Test: Idioms And Proverbs- 1


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QUESTION: 1

In the following questions four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase italicised and underlined in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of idiom/phrase. 

 He is leaving the country for good. 

Solution:

for good:

permanently, without the possibility of change in the future

QUESTION: 2

In the following questions four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase italicised and underlined in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of idiom/phrase. 

Despite the trust bestowed on the minister he turned out to be a snake in the grass during the revolution.  

Solution:

a snake in the grass:  a person who pretends to be your friend but who cannot be trusted

QUESTION: 3

In the following questions four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase italicised and underlined in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of idiom/phrase. 

The popularity of the yesterday's superstar is on the wane. 

Solution:

on the wane: becoming weaker or less extensive.

QUESTION: 4

In the following questions four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase italicised and underlined in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of idiom/phrase. 

Companies producing goods play to the gallery to boost their sales.

Solution:

play to the gallery: to behave in a way intended to make people admire or support you

QUESTION: 5

In the following questions four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase italicised and underlined in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of idiom/phrase. 

 The case was held over due to the great opposition to it. 

Solution:

held over: to do something or deal with something at a later time or date.

QUESTION: 6

In the following questions four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase italicised and underlined in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of idiom/phrase. 

 He is an interesting speaker but tends to go off at a tangent. 

Solution:

go off at a tangent:

to suddenly start talking or thinking about a completely new subject

QUESTION: 7

In the following questions four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase italicised and underlined in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of idiom/phrase. 

 Dowry is a burning question of the day.  

Solution:

burning question:

An important, and perhaps scandalous, question that requires an answer.

An urgent or crucial issue under heated discussion

QUESTION: 8

In the following questions four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase italicised and underlined in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of idiom/phrase. 

 How long will the people put up with the increasing economic hardships? 

Solution:

put up with: tolerate; endure.

 

QUESTION: 9

In the following questions four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase italicised and underlined in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of idiom/phrase. 

I am afraid he is burning the candle at both ends and ruining his life.  

Solution:

the candle at both ends: To overwork or exhaust oneself by doing too many things, especially both late at night and early in the  morning.

QUESTION: 10

In the following questions four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase italicised and underlined in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of idiom/phrase. 

Since he knew what would happen, he should be left to stew in his own juice.  

Solution:

 stew in his own juice: to think about or suffer the results of your own actions

QUESTION: 11

In the following questions four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase italicised and underlined in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of idiom/phrase. 

It was he who put a spoke in my wheel. 

Solution:

put a spoke in my wheel:  To disrupt, foil, or cause problems to one's plan, activity, or project.

QUESTION: 12

In the following questions four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase italicised and underlined in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of idiom/phrase. 

 The university will have to shelve its plans for expansion in view of present situation  

Solution:

shelve: decide not to proceed with.

QUESTION: 13

In the following questions four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase italicised and underlined in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of idiom/phrase. 

Although he has failed in the written examination, he is using backstairs influence to get the job. 

Solution:

Backstairs influence: Influence from an ignoble source, typically one that is secret.

QUESTION: 14

In the following questions four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase italicised and underlined in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of idiom/phrase. 

 

Q. He was undecided. He let the grass grow under his feet.

Solution:

let the grass grow under his feet: to waste time by doing nothing.

loitered around​: To waste time being idle; to spend time doing little or nothing.
 

QUESTION: 15

In the following questions four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase italicised and underlined in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of idiom/phrase. 

 In the organised society of today no individual or nation can plough a lonely furrow. 

Solution:

plough a lonely furrow: To do something in isolation; to act without the help of others

QUESTION: 16

In the following questions four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase italicised and underlined in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of idiom/phrase

He sold his house for a song. 

Solution:

for a song:  very cheaply

QUESTION: 17

In the following questions four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase italicised and underlined in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of idiom/phrase. 

Leaders should not only make speeches they should also be prepared to bell the cat.  

Solution:

to bell the cat :

take the danger of a shared enterprise upon oneself.

QUESTION: 18

In the following questions four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase italicised and underlined in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of idiom/phrase. '

 Do not trust a man who blows his own trumpet  

Solution:

blows his own trumpet : to talk about oneself or one's achievements especially in a way that shows that one is proud or too proud

QUESTION: 19

In the following questions four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase italicised and underlined in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of idiom/phrase. 

He is out and out a reactionary.  

Solution:

out and out : in every respect; absolute.

QUESTION: 20

In the following questions four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase italicised and underlined in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of idiom/phrase. 

 The project did not appear to hold out bright prospects.  

Solution:

hold out: resist or survive in difficult circumstances.

QUESTION: 21

In the following questions four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase italicised and underlined in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of idiom/phrase. 

Why must you look a gift horse in the mouth

Solution:

gift horse in the mouth: To show a lack of appreciation or gratitude when receiving a gift.

QUESTION: 22

In the following questions four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase italicised and underlined in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of idiom/phrase. 

It is no longer easy to strike gold  in Shakespeare's research since much work has already been done on him.

Solution:

strike gold : To be, or to become successful

QUESTION: 23

In the following questions four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase italicised and underlined in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of idiom/phrase. 

 The party stalwarts have advised the President to take it lying down for a while. 

Solution:

to take it lying down:

to accept (something bad, such as an insult or unfair treatment) without trying to fight against it

QUESTION: 24

In the following questions four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase italicised and underlined in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of idiom/phrase. 

 I did not mind what he was saying, he was only through his hat.  

Solution:

through his hat.:  to talk about something without understanding what you are talking about

QUESTION: 25

In the following questions four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase italicised and underlined in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of idiom/phrase. 

Sanjay is very different about passing the Civil Services Examination this year.

Solution:

very different about : not very good at something.

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