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

English Grammar: Idioms And Phrases (“Set-S”) | for CSS, PMS, PCS, NTS
Shahzad F. Malik
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

See with half an eye: (To see without difficulty)
Anyone could have seen with half an eye that she was upset.

Serve one’s needs: (Meet one’s requirements)
This car should serve his needs well.

Set an example: (To establish as a model)
We must set an example for the children.

Set measure to: (limit)
I advised him to set measures to his ambitions.

Show one’s face: (Appear in public)
After his irresponsible behaviour yesterday he dared not show his face again.

Sit on the fence: (remain uncommitted)
Most of the students are unwilling to comment on exam reform and prefer to sit on fence.

Sleeping partner: (A person who provides a share of capital of a business but does not share in the management)
Mrs. Jami, who has invested two million rupees in the firm, is a sleeping partner; she is now too old to attend any business matter.

Slip one’s mind: (Forget)
He asked me to post a letter for him but it completely slipped my mind.

Smell a rat: (Suspect something fishy)
I could not believe his story. I seemed to smell a rat.

Snake in a grass: (A treacherous person)
Don’t reveal your secrets to her, she’s a snake in the grass.

Sour grapes: (Disappointment)
He says he doesn’t want to become a doctor. I think it’s a case of sour grapes. He doesn’t want to, because he knows he can’t.

Split hairs: (serve as a strong testimony to)
It speaks volumes for his labour that he has built so large a company without anybody’s help.

Standing orders: (Instructions which remain in force until repeated by the appropriate authorities)
I have standing orders with my typist to type all the papers you give him.

Start from scratch: (Start from the beginning)
My father started this business from scratch.

Stick to one’s guns: (insist on one’s point of view)
They all told him that he was wrong, but he stuck to his guns.

Sweet the board: (To win everything)
The swimmer swept the board at the Olympics, winning seven gold medals.


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