DIRECTIONS: Each of the following questions contains an idiom and its usage in a sentence, followed by five possible meanings labelled A, B, C, D and E. Pick out the right meaning of the idiom in question and mark your answer accordingly.
Hole and corner.
I have come to know of your "hole and corner" method of dealing with people.
Made light of
He "made light of" his teacher’s advice.
The trade union’s seemingly rightful demand is only a "stalking horse" to blackmail the management.
As good as his word.
The student was "as good as his word".
The trail was so important that the entire proceedings were held "in camera".
A laughing stock.
With his flimsy story, he made "a laughing stock" of himself.
To have an axe to grind
To catch a Tartar is to
Eat his heart out.
Being an introvert, he will only eat "his heart out".
A pipe dream.
His idea to make a movie was "a mere pipe dream".
Ride rough shod.
Do not "ride rough shod" over the poor.
The boy had a "hair-breath escape" from a street accident.
Comes to the crunch.
He always promises help, but backs out when it "comes to the crunch".
On the wane.
The days of this actor are "on the wane".
He has reached this high stature through "elbow grease".
Cool as a cucumber.
She was "cool as a cucumber".
To drive home
Plough a lonely furrow.
In the organised society of today no individual or nation can "plough a lonely furrow".
A far cry.
Inspite of world wide efforts, international peace is still "a far cry".
A bolt from the blue.
His partner cheating him can to him as "a bolt from the blue".