English Questions for IBPS PO and SBI PO 2020 | Idioms and Phrases for SBI PO 2020

Directions: For each of the following sentences four alternatives are given. You are required to choose the correct meaning of the idiom or phrase given underlined in the sentence.
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To give someone or something a wide berth: 
to keep a reasonable distance from someone or something; to steer clear (of someone or something).

Ex. The dog we are approaching is very mean. Better give it a wide berth.

Ex. The sad state of journalism in India was on display this Monday when the nation's leading newspapers gave a wide berth to the farmers' march in Maharashtra.

Option A is hence the correct answer.
The boy turned a deaf ear to the pleadings of all his well-wishers.
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To turn a deaf ear:
refuse to listen or respond to a statement or request.

Ex. He turned a deaf ear to all appeals.

Ex. The government cannot turn a deaf ear to the needs of common man.

Option D is hence the correct answer.
Rohit had to search high and low before he could find his scooter key outside.
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High and low:
to search very thoroughly, to search for something or someone

Ex. I've searched high and low but without success.

Option C is hence the correct answer.
You may rush from pillar to post, but you stand no chance of getting what you want without a bribe.
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From pillar to post:
from one place to another in an unceremonious or fruitless manner.

Ex. They were made to run pillar to post and make frenetic calls to Make My Trip who did not respond. 

Option B is hence the correct answer.

At a party, he is always in high spirits.
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In high spirits:
happy and excited and energetic

Ex. Telangana is in high spirits as liquor sales zoom to 9000 crore.

Option B is hence the correct answer.