In our day-to-day life, we come across many idioms and phrases. In fact, we often give advice to someone through idioms and phrases. But, do we really know their meanings? 

Well, let us understand the meanings and differences between idioms and phrases. This post shall take you through an explanation of idioms and phrases with examples, differences, and questions asked in various entrance exams.

What is an Idiom?

An idiom is defined as a phrase that has its own meaning. The meaning of an idiom is difficult to understand. Idiom has a non-literal meaning. Take a look at the below examples to understand better.

  • We'll cross that bridge when we come to it - Let's not talk about that problem right now
  • You can say that again - That's true, I agree
  • to rub someone the wrong way - to irritate someone
  • Wrap your head around something - Understand something complicated

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What is a Proverb?

A proverb is a short sentence generally given as a piece of advice. Proverbs are easy to understand. The literal meaning of a proverb makes sense on its own, but the real point of the proverb is understood when applied to the broader set of situations. 

  • Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise
  • It's no use locking the stable door after the horse has bolted.
  • Don’t cry over spilled milk
  • A stitch in time saves nine

Difference between and Idiom and a Proverb

Here is the list of basic differences between idioms and proverbs. 

An idiom is defined as a phrase that consists its own meaning but cannot be understood easily. A proverb is defined as a short saying or sentence that is used to give advice to the other person.
An idiom has a non-literal meaning used in reading, writing, and speaking. A proverb has a literal meaning that applies in various stages of life.
Idioms are majorly used in poetry. Proverbs are used in daily lives.
Idioms are used to express an idea or thought. Proverbs are used to give suggestions to other people.

Most Commonly Asked Idioms and Proverbs in Entrance Exams

In most of the after 12th entrance exams or competitive exams, at least 2-3 questions are asked from Idioms and Proverbs section in English subject. Here are few most commonly known idioms and proverbs. 

Further, you can go through Idioms and Proverbs asked I various entrance exams or competitive exams.

A Blessing in Disguise A good thing that we thought is bad at first.
Beating around the Bush Avoid saying what one actually means because it is uncomfortable.
Better Late Than Never Coming a little late than not to arrive at all.
Getting out of hand Things getting out of control.
Getting your act together Work hard or better leave.
Break a Leg Wishing one Good Luck.
Giving the benefit of doubt Trusting someone
Miss the boat It's too late
No pain, no gain Work hard to get what you want.
Pulling someone's leg To make fun of someone.
A cat has nine lives. A cat can survive many fatal accidents.
Actions speak louder than words. Actions are better representative of one's character than words.
Adversity and loss make a man wise Wisdom is gained faster under challenging times.
A fool and his money are soon parted. Foolish people do not know how to handle their money.
A journey of thousand miles begins with a single step. No matter how much complicated a task is, it always starts with a single step.
All good things come to an end. Good experiences often come to an end.
All's well that ends well. As long as the result is good, the number of problems in the way doesn't matter.
All that glitters is not gold. Things or people that look good on the outside might not be as valuable or good.
All is fair in love and war. One can break the rules in love or war to achieve a good result.
Always put your best foot forward. Give your best and try hard as you can.

Idioms asked in CLAT Exam

Here are a few idioms and phrases asked in the previous year's CLAT Exam

  1. To break the ice - to put people at ease
  2. Stand to one's guns - to remain firm with something
  3. In the nick of the time - at the exact time
  4. To blow the gaff - to reveal the secret
  5. Play fast and loose - Behave immorally
  6. Come off with flying colors - To be successful
  7. Hand in glove - in close collusion
  8. To speak by the book - to tell with precision
  9. At one's beck and call - to be dominated by someone
  10. To beat the air - to make efforts that are useless or vain

Idioms asked in IPMAT Exam

Check out the list of idioms and phrases asked in the previous year's IPMAT Exam

  1. To make clean breast of - To confess without of reserve
  2. To keep one's temper - To be in a good mood
  3. To catch tartar - To catch a dangerous person
  4. To have an axe to grind - A private end to serve
  5. To drive home - To emphasize
  6. To play second fiddle - To support the role and view of another person
  7. A black sheep - an odd or disreputable member of a group
  8. A man of straw - A man of no substance
  9. To smell a rat - To suspect foul dealings
  10. To hit the nail right on the head - To do the right thing


What books to read in order to prepare the CLAT English Syllabus?

The books that you should read to prepare the CLAT English Syllabus in the correct way are as follows-

  • Pearson Guide to CLAT 2020 by Pearson
  • A comprehensive study for CLAT & LLB Entrance Examinations- SET, AILET, LSAT by Padma Parupudi and Sirisha Naresh
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman
  • Objective General English 2020 by RS Aggarwal
  • Objective General English 2020 by AP Bharadwaj

Is CLAT English Preparation possible in 1 month?

Yes,CLAT English Preparation is possible in 1 month.You require to put extraordinary efforts and consistent hard work if you want to complete the English Section preparation in one month.Read strictly as per the latest syllabus, make regular revisions and solve question papers that cover the syllabus. These will be enough to score good marks in the section.

How to answer CLAT English Language Questions easily?

For English Language section, candidates must ensure to think logically and answer the questions. Also, make sure to read the questions carefully and understand the scenario before answering.

Which are the best books for IPM Verbal Ability?

There are various books you can refer for verbal ability, however highly recommended books for IPMAT Verbal Ability are:

  • Word Power Made Easy - Norman Lewis
  • English Grammar and Composition - Wren and Martin

Which are important topics in verbal ability section of IPMAT?

The important topics you need to focus while preparing for verbal ability include:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • synonyms & Antonyms
  • Sentence Correction
  • Para Jumbles

What are the important tips for IPM verbal section?

You can crack the verbal ability section with a high score by following the below-listed tips & tricks:

  • Try to prepare a study plan and complete studying each topic as per the plan.
  • Solve previous year papers to know the difficulty level of questions and type of questions asked.
  • Attempt mock tests to analyze your preparation levels.

Is solving AILET Previous Year Paper is really beneficial to score good marks in the English Section?

Yes. Solving previous year papers of AILET exam will help you know the difficulty level of the paper, type of questions asked in the exam. Also, it will help your time management skills and speed.

Can I complete the AILET English syllabus in 3 months?

Yes. With proper preparation strategy, candidates can easily complete the AILET English Syllabus 2021 in 3 months.