Idioms & Phrase (D), Study Notes, Material - DSSSB Exam (PRT & TGT)

By Komal|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 D

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

1. Donkey’s year      

Meaning: a very long time (बहुत लम्बा समय)

Example: Nowadays one has to wait for the donkey’s years to get justice.

2. Dog days

Meaning: hottest days of summer

Example: The dog days of summer are a difficult period for those who have to work out in the open. 

3. Darkhorse

Meaning: One who was previously unknown but is now prominent

Example: You never can tell, some dark horse may come along and win a House of Lord's seat.

4. Dog's life

Meaning: a miserable, unhappy existence.

Example: I have to work every day from dawn to sunset and come back home to take care of the children. It's really a dog's life.

5. Down to earth
Meaning: simple, decent, realistic; practical and straightforward.
Example: She is a very down-to-earth person, not at all attracted by the glamour world.

6. Down at heel 

Meaning: Out of luck, shabbily dressed

Example: Since Ashok lost his job, he is always down at heel.

7. Doom and Gloom

Meaning: A feeling of pessimism and despondency, often with regard to business or political prospects.

8. Drive up the wall

Meaning: to make someone angry or irritated

Example: The loud music played by my neighbours is driving me up the wall.

9. Dead in the water

If something is dead in the water, it isn't going anywhere or making any progress

10. Devil of a time

Meaning: If you have a devil of a time, you have a very difficult time.

Example: Before she divorced, Ann had had a devil of a time with her husband.

11. Don't give up the day job

Meaning: You are not very good at something. You could definitely not do it professionally.

Example: I watched your performance at the theatre today. My advice is don’t give up your day job.

12. Down in the dumps

Meaning: a gloomy, unhappy

Examples: Little Jon is down in the dumps because all her friends are gone away with their parents

13. Do for 

Meaning: Fulfill the purpose

Example: This book will do for the IAS Examination.

14. Draw up 

Meaning: To draft

Example: I was engaged in drawing up plans for a new business.

15. Drop a line

Meaning: Send a brief letter

Examples: If you’ve got a few minutes to spare you could always drop her a line.

 This article tends to be beneficial for the following exams - REETUPTETCTETSuper TETDSSSBKVS etc.

You may refer to the following 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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