Directions (1-15): In each question, a sentence is given in which an idiom is used. The idiomatic phrase is underlined/BOLD. Four possible meanings of the idioms are also given. Mark the number of the correct meaning as your answer.
Q1. There have been several warnings by the government that there’s a hardcore criminal on the loose in the city.
(b) be dashing
(c) be moving freely
Q2. The Journalist found himself in deep waters as he tried to probe into political issues.
(a) receiving a lot of public attention
(b) in distress
(c) in distress
(d) in trouble
Q3. As people age, they generally become hard of hearing.
(a) able to do something with great difficulty
(b) refuse to listen to others
(c) unable to hear well
(d) learn the real or true facts
Q4. Mrs. Paul is the one who brings home the bacon the sustain her family.
(a) earn necessary money
(b) help in cooking
(c) borrow for essentials
(d) to achieve something successfully
Q5. An upholder of truth never hesitates to call a spade a spade.
(a) to criticize
(b) to speak frankly
(c) to imitate
(d) to discuss openly
Q6. He did not want his sister to leave the house and so he put the wind up her with his ghost stories.
(a) make someone frightened of something
(b) make someone feel less confident
(c) defeat someone in an argument
(d) give someone help and protection
Q7. The politician accused of corruption called for a public meeting to clear the air regarding his actions.
(a) to flaunt
(b) to propagate
(c) get rid of suspicion
(d) to influence
Q8. The citizens who were trying to curry favour with the new officer soon realized it was of no use.
(a) to play tricks
(b) to avoid meeting
(c) to extend friendly terms
(d) win favour by flattery
Q9. The cricket fans were in the dark till the disclosure to the CBI report.
Q10. The two countries have been at daggers drawn for years over nuclear disarmament.
(a) hold opposing views
(b) in bitter enmity
(c) fighting a losing battle
(d) be filled with strong emotion
Q11. As both the parties were equally responsible for the damage, they settled the bill fair and square.
(b) exactly or fairly
Q12. The project proved to be a grand success, even though there were teething troubles.
(a) deep-rooted troubles
(c) initial difficulties
Q13. The Income Tax department seized the property of all those who accumulated wealth through ill-gotten gains.
(a) money obtained through dishonesty
(b) multifarious means
Q14. With the best of our batsmen injured, it was a foregone conclusion that the other team would win the match.
(a) easily acceptable
(b) assumed idea
(c) predictable result
(d) compelling argument
Q15. When I borrowed a large sum of money from my friend, we simply came to a gentleman’s agreement – neither he nor I had to sign any document.
(a) agreement based on trust
(b) casual agreement
(c) urgent agreement
(d) round about agreement
Sol. on the loose -running around free
Sol. in deep waters -in trouble or difficulty.
Sol. hard of hearing. -not able to hear well.
Sol. brings home the bacon -to earn a salary; to bring home money earned at a job.
Sol. to call a spade a spade. -to call something by its right name; to speak frankly about something, even if it is unpleasant.
Sol. put the wind up -to make someone feel anxious about their situation
Sol. clear the air – to get rid of doubts or hard feelings.
Sol. to curry favour -to try to make someone like you or support you by doing or saying things to please them
Sol. in the dark -in a state of ignorance.
Sol. at daggers drawn -(of two people) be bitterly hostile towards each other.
Sol. fair and square-honestly and straightforwardly.
Sol. teething troubles-short-term problems that occur in the early stages of a new project.
Sol. ill-gotten gains. -money or other possessions acquired in a dishonest or illegal fashion.
Sol. was a foregone conclusion -a result that can be predicted with certainty.
Sol. gentleman’s agreement -an arrangement or understanding which is based upon the trust of both or all parties, rather than being legally binding.