Idioms and Phrases - Practice Set - 10

Directions: In the questions given below, four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase underlined in the sentence. Click on the option given under each question which you think best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.


1. Those intending to take up the military service must be prepared to go through the hoops.

  1. be made to undergo grueling tests
  2. be made to sign bonds
  3. be made to pay heavy amounts of money
  4. be punished severely

2. He is playing ducks and drakes with the wealth of his father.

  1. spending foolishly
  2. spending carefully
  3. spending diligently
  4. spending lavishly

3. The Principal called the latecomers to her room and delivered a curtain lecture on the subject of late hours.

  1. cautionary talk given in private
  2. talk behind the curtain
  3. dramatic lecture
  4. brief lecture

4. The project to clean the River Ganga ended in smoke.

  1. yielded no profit
  2. yielded no plan
  3. yielded no practical result
  4. yielded only confusion

5. He immediately set about organizing the department.

  1. started
  2. took steps towards
  3. looked around
  4. took charge

6. He's as daft as a brush. Don't believe a word of what he says.

  1. unreliable
  2. a liar
  3. really silly
  4. very funny


7. She is a person who pulls no punches.

  1. speaks politely
  2. speaks frankly
  3. speaks rudely
  4. speaks sweetly

8. For any group work to be successful, it is important that everyone is on the same page.

  1. present for the meeting
  2. registered for the work
  3. willing to pay the same fees
  4. thinks in a similar way

9. I and my friend always go Dutch when we eat out.

  1. drive together
  2. pay for each other's meal
  3. go together
  4. divide the costs

10. My efforts at pest control went in vain, I have to go back to the drawing board.

  1. plan it all over again
  2. take professional help
  3. spend some time researching abroad
  4. work at night

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