking exams – Set 22

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1. To take the bull by the horns
Meaning: To face danger
Example:

  • She decided to take the bull by the horns and try to solve the problem.
  • Nora decided to take the bull by the horns and organize things for herself.
  • Under such circumstances, you have no choice, but take the bull by the horns

2. At your fingertips
Meaning: Readily available
Example:

  • If you have something at your fingertips it is easily available for you to use or reach.
  • He has all the latest statistics at his fingertips

3. A small fry
Meaning: Unimportant
Example:

  • These local companies are only small fry compared to the huge multinationals.
  • The Army seemed very small fry in comparison

4. Utopian idea
Meaning: Imaginary idea
Example:

  • Mrs. Alex was pursuing a utopian idea of world prosperity.
  • Some will have utopian ideas about what can be done with that money.

5. Bite the dust
Meaning: To fail or defeated or destroyed
Example:

  • I am not going to bite the dust so easily.
  • Half of all new restaurants bite the dust in the first year

6. To take to one’s heel
Meaning: To run away from something /somebody
Example:

  • The thief took to his heel when he saw the policeman approaching.
  • The man took to his heels to try to get to the busstop before the bus left.

7. To talk through one’s hat
Meaning: To talk nonsense
Example:

  • As he talking through his hat, I couldn’t understand.
  • He is talking through his hat when he says he’ll make the team.

8. Ins and outs
Meaning: details and complexities
Example:

  • I do not understand the ins and outs of politics.
  • I’m not surprised he made such a stupid mistake he does not know the ins and outs of this business.

9. Dark horse
Meaning:  An unexpected winner
Example:

  • The party is hoping that a dark horse will appear before the election.
  • He’s a bit of a dark horse: he was earning a fortune, but nobody knew.
  • Anna’s such a dark horse – I had no idea she’d published a novel.

10. Beat the heat
Meaning : to remain cool in hot weather
Example :

  • I have found that drinking a cool glass of water helps to beat the heat in summer
  • It’s not a good idea to rely only on Soft Drinks to beat the heat.
  • We are going to Waterpark to beat the heat.