Idioms & Phrase (B), Study Notes, Material - DSSSB exam

By Komal|Updated : December 19th, 2021

In this article, we should read related to the Idioms & Phrases Important for the DSSSB.

Idioms & Phrases is an important part of the English section for DSSSB, KVS, MPTET, CTET 2021, and other teaching exams. We can expect at least 2 to 3 questions from the topic of Idioms & Phrase. 


Idioms and Phrases beginning with Alphabet B

  1. Back to square one
    Meaning: To be back at the starting point of something.
    Example: I picked up all the leaves and branches from my lawn yesterday but there was a storm last night and now I’m back to square one.

  2. Back on one’s feet
    Meaning: to be healthy again after sickness.
    Example: I couldn’t do anything for two weeks while I had the flu but now I’m back on my feet.

  3. By hook or by Crook
    Meaning: At any cost /by the fair or unfair mean.
    Example: I decided that I was going to get that job by hook or by crook.

  4. Beat the air
    Meaning- do the useless effort
    Examples: The candidates for office were so much alike that we thought our vote amounted to beating the air.

  5. Bed of thorns
    Meaning: Full of difficulties
    Examples: Life of an ill person always remains a bed of thorns.

  6. Beat about the bush
    Meaning: To discuss a topic without being specific about anything
    Examples: Don't beat around the bush. Just tell me where my brother is?

  7. Bag and baggage
    Meaning: (with) all one’s belongings.
    Example: Tired of their tantrums, the landlady asked her tenants to vacate the house, bag, and baggage, in a week’s times.

  8. Blue-eyed boy
    Meaning: a man who is liked and admired by somebody in authority.
    Example: She gets the charge of all the assignment except the finance, which is kept for the blue-eyed boy.

  9. Bread and Butter
    Meaning: someone’s livelihood.
    Example: Teaching classical music to young boys and girls is her bread and butter.               
  10. Burn the candle at both the ends
    Meaning: exhaust someone’s energies or resources by leading a hectic life.
    Example: She has been burning the candle at both ends by doing a full-time job and preparing for her International English Language Test exams.

  11. Bury the hatchet
    Meaning: make peace; end a quarrel, settle one’s differences to become friends again.
    Example 1: The two neighbouring countries India and Pakistan have often been advised by the world bodies to bury the hatchet for their own progress.

  12. Bury head in the sand
    Meaning: refuse to think about an unpleasant situation, hoping that it will improve so that you will not have to deal with it.
    Example: Parents and Principal said ragging was being ignored and accused the girl's hostel’s warden of burying her head in the sand, in Perth city of Australia.

  13. Break a leg
    Meaning: good luck, best wishes, to wish someone luck especially before a performance
    Example: “Break a leg!” I shouted out to him before he rushed in for his auditions.

  14. Born with a silver spoon in their mouth
    Meaning: To be born to parents who are rich and have a good social rank.
    Example: He does not need this job as much as I do, he is born with a silver spoon in his mouth.

  15. Beyond the pale
    Meaning: An unacceptable way to express something, Something that is not considered decent.
    Example: They broke up because her behavior was simply beyond the pale.

 This article tends to be beneficial for the following exams - REET, UPTET, CTET, Online Classroom Program TET, DSSSB, KVS etc.

Suggested Read Books:

Serial No.Book NameAuthor Name
1.IDIOMS and PHRASES AngloRoshan Tolani
2.Popular English Idioms and Phrases: English Idiomatic ExpressionsManik Joshi
 3.Idioms, Phrases & Proverbs with Hindi Meanings & UsageH S Bhatia and P S Bhatia


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  • The weightage of Idioms & Phrases in the DSSSB exam- 3 to 4 marks.

  • The level of Idioms & Phrases Questions asked in the DSSSB exam is of moderate level.

  • The weightage of the English Section in the DSSSB exam is 20 marks.

  • Yes, negative marking involves in the DSSSB exam (0.25 marks)

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