English Grammar: Idioms And Phrases (“Set-K/L”) | for CSS, PMS, PCS, NTS
Keep a secret:
(Not tell anyone else) – I don’t think very high of him, but please keep it a secret.
Keep hold of:
(not let go) – You should have kept hold of the horse’s reins.
Keep one’s word:
(Abide by promises one has made; carry out undertakings or obligation into which one has entered) – You may depend upon his doing what he says, for he is a person who always keeps his word.
Kick up (a row, a fuss etc.):
(Make a noise, a row, a fuss etc.) – A crowd of youths outside the door were kicking up such a noise that we could scarcely hear ourselves speak.
Kith and kin:
(Friends and relations) – He invited all his kith and kin to his wedding.
Know all answers:
(To be in complete command of a situation and perfectly able to deal with any developments, especially if too proud of this ability) – He is the perfect person to organise the group – he knows all the answers; you can’t tell her anything – she knows all answers.
(unsatisfactory reasons given to defend one’s conduct) – Arif had gone to movie but when his father asked him why he did not go to school, he gave a lame excuse saying he had gone a friend.
Learn one’s lesson:
(Reform after experiencing the consequences of mistakes) – He learned his lesson after losing his job for reaching his office always late.
Leave someone in the lurch:
(Leave someone when someone needs help) – I had expected that my friend would help me but when all my money had exhausted, he left me in the lurch.
Let the cat out of the bag:
(The secret is known; the mystery is explained) – The cat’s out of the bag now; it’s no wonder they don’t go ahead, for they know nothing’.
Loaves and fishes:
(Material gains) People suffer while ministers and leaders quarrel among themselves for the loaves and fishes of office.
(The hours like ten, eleven, and twelve, which require the greatest number of strokes of the clock) – We dined at seven, but our talk continued to the long hours.
(Be sad or depressed) – He looked blue when he received the letter from his sister.
(To become discouraged) – After more than fifty unsuccessful attempts to get a job, he began to lose heart.