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

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 25th, 2023

Many important bank exams are going on and lined up in coming months as well. In English Section of these exams, idioms, phrase and phrasal verbs have been asked in form of many questions. To assist our users, we have started this series of ‘Important Idioms, Phrases & Phrasal Verbs for bank exams’. In this series, today we are sharing important Idioms, phrases and phrasal verbs with Letter ‘J’.

Go through the important idioms, phrase and phrasal verbs with their meanings and usage and gear up your preparation for the English Section.

Important Idioms & Phrases with Letter ‘J’

1. Jack of all trades but master of none –

Meaning –  Doing so many works without mastering even single

Meaning (Hindi) –
  हरफन मौला हरफन अधूरा

Example –  My younger brother is a jack of all trades but the master in none, so he is facing a hard time after his graduation.

2. Jail Bird

Meaning – Frequent Prisoner 

Meaning (Hindi) –  बार-बार कैद होने वाला 

Example – Jawahar Lal  Nehru was jail bird before India became an independent country.

3. Jaundiced Eyes

Meaning –  Jealous 

Meaning (Hindi) – पूर्वधारणा या ईर्ष्या

Example –  One who looks at others with a jaundiced eye can never be happy.

4. Jaywalk

Meaning –  Crossing the street (from the middle) without using the crosswalk 

Meaning (Hindi) –   रास्ता पार करने में लापरवाह होना

Example –  It’s not difficult to guess the cause of accidents when people tend to Jaywalk.

5. Jeer at

Meaning –  To make fun 

Meaning (Hindi) –   हँसी उड़ाना

Example –  The students jeered at the cheater when he tried to put his point.

6. Jot or tittle

Meaning – A very small amount/ A tiny portion of something.

Meaning (Hindi) –  छोटा सा हिस्सा

Example – You can’t make it big with jots or titles, you need a much bigger contract to survive in this industry.

7. Joshing me

Meaning –  to refer to someone joking with you or tricking with you.

Meaning (Hindi) –   मज़ाक करना

Example – Rahul said that he won the lottery, but actually he was just joshing me.

8. Jump at something

Meaning – Accept with enthusiasm/to accept something eagerly

Meaning (Hindi) – उत्सुकता से कुछ स्वीकार करना 

Example – He jumped at the chance to go to France on company business.

9. Jump on the bandwagon

Meaning –  If a person or organization jumps on the bandwagon, they decide to do something when it is already successful or fashionable. 

Meaning (Hindi) –  बहती गंगा में हाथ धोना

Example – When organic food became popular, certain stores were quick to jump on the bandwagon and promote it.

10. Jump the gun

Meaning – Do something before it’s time to do it 

Meaning (Hindi) –  जल्दबाजी करना

Example – Ramesh has the habit of jumping the gun.

11. Just deserts

Meaning –  That which one deserves, especially a punishment or unfavourable outcome/receive what one deserves, especially appropriate punishment.

Meaning (Hindi) –  पात्र को उपयुक्त सजा मिलना 

Example – Those who caused great trouble to others rarely got their just deserts.

12. Jump to the conclusion

Meaning – Decide something too quickly and without thinking about it 

Meaning (Hindi) – बिना सोचे समझे सीधे निष्कर्ष पर आ जाना 

Example – Jumping the conclusion may harm in the long run.

13. Just in case

Meaning –  In the event that something does or does not happen

Meaning (Hindi) – अगर ऐसा हो जाए तो/शायद ज़रुरत पड़े

Example –  Be sure to set two alarms, just in case the first one doesn’t go off.

14. Jumbled up

Meaning – To mix some things up in a random, confused, or disorderly manner

Meaning (Hindi) – उलझा देना

Example – The toddler jumbled up the important papers of the meeting.

 Important Phrasal Verb Starting With Letter ‘J’

15. Jack around

Meaning – To waste time.

Meaning (Hindi) – समय बर्बाद करना

Example – The work must be done before sunset, so stop jacking around and let’s get the work done.

16. Jack in

Meaning – To stop doing a regular activity. Often a job or studies.

Meaning (Hindi) – एक नियमित गतिविधि करना बंद करना  

Example –  My sister is going to jack her job in after marriage.

17. Jack up

Meaning –  To raise, hoist, or lift a thing using a jack, or similar means/To raise, increase, or accelerate; often said of prices, fees, or rates. See also jack up the price.

Meaning (Hindi) –  बढ़ाना

Example –  He jacked the car up to change the tire.
                  The government is going to jack up the price of gasoline again.

18. Jazz up

Meaning –  To make gaudy, more attractive and bright.

Meaning (Hindi) –  रोचक बनाना

Example – My mother jazzed up our living room with new furniture.

19. Jerk Around

Meaning –  To treat badly and take advantage of someone, to act foolishly.

Meaning (Hindi) – बुरी तरह से व्यवहार करना/मूर्ख बनाना 

Example -: Stop jerking me around and tell me the truth.

20. Jerk off

Meaning – To waste time doing nothing.

Meaning (Hindi) – कुछ भी न करके समय बर्बाद करना|

Example -: You must stop jerking off now as we have to complete it soon.

21. Jot down

Meaning – to write down hurriedly;

Meaning (Hindi) – संक्षेप में लिख देना

Example -: Let me jot down your details on this paper so as not to forget it.

22. Juice up

Meaning – To charge, to charge up

Meaning (Hindi) – चार्ज करना

Example -: I need to juice up my phone because the battery is dead.

 23. Jump in

Meaning – To enter something quickly.

Meaning (Hindi) –

Example -:   I jumped in the car, and we sped off to the meeting.
                    Feel free to jump in at any moment while we are talking.

24. Jump off

Meaning –   To move from an elevated place by one jump./To be very noticeable, interesting, exciting in a writing painting, picture etc.

Meaning (Hindi) – एक ऊंचे स्थान से एक कूदना / बहुत ही ध्यान देने योग्य होना 

Example -:   The cat jumped off the wall.  
                    The story is so realistic that the characters jump off the page.

25. Jump on

Meaning –  To board a public transport vehicle./To attack someone verbally, or criticise them for small errors.

Meaning (Hindi) – सार्वजनिक परिवहन वाहन से जाना ./ किसी पर मौखिक रूप से हमला  करना या छोटी त्रुटियों के लिए  आलोचना करना 

Example -:  I jumped on the bus and went to the theatre.
                   He’s always jumping on his son for the slightest little mistake.

26. Jump out at

Meaning –  To be immediately noticeable/have a strong visual or mental impact; be very striking.

Meaning (Hindi) – तत्काल ध्यान देने योग्य

Example -: The idea behind the intelligently drawn picture jumps at you when you see it.

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

Important Idioms, Phrases & Phrasal Verbs for Bank Exams

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