As a reference point to all your idiomatic woes, we will be putting up the lists of common idioms you see in CAT, XAT, IIFT, SNAP, NMAT, TISS and CET. You may use these idioms in the Descriptive Test section of the MICAT as well to make your story/views sound better. This is the second part of the series and you will be able to access the entire series here: Common idioms for CAT, XAT, IIFT, SNAP, NMAT, TISS, MICAT and CET
31. Barking Up The Wrong Tree:
A mistake made in something you are trying to achieve.
32. Beat A Dead Horse:
To force an issue that has already ended.
33. Beating Around The Bush:
Avoiding the main topic. Not speaking directly about the issue.
34. Bend Over Backwards:
Do whatever it takes to help. Willing to do anything.
35. Between A Rock And A Hard Place:
Stuck between two very bad options.
36. Bite Off More Than You Can Chew:
To take on a task that is way to big.
37. Bite Your Tongue:
To avoid talking.
38. Blood Is Thicker Than Water:
The family bond is closer than anything else.
39. Blue Moon:
A rare event or occurance.
40. Break A Leg:
A superstitious way to say ‘good luck’ without saying ‘good luck’, but rather the opposite.
41. Buy A Lemon:
To purchase an item (commonly a vehicle/second hand car) that constantly gives problems or stops running after you drive it away.
42. Can’t Cut The Mustard :
Someone who isn’t adequate enough to compete or participate.
43. Cast Iron Stomach:
Someone who has no problems, complications or ill effects with eating anything or drinking anything.
44. Charley Horse:
Stiffness in the leg / A leg cramp.
45. Chew someone out:
Verbally scold someone.
46. Chip on his Shoulder:
Angry today about something that occured in the past.
47. Chow Down:
48. Close but no Cigar:
To be very near and almost accomplish a goal, but fall short.
49. Cock and Bull Story:
An unbelievable tale.
50. Come Hell Or High Water:
Any difficult situation or obstacle.
51. Crack Someone Up:
To make someone laugh.
52. Cross Your Fingers:
To hope that something happens the way you want it to.
53. Cry Over Spilt Milk:
When you complain about a loss from the past.
54. Cry Wolf:
Intentionally raise a false alarm.
55. Cup Of Joe:
A cup of coffee.
56. Curiosity Killed The Cat:
Being Inquisitive can lead you into a dangerous situation.
57. Cut to the Chase:
Leave out all the unnecessary details and just get to the point.
58. Dark Horse:
One who was previously unknown and is now prominent.
59. Dead Ringer:
100% identical. A duplicate.
60. Devil’s Advocate:
Someone who takes a position for the sake of argument without believing in that particular side of the argument. It can also mean one who presents a counter argument for a position they do believe in, to another debater.
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