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Idioms and Phrases  

Directions (Qs. 1 - 42): In each sentence, an idiom/ phrase is used which is given in CAPITALS. Under each sentence four alternatives are given and numbered 1, 2, 3 and 4. One of the alternatives expresses BEST the meaning of the idiom/ phrase. Pick out that alternative as your answer.

1. Beating the English cricket team in the recently concluded test series by 3-1 is indeed a FEATHER IN India's CAP.
1) an award         2) a medal            3) a title            4) a proud achievement

 

2. To get permission sanctioned for starting a new business in the Corporation Complex, my brother had to GREASE THE PALM of the Mayor.
1) to beseech           2) to buy           3) to bribe           4) to bend

 

3. There was only one old cab at the taxi stand outside the Railway station that night and I took it to reach home as it was my HOBSON'S CHOICE.
1) great choice           2) only choice           3) my son's choice          4) my hubby's choice

 

4. When we send our servant Seenu on shopping work, he often LINES HIS POCKETS.
1) make money dishonestly                  2) stitch one's pockets
3) show one's pockets              4) stand in queues

 

5. Most of us show great interest in the SIDE LIGHTS about the personal life of our film personalities.
1) incidental information              2) income details
3) irritating incidents             4) insides of a studio

 

6. My brother is leading a luxurious life because besides his big salary income, he has some SIDE LINES.
1) he lives near railway tracks               2) he lives in civil lines
3) he has extra income sources           4) he sidelines others

 

7. After spending a week in coma, my uncle has TURNED THE CORNER.
1) stand at a corner              2) take a turn at a corner
3) become better            4) become worse

 

8. In his long and eventful singing career, late S P Balasubramanyam often BROUGHT DOWN THE HOUSE with his performance.
1) pull down a theatre             2) entertain very successfully
3) purchase a house              4) fail to entertain successfully

 

9. Buying a duplex house in a posh location in Mumbai COSTS A BOMB for a person.
1) very expensive             2) very rare             3) very cheap           4) very easy

 

10. In the ghastly flyover accident in Hyderabad, my friend Hari escaped by THE SKIN OF HIS TEETH.
1) bite with teeth               2) escape narrowly
3) end up losing teeth       4) bear out one's teeth.

 

11. When two close friends are quarrelling, some people, in the name of settling the dispute, ADD FUEL TO THE FLAMES.
1) pour petrol into fire                 2) to excite the situation further
3) increase the heat               4) incite others to fight

 

12. In the recent elections, I BACKED THE WRONG HORSE.
1) to buy an old horse              2) to return the horse
3) to support a wrong person          4) to attack a wrong person

 

13. At his first meeting with the parents of his girl friend, Mohan CUT A SORRY FIGURE.
1) to create poor impression            2) to cause a cut to them
3) to chop a figure               4) to chalk out a figure

 

14. Old people often like TO CHEW THE CUD about the things gone by.
1) to reflect on the past            2) to eat sugarcane           
3) to munch          4) to murmur about something

 

15. My neighbours often BLOW THEIR OWN TRUMPET.
1) play the trumpet often             
2) talk highly about themselves
3) to sound the horn of the car
4) to have a baby elephant at home

 

16. Most of us often EGG ON our team to win.
1) to urge            2) to hit with eggs           3) to sit on eggs            4) to discourage

 

17. My friend Rafi sings very well and I am sure that one day I see his NAME IN LIGHTS.
1) to burn            2) to become famous
3) to take a new name             4) to display his name plate

 

18. Some people become very rich overnight and such people often PUT ON AIRS.
1) behave in a proud manner           2) to use air bags
3) to become fat            4) to wear costly dresses

 

19. TO CUT CHEESE in public is bad manners, they say.
1) to eat cheese in public            2) to fart (to release gas) in public
3) to use a knife to cut cheese        4) to cut a cake in public

 

20. When students come up with new ideas, don't give them A COLD SHOULDER.
1) to support           2) to help          3) to encourage          4) to discourage

 

21. Education in English medium in AP primary schools is a BURNING QUESTION.
1) on fire           2) a live issue           3) a settled issue           4) a neglected issue

 

22. Our Principal at a staff meeting yesterday gave us A BIRD'S EYE VIEW of our College Day function.
1) an incomplete view      2) a half view only
3) a view of something with full details           4) an aerial view

 

23. Between marriage and further education, Leela is caught ON THE HORNS OF A DILEMMA.
1) caught among cows             2) held up in traffic
3) unable to sleep           4) unable to choose and decide

 

24. The car gifted to me by my father some twenty years ago has now become my WHITE ELEPHANT.
1) something useless and costly maintenance
2) something very useful
3) an antique piece      
4) a memorable item

 

25. Apply for all competitive exams in time, otherwise you may MISS THE BUS.
1) be early               2) be late for and lose something
3) be ready for all times            4) be lazy

 

26. When the 6-year old Sita had lost her parents in a road accident, her grandmother BROUGHT HER UP.
1) purchased            2) nourished           3) lived in a hut            4) ignored

 

27. When the VC agreed to fulfil all their demands, the students CALLED the strike OFF.
1) cancelled          2) completed             3) continued           4) condensed

 

28. Many parents are destined to BEAR WITH their unruly children.
1) to attack             2) to punish               3) to endure         4) to expel

 

29. There are many old and meaningless laws in our country and one day we have to DO AWAY WITH them.
1) to change              2) to amend              3) to attack            4) to abolish

 

30. When Balu's parents went on a long tour to America, his grandmother LOOKED him AFTER.
1) to observe            2) to beat          3) to take care of           4) to leave alone

 

31. My granddaughter TAKES AFTER her father.
1) to resemble           2) to run after           3) to catch            4) to cry for

 

32. Geeta and Sita often FALL OUT with each other.
1) to stumble            2) to fight            3) to help            4) to greet

 

33. Whenever I go to Hyderabad, I PUT UP at a hotel in Ameerpet.
1) to wait at          2) to stay            3) to rent          4) to buy

 

34. My boss TURNED DOWN my request for a pay hike.
1) to push              2) to pull            3) to reject            4) to return

 

35. After the sudden demise of his young wife, Vasu TOOK TO drinking.
1) to become addicted             2) to keep crying
3) to sell drinks            4) to give up drinks

 

36. Hundreds of fans TURNED UP to see their favourite actor at the stadium.
1) to come             2) to clap           3) to travel            4) to walk

 

37. A powerful bomb WENT OFF at the station yesterday.
1) to grow              2) to explode             3) to plant               4) to detect

 

38. Inspite of many warnings from the Principal, some students CARRY ON ragging on the campus.
1) to avoid             2) to continue                3) to encourage            4) to love

 

39. After 3 years of courting, Krishna and Radha decided to BREAK UP.
1) to move on            2) to live together             3) to separate            4) to marry

 

40. My Principal TICKED me OFF yesterday for coming late to college.
1) to scold             2) to mark absent            3) to send out               4) to appreciate

 

41. To get a party ticket for the assembly elections, Anil RAN FROM PILLAR TO POST.
1) to run miles              2) to send letters
3) to make every effort             4) to sell every thing

 

42. In everything and at all times, Madhu is my MAN FRIDAY.
1) he meets her on Fridays
2) a person born on Friday
3) a faithful and efficient aide
4) a person faithful on Fridays

 

Key: 1-4; 2-3; 3-2; 4-1; 5-1; 6-3; 7-3; 8-2; 9-1; 10-2; 11-2; 12-3; 13-1; 14-1;  15-2; 16-1; 17-2; 18-1; 19-2; 20-4; 21-2; 22-3; 23-4; 24-1; 25-2; 26-2; 27-1; 28-3; 29-4; 30-3; 31-1; 32-2; 33-2; 34-3; 35-1; 36-1; 37-2; 38-2; 39-3;  40-1; 41-3; 42-3.

Posted Date : 15-04-2021

 

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