English Language Quiz (Idioms and Phrases)- 19-February -2022

Safalta Experts Published by: Annu Chaudhary Updated Sat, 19 Feb 2022 04:03 PM IST

Directions (1-10) : In each of the questions, four alternatives are given for the Idiom/Phrase. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the Idiom/Phrase.

1. My friend got the sack from his first job.
(a) resigned
(b) got tired of
(c) was dismissed from
(d) was demoted from

2. The smell from the kitchen makes my mouth water.
(a) makes me giddy
(b) makes me vomit
(c) stimulates my appetite
(d) makes me sick 

3 His boss was always breathing down his neck.
(a) shouting loudly at him
(b) giving him strenuous work
(c) abusing and ill-treating him
(d) watching all his actions closely

4. I have a bone to pick with you in this matter.
(a) am angry
(b) selfish motive
(c) selfless motive
(d) desire


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To work on this project is like flogging a dead horse.
(a) harp upon a question that has been settled
(b) dragging something too far
(c) over-spending money
(d) None of these

6. The cashier wiped the nose of his employer by presenting false bills.
(a) abused
(b) cheated
(c) slapped
(d) doomed

7. She is quite at sea and does not know what course of action to take in the matter.
(a) at ease
(b) displeased
(c) perplexed
(d) danger


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It is time that professors came down from their ivory towers and studied the real needs of present day students.
(a) expensive fee
(b) detachment and seclusion
(c) dreamlands
(d) a tower made of ivory

9. She was in a brown study and did not notice my entrance.
(a) sleep
(b) dream
(c) fear
(d) reverie

10. The inspector was caught red handed.
(a) quickly
(b) caught in the act of committing the crime
(c) caught with dirty hands
(d) found with hands tied


Ans-1 (c) get the sack from : being told by your employer that you can no longer continue working for a company etc. usually because of something that you have done wrong. Here, was dismissed from is the right usage.

2. (c) stimulates my appetite mouth-watering : food looks or smells so good that you want to eat it immediately; tempting

3. (d) waching all his actions closely breathe down somebody’s neck: to watch closely what somebody is doing in a way that makes them feel anxious or annoyed.

4. (a) am angry have a bone to pick with somebody : to be angry with somebody about something

5. (d) None of these flog a dead horse : to waste your effort by trying to do something that is no longer possible.

6. (b) cheated

7. (c) perplexed at sea : confused and not knowing what to do.

8. (b) detachment and seclusion ivory tower : a situation where you are separated from the problems and practical aspects of normal life.

9. (d) reverie a brown study : a mood of deep absorption or thought fulness.

10. (b) red handed : caught in the act of doing something wrong or illegal.


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