English - Idioms and Phrases -Set 2
Directions: In the following questions, four alternatives are given for the Idiom/Phrase printed in bold in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the Idiom/Phrase.
1. The teacher took me to task for not completing my homework.
(a) gave me additional homework
(b) punished me
(c) took me to the principal
(d) reduced my homework
2. When I entered the house everything was at sixes and sevens.
(a) a quarrel among six or seven people
(b) to have six or seven visitors at a time
(c) in disorder or confusion
(d) an unpleasant argument
3. The storm brought about great destruction in the valley.
4. Ramu will have to mend his ways if he wants to keep his job.
(a) modify his plans
(b) improve his work
(c) improve his habits
(d) plan his future
5. Ever since the Goenkas moved to their new flat, they have tended to put on airs.
(a) play a lot music
(b) use the fan a great deal
(c) behave as if they are better than they really are
(d) become very argumentative and opinionated
6. the Judge turned down the plea of the accused.
7. A wise politician is one who keeps his flatterers at an arm's length.
(a) will looked after
(b) in good humour
(c) quarreling among themselves
(d) at a safe distance
8. In the securities scam, the ministers and the Governors of the Reserve Bank were said to be above Board.
9. I dislike people who keep talking nineteen to the dozen.
(a) too much
(b) too loudly
(d) too little
10. Though he is a close fisted person, he donated liberally to the Earthquake Relief Fund.
(a) a frugal person
(b) physically handicapped
(c) a miserly person
(d) a poor person
11. His winning the tournament is a feather in his cap.
(a) a feather added to his collection
(b) an achievement of which he can be proud
(c) an exciting event
(d) a prize no one else has won
12. I think it is a square deal.
(a) a fair bargain
(b) a decent sale
(c) an unfair sale
(d) an unfair bargain
13. He was pulled up by the Chairman of the Board.
14. Do not lose your head when faced with a difficult situation.
(a) forget anything
(b) neglect anything
(c) lose self-control
(d) get jealous
15. Who am I to sit in Judgement over their choices?
16. Since you couldn't accept a timely warning, it is no use repenting now. Why cry over spilt milk?
(a) cry over irreparable loss
(b) to regret uselessly
(c) cry needlessly
(d) feel guilty of
17. Yesterday in a collision between a truck and a car he had a close shave.
(a) maintain cleanliness
(b) remove the entire hair
(c) a narrow escape
(d) close relations
18. Lord Tennyson was blessed with the gift of the gab.
(a) enormous wealth
(b) ability to work hard
(c) ability to speak impressively
(d) luck on one's side
19. When she realised that she had bought a fake product, she knew that her money had gone down the drain.
(a) was lost forever
(b) dropped in the drain
(c) got washed away
(d) her money was safe
20. You have been caught cheating now you must face the music.
(a) face the unpleasant consequences
(b) stand upto unpleasant consequences
(c) be debarred
(d) be insulted publicly