Directions (1-15): In the following questions four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase italicized/bold in the sentence. Choose the one that best expresses the meaning of the given idiom/phrase:
Q1. The students were in the blues when they heard that the examination would not be postponed after all
(a) cheerless and depressed
(b) violent and angry
(c) wearing blue badges
(d) singing sad songs
Q2. To give so much importance to this dispute is to make a mountain of a molehill.
(a) to take advantage
(b) to give great importance to trifles
(c) to see a thing with prejudiced mind
(d) to get into trouble
Q3. The captain played with determination because the honour of the team was at stake.
(a) at the top
(b) in danger
(c) very low
Q4. The inspector was caught red handed.
(b) caught in the act of committing the crime
(c) caught with dirty hands
(d) found with hands tied
Q5. She cut a sad figure in her first performance on the stage.
(a) made a sorry figure
(b) cut a sorry face
(c) did not do well
(d) performed a sad role
Q6. Sunita has bitten off more than she can chew.
(a) over and above
(b) beyond her capacity
(c) trying to do too much
(d) bad fall
Q7. He never wanted to keep her under his thumb and so he let her do what she liked.
(a) below his thumb
(c) unduly under control
(d) in his presence all the time
Q8. I have a bone to pick with you in this matter.
(a) am angry
(b) selfish motive
(c) selfless motive
Q9. The cashier wiped the nose of his employer by presenting false bills.
Q10. It is time that professors came down from their ivory towers and studied the real needs of present day students.
(a) expensive fee
(b) detachment and seclusion
(d) a tower made of ivory
Q11. She is quite at sea and does not know what course of action to take in the matter.
(a) at ease
Q12. To work on this project is like flogging a dead horse.
(a) harp upon a question that has been settled
(b) dragging something too far
(c) over-spending money
(d) none of these
Q13. Let India and Pakistan clinch the Kashmir issue through bilateral talks; it is no use involving a mediator.
(a) to continue negotiations
(b) to find a via-media
(c) to decide finally
(d) to decide among themselves
Q14. He neither employs him nor allows him to find job elsewhere, he is simply following a dog in the manger policy.
(a) a selfish policy
(b) delaying tactics
(c) good for nothing
(d) dirty policy
Q15. Please do not get on my nerves, I am already in a crisis.
(b) to add more worry
(d) leave me alone
Sol. into the blue- Completely gone or disappeared; entirely out of sight or reach; without a trace.
Sol. make a mountain out of a molehill- to make a major issue out of a minor one; to exaggerate the importance of something
Sol. at stake- ready to be won or lost; at risk; hanging in the balance
Sol. red-handed- used to indicate that a person has been discovered in or just after the act of doing something wrong or illegal.
Sol. performed a sad role
Sol. bite off more than one can chew – to take (on) more than one can deal with; to be overconfident
Sol. under somebody’s/something’s thumb- completely controlled by someone or something
Sol. have a bone to pick with somebody- something that you say when you want to talk to someone about something they have done that has annoyed you.
Sol. To wipe one’s nose of- to deprive of; to rob.
Sol. ivory towers – a state of privileged seclusion or separation from the facts and practicalities of the real world.
Sol. at sea (about something)- to be confused; to be lost and bewildered
Sol. flog a dead horse – to insist on talking about something that no one is interested in, or that has already been thoroughly discussed
Sol. to decide among themselves
Sol. a dog in the manger- someone who keeps something that they do not really want in order to prevent anyone else from having it
Sol. get on your nerves- to annoy someone a lot