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

By Ashish Kumar|Updated : September 13th, 2022

 Idioms & Phrases is an important part of the English section for DSSSB, KVS, MPTET, CTET 2022, and other teaching exams. We can expect at least 2 to 3 questions on the topic of Idioms & phrases. 


List of Important Idioms and Phrases Beginning with C

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

1. Call a spade a spade

Meaning: Speak frankly and directly

Example: Well, I believe it's time to call a spade a spade.

2. Come through with flying colours

Meaning: Be highly successful

Example: The officer training was gruelling, but he came through with flying colours.

3. Cock and bull story

Meaning: Made up a story that one should not believe

Example: Don't give me that cock-and-bull story

4. Cross one t’s and dot

Meaning: Be precise, careful and one’s I’s exact

Example: The negotiations are nearly finished, but we still have to dot the I's and cross the t's.

5. Chew the cud

Meaning: Ponder over something

Example: He sat for a moment chewing the cud before he spoke.

6. Close But No Cigar
Meaning: Coming close to a successful outcome only to fall short at the end.

Example: It was close but no cigar for Johnny as he came second once again

7. Cry Over Spilt Milk
Meaning: One shouldn’t worry over things that have already happened and that cannot be changed.

Example: Yes, we made a mistake, but there’s no point in crying over spilt milk.

8. Cry, Wolf

Meaning: someone is calling for help when it’s not really needed.

Example: If you cry wolf too often, people will stop believing you.

9. Curiosity Killed The Cat
Meaning: mind your own business, as too much poking and prodding could lead to harm.

Example: 'Why are you going away so suddenly?' 'Curiosity killed the cat.'

10. Cut To The Chase
Meaning: To get to the point, leaving out all of the unnecessary details. Similar to popular sayings such as “beating around the bush.

Example: I didn't have long to talk so I cut to the chase and asked whether he was still married.

11. Call out

Meaning: to shout

Example: I called out to him but he disappeared in the dark.

12. Call upon

Meaning: to order;

Example: to require: I was unfortunately called upon to give evidence against him.

13. Carry on

Meaning: to continue

Example: If you carry on working hard, your business will soon flourish.

14. Castaway

Meaning: to throw aside

Example: You must cast away all your apprehensions and accept the offer.

15. Catch up with

Meaning: to overtake

Example: Last week I had to stay late at the office to catch up with some pending files.


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

You may read the suggested 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 DSSSB exam

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