Important Idioms and Phrases for Bank Exams

By Jyoti Bisht|Updated : November 4th, 2022

The English Language has a vast idiomatic base. Idioms and Phrases make a language more interesting and vibrant. They are not separate from the English language as a whole and one does not have the option of choosing them or omitting them. They form an essential part of the general vocabulary of English. To get a stronghold in this language, it is imperative that one must have an enhanced vocabulary and practice regular usage of English in reading, writing, and speaking. Apart from these, grasping the use of idioms, phrases, and phrasal verbs is an essential part to be well-versed in the English Language.

A phrase or expression that deviates from the literal meaning of its words is known as an idiom. Idioms, in other words, "mean something different from the individual words." Students frequently mix up idioms with proverbs. These, however, are two distinct entities. It's common knowledge that proverbs offer a piece of wisdom or universal truth.

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Idioms & Phrases are words or expressions which have a figurative or metaphorical meaning. It means that we cannot take the literal meaning of the words which together form an Idiom or a phrase as the actual meaning. It is generally quite different. Hence, most of the time knowing the meaning of all the individual words given in the phrase is not going to help you to understand the meaning of the phrase. You must be familiar with the correct meaning and usage of that idiom.

For example, you can not comprehend the meaning of the Idiom "It’s raining cats and dogs.” just by looking at the words. It means "it’s raining very heavily" Similarly knowing the meanings of ace and hole may not help you to understand the meaning of "An ace in the hole"  which means "a hidden strength or advantage". So, if you try to figure out the meaning of an idiom literally, word by word, you may get befuddled.

In the recent pattern of an English Section in a competitive examination, simple language is rarely used. Be it Reading Comprehension, Cloze test, or Para summary, you can find the use of Idioms as well as Phrases in almost all the topics of the English Language Section. Most importantly, 5 to 10 or sometimes more than 10 questions are asked directly from this section such as Phrase Replacement, Phrase Improvement, and Meaning of the Idiom, etc.  

Keeping in mind the importance of Idioms, Phrases, and Phrasal verbs, we are starting a new series of Idioms and Phrases. In this, we will be covering the important Idioms and Phrases which in all likelihood will be relevant to the forthcoming exam. In the series, the idioms and phrases will be covered alphabetically.

Having to encounter often-used English idioms while viewing American television programs or motion pictures? English idioms, proverbs, and phrases are widely used in written and spoken common English. Idioms don't always make sense literally, therefore students need to understand what they mean and how to utilize them. Even though it might seem like a lot of work, idioms are enjoyable! It is frequently referred to as a speaking style that sounds more native, thus learning some of these terms is really helpful.

We hope that this series will be of great help to the English Section of the examinations. We will also start a weekly Idioms and phrases quiz through which you can test your knowledge of Idioms and Phrases.

Important Idioms and Phrases Alphabetically

Important Idiom & PhrasesStarting with Letter "A"

Note: We will provide idioms and phrases with other letters also and will keep updating them here in the table above. Click on the link facilitated above for a detailed insight of idioms and phrases for bank exam

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FAQs

  • Idioms and phrases play an important role in all banking exams in addition to being an essential component of the English language. Idioms and phrases are the subject of at least 3 direct questions on nearly every bank test paper. This makes studying the subject of idioms and phrases while preparing for bank exams quite necessary.

  • An idiom is a frequent expression that reflects its literal meaning in real-world situations and was created based on human experiences.

  • Idioms and Phrases is a required component of the English section in various banking exams, including PO, SBI, IBPS, and others. It is one of the most important and high-scoring topics on the banking exam, and you can easily pass it.

  • The important topics for IBPS PO 2022 English Section are- Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test, Match the column, Fillers, Error Spotting, Phrase Replacement, Parajumble and more.

  • The bank aspirants can get the free daily English section quiz to practice each and every topic for the IBPS PO 2022 Exam.

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