Directions (1-15): In the following questions four alternatives are given for idioms/phrases in now. Choose the one that best expresses the meaning of the given idiom/phrase.
Q1. To cry wolf
(a) to give false alarm
(b) to turn pale
(c) to ruin over self
(d) to overcome someone
Q2. To have an axe to grind
(a) to work for both sides
(b) to have selfish interest to serve
(c) to criticize someone
(d) to fail to arouse interest
Q3. To hit the right nail on the head
(a) to do things right
(b) to announce one’s fixed views
(c) to destroy one’s reputation
(d) to teach someone a lesson
Q4. To be at cross-purposes
(a) miss each other
(b) work with each other
(c) like each other
(d) misunderstand each other
Q5. Go to the ends of the earth
(a) up to a certain limit
(b) try everything to succeed
(c) till losing one’s interest
(d) till losing one’s head
Q6. To be in dribs and drabs
(a) without fail
(b) with much ease
(c) in small quantities
(d) with great difficulty
Q7. A hard nut to crack is
(a) one who is very obstinate
(b) very difficult child
(c) a walnut or a fruit
(d) problem that is hard be solved
Q8. A cock and bull story means
(a) a fabricated story
(b) a children’s fable
(c) quarrelsome dialogue
(d) competition between unequal
Q9. The gift of the gab means
(a) an unexpected gain
(b) fluency of speech
(c) thought provoking oration
(d) a X-mas gift
Q10. A fool’s paradise means
(a) a foolish idea
(b) an imaginary idea
(c) an unexpected gain
(d) false hopes for a foolish person
Q11. A man of spirit is
(a) a very talented man
(b) a spiritual person
(c) a very courageous man
(d) a unique person
Q12. It has been proved up to the hilt that China’s intentions are bad.
(b) up to first decision
(c) no outcome
(d) none of these
Q13. Rakesh stole the march on Sukhdev by getting the latter posted to a remote village.
(a) to aim advantage secretly
(b) to aim benefit by pleasing someone
(c) to aim benefit of money
(d) to aim benefit of one’s relationship
Q14. After the retirement, Mr Mehta is thinking of resting on his oars.
(a) to depend on his savings
(b) rest after hard work
(c) do a mild business to keep busy
(d) none of these
Q15. We talked over the matter for an hour but without any result.
(c) fought about
Sol. To cry wolf -to cry or complain about something when nothing is really wrong.
Sol. have an axe to grind-have a private reason for doing or being involved in something.
Sol. hit the nail (right) on the head- to do exactly the right thing; to do something in the most effective and efficient way.
Sol. at cross purposes-In conflict with or in opposition to.
Sol. go to the ends of the earth-to do everything possible in order to achieve something
Sol. dribs and drabs-in small scattered or sporadic amounts.
Sol. A hard nut to crack-a difficult problem to solve
Sol. A cock and bull story-a story or explanation which is obviously not true
Sol. The gift of the gab-the ability to speak with eloquence and fluency.
Sol. fool’s paradise: a state of being happy for foolish or unfounded reasons.
Sol. A man of spirit is someone who courageous and full of energy.
Sol. (up) to the hilt – if you do something to the hilt, you do it in the strongest and most complete way that you can
Sol. steal a march on someone or something: to precede someone who has the same goal; to accomplish something before someone else does.
Sol. rest on one’s oars, to cease to make an effort; relax after exertion; stop working after success or completing a task:
Sol. talk over something- to discuss something
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