Idioms and Phrases for JSC / SSC / HSC
1. A bed of roses: Life is not a bed of roses.
2. A bed of thorns: Life is a bed of thorns.
3. Above all: Above all she is a good girl.
4. A black sheep: The boy is a black sheep in our society.
5. A bolt from the blue: His mother’s sudden death was a bolt from the blue to me.
6. All on/of a sudden: All on/of a sudden a police arrested me.
7. All in all: Sumaiya is all in all in our class.
8. A gala day: Ead-ul-fitar is a gala day to Muslim.
9. A man of letters: Dr. MD Shahidullah was a man of letters.
10. A slow coach: A slow coach like him will never prosper in life.
11. A white elephant: It is a white elephant to buy a car to me.
12. All day long: 0ur farmers work all day long.
13. At daggers drawn: It is at daggers drawn between two brothers.
14. All the same: You come or not that is all the same.
15. As far as: As far as I know he is honest.
16. As long as: Wait here as long as I don’t come.
17. As much as: I helped you as much as I could.
18. As soon as: As soon as we should reach there now.
19. As though: He talks as though he knew everything.
20. A lot of: The man has a lot of wealth.
21. At all costs: I want to this house at all costs.
22. At last: At last they win the game.
23. At least: Bangladesh is rich at least in natural gas.
24. At sixes and sevens: Everything in the room is at sixes and sevens.
25. At a loss: He is at a loss after his failing exam.
26. At stretch: I can’t read three hours at stretch.
27. At the eleventh hour: He reached there at the eleventh hour of the occasion.
28. At stake: His life is at stake now.
29. A narrow escape: He got a narrow escape from the accident.
30. At the top of: He found his name at the top of the list.
31. At all: He is not at all an honest man.
32. As if: He talks as if he knew everything.
33. At random: Never talk at random.
34. According to: I acted according to your advice.
35. At home: I didn’t feel at home when I am in a big city.
36. At home in: Mr. Rahman is at home in English.
37. Bag and baggage: The boy left the hostel bag and baggage.
38. By dint of: He succeeded by dint of hard labour.
39. By the by: By the by I told him the matter.
40. By and by: My mother is coming round by and by.
41. By leaps and bounds: The bus hits the boy by leaps and bounds.
42. By means of: He passed the exam by means of hard working.
43. Burning question: Food problem is now a burning question in Bangladesh.
44. Black and blue: The police beat the criminal black and blue.
45. Beggar description: The destruction of Sidar is beggar description of Bangladesh.
46. Bring to light: The man brought to light the hidden fact.
47. Bring to mind: We should bring to mind our teachers.
48. Bring to book: The man brought to book his servant yesterday.
49. Bring about: French revolution brought about in 1778.
50. Bring up: Every mother brings up her child.
51. Burst into tears: I burst into tears after my mother death.
52. By virtue of: He got GPA-5 by virtue of hard studies.
53. Beyond question: Moulana Bhasani was beyond question a great leader.
54. Bad blood: There is a bad blood between two brothers.
55. Blue blood: Masuma is proud of her blue blood.
56. Bird¢s eye view: No mother looks her child in bird¢s eye view.
57. Bone of contention: The land is the bone of contention between two brothers.
58. Bread and butter: A day labourer can’t always earn his bread and butter.
59. Crying need: Employment is a crying need of our country.
60. Call in mind: I can’t call his name in mind.
61. Cock and bull story: I don’t believe his cock and bull story.
62. Come to light: My first book has come to light.
63. Call in question: They’ve called me in question.
64. Carry on: Carry on your study in this way.
65. Catch sight on: The criminal catches sight on the police.
66. Cut off: He cuts off my trees.
67. Come to a head: Food shortage has come to a head.
68. Come to hand: She gives me a rose to come to hand.
69. Come to an end: The summer vacation has come to an end.
70. Crocodile tears: Don’t show your crocodile tears to me.
71. Cats and dogs: It has been raining cats and dogs.
72. Cut a sorry figure: He cut a sorry figure in the exam.
73. Dead letter: His fashion is now dead letter.
74. Double game: Don’t play double game with your friends.
75. End in smoke: All of his attempts ended in smoke.
76. Every now and then: He came to my house every now and then.
77. Far and near: Hazrat’s name spread far and near in Arab.
78. Far and wide: Nazrul’s fame spread out far and wide.
79. Fresh blood: The manager wants fresh blood in his office.
80. From time to time: Please phone to me from time to time.
81. From hand to mouth: The day labourer lives from hand to mouth.
82. For the sake of: He helps the poor for the sake of humanity.
83. For good/ever: The man left his country for good/ever.
84. Flesh and blood: A flesh and blood man can’t bear such and insult.
85. Fast and foremost: Study is the fast and foremost duty of a student.
86. For the purpose of: I am working hard for the purpose of getting GPA-5.
87. Fish out of water: I feel fish out of water during summer season.
88. Golden age/Heyday: Mughal age was the golden age/heyday of Indian sub-continent.
89. Golden opportunity: This exam is a golden opportunity to the students to pass.
90. Give up: We should give up smoking.
91. Good for nothing: The manager is
92. Get by heart: I get the story by heart.
93. Get rid of: Try to get rid of your evil company.
94. Go to the dogs: He has gone to the dogs.
95. Go on with: Go on with your study and you will be successful.
96. High time: It is high time to pass the exam.
97. Hard and fast: Nazrul didn’t like hard and fast rule of his school.
98. Heart and soul: I am trying heart and soul to win the match.
99. In a body: We met the headmaster in a body.
100. In a fix: He is in a fix what to do.
101. In plenty of: He has in plenty of money to buy a ship.
102. In front of: I’ve a flower garden in front of my reading room.
103. In a moment: The serious accident took place in a moment.
104. In a nutshell: The teacher told his history in a nutshell.
105. In the long run: The sinners suffer in the long run.
106. In lieu of/Instead of: He took Humanities in lieu of/instead of Business Studies.
107. In quest of: He traveled many countries in quest of knowledge.
108. In guise of: He came here in guise of police.
109. In order to: We eat food in order to live.
110. In spite of: In spite of his poverty, he is honest.
111. In black and white: Put your statement in black and white.
112. In full swing: Our classes are going on in full swing.
113. In details: Tell me the matter in details.
114. Ins and outs: I don’t know ins and outs of the matter.
115. Know no bounds: The miseries of the flood victims know no bounds.
116. Knock at the door: Our exam is knocking at the door.
117. Keep one’s word: He hardly can keep his word.
118. Keep peace with: He can keep peace with all in any situation.
119. Keep up with: He can keep up with all in any situation.
120. Live from hand to mouth: The poor people live from hand to mouth.
121. Live on: We live on eating food.
122. Look down upon: We shouldn’t look down upon the poor.
123. Life and soul: My father is the life and soul in our family.
124. Lion’s share: Saifullah always wants the lion’s share of the profit.
125. Lose heart: He lost his heart not to get GPA-5.
126. Maiden speech: His maiden speech charmed all.
127. Make good: He has made good of my time.
128. Nook and corner: He went to every nook and corner of the village.
129. Now and then: Please write to me now and then.
130. Null and void: The law was declared null and void.
131. Off and on: The man comes here off and on.
132. Once for all: I want to come here once for all.
133. On behalf of: I thank you on behalf of our family.
134. On the whole: On the whole he is an honest man.
135. On the eve of: My father returned from USA on the eve of my exam.
136. Out and out: He is out and out a gentle man.
137. Open question: Food crises are an open question now.
138. Open mind: I have an open mind to discuss it.
139. On the contrary: Read well on the contrary you will fail.
140. Of course: I will help you of course.
141. On the sly: The thief entered in our house on the sly.
142. Part and parcel: Perseverance is a part and parcel of a good student.
143. Right and left: Don’t spend money right and left.
144. Red-letter day: 12th Rabi-ul-awal is a red letter day of Muslim.
145. Safe and sound: I’ve arrived home safe and sound.
146. Sooner or later: The sinner must suffer sooner or later.
147. Square meal: The poor can’t have a square meal daily.
148. Slow and steady: Slow and steady wins the race.
149. Summer friend: Summer friend come after danger.
150. To and fro: The beggar is looking to and fro for some meal.
151. To the backbone: I know the girl to the backbone.
152. Through and through: Read the poem through and through.
153. Take place: The accident took place before my eyes.
154. Take to task: We take to task a girl for her evil.
155. Throw dust into one’s eyes: The thief threw dust into people’s eyes.
156. Take after: The girl takes after her mother.
157. Take care: Every mother takes care her child.
158. Tell upon: He tells upon in my company.
159. Up and down: Why are you running up and down.
160. Ups and downs: There are ups and downs in human life.
161. Vanish into thin air: Suddenly the thief vanished into thin air.
162. With a view to: I’ve gone to town with a view to earning money.
163. Well and woe: I shall stand by you in well and woe.
164. Yellow dog: The man is a yellow dog in our society.