Important Idioms, Phrases & Phrasal Verbs Starting With Letter ‘K’

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 25th, 2023

In this post, we are sharing important idioms, phrases and Phrasal verbs starting with letter ‘K’. The meanings, Hindi Meanings and usage of the idioms/phrases and phrasal verbs shared will help you in understanding them well. Let’s go through today’s post now – 

Important Idioms & Phrases with Letter ‘K’

1. Keep a lid on 

Meaning –  to control the level of something in order to stop it increasing/to keep something secret.

Meaning (Hindi) –
  गोपनीय रखना

Example –The government has intervened to keep a lid on inflation.

2. Keep an eye on/Keep an eye out for

Meaning –   Check something regularly/To remain vigilant or carefully watchful (for something or someone). 

Meaning (Hindi) – नजर रखना

Example – You need to keep an eye on what you eat in a day as you are getting fat.
                 The train should be arriving any minute,so keep an eye out for it.

3. Keep a level head

Meaning –  to remain calm and sensible no matter how difficult or distressful the situation may be.

Meaning (Hindi) – शांत बने रहना 

Example –  You have to keep a level head during business negotiations.

4. Keen as mustard

Meaning –  very eager, enthusiastic or motivated.

Meaning (Hindi) –  बहुत उत्सुक, उत्साही और प्रेरित

Example – Little kids are always as keen as mustard to learn new things around them.

5. Keep at something

Meaning –  To continue trying to do or achieve something, especially after initial failures or setbacks

Meaning (Hindi) –  असफलताओ के बाद भी प्रयास जारी रखना 

Example – Getting a good place to live in a new city is tough, but you just have to keep at it.

6. Keep body and soul together

Meaning – To earn a sufficient amount of money in order to keep yourself alive/To survive, especially through very modest means.

Meaning (Hindi) – गुज़ारा करना

Example – You should search for another job as your wages are barely enough to keep body and soul together.

7. Keep in touch with

Meaning –   To maintain contact with another person, especially at intervals so as to remain up to date with each other’s lives.

Meaning (Hindi) –  संपर्क में रहना

Example – You should try to keep in touch with current events by reading the newspapers.

8. Keep one’s chin up

Meaning – Remain brave and confident in a difficult situation/ To remain joyful in a tough situation 

Meaning (Hindi) –  कठिन परिस्तिथि में भी आशावादी और जोशपूर्ण बने रहना 

Example – You must not let the difficulties intimidate you; keep your chin up. Everything will be better soon.

9. Keep one’s fingers crossed

Meaning –  Hope for the best 

Meaning (Hindi) –  आशा करना

Example – I have performed good enough to receive the first prize, I am keeping my fingers crossed about the final result.

10. Keep one’s nose to the grindstone

Meaning – To work hard or focus heavily on work 

Meaning (Hindi) –  कोल्हू के बैल की तरह जुटे रहना

Example – Ravi kept her nose to the grindstone to pass in the exam.

11. Keep someone at arm’s length

Meaning –  If you keep someone at arm’s length, you do not allow yourself to become too friendly with them. 

Meaning (Hindi) –  दूर से सलाम करना, दूरी बनाये रखना 

Example – To maintain a professional relationship with his clients, he preferred to keep them at arm’s length when outside of business dealings.

12. Kith and kin

Meaning –   Relatives 

Meaning (Hindi) –  परिचित और संबंधी

Example – The minister helped his kith and kin to get direct entry to the concert.

13. Knock up against something

Meaning – Be confronted with/to bump against someone or something/to strike something against something. 

Meaning (Hindi) – प्रहार करना

Example – The large tree knocked against the house in the storm.

 Important Phrasal Verb Starting With Letter ‘K’

14. Keep at

Meaning – Persevere/To continue trying to do or achieve something

Meaning (Hindi) – सुरक्षित रखना

Example – My sister encouraged me to keep at my badminton skills.

15. Keep back

Meaning -remain (or cause someone or something to remain) at a distance.

Meaning (Hindi) – छिपाना, रोकना

Example – As the film star is coming for the inauguration, a barrier will be installed to keep back the fans.

16. Keep on

Meaning –  Continue doing something/to continue to talk in an annoying way about something

Meaning (Hindi) – आगे बढ़ाना, जारी रखना 

Example – I asked the students to be silent, but they kept on making noise.

17. Keep up with

Meaning –  Stay at the same level as someone or something.

Meaning (Hindi) –   स्थापित रखना,  गिरने से रोकना

Example – It is essential to keep up with your current preparation level so that you score good marks.

18. Kneel down

Meaning –  Go down on your knees.

Meaning (Hindi) – घुटने टेकना

Example -: The mother asked the child to kneel down and pray to god.

19. Kick off

Meaning – Begin/the start of an event or activity.

Meaning (Hindi) – प्रारम्भ करना

Example -: The IPL matches are all set to kick off in November.

21. Knock-down

Meaning – Strike someone or something to the ground.

Meaning (Hindi) –  ठोकर मारना

Example -: The senior student knocked down the junior by his cycle.

You can go through previous articles of the series by clicking the link given below –

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