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. We made a dash for the cricket stadium to see Kapil Dev.
(b) to go quickly
(c) to make sure
Q2. An honest person never plays fast and loose with his friends.
(c) to be inconsistent
(d) delay tactics
Q3. If you want mental peace, you should be steer clear of group politics in our office.
(b) to avoid
(c) to abide by
(d) to satisfy yourself
Q4. Their attempt to get back the stolen necklace was a wild goose chase.
(a) wise decision
(b) useless search
(c) timely action
(d) delayed action
Q5. Sheela stood by her husband in weal and woe.
(a) by hook or crook
(b) in prosperity and adversity
(c) during illness
(d) during the operation
Q6. Following CBI investigations, the ISRO scientist’s integrity was under a cloud for a while.
(d) false implication
Q7. She took into her head to leave her job in no time and go to her parents.
(a) half-heartedly decided
(b) a sudden idea
(c) after careless thought
(d) none of these
Q8. President Saddam Hussein’s effort to annex Kuwait was nothing short of setting the Thames on fire.
(a) a try to achieve an impossible distinction
(b) to destroy the country for nothing
(c) to show his power and might
(d) none of these
Q9. One should not stay idle at home; but be up and doing.
Q10. They set the two friends by the ear and then enjoyed the fun.
(a) made friends
(b) to provoke to quarrel
(c) to bring in agreement
(d) none of these
Q11. Mr Arjun Singh snapped his fingers at Narasimha Rao and got himself in hot water.
(a) to cheat
(b) to challenge
(c) to deceive
(d) to interfere
Q12. We are afraid you may not be led astray in by Arvind’s bad company.
(a) get into trouble
(d) lose the job
Q13. With the multinational companies entering the Indian market, domestic companies are at a low ebb these days.
(a) without profit
(b) with less profit
(c) on the decline
(d) with moderate profit
Q14. The CBI officials followed up the clue, but it proved to be a mare’s nest.
(b) time consuming
(c) an unfounded rumour
Q15. After the death of his father, Ramesh is playing ducks and drakes with his inherited property and is sure to ruin himself.
(b) to spend lavishly
(c) horse trading
(d) bad tactics to fool others
Sol. make a dash for someone or something-to run quickly for someone or something
Sol. play fast and loose- Be recklessly irresponsible, unreliable, or deceitful, as in This reporter is known for playing fast and loose with the facts.
Sol. steer clear of-take care to avoid or keep away from.
Sol. wild goose chase- a foolish and hopeless search for or pursuit of something unattainable.
Sol. Weal and woe- joy and sorrow
Sol. under a cloud-under suspicion or discredited.
Sol. take something into one’s head- to get an obsession or overpowering idea into one’s thinking
Sol. set the Thames on fire- To do wonderful or exciting things; to cause a great or remarkable sensation in the world; to be extremely exciting, popular, famous, renowned, etc.
Sol. up and around; up and doing- Active again, especially after an illness or rest,
Sol. by the ear – to provoke to quarrel
Sol. snap one’s fingers at-Treat with contempt, scorn, disregard,
Sol. lead someone astray- to direct or guide someone in the wrong direction
Sol. “at a low ebb”-in a bad or weak state: At a low point, in a state of decline or depression.
Sol. mare’s nest- a false discovery, illusion, or deliberate hoax
Sol. play ducks and drakes with- To squander; waste.