Idioms and Phrases - Practice Set - 8

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. Your remarks during the discussion added fuel to the fire.

  1. got others angry
  2. ignited the fireplace
  3. worsened matters
  4. created warmth all around

2. Why do you fight shy of me?

  1. fight with
  2. avoid
  3. embarrass
  4. shout at

3. We should give a wide berth to bad characters.

  1. keep away from
  2. publicly condemn
  3. give publicity
  4. not sympathise with

4. When he asked me the way to the cafeteria. I told him to follow his nose.

  1. to find it by himself
  2. to ask someone else
  3. to follow me
  4. to go straight ahead

5. Winning the competition was quite a feather in my cap.

  1. rewaiting
  2. an exciting moment
  3. an achievement
  4. a joy for my parents

6. My father’s dealings are open and above board.

  1. to everyone liking
  2. mandatory
  3. without any secret
  4. very clear


7. After the public meeting, the crowd went haywire.

  1. were in jubilation
  2. protested
  3. became out of control
  4. left the venue

8. He broke off in the middle of the story.

  1. fainted
  2. suddenly stopped
  3. divided his narrative
  4. took time off

9. Some shots were fired at random.

  1. without any aim
  2. for a long time
  3. to end quarrel
  4. thoroughly

10. I can finish the work by myself, but she always tries to be a backseat driver.

  1. person who misjudge others
  2. person who wants to do things by herself
  3. person who falsely accuses others
  4. person who gives unwanted advice

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