Idioms and Phrases - Practice Set - 5

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. The poet drew on his fancy not his knowledge of nature, when he wrote his poem on birds.

  1. used his understanding
  2. used his knowledge
  3. used his imagination
  4. used his skill

2. My neighbour had to pay through his nose for a brand new car.

  1. pay huge loans
  2. pay a reasonable price
  3. pay an extremely high price
  4. make a quick buck

3. Very ambitious people do not like to rest on their laurels.

  1. to be unhappy
  2. to be motivated
  3. to be impatient
  4. to be complacent

4. If he phones again, I am going to give him a piece of my mind.

  1. to be nice to him
  2. to take revenge on him
  3. to reprimand him
  4. to support him

5. The party high command wanted to stave off an open battle.

  1. postpone
  2. wait and see
  3. allow it to take its own course
  4. prevent

6. Ramesh takes after his father.

  1. follows
  2. imitates
  3. obeys
  4. resembles


7. They made no bones about acknowledging their debt to his genius

  1. did not have any hesitation in
  2. did not have any faith in
  3. demanded compensation for
  4. had problems in

8. It is evident from the minister’s statement that heads will roll in the Secretariat.

  1. transfers will take place
  2. heads will be cut off
  3. people will die
  4. dismissals will occur

9. During the last moments of his life, the criminal made a clean breast of everything he had done.

  1. showed his breast
  2. fought like a hero
  3. confessed without reserve
  4. faced bravely

10. She tries very hard to keep up with her rich neighbours.

  1. to imitate
  2. to keep in touch
  3. to avoid
  4. to be on par

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