Important Idioms, Phrases & Phrasal Verb Starting with Letter 'E'

By Amrit Gouda|Updated : September 21st, 2021

In bank exams, Idioms and phrases are one of the most important sections. This type of question can be encountered in both the prelims and mains reading comprehension and cloze test sections.

Questions about idioms and phrases can be expected in large numbers, especially in the mains. As a result, you must properly prepare for this section. The following is a list of idioms and phrases that start with the letter 'E,' along with definitions and examples.

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In bank exams, Idioms and phrases is one of the most important sections. This type of question can be encountered in both the prelims and mains reading comprehension and cloze test sections.
Questions about idioms and phrases can be expected in large numbers, especially in the mains. As a result, you must properly prepare for this section. The following is a list of idioms and phrases that start with the letter 'E,' along with definitions and examples.

In our series of 'Important Idioms, Phrases & Phrasal Verbs for bank exams. Today, we are sharing with you some of the important idioms, phrases and phrasal verbs which start with the letter 'E'.

Go through this post and understand their meaning, both in English and Hindi. Along with this, we are also providing you with the correct usage of these idioms and phrases in sentences to help you get a better idea about each of their meaning.

List of Idioms, Phrases & Phrasal Verb Starting with Letter 'E'

1. Eager beaver

Meaning - A keen and enthusiastic person who works very hard.

Meaning (Hindi) - इच्छुक, उत्साही

Example -  Raman is a real eager beaver and I am sure he will do very well in this organization.

2. Enough to cobble dogs with

Meaning - A large surplus of anything

Meaning (Hindi) -   अधिकता

Example - We've got enough investment to cobble dogs with.

3. Easy as pie

Meaning - Extremely easy, simple, or intuitive; requiring very little skill or effort

Meaning (Hindi) - बहुत आसान

Example -  After so many years as an accountant, doing taxes is as easy as pie for me.

4. Easy does it

Meaning -used to advise someone to approach a task carefully and slowly.

Meaning (Hindi) - सावधानी से और धीरे धीरे कार्य करने के लिए सलाह देना

Example -  Easy does it, guys— you are moving a priceless piece of art which is worth 3 crores.

5. Eat crow/Eat humble pie

Meaning - To admit that one is wrong, usually when doing so triggers great embarrassment or shame.

Meaning (Hindi) - अनिच्छ से स्वीकार करने को बाध्य करना

Example -  He had no option but to eat crow and admit that his analysis was wrong.

6. Economical with the truth

Meaning -  the one who omits important facts or gives incomplete information, Deceitful

Meaning (Hindi) - धोखेबाज, कपटी

For example -  I wouldn't trust him—everyone says he's economical with the truth.

7. Egg on your face

Meaning -  If someone has an egg on their face, they are made to look foolish or embarrassed, To suffer embarrassment as a result of some public failure or faux pas.

Meaning (Hindi) - सार्वजनिक विफलता या अशुद्धता के परिणामस्वरूप शर्मिंदा होना

Example - The CEO really had an egg on his face after he went on stage to demonstrate the new product and couldn't get it to work right.

8. Elbow grease

Meaning - hard physical work, especially vigorous polishing or cleaning/Energetic labour.

Meaning (Hindi) - ऊर्जावान श्रम

Example - It requires putting in a lot of elbow grease to shift from one place to another.

9. Elbow room

Meaning -  Enough space to move around an area easily/ The freedom and ability to act as one wants.

Meaning (Hindi) - पर्याप्त जगह, / स्वतंत्रता से कार्य करना

Example - We shared a small office where neither of us had enough elbow room.

10. Engaging manners

Meaning -  Good behaviour 

Meaning (Hindi) - अच्छा व्य़वहार

Example - The Prime Minister became popular because of his engaging manners.

11. Ended in smoke

Meaning -  No concrete or positive result/Came to nothing 

Meaning (Hindi) - कोई परिणाम न निकलना

Example -  All her plans for the trip to the hill station ended in smoke as she got ill at that time.

12. Even at the turning of the tide

Meaning -   to denote some change from a previously stable course of events.

Meaning (Hindi) -स्थिर घटनाओं से कुछ बदलाव को निरूपित करना

Example -  The lifestyle of the rich hasn't changed much even at the turning of the tide.

13. Every nook and cranny

Meaning -  Any part or section of a given place, especially those that are hard to see or reach/ every small, out-of-the-way place or place where something can be hidden

Meaning (Hindi) - कोना. कोना छान मारना

Example - We looked for our tickets in every nook and cranny but could not find them.

14. Eye to eye (with someone)

Meaning - to agree with someone, or to have the same opinion as them

Meaning (Hindi) - किसी के साथ सहमत होना

Example -:  I don’t see eye to eye with my father on many things.

15. Every cloud has a silver lining

Meaning -  there is always something good even in an unpleasant, difficult or even painful situation.

Meaning (Hindi) -दुर्भाग्य के काले बादलों में आशा की सुनहरी दामिनी भी छिपी रहती है

Example -: You should never feel hopeless. Every cloud has a silver lining, you know.

16.Every Man Jack

Meaning - every person without exception/each and every person (used for emphasis).

Meaning (Hindi) - हर एक आदमी

Example -: don't know how many people live in this society, but every man jack of them is required to contribute their time towards cleaning up the society on this occasion.

17.Every Tom, Dick and Harry

Meaning -  Every kind of common, undistinguished person; anyone at all, indiscriminately/to talk about many different people, especially people they do not think are special or important.

Meaning (Hindi) - कोई भी ऐरा-गैरा नत्थू खैरा

Example -:  You don't want every Tom, Dick, and Harry coming to your performance, but then you don't want to limit the amount of audience you might bring in.


Meaning - nonsense, deception, insincere talk

Meaning (Hindi) - बकवास

Example -: All that stuff about blood being thicker than water was nothing more than eyewash.

19.Ease off/Ease up

Meaning - to give something less effort or energy, especially when you have been working very hard

Meaning (Hindi) - कम होना, सुविधा देना

Example - If she doesn’t ease off at work, she’ll make herself ill.

20. Eke Out

Meaning - to make (a living) or support (existence) laboriously/To supplement; to add to something.

Meaning (Hindi) - निर्वाह करना/कमी पूरी करना

Example - The old man eked out his pension by selling vegetables from his garden.

21. Egg Someone On

Meaning - to urge or strongly encourage them to do something especially something not wise enough

Meaning (Hindi) -  उकसान ा, जोर देना

Example -  She didn't really want to learn to drive but her children kept egging her on.

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22. Eat One's words

Meaning -    to admit that what you said before was wrong/retract what one has said, especially in a humiliating way.

Meaning (Hindi) - शर्मिंदा होकर अपनी बात वापस लेना

Example - After predicting disastrous results, he had to eat his words with the success of the new product.

23. Eat In

Meaning - To eat at one's home, rather than at a restaurant.

Meaning (Hindi) -घर में खाना 

Example - We didn't feel like going to a restaurant so we Ate in

24. Eat Into

Meaning - to use or take away a large part of something valuable, such as money or time when you don't want to 

Meaning (Hindi) -   कुछ उपयोगी और कीमती खत्म होना

Example - The high cost of living in London is eating into my savings.

25. Eat Away

Meaning -To destroy, damage, erode gradually and slowly

Meaning (Hindi) - धीरे धीरे क्षति

Example - The disease EATS the liver AWAY. 

26. Eat up

Meaning -  To consume completely/ to feel a negative emotion so strongly that it is difficult to think about anything else

Meaning (Hindi) - पूरी तरह से उपभोग / दृढ़ता से  एक नकारात्मक भावना महसूस करना 

Example - He was so hungry that he ate up everything on his plate.

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  • Idioms are expressions that have a figurative meaning, very different from the literal meaning.

  • You can expect idiom and phrase questions in the reading comprehension section of bank exams.

  • You can expect around 2-3 questions from idioms and phrases in bank exams.

  • You have to improve yourself in this section by reading daily.

  • Kindly go through the article again for complete information.

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