One Word Substitution Series : Theme Based Vocabulary : Hyphenated Phrases

Vocabulary plays an important role in Indian government exams. One word substitution, Antonyms, Synonymy, Idioms and Phrases, these topics are generally asked in Indian Government Exams. The List of Indian Government Exams is Given below. Having a good vocabulary will help you to improve your language level and become a more confident speaker of English. Vocabulary plays a very important role in daily life as well so lately it is essential to learn vocabulary (One word substitution, Antonyms, Synonymy, Idioms and Phrases).

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) Exams – Combined Graduate Level Examination (SSC-CGL) , Combined Higher Secondary Level, 10+2 Examination (CHSL), Sub Inspector CPO (SI), Food Corporation of India (FCI) Examination, Stenographers Grade ‘C’ and ‘D’ Examination etc.

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Exams – IAS (Indian Administrative Services) or Civil Services Examination, Combined Medical Services Examination, National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination (NDA), Combined Defense Services Examination (CDS), Indian Forest Service (IAS), Indian Statistical Service Examination (ISS), Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Examination, AFCAT etc.

Banking Sector Exams Conducted By Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS), State Bank Of India (SBI), Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and Other Private Banks  – IBPS PO (Probationary Officer/ Management Trainee), IBPS Clerk, SBI PO, SBI Clerk, RBI Grade B, National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD), ICICI PO Exams, IBPS SO (Specialist Officers)/ IT Officer Exam, Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Common Written Examination for Regional Rural Banks (IBPS RRB Exams) etc.

Theme Based Vocabulary : Hyphenated Phrases

About-face – Complete change of direction

Ad-lib – Off-the-cuff/ impromptu/ extempore/ without preparation

Avante-garde – One who develops new concepts/ pioneer, harbinger, vanguard

Blue-stocking – Educated woman

Blue-chip – Valuable/Excellent

Bric-a-brac – Small rare things of artistic importance

Cast-off – Discard

Cut-de-sac – Dead end

Derring-do – Daring, taking risk

Free-for all – Disorganised fight without any rule

Go-for-broke – Risk taking/putting all resources in one thing

Grass-root – Coming from common mass especially rural

Hard-liner – Unyielding/sticking to one’s principles

Half-mast – Sad

Hanger-on – dependent

Have-nots – Impoverished

Helter-skelter – In haste and confusion

Hurly-burly – Noisy activity

Last ditch – Last and desperate

Pell-mell – Fast and disorganized movement

Rank-and-file – Common people

Run-of-the-mill – Ordinary/not something different

Self-effacing – Not making oneself noticeable

Silver-tonged – Eloquent/orator/One who has gift of gab

Tongue-in cheek – Humorous

Topsy-turvy – Inside down

Tug-of-war – Power-struggle between two parties

Up-and-coming – Likely to be successful in future

Chock-a-block – Extremely full


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