Most Important Phrases and Idioms For JSC Exam-2012

 Run & Designed By: MD SHAKAWAT HOSSAIN: Intending in BA (Hon’s) errand as English.

  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: Bangladeshis 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 inBangladesh.
  44. Black and blue: The police beat the criminal black and blue.
  45. Beggar description: The destruction of Sidar is beggar description ofBangladesh.   
  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.

Run & Designed By: MD SHAKAWAT HOSSAIN: Intending in BA (Hon’s) errand as English. 

  1. Blue blood: Masuma is proud of her blue blood.   
  2. Bird¢s eye view: No mother looks her child in bird¢s eye view.
  3. Bone of contention: The land is the bone of contention between two brothers.
  4. Bread and butter: A day labourer can’t always earn his bread and butter. 
  5. Crying need: Employment is a crying need of our country.
  6. Call in mind: I can’t call his name in mind.
  7. Cock and bull story: I don’t believe his cock and bull story.
  8. Come to light: My first book has come to light.      
  9. Call in question: They’ve called me in question.
  10. Carry on: Carry on your study in this way.
  11. Catch sight on: The criminal catches sight on the police.
  12. Cut off: He cuts off my trees.
  13. Come to a head: Food shortage has come to a head.
  14. Come to hand: She gives me a rose to come to hand.
  15. Come to an end: The summer vacation has come to an end.
  16. Crocodile tears: Don’t show your crocodile tears to me.
  17. Cats and dogs: It has been raining cats and dogs.
  18. Cut a sorry figure: He cut a sorry figure in the exam.
  19. Dead letter:  His fashion is now dead letter.
  20. Double game: Don’t play double game with your friends. 
  21. End in smoke: All of his attempts ended in smoke.
  22. Every now and then: He came to my house every now and then.
  23. Far and near: Hazrat’s name spread far and near in Arab.
  24. Far and wide: Nazrul’s fame spread out far and wide.
  25. Fresh blood: The manager wants fresh blood in his office.
  26. From time to time: Please phone to me from time to time.
  27. From hand to mouth: The day labourer lives from hand to mouth.
  28. For the sake of: He helps the poor for the sake of humanity.
  29. For good/ever: The man left his country for good/ever.
  30. Flesh and blood: A flesh and blood man can’t bear such and insult.
  31. Fast and foremost: Study is the fast and foremost duty of a student.
  32. For the purpose of: I am working hard for the purpose of getting GPA-5.
  33. Fish out of water: I feel fish out of water during summer season.
  34. Golden age/Heyday: Mughal age was the golden age/heyday of Indian sub-continent.
  35. Golden opportunity: This exam is a golden opportunity to the students to pass.
  36. Give up: We should give up smoking.
  37. Good for nothing: The manager is  
  38. Get by heart: I get the story by heart.
  39. Get rid of: Try to get rid of your evil company.
  40. Go to the dogs: He has gone to the dogs.
  41. Go on with: Go on with your study and you will be successful.                                  
  42. High time: It is high time to pass the exam.
  43. Hard and fast: Nazrul didn’t like hard and fast rule of his school.
  44. Heart and soul: I am trying heart and soul to win the match.
  45. In a body: We met the headmaster in a body.
  46. In a fix: He is in a fix what to do.
  47. In plenty of: He has in plenty of money to buy a ship.
  48. In front of: I’ve a flower garden in front of my reading room.
  49. In a moment: The serious accident took place in a moment. 
  50. In a nutshell: The teacher told his history in a nutshell.
  51. In the long run: The sinners suffer in the long run.
  52. In lieu of/Instead of: He took Humanities in lieu of/instead of Business Studies.
  53. In quest of: He traveled many countries in quest of knowledge.
  54. In guise of: He came here in guise of police.
  55. In order to: We eat food in order to live.
  56. In spite of: In spite of his poverty, he is honest.

Run & Designed By: MD SHAKAWAT HOSSAIN: Intending in BA (Hon’s) errand as English.

  1. In black and white: Put your statement in black and white.
  2. In full swing: Our classes are going on in full swing.
  3. In details: Tell me the matter in details.
  4. Ins and outs: I don’t know ins and outs of the matter.  
  1. Know no bounds: The miseries of the flood victims know no bounds.
  2. Knock at the door: Our exam is knocking at the door.
  3. Keep one’s word: He hardly can keep his word.
  4. Keep peace with: He can keep peace with all in any situation.
  5. Keep up with: He can keep up with all in any situation.
  6. Live from hand to mouth: The poor people live from hand to mouth.
  7. Live on: We live on eating food.
  8. Look down upon: We shouldn’t look down upon the poor.
  9. Life and soul: My father is the life and soul in our family.
  10. Lion’s share: Saifullah always wants the lion’s share of the profit.
  11. Lose heart: He lost his heart not to get GPA-5.
  12. Maiden speech: His maiden speech charmed all.
  13. Make good: He has made good of my time.
  14. Nook and corner: He went to every nook and corner of the village.
  15. Now and then: Please write to me now and then.
  16. Null and void: The law was declared null and void.
  17. Off and on: The man comes here off and on.
  18. Once for all: I want to come here once for all.
  19. On behalf of: I thank you on behalf of our family.
  20. On the whole: On the whole he is an honest man.  
  21. On the eve of: My father returned from USAon the eve of my exam.
  22. Out and out: He is out and out a gentle man.
  23. Open question: Food crises are an open question now.
  24. Open mind: I have an open mind to discuss it.
  25. On the contrary: Read well on the contrary you will fail.
  26. Of course: I will help you of course.
  27. On the sly: The thief entered in our house on the sly. 
  1. Part and parcel: Perseverance is a part and parcel of a good student.
  2. Right and left: Don’t spend money right and left.
  3. Red-letter day: 12th Rabi-ul-awal is a red letter day of Muslim.
  4. Safe and sound: I’ve arrived home safe and sound.
  5. Sooner or later: The sinner must suffer sooner or later.
  6. Square meal: The poor can’t have a square meal daily.
  7. Slow and steady: Slow and steady wins the race.
  8. Summer friend: Summer friend come after danger.    
  9. To and fro: The beggar is looking to and fro for some meal. 
  10. To the backbone: I know the girl to the backbone.
  11. Through and through: Read the poem through and through.
  12. Take place: The accident took place before my eyes.
  13. Take to task: We take to task a girl for her evil.
  14. Throw dust into one’s eyes: The thief threw dust into people’s eyes.
  15. Take after: The girl takes after her mother.
  16. Take care: Every mother takes care her child.
  17. Tell upon: He tells upon in my company.
  18. Up and down: Why are you running up and down.
  19. Ups and downs: There are ups and downs in human life.
  20. Vanish into thin air: Suddenly the thief vanished into thin air.
  21. With a view to: I’ve gone to town with a view to earning money.
  22. Well and woe: I shall stand by you in well and woe.
  23. Yellow dog: The man is a yellow dog in our society.



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    • Radown on August 30, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Quite helpful for the candidates of J.S.C. I will try to share your posting with others. Thanks a lot for sharing.

    1. I’ll do it better in later.

    • Mahir on August 30, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    An important post. Thanks for sharing. Carry on!

  1. I observe this is your first posting, excellent! I congratulate you from my deepest heart for joining with us and posting your writing for the students. You can always continue your writing and share with your friends. Thanks!

    1. Yeah. i do it first time.

  2. Thanks for joining with our large team. We accept you and your writing with great care. Carry on and continue your journey with us.

  3. It would be better if u give the meaning of the Idioms and Phrases in English before making sentences.
    It would be more helpful for all the students of secondary, higher secondary and university level students.

  4. I’ll do it better in later. Pray for me.

    • Swapon on October 20, 2012 at 11:10 pm


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