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

By Komal|Updated : June 9th, 2022

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. 


List of Important Idioms and Phrases beginning with Alphabet A 

1. Achilles heel

Meaning: vulnerable spot, a small fault or weakness in a person or system that can result in its failure.

Example: The corrupt minister is regarded as the government’s Achilles heel and is expected to resign.

2. A bone of contention

Meaning: if there is an issue that always causes tension and arguments

Example: A bone of contention between the husband and wife is that the husband always spends too much money.

3. A dead letter

Meaning: An argument or law not followed by anyone.

Example: The blue laws here are a dead letter; all the stores open on Sundays and holidays

4. At the eleventh hour

 Meaning: be too late.

Example: She always turned her term papers in at the eleventh hour.

5. A queer fish

Meaning: a strange person

Example: I knew his father and he was a queer fish too.

6. A worm's eye view

Meaning:  having very little knowledge about something

Example: The novel provides us with a worm's eye view of society.

7. At (on) the heels of

Meaning: close behind or soon after something

Example: As in Mom's birthday comes on the heels of Mother's Day

8. Apple of someone's eyes

Meaning: someone loved very much.

Example: His youngest son was the apple of his eye.

9. Ask for the Moon

Meaning: to ask for too much.

Example: There's no point hoping for a feeling of permanent peace in the area. It's like asking for the moon.

10. Asleep at the switch

Meaning: not to be alert on the opportunity

Example: Health experts were asleep at the switch when the disease began to spread rapidly again.

11. At sixes and sevens

Meaning: to be lost and bewildered

Example: Riya is at sixes and sevens since the death of her husband.

12. At someone's beck and call

Meaning: to be always ready to serve

Example: Imagine what it's like to have a cook and a maid at your beck and call.

13. At an arm's length

Meaning: to keep at a distance

Example: Ram always keeps his friends at arm's length, so that no one gets close enough to hurt his feelings.

14. A red-letter day

Meaning: an important day

Example: A special occasion, as in When Ram comes home from his tour of duty, that'll be a red-letter day

15. A nine days wonder

Meaning: pleasure for a short time

Example: His music was derided by an older generation convinced that he was a nine-day wonder.

16. Alma Mater

Meaning: Institution where I got my education

Example: She has been offered the position of professor of international economic policy in Delhi, her alma mater.

17. At the drop of a hat

Meaning-Willingness to do something instantly

Example: She expects me to make dinner at the drop of a hat even if I am very busy with office work

18. A cold Fish

Meaning: A person devoid of emotions

Example: Ram isn't very demonstrative, but his mother was a cold fish so he probably gets it from her.

19. A cock and bull story

Meaning: An improbable excuse

Example: She told me some cock-and-bull story.

20. Aboveboard

Meaning: straight; without concealment, legitimate; open.

Example: No tricks, please. We want the deal to be above board completely.

 This article tends to be beneficial for the following exams - REET, UPTET, CTET, Online Classroom Program 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



Download the BYJU’S Exam Prep App Now.
The most comprehensive exam prep app


Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)



write a comment


  • 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

PRT, TGT & PGT Exams

KVS Recruitment ExamNVS ExamDSSSB ExamUP Assistant Teacher (Super TET)UP Junior Teacher Recruitment ExamUP TGT PGT Recruitment ExamArmy Public School Teacher ExamUPPSC GIC Lecturer Exam

Follow us for latest updates