English Grammar

English Grammar: Idioms And Phrases (“Set-O”) | for CSS, PMS, PCS, NTS

English Grammar: Idioms And Phrases (“Set-O”) | for CSS, PMS, PCS, NTS

Of no avail
(Of no use)–My attempts to reform my brother was of no avail.

Of one’s own accord
(Of one’s own free will) – He has resigned his job of his own accord.

Of the first water
(Of the highest quality) – She was a beauty of the first water; He is a television journalist of the first thing about cars.

Off and on
(Irregularly; from time to time) – Waqqar comes to my house off and on.

Awais Aftab Butt

On the eve of
(The day before; just before) – The unwilling bride escaped from her house on the eve of her wedding.

On the horns of a dilemma
(In a critical situation) – He was on the horns of a dilemma; if he returned into the house he must die in the flames, and if he came out the soldiers would shoot him dead.

Once for all
(Finally) – My father has told me once for all, that if I fail in my class, he will not allow me to continue to my studies.

Open secret
(supposedly secret fact known to many people) – It’s an open secret that the Chief Minister is about to resign.

Out and out
(Completely) – He is out and out a rascal.

Out of bounds
(Outside the permitted area or limits) – The cinema was out of bounds for the boys from the local boarding school.

Out of date
(Very old; obsolete) – My father wears out of date items of dress.

Out of one’s mind
(Mad) – He wants to climb the Everest without the oxygen mask; he must be out of his mind.

Out of order
(Not in a working condition) – Our ceiling fan is out of order.

Out of sorts
(Unwell) – I am out of sorts today and intend staying at home.

Out of stock
(Not available for sale) – Our physics textbook is out of stock in all the bookshops in the city.

Out of the frying pan into the fire
(From a bad position into worse) – I changed my job because it was not lucrative but soon I realised that I had jumped out of the frying pan into the fire.

Out of the question
(Impossible, not to be discussed at all) – We can’t go out in this weather. It is out of the question.

Out of the wood
(Out of difficulties) – Our defence production has improved but we are not yet out of the wood.

Over and above
(Besides) – Over and above his clerical duty, Manzoor’s father does some odd jobs to make an extra penny.

Over and over again
(Repeatedly) – Our English teacher keeps telling us over and over again that hard and honest work will always bear good fruit.

Over head and ears
(Completely) – He is over head and ears in debt.


Check also:

English Grammar: Idioms And Phrases (“Set-A”)

English Grammar: Idioms And Phrases (“Set-B”)

English Grammar: Idioms And Phrases (“Set-C”)

English Grammar: Idioms And Phrases (“Set-D”)

English Grammar: Idioms And Phrases (“Set-E/F”)

English Grammar: Idioms And Phrases (“Set-G”)

English Grammar: Idioms And Phrases (“Set-H/I”)

English Grammar: Idioms And Phrases (“Set-K/L”)

English Grammar: Idioms And Phrases (“Set-M/N”)

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Doctor Madiha Fatima

Doctor Madiha Fatima

Dr Madiha Fatima have completed her BDs from De Montmorency College and Pharm-D from University of Lahore.
There is an amazing power of "getting to know your own learning skills and how to use it", her journey didn't stop here. She attempted Civil Superior Services (CSS) and Provincial Management Service (PMS).
Meanwhile she discovered that she have come too far to quit now, and decided that "this is the moment", she should start guiding the graduate's about CSS/PMS studies. From there her journey started as a teacher/mentor/motivator but not a money maker and Aafreen institute for CSS and PMS came into being.
Now she is a teacher, it's how she define herself. A good teacher isn't someone who gives the answers out to their students but to understand the needs, challenges and gives tools to help them succeed further.

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