DIRECTIONS (Q 1 - Q 20): 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.
Meaning of Hole and corner: Shady and secretive, typically to hide illicit activity.
Made light of
He "made light of" his teacher’s advice.
Meaning of made light = to act as if something is not serious.
So, all the 4 options are wrong other than E.
The trade union’s seemingly rightful demand is only a "stalking horse" to blackmail the management.
A stalking horse is a thing or person used to disguise someone's real intentions. Most often, the stalking horse is a decoy used as a distraction, or it is a way to test the viability of a concept before putting one's resources and reputation behind that concept.
As good as his word.
The student was "as good as his word".
Meaning of as good as his word: Doing what you have promised to do.
The trail was so important that the entire proceedings were held "in camera".
In camera means: In private. This phrase comes from Latin and means "in the chamber."
A laughing stock.
With his flimsy story, he made "a laughing stock" of himself.
Laughing stock means when someone or something that seems stupid or silly, especially by trying to be serious or important and not succeeding.
If you say that a person or an organization has become a laughing stock, you mean that they are supposed to be important or serious but have been made to seem ridiculous.
To have an axe to grind
The idiom 'to have an axe to grind' means to have a private reason for doing or being involved in something.
To catch a Tartar is to
The idiom ‘to catch a tartar’ means Seek out something or someone that turns out to be unexpectedly unpleasant or formidable.
Eat his heart out.
Being an introvert, he will only eat "his heart out".
To eat your heart out is to feel jealous or envious of someone else's achievements or good fortune. Occasionally, it means to feel other strong emotions, especially grief, bitterness, or worry over something.
A pipe dream.
His idea to make a movie was "a mere pipe dream".
The correct option is B.
A pipe dream is an idiom that means an idea or plan that is impossible or very unlikely to happen:
Ride rough shod.
Do not "ride rough shod" over the poor.
The idiom ‘ride roughshod’ means to completely ignore the rights, opinions, or feelings of others. So treating harshly is the best suitable option.
The boy had a "hair-breath escape" from a street accident.
Hair breath escape: Very close escape
Comes to the crunch.
He always promises help, but backs out when it "comes to the crunch".
Comes to the crunch: When a situation becomes extremely serious and a decision must be made
On the wane.
The days of this actor are "on the wane".
If something is on the wane, it is becoming weaker or less.
He has reached this high stature through "elbow grease".
Elbow grease: Strenuous physical effort
Cool as a cucumber.
She was "cool as a cucumber".
Cool as a cucumber: Calm and composed, self-possessed.
To drive home
To drive home: give special importance or value to
Plough a lonely furrow.
In the organised society of today no individual or nation can "plough a lonely furrow".
Plough a lonely furrow: To do something alone or do something that no one else will do.
A far cry.
Inspite of world wide efforts, international peace is still "a far cry".
A far cry: A long distance away from something.
A bolt from the blue.
His partner cheating him can to him as "a bolt from the blue".
A bolt from the blue: Something unexpected or surprising.