English Quiz (idioms) SSC CGL and CPO 2016


Directions (Q.1-10): In the following questions, four alternatives are for the given idiom/phrase, choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the given idioms/ phrase.

Q1. To fight tooth and nail.
(a) To fight a losing battle  
(b) To oppose resolutely 
(c) To have a physical fight 
(d) To lodge a formal protest

Q2. At one’s wit’s end.
(a) To understand thoroughly  
(b) To be puzzled 
(c) To be a stupid person 
(d) To behave irrationally 
Q3. The young engineer was hauled up for spilling the beans about the new project to the competitor.
(a) Suppressing the information  
(b) Hiding the details 
(c) Revealing the information indiscreetly 
(d) Spoiling the plans 

Q4. The village headman pretends to be a good Samaritan.
(a) A religious person  
(b) A helpful person 
(c) A citizen of Samaria 
(d) A law-abiding citizen 
Q5. The bus had a close shave as its driver swerved to the right a split-second before the on-coming truck could run into it.
(a) Serious accident  
(b) Close collision 
(c) Narrow escape 
(d) Deep dent 

Q6. In high spirits 
(a) Full of hope and enthusiasm  
(b) Under tremendous stress 
(c) Under the influence of liquor 
(d) Mentally deranged 

Q7. He amassed his wealth through sharp practices.
(a) Dishonest means  
(b) Illegal means 
(c) Intelligent decisions 
(d) Quick decisions 

Q8. When the trade was brisk, he worked hard and made his fortune; he believes in making hay while the sun shines.
(a) Taking advantage of a favourable opportunity  
(b) Earning money through dishonest means 
(c) Earning money at the cost of others 
(d) Taking advantage of the inflationary trends 

Q9. Why don’t you put an end to blowing your own trumpet?
(a) Playing your own trumpet to produce music  
(b) Making too much noise  
(c) Praising your own abilities and achievements 
(d) None of the above 

Q10. I knew he had an axe to grind and turned down his offer of help.
(a) A blunt axe 
(b) A sharp tongue 
(c) A private interest to serve 
(d) A tendency to fight 

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