Idiom Phrases Set 9
Q1. A flash in the pan
(a) an incorrect piece of reasoning
(b) sudden but brief success
(c) a mixture of many types
(d) among other things
A flash in the pan-a thing or person whose sudden but brief success is not repeated or repeatable.
Q2. A blot on the landscape
(a) something that spoils a situation
(b) criminal action against someone
(c) receive severe criticism
(d) have more useful things to do
A blot on the landscape-Something that is considered unattractive that covers up or otherwise takes away from the value of something attractive
Q3. The captors of the kidnapped kept his family on tenterhooks.
(a) an anxious suspense
(b) on constant move
(c) in seething anger
(d) in excited state
On tenterhooks-in a state of suspense or agitation because of uncertainty about a future event., anxiously waiting for news about someone or something
Q4. I have come to know of your hole-and-corner methods of dealing with people.
Hole-and-corner: hole-and-corner activities are kept secret, usually because they are dishonest
Q5. He was in a brown study and did not seem to catch my point.
(a) in his study room
(b) absorbed in reading
(d) in a state of shock
Brown study:a mood of deep absorption or thoughtfulness; reverie, The condition of being so lost in solitary thought as to be unaware of one’s surroundings.
Q6. The green-eyed monster
(a) the creature of the sea
(b) an animal with green eyes
(c) personal jealousy
(d) to get into trouble
The green-eyed monster-jealousy personified., expressing jealously
Q7. He is not playing with the full deck.
(a) someone who has lost interest
(b) someone who lacks intelligence
(c) someone who is clever in his dealings
(d) someone who has less money to make the deal
Play with a full deck: to operate as if one were mentally sound. (Usually in the negative. One cannot play cards with a partial deck.)
Q8. Harassed by repeated acts of injustice, he decided to put his foot down.
(a) not to yield
(d) None of these
Put one’s foot down (about someone or something)-to tell someone in a strong way that they must do something or that they must stop doing something
Q9. He was murdered in cold blood.
In cold blood-without feeling or mercy; ruthlessly.
Q10. Every political party is at present playing to the gallery.
(a) Adopting cheap tactics
(b) Befooling the common man
(c) Fighting for votes
(d) Appeasing the masses
Playing to the gallery-to perform in a manner that will get the strong approval of the audience; to perform in a manner that will get the approval of the lower elements in the audience.
Q11. A hornet’s nest
(a) A comfortable position
(b) An unpleasant situation
(c) Among thorns
(d) A perfect place
A hornet’s nest. a situation or subject which causes a lot of people to become angry and upset.
Q12. God’s acre refers to which of the following places.
(c) A cemetery beside church
Q13. She wrangled over an ass’s shadow.
(a) did unnecessary work
(b) quarreled over trifles
(c) sat on the shadow of the ass
(d) quarreled like fools
Q14. To play second fiddle
(a) To be happy, cheerful and healthy
(b) To reduce importance of one’s senior
(c) To support the role and view of another person
(d) To do back seat driving
Q15. Beggar description
(a) Cannot be described
(b) Something described by a beggar
(c) A poor account of something
(d) A description of a beggar
S15. Ans.(a) Sol. Beggar description-be too extraordinary to be believed or described.
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