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Idioms and Phrases MCQ Questions & Answers

Idioms and Phrases MCQs : This section focuses on the "Idioms and Phrases". These Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) should be practiced to improve the Idioms and Phrases skills required for various interviews (campus interview, walk-in interview, company interview), placement, entrance exam and other competitive examinations.




Question 1

A good teacher should have the gift of the gab.

A. a good personality
B. a talent for acting
C. a talent for speaking
D. an interest in discipline

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Question 2

Pt. Nehru was born with a silver spoon in his mouth.

A. born in a middle class family
B. born in a wealthy family
C. born in a royal family
D. born in a family of nationalists

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Question 3

To smell a rat

A. To see signs of plague epidemic
B. To get bad small of a bad dead rat
C. To suspect foul dealings
D. None of these

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Question 4

To make clean breast of

A. To gain prominence
B. To praise oneself
C. To confess without of reserve
D. To destroy before it blooms

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Question 5

To keep one's head above water

A. To be cautious
B. To be out of debt
C. To remain aloof
D. None of these

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Question 6

To give currency

A. To bestow importance
B. To misinterpret
C. To make publicly known
D. To originate

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Question 7

He can get the job if he has the mind.

A. has the courtesy
B. has the willingness
C. has a good memory
D. is intelligent

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Question 8

In modern democratic societies lynch law seems to have become the spheres of life.

A. law of the mob
B. law of the underworld
C. law of the constitution
D. law of the parliament

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Question 9

The project did not appear to hold out bright prospects.

A. highlight
B. show
C. offer
D. promise

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Question 10

He bids fair to be an excellent cricketer.

A. seems likely
B. is ambitious
C. is confident
D. is unlikely

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Question 11

To have an axe to grind

A. A private end to serve
B. To fail to arouse interest
C. To have no result
D. To work for both sides

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Question 12

We should guard against our green-eyed friends.

A. rich
B. jealous
C. handsome
D. enthusiastic

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Question 13

Swan-song

A. Music as sweet as a song of birds
B. A melodious song in praise of someone
C. Praise of a woman by her lover
D. Last work of a poet or musician before death

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Question 14

Inspite of the efforts of all peace loving people, world peace is still a far cry.

A. an abstract ideal
B. a long way off
C. an impracticable idea
D. out of reach

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Question 15

If Gaurav does not complete the work allotted to him properly, we shall send him packing.

A. put him in packing department
B. give him our best wishes
C. give him another work
D. None of the above

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Question 16

It is time that professors came down from their ivory towers and studied the real needs of the students.

A. Detachment and seclusion
B. A tower made of ivory
C. Prison
D. Dream lands

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Question 17

i have come to know of your hole and corner method of dealing with people.

A. strict
B. servile
C. secret
D. suspicious

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Question 18

To mind one's P's and Q's

A. To be cautious
B. To be accurate and precise
C. To be careful of one's accounts
D. To be careful of one's personality

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Question 19

To give/get the bird

A. To get the awaited
B. To have good luck
C. To send away
D. To get the impossible

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Question 20

In life, we have to take the rough with the smooth.

A. be tough in order to be successful
B. use pleasant words to make things smooth
C. accept unpleasant as well as pleasant things
D. make unpleasant things better

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Question 21

To put somebody in his place

A. To turn him out
B. To honour him
C. To give him due respect
D. To make him humble

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Question 22

He has come up during the last five years.

A. fallen in rank
B. risen in status
C. become proud
D. become humble

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Question 23

To bite one's lips

A. repress an emotion
B. To feel sorry
C. To have doubt
D. To laugh at others

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Question 24

The die is cast and now let us hope for the best.

A. project is over
B. decision is made
C. death is inevitable
D. cloth has been dyed

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Question 25

To smell a rat

A. To see signs of plague epidemic
B. To get bad small of a bad dead rat
C. To suspect foul dealings
D. To be in a bad mood

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Question 26

It was such a messy affair but Manish somehow managed to wash his hands of the entire affair.

A. subdue
B. twist the facts of
C. prove himself innocent in
D. disclaim responsibility

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Question 27

To frame a person

A. To befool someone
B. To make one appear guilty
C. To praise someone
D. A narrow escape

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Question 28

Castles in the air

A. Romantic designs
B. Perfect plans
C. Ideal projects
D. None of the above

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Question 29

If we give them this concession, it will be the thin end of the wedge.

A. a compromise on principles
B. the least we could do for them
C. the beginning of further concessions
D. inadequate for their needs

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Question 30

The members of the group were at odds over the selection procedure.

A. acting foolishly
B. in dispute
C. unanimous
D. behaving childishly

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Question 31

The cricket match proved to be a big draw.

A. a game without any result
B. a keen contest
C. a lovely spectacle
D. a huge attraction

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Question 32

To live fast

A. To live a life of dissipation
B. To accomplish a purpose
C. To do a task hurriedly
D. To use up one's income as fast as it comes in

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Question 33

Kamal was left high and dry by his friends when he lost all his money.

A. isolated
B. rejected
C. wounded
D. depressed

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Question 34

To split hours

A. To sidetrack the issue
B. T quarrel over trifles
C. To indulge in over-refined arguments
D. To find faults with others

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Question 35

To set one's face against

A. To oppose with determination
B. To judge by appearence
C. To get out of difficulty
D. To look at one steadily

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Question 36

The speaker gave a bird's eye view of the political conditions in the country.

A. a detailed presentation
B. a biased view
C. a general view
D. a personal view

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Question 37

The doctor says the patient has turned the corner.

A. completely recovered
B. become worse
C. passed the crisis
D. died

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Question 38

To ride hell for Leather

A. To ride with furious speed
B. To adopt false means to succeed
C. To work hard for a small accomplishment
D. To earn money by all means

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Question 39

Childhood and innocence lie cheek by jowl.

A. together
B. one after another
C. side by side
D. proportionately

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Question 40

To set the people by ears

A. To box the people
B. To insult and disgrace the people
C. To punish heavily
D. To excite people to a quarrel

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Question 41

There was opposition to the new policy by the rank and file of the Government.

A. the majority
B. the ordinary members
C. the cabinet members
D. the official machinery

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Question 42

At my friend's tea party I fell in with a strange fellow.

A. had a quarrel with
B. met accidentally
C. had an argument with
D. made friends with

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Question 43

He is not worth his salt if he fails at this juncture.

A. quite worthless
B. very proud of himself
C. quite depressed
D. very strange

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Question 44

he was in a brown study and did not seem to catch my point.

A. in his study room
B. absorbed in reading
C. absent-minded
D. in a state of shock

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Question 45

By fair means or foul

A. Without using common sense
B. Without difficulty
C. In any way, honest or dishonest
D. Having been instigated

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Question 46

The case was held over due to the great opposition to it.

A. stopped
B. postponed
C. dropped
D. cancelled

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Question 47

There is no love lost between two neighbours.

A. close friendship
B. cool indifference
C. intense dislike
D. a love hate relationship

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Question 48

To turn the tables

A. To defeat
B. To oppose
C. To create chaos
D. None of the above

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Question 49

A pipe dream

A. A pleasant dream
B. A bad dream
C. An impracticable plan
D. A foolish idea

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Question 50

He is always picking holes in every project.

A. asking irrelevant questions on
B. suggesting improvement in
C. finding fault with
D. creating problems in

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Question 51

He faced the music for reaching home late.

A. faced punishment
B. faced entertainment
C. faced reprimand
D. faced pleasure

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Question 52

Being an introvert, He will only eat his heart out.

A. eat too much
B. keep brooding
C. invite trouble
D. suffer silently

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Question 53

To put one's hand to plough

A. To take up agricultural farming
B. To take a difficult task
C. To get entangled into unnecessary things
D. Take interest in technical work

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Question 54

Have you given up the idea of accepting the new assignment?

A. postponed
B. adopted
C. amended
D. abandoned

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Question 55

The casting vote of the chairman clinched the issue.

A. closed
B. decided
C. finished
D. started

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Question 56

Those persons who are ready to sail close to the wind can be successful in life.

A. to take risk
B. to manage the situation
C. to work hard
D. to be regular

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Question 57

To wrangle over an ass's shadow

A. To act in a foolish way
B. To do something funny
C. To quarrel over trifles
D. To quarrel over the possession of an ass

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Question 58

I ran out of money on my European tour.

A. carried a lot of
B. lost
C. did not have enough
D. exhausted my stock of

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Question 59

To beggars description

A. A poor statement
B. To describe things without care
C. Beyond one's power to describe adequately
D. None of these

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Question 60

To make clean breast of

A. To gain prominence
B. To praise oneself
C. To confess without of reserve
D. None of these

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Question 61

He has designs on that young girl.

A. wants to rape
B. desires to be alone with
C. wants to cheat
D. wants to be intimate with

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Question 62

Many people called on the minister when he was ill.

A. helped
B. surrounded
C. visited
D. criticised

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Question 63

The boy turned a deaf ear to the pleadings of all his well-wishers.

A. listened carefully
B. was deadly opposed
C. posed indifference
D. did not pay any attention

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Question 64

To pull one's socks up

A. To prepare
B. To try hard
C. To get ready
D. To depart

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Question 65

We should give a wide berth to bad characters.

A. keep away from
B. publicly condemn
C. give publicly to
D. not sympathise with

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Question 66

Some people have a habit of wearing their heart on their sleeve.

A. avoiding being friendly with others
B. saying something which is not to be taken seriously
C. exposing their innermost feelings to others
D. wasting their time on unnecessary details

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Question 67

To hit the nail right on the head

A. To do the right thing
B. To destroy one's reputation
C. To announce one's fixed views
D. None of these

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Question 68

I just paid him a left-handed compliment.

A. an honest
B. a well deserved
C. an insincere
D. a flattering

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Question 69

A man of straw

A. A man of no substance
B. A very active person
C. A worthy fellow
D. An unreasonable person

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Question 70

At one's beck and call

A. Enjoying oneself without caring for others
B. To be always at one's service
C. To be under one's subjugation
D. To be in an advantageous position

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Question 71

By putting on the mime act, Deepak stole some of the thunder of Peter's speech.

A. made unimpressive
B. made a lot of noise
C. filched something
D. detracted the listeners from

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Question 72

To break the ice

A. To start quarreling
B. To end the hostility
C. To start a conversation
D. To end up partnership

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Question 73

I have warned him now and then not to resort to violence.

A. consistently
B. frequently
C. occasionally
D. repeatedly

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Question 74

Ladies fall victim to green eyed monster.

A. love
B. hatred
C. jealousy
D. flattery

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Question 75

Rajeev achieved success by resorting to a hole and corner method.

A. obscure
B. usual
C. underhand
D. clever

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Question 76

He is in the habit of responding at the drop of a hat.

A. thoughtfully
B. wisely
C. without delay
D. foolishly

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Question 77

To pull strings

A. To exert hidden influence
B. To tease someone
C. To speed up
D. To start something

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Question 78

She was received by her friends with open arms.

A. indifferently
B. warmly
C. casually
D. coldly

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Question 79

There is no love lost between the two neighbours.

A. close friendship
B. intense dislike
C. a love-hate relationship
D. cool indifference

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Question 80

The sworn enemies have decided to bury the hatchet.

A. to help each other
B. to avoid each other
C. to make peace
D. to become partners

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Question 81

The old man was cut to the quick when his rich son refused to recognise him.

A. surprised
B. hurt intensely
C. annoyed
D. irritated

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Question 82

The party stalwarts have advised the President to take it lying down for a while.

A. to be cautious
B. to be on the defensive
C. to take rest
D. to show no reaction

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Question 83

Honesty is at a discount, where corruption is the rule.

A. discouraged
B. rare
C. undervalued
D. unknown

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Question 84

His oily tongue has won him promotion.

A. soft speech
B. word power
C. flattery
D. fluency in speech

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Question 85

It is difficult for me to believe you, so please put down everything in black and white.

A. in detail
B. in written form
C. sequentially, as it happened
D. what you saw

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Question 86

He is leaving the country for a good.

A. for better prospects
B. for a good cause
C. forever
D. for others good

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Question 87

To change colour

A. To change appearance
B. To get frightened
C. To favour the wrong person
D. None of these

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Question 88

He is always standing up for the weak and oppressed.

A. Boosting the claims of
B. Championing the cause of
C. Seeking help of others for
D. Moving about with

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Question 89

To look sharp

A. To concentrate
B. To speak roughly
C. To be attentive and active
D. To be quick

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Question 90

Leave one to sink or swim

A. To be in a dilemma
B. To leave to one's fate
C. To put one in difficulty
D. Not to help one

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Question 91

Foar in the mouth

A. Bitten by a snake
B. To reveal the secret
C. To be furious
D. To be in the extreme hatred

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Question 92

The autographed bat from the famous cricketer Sunil Gavaskar is worth a jew's eye

A. Not a worthy possession
B. unnecessary
C. A costly items
D. A possession of high value

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Question 93

To be in two minds

A. To be dominated by someone else
B. To be uncertain
C. To work on somebody else's advice
D. To be in a critical state

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Question 94

The P.M has pulled up Orissa partymen.

A. elevated
B. rewarded
C. punished
D. reprimanded

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Question 95

A black sheep

A. An unlucky person
B. A lucky person
C. An ugly person
D. None of these

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Question 96

It has been raining cats and dogs.

A. incessantly
B. heavily
C. endlessly
D. continuously

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Question 97

It is high time that India did something about the population problem.

A. already late
B. appropriate time
C. desired occasion
D. auspicious moment

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Question 98

The time is running out, you must look sharp.

A. be careful
B. make haste
C. be punctual
D. be sensible

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Question 99

Although he has failed in the written examination, he is using backstairs influence to get the job.

A. Political influence
B. Backing influence
C. Deserving and proper influence
D. Secret and unfair influence

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Question 100

To be at one's finger's ends

A. To be hopeless
B. To be highly perplexed
C. To be completely conversant with
D. To count things

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Question 101

The class could not keep a straight face on hearing the strange pronounciation of the new teacher.

A. remain serious
B. remain unaffected
C. remain silent
D. remain indifferent

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Question 102

It is no longer easy to strike gold in Shakespeare's research since much work has already been done on him.

A. Hit a golden spot
B. Come across gold
C. Come across the word "gold"
D. Uncover or find a valuable line of argument or information

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Question 103

To take with a grain of salt

A. To take with some reservation
B. To take with total disbelief
C. To take wholeheartedly
D. To take seriously

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Question 104

He got hold of the wrong end of the stick.

A. committed a blunder
B. misjudged a situation
C. fixed wrong priorities
D. felt uneasy

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Question 105

To beg the question

A. To refer to
B. To take for granted
C. To raise objections
D. None of these

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Question 106

To give a false colouring

A. To misrepresent
B. To submit the false report
C. To be dishonest
D. To conceal the facts

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Question 107

A baker's dozen

A. Twelve
B. Charity
C. Thirteen
D. Allowance

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Question 108

Wait here, I shall be back in a jiffy.

A. in a hurry
B. by some vehicle
C. at once
D. after some time

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Question 109

Discipline is on the wane in schools and colleges these days.

A. declining
B. increasing
C. spreading
D. spiralling

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Question 110

To keeps one's temper

A. To become hungry
B. To be in good mood
C. To preserve ones energy
D. To be aloof from

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Question 111

To catch somebody on the hop

A. To give someone a surprise
B. To catch somebody off guard
C. To stand in the way of someone
D. To catch somebody suddenly

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Question 112

Inspite of his poverty, Ravi believed in keeping up appearances.

A. showing indifference
B. maintaining outward show
C. showing good manners
D. revealing the truth

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Question 113

The speaker's observations on the subject were beside the mark.

A. correct
B. exaggerated
C. incorrect
D. irrelevant

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Question 114

In double-quick time

A. Steadily
B. Very quickly
C. Gradually
D. Much time

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Question 115

To draw the long bow

A. To over-estimate oneself
B. To put up high demands
C. To demand a very high price
D. To make an exaggerated statement

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Question 116

To cut the Gordian knot

A. To solve a difficult problem
B. To be victorious
C. To break ties with someone
D. To defeat a powerful person

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Question 117

Who will carry the day in this war?

A. win
B. attack first
C. be defeated
D. withdraw first

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Question 118

My car broke down on way to the railway station.

A. stopped
B. met with an accident
C. ran out of petrol
D. failed to work

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Question 119

He is a great hand at organising public meetings.

A. very fond of
B. expert at
C. accustomed to
D. well qualified for

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Question 120

To throw up the sponge

A. To surrender or give up a contest
B. To offer a challenge
C. To become utterly disappointed
D. To maintain grit and enthusiasm until the end

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Question 121

By the rule of thumb

A. By the use of force
B. By the use of trickery
C. By cheating and deception
D. By practical experience which is rather rough

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Question 122

The train was late and we had to kick our heels.

A. run fast
B. wait eagerly
C. waste time
D. play some game

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Question 123

When he met me at the street corner, he cut me dead.

A. surprised me by his arrogance
B. deliberately insulted me by ignoring me
C. showered filthy abuses on me
D. made an assault on me

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Question 124

Some people now wonder whether we just pay lip service or genuinely subscribe to democracy.

A. pay oral tribute
B. attach no value
C. remain indifferent
D. show only outward respect

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Question 125

The question of abolition of private property is still a moot point.

A. undecided
B. uncertain
C. unknown
D. not clear

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Question 126

The sight of the accident made myflesh creep.

A. draw my attention
B. confused me
C. frightened me
D. worried me

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Question 127

The rebels held out for about a month

A. waited
B. retreated
C. bargained
D. resisted

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Question 128

Don't thrust your nose into my affairs.

A. Advise me about
B. Be in opposition
C. Deal with
D. Meddle officiously in

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Question 129

A cock and bull story

A. A true story
B. A children's story
C. A story of animals
D. A foolish and concocted story

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Question 130

The hero of Naipaul's novel 'A House for Biswas' , like modern young men, wishes to paddle his own canoe.

A. lead an independent life
B. depend on himself
C. make the best of his life
D. have his own means of livelihood

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Question 131

He took to heart the death of his wife as he was very much attached to her.

A. was shocked by
B. was ruined by
C. was deeply affected by
D. was condoled

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Question 132

In modern democratic society lynch law seems to have become a common feature in almost all the spheres of life.

A. law of the parliament
B. law of the constitution
C. law of the mob
D. law of the underworld

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Question 133

Leaders should not only make speeches they should also be prepared to bell the cat.

A. To take lead in danger.
B. To tie bell to a cat's neck
C. To be alert of the enemy
D. To make noise

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Question 134

A storm in a teacup

A. Unexpected event
B. A danger signal
C. Much excitement over something trivial
D. A great noise

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Question 135

Over and above the household work, she works in a factory on a part-time basis.

A. beside
B. in addition to
C. together with
D. in place of

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Question 136

Women should be paid the same as men when they do the same job, for, surely what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

A. What is thought suitable pay for a man should also be for a woman
B. Goose and the gender eat the same sauce
C. Both goose and gander should be equally treated
D. The principle of equal treatment should be implemented

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Question 137

Maya had a checkered career. since I first knew him as an office assistant in the insurance company.

A. Had a variety of jobs and experiences
B. A career which helped him make lot of money
C. A career where he signed a lot of cheques
D. Did odd jobs

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Question 138

To put one on one's mettle

A. To rouse one to do one's best
B. To ruin somebody
C. To discourage a person
D. To incite a person to fight

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Question 139

To cry wolf

A. To listen eagerly
B. To give false alarm
C. To turn pale
D. None of these

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Question 140

It is a moot point whether we should stop work or struggle on.

A. all too clear
B. a fixed belief
C. a burning question
D. a debatable point

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Question 141

To stand to one's guns

A. To keep the guns close to oneself even amid danger
B. To persevere when hardships press
C. To maintain dignified and unbending attitude
D. To maintain one's position

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Question 142

A tall order

A. A task difficult to perform
B. A big problem
C. A royal summon
D. A big demand

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Question 143

He is really a broken reed.

A. a frustrated man
B. an unsuccessful person
C. undependable
D. one who has lost in business

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Question 144

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. None of these

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Question 145

In spite of the immense pressure exerted by the militants, the Government has decided not to give in.

A. accede
B. yield
C. oblige
D. confirm

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Question 146

He was carried off his feet when he was declared to have won the prize.

A. became delirious
B. danced on his toes
C. was dizzy
D. was wild with excitement

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Question 147

To turn amuck

A. To run a race
B. To run about in frenzy
C. To feel exhausted
D. To run to somebody's help

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Question 148

We should give a wide berth to bad characters.

A. give publicity to
B. publicly condemn
C. keep away from
D. not sympathise with

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Question 149

To beat the air

A. To make frantic efforts
B. To act foolishly
C. To make efforts that are useless or vain
D. To make every possible effort

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Question 150

You cannot throw dust into my eyes.

A. hurt me
B. abuse me
C. terrify me
D. cheat me

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Question 151

We must always bear in mind that only hard work leads to success.

A. understand
B. remember
C. forget
D. think

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Question 152

The aroma from the kitchen makes my mouth water.

A. makes me sick
B. makes me giddy
C. makes me vomit
D. stimulates my appetite

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Question 153

I hope it will not put you out if I am late.

A. worry out
B. please you
C. irritate you
D. harm you

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Question 154

Hush money

A. Money overdue
B. Easy money
C. Money earned by wrong means
D. Bribe paid to secure silence

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Question 155

He made light of his father's advice.

A. followed readily
B. disregarded
C. treated lightly
D. rejected

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Question 156

To take the bull by the horns

A. To punish a person severely for his arrogance
B. To grapple courageously with a difficulty that lies in our way
C. To handle it by fierce attack
D. To bypass the legal process and take action according to one's own whims

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Question 157

My mother is in raptures over her new stove.

A. very enthusiastic
B. working vigorously
C. completely dissatisfied with
D. extremely angry

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Question 158

To cry wolf

A. To listen eagerly
B. To give false alarm
C. To turn pale
D. To keep off starvation

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Question 159

To smell a rat

A. To detect bad smell
B. To misunderstand
C. To suspect a trick or deceit
D. To see hidden meaning

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Question 160

To end in smoke

A. To make completely understand
B. To ruin oneself
C. To excite great applause
D. To overcome someone

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Question 161

To give chapter and verse for a thing

A. To produce the proof of something
B. To eulogize the qualities of a thing
C. To make publicity of a thing
D. To attach artificial value to a thing

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Question 162

He is a person after my own heart.

A. an object of mockery
B. an emotional man
C. a happy go lucky fellow
D. exactly to one's own liking

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Question 163

Do not ride rough shod over the poor.

A. give undue importance to
B. hate
C. treat harshly
D. pamper

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Question 164

They sold their house because it was a real white elephant.

A. an expensive one
B. a big one
C. a useless one
D. a rare find

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Question 165

To give up the ghost

A. To die
B. To make false appearance
C. To terrify others by acting in suspicious manner
D. To leave useless spirits

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Question 166

To cross swords

A. To fight
B. To defend
C. To kill
D. To rob

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Question 167

In every thing that he does he has an eye to the main chance.

A. he organises it well
B. he evinces interest only in being things
C. he does not leave things to chance
D. his object is to make money

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Question 168

To be old as the hills

A. To be very ancient
B. To be wise and learned
C. To be old but foolish
D. Not being worth the age

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Question 169

To hit the jackpot

A. To gamble
B. To get an unexpected victory
C. To be wealthy
D. To make money unexpectedly

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Question 170

He is in the habit of fishing in troubled waters.

A. putting others in trouble
B. indulging in evil conspirancies
C. aggravating the situation
D. taking advantage of troubled conditions for personal profit

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Question 171

I felt like afish out of water among all those business tycoons.

A. troubled
B. stupid
C. uncomfortable
D. inferior

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Question 172

The new economic policy is likely to run into rough weather.

A. make things difficult
B. confuse matters
C. encounter difficulties
D. create problems

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Question 173

To talk one's head off

A. To talk loudly
B. To talk in whispers
C. To talk to oneself
D. To talk excessively

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Question 174

To catch a tartar

A. To trap wanted criminal with great difficulty
B. To catch a dangerous person
C. To meet with disaster
D. None of these

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Question 175

The party stalwarts have advised the President to take it lying down for a while.

A. to show no reaction
B. to take rest
C. to be on the defensive
D. to be cautious

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Question 176

A man of straw

A. A man of no substance
B. A very active person
C. A worthy fellow
D. None of these

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Question 177

It is a matter of gratification for me that he has turned a new leaf.

A. begun a different mode of life
B. started using his intelligence
C. proved to be a worthy person on his job
D. accepted the new job that was offered to him

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Question 178

To give up the ghost

A. To suffer
B. To fight evil forces
C. To die
D. To become rational

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Question 179

He is a wolf in sheep's clothing.

A. scoundrel
B. rogue
C. hypocrite
D. crook

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Question 180

To go to each other hammer and tongs

A. To fight with weapons
B. To argue noisily
C. To hug each other
D. To go crazy about meeting each other

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Question 181

To turn the cover

A. To take a new way of life
B. To work hard
C. To pass the crises
D. To hide the reality

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Question 182

To play on a fiddle

A. To play upon a musical instrument
B. To play an important role
C. To be busy over trifles
D. To be busy over important matter

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Question 183

The boss brought matters to a head by forcing him too work more.

A. made him unhappy
B. created a lot of unhappiness
C. created an atmosphere of confrontation
D. brought matters to a decisive point

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Question 184

Akshay can turn his hand to anything.

A. refuse to do
B. adapt himself to
C. take advantage of
D. find fault with

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Question 185

I am ambitious and never want to rest on my laurels.

A. be dissatisfied
B. be satisfied
C. be complacent
D. be good

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Question 186

If you rub him the wrong way, he is bond to react.

A. annoy him
B. abuse him
C. flatter him
D. encourage him

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Question 187

He has been working on and off for several years on this research project.

A. at intervals
B. continuously
C. rarely
D. painstakingly

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Question 188

Although both the parents are running the show for the last ten years but their business is now on its last legs.

A. About to fructify
B. About to perish
C. About to produce results
D. About to take off

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Question 189

The rebels held out for about a month.

A. bargained
B. resisted
C. retreated
D. waited

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Question 190

He passed himself off as a noble man.

A. Was regarded as
B. Pretended to be
C. Was thought to be
D. Was looked upon

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Question 191

As our army attacked, the enemy retreated pell-mell.

A. hurriedly
B. in a disorderly manner
C. in a heap
D. without the least thought

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Question 192

To get into hot waters

A. To be impatient
B. To suffer a huge financial loss
C. To get into trouble
D. To be in a confused state of mind

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Question 193

It will be wise on your part to let the bygones be bygones.

A. resist the past
B. ignore the past
C. recollect the past
D. revive the past

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Question 194

To keeps one's temper

A. To become hungry
B. To be in good mood
C. To preserve ones energy
D. None of these

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Question 195

The captors of the kidnapped kept his family on tenterhooks.

A. in excited wait
B. in seething anger
C. on constant move
D. in anxious suspense

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Question 196

To blow hot and cold

A. Changing weather
B. To be trustworthy
C. To be inconsistent
D. To be rich and poor frequently

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Question 197

It was he who put a spoke in my wheel.

A. tried to cause an accident
B. helped in the execution of the plan
C. thwarted the execution of the plan
D. destroyed the plan

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Question 198

Some of us are really in a Catch-22 situation.

A. absurd
B. dangerous
C. hopeful
D. depressive

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Question 199

Things are progressing well. Don't do anything to rock the boat.

A. create difficulties
B. conspire against
C. upset the balance
D. agitate against

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Question 200

To show one's teeth

A. To ridicule
B. To face difficulties
C. To adopt a threatening attitude
D. To be humble

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Question 201

To make a shot

A. To retaliate
B. To hit someone
C. To make a guess
D. To achieve one's objective

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Question 202

His speech went down well with the majority of the audience.

A. found acceptance with
B. was attentively listened to by
C. was appreciated by
D. was applauded by

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Question 203

To hit the jackpot

A. To gamble
B. To make money unexpectedly
C. To inherit money
D. To become bankrupt

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Question 204

He was in high spirits when I met him in the restaurant.

A. He was in a drunken state
B. He was very cheerful
C. He talked incoherently
D. He was deeply engrossed in thoughts

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Question 205

The old beggar ran amuck and began to throw stones at the passerby.

A. became desperate
B. ran about wildly
C. become annoyed
D. felt disgusted

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Question 206

To leave someone in the lurch

A. To come to compromise with someone
B. Constant source of annoyance to someone
C. To desert someone in his difficulties
D. None of these

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Question 207

Kamal told the audience to hold their peace until he had finished his address.

A. remain peaceful
B. keep silent
C. remain seated
D. become reconciled

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Question 208

He has made his mark in politics.

A. attained notoriety
B. ruined his wealth
C. acquired wealth
D. distinguished himself

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Question 209

One should not indulge in tall talks.

A. flattering
B. boasting
C. ideal talk
D. irrelevant talk

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Question 210

To have an easy time of it

A. To take the world lightly
B. To indulge in frivolities
C. To squander away resources
D. To live in quiet and comfort

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Question 211

All Agog

A. Everbody
B. All ready
C. Restless
D. Almighty

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Question 212

Once in a blue moon

A. Once in a month
B. Bi-weekly
C. On rare occasions
D. Every now and then

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Question 213

To give one's ears

A. To make almost any sacrifice
B. To listen carefully
C. To refuse to listen
D. To incite someone

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Question 214

It was he who put a spoke in my wheel.

A. tried to cause an accident
B. helped in the execution of the plan
C. thwarted in the execution of the plan
D. destroyed the plan

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Question 215

To lose face

A. To look angry
B. To be humiliated
C. To be helpless
D. To look vacant

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Question 216

The politician was able to sway the mob with his gift of the gab.

A. fluency of speech
B. flattering words
C. abundance of promises
D. political foresight

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Question 217

At Christmas, even the elderly fathers paint the town red.

A. indulge in rioting
B. paint the houses red
C. spill red wine
D. have a lively time

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Question 218

I requested him to put in a word for me.

A. introduce
B. assist
C. support
D. recommend

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Question 219

Madhuri might scream blue murder, but I feel Deepali should get the promotion since she is better qualified for the job.

A. Someone has been murdered with some blue liquid
B. Someone is being murdered and has become blue
C. Suffer from persecution complex
D. Make a great deal of noise and object vehemently

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Question 220

He has reached present position in his job through elbow grease.

A. his persistent fighting
B. his good connections
C. flattering his superiors
D. his hard work

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Question 221

The popularity of the yesterday's superstar is on the wane.

A. at its peak
B. at rock bottom
C. growing more
D. growing less

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Question 222

Tall order

A. Simple
B. Difficult
C. Customary
D. Too much

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Question 223

There was no opposition to the new policy by the rank and file of the Government.

A. the official machinery
B. the ordinary members
C. the majority
D. the cabinet ministers

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Question 224

To turn the other cheek

A. To sulk and suffer
B. To respond to violence with violence
C. To respond to violence with non-violence
D. To be indifferent to peace overtures

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Question 225

He was a king who ruled his subjects with a high hand.

A. oppresively
B. kindly
C. conveniently
D. sympathetically

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Question 226

This matter has been hanging fire for the last many months and must therefore be decided one way or the other.

A. going on slowly
B. hotly debated
C. stuck up
D. ignored

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Question 227

He is at loggerheads with his assistants about the management of the concern.

A. differing strongly
B. in agreement
C. in confusion
D. undecided

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Question 228

In almost every party, my friend tries to rule the roost.

A. to make friends
B. to domineer
C. to remain aloof
D. to become popular

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Question 229

Why do you wish to tread on the toes?

A. To give offence to them
B. To follow them grudgingly
C. To treat them indifferently
D. To be kicked by them

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Question 230

While the ladies continued their small talk in the drawing room, I felt bored.

A. whispering
B. backbiting
C. gossip
D. light conversation

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Question 231

He burnt his fingers by interfering in his neighbour's affairs.

A. got rebuked
B. got himself insulted
C. burnt himself
D. got himself into trouble

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Question 232

When I saw him in the morning, he looked like a duck in a thunderstorm.

A. timid
B. peaceful
C. distressed
D. indomitable

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Question 233

I stood my ground inspite of many pressures.

A. remained firm
B. was obstinate
C. was prejudiced
D. felt shaky

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Question 234

I raked my brains to solve this difficult problem.

A. I consulted several people
B. I subjected my mind to hard thinking
C. I read number of books
D. I brainwashed several experts

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Question 235

He always says that he will help, but when it comes to the crunch, he does nothing.

A. decisive moment
B. confused situation
C. difficult time
D. troublesome moment

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Question 236

The old father brought home the moral of unity by asking each of his sons to break the bundle of sticks

A. emphasised
B. voiced
C. declared
D. suggested

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Question 237

Although both the partners are running the business for the last twelve years but their business is now on its last legs.

A. about to take off
B. about to perish
C. about to produce results
D. about to fructify

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Question 238

The country's economy is beginning to look up now.

A. remain static
B. improve
C. look clear
D. go down

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Question 239

To draw a bead upon

A. To make prayers
B. To cause hindrance in work
C. To count the benefits
D. To take aim at

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Question 240

His voice gets on my nerves.

A. makes me sad
B. irritates me
C. makes me ill
D. pierces my eardrums

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Question 241

To snap one's fingers

A. To speak abruptly
B. To accept immediately
C. To grasp eagerly
D. To become contemptuous of

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Question 242

To pour oil in troubled water

A. To foment trouble
B. To add to the trouble
C. To instigate
D. To calm a quarrel with soothing words

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Question 243

I am sure they will fight tooth and nail for their rights.

A. with all their might
B. without any other weapon
C. resorting to violence
D. very cowardly

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Question 244

The dacoit murdered the man in cold blood.

A. coldly
B. boldly
C. ruthlessly
D. deliberately

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Question 245

It was such a strange affair that I could not make head or tail of it.

A. face it
B. tolerate it
C. remember it
D. understand it

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Question 246

There is no hard and fast rule regarding this subject.

A. rule that is difficult
B. rule that is fat changing
C. rule that cannot be broken or modified
D. rule that can be broken or modified

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Question 247

With regard to licensing policy, it is advisable for every state to cut corners.

A. become lenient
B. amend the existing rules
C. exercise strict control
D. simplify the procedure

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Question 248

After a lot of arguments over losses in the partnership firm, Aditya put his cards on the table to show Rasheed his sincerity.

A. withdraw his partnership
B. reserved his right
C. concealed nothing
D. sought pardon

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Question 249

To let the cat out of the bag

A. To give latitude
B. To show compassion
C. To miss a golden opportunity
D. To tell a secret without intending to do so

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Question 250

To play fast and loose

A. To trust others
B. To be undependable
C. To cheat people
D. To hurt somebody's feelings

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Question 251

He was cool as a cucumber.

A. nervous
B. fainted
C. dead
D. calm and composed

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Question 252

He works by fits and starts.

A. consistently
B. irregularly
C. in high spirits
D. enthusiastically

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Question 253

To talk shop

A. To talk nonsense
B. To talk reasonably
C. To talk about business or professional affairs
D. To abuse someone

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Question 254

The new C.M stuck his neck out today and promised 10 kgs free wheat a month for all rural families.

A. extended help
B. took an oath
C. caused embarrassment
D. took a risk

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Question 255

The young heir to his father's huge estate made ducks and drakes of his patrimony.

A. made best use of
B. took stock of
C. squandered lavishly
D. invested wisely

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Question 256

To wrangle over an ass's shadow

A. To act in a foolish way
B. To quarrel over trifles
C. To waste time on petty things
D. To do something funny

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Question 257

To oil the knocker

A. To instigate a person to do a job
B. To do a work with increased pace
C. To tip the office-boy
D. To revive old enmity

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Question 258

Get down to brass tacks

A. Start unravelling the mystery
B. Begin to discuss secret matters
C. Begin to talk in plain, straight forward terms
D. Get into the thick of a problem

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Question 259

You cannot have your cake and eat it too.

A. Enjoy forever
B. Have it both ways
C. Run away from responsibility
D. Absolve yourself of guilt

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Question 260

The old beggar ran amuck and began to throw stones at the passerby.

A. felt disgusted
B. became annoyed
C. ran about wildly
D. became desperate

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Question 261

While the ladies continued their small talk in the drawing room, I felt bored.

A. light conversation
B. gossip
C. backbiting
D. whispering

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Question 262

The story published in the newspaper is not true, but the journalist has painted it in bright colours.

A. provided illustrations with it
B. exaggerated it
C. made it more comic
D. added some emotional incident to it

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Question 263

Dishonesty is at a premium in almost all spheres of public life.

A. prevalent
B. practised openly
C. encouraged
D. valued highly

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Question 264

She was in a brown study and did not notice my entrance.

A. reverie
B. fear
C. sleep
D. dream

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Question 265

At a party, he is always in high spirits.

A. talkative
B. cheerful
C. drunk
D. uncontrollable

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Question 266

He is a plain, simple and sincere man. He will always call a spade a spade.

A. say something to be taken seriously
B. desist from making controversial statement
C. find meaning or purpose in your action
D. None of the above

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Question 267

He rides the high horse because of his high connection.

A. is famous
B. talks flatteringly
C. puts on airs
D. is prosperous

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Question 268

The old father brought home the moral of unity by asking each of his sons to break the bundle of sticks.

A. voiced
B. declared
C. emphasised
D. suggested

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Question 269

A close shave

A. A lucky escape
B. A clean shave
C. A well guarded secret
D. A narrow escape

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Question 270

Do not add fuel to the fire.

A. create problem
B. harass
C. aggravate trouble
D. calm down

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Question 271

He visits the doctor off and on.

A. everyday
B. regularly
C. never at all
D. occasionally

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Question 272

Caesar was done to death by the conspirators.

A. attacked
B. removed
C. eliminated
D. murdered

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Question 273

The secretary and the treasurer are hand in glove with each other.

A. very good friends
B. constantly fighting
C. associates in some action
D. suspicious of each other

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Question 274

It is evident from the minister's statement that heads will roll.

A. government will change
B. transfers will take place
C. dismissals will occur
D. heads of department will have to repent

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Question 275

it is out of the question for only one to have a quiet meal with a set of ultras around him.

A. unthinkable
B. undesirable
C. impossible
D. unbecoming

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Question 276

Why must you look a gift horse in the mouth ?

A. welcome a gift
B. find fault with a gift
C. be fastidious
D. examine a gift carefully

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Question 277

The promotions were granted across the board.

A. to those sitting diagonally opposite
B. to those working for other board
C. selectively with a few exceptions
D. to all without exceptions

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Question 278

Be in the mire

A. Be under debt
B. Be in love
C. Be in difficulties
D. Be uneasy

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Question 279

Pell-mell

A. In hurried disorder
B. Gaiety and excitement
C. Extremely worried
D. None of these

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Question 280

I sent him about his business as I could stand his insolence no longer.

A. broke the partnership with him
B. requested him to bother someone else
C. dismissed him peremptorily
D. abused him heartily

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Question 281

We have to keep our fingers crossed till the final result is declared.

A. keep praying
B. feel suspicious
C. wait expectantly
D. feel scared

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Question 282

Something up one's sleeve

A. A grand idea
B. A secret plan
C. A profitable plan
D. Something important

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Question 283

To look down one's nose at

A. To backbite
B. To show anger
C. To insult in the presence of others
D. To regard with half-hidden displeasure or contempt

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Question 284

To keep the wolf away from the door

A. To keep away from extreme poverty
B. To keep off an unwanted and undesirable person
C. To keep alive
D. To hold the difficulties and dangers in check

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Question 285

In spite of the efforts of all peace loving people, world peace is still a far cry.

A. an impracticable idea
B. an abstract idea
C. out of reach
D. a long way off

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Question 286

To carry off the bell

A. To call others for help
B. To bag the first position
C. To steal all wealth and flee
D. To trouble others

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Question 287

Don't stick your neck out.

A. interfere
B. look outside
C. invite trouble unnecessarily
D. move

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Question 288

To throw down the glove

A. To resort to wrong tactics
B. To give a challenge
C. To accept defeat
D. To reject the prize

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Question 289

He never liked the idea of keeping his wife under his thumb and so he let her do what she liked.

A. Pressed down
B. Unduly under control
C. Below his thumb
D. Under tyrannical conditions.

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Question 290

No caring for the family, Devender wanted to gather roses only.

A. wanted to paint a rosy picture of the past
B. wanted to start business of roses
C. wanted to make safe investment
D. wanted to seek all the enjoyments of life

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Question 291

We were in hurry. The road being zigzag we had to cut off a corner to reach in time.

A. To cut a portion of the road
B. To take a short cut
C. To go fast
D. To take an alternative route

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Question 292

To play fast and loose

A. To beguile others
B. To be winning sometimes and losing at other times
C. To play with someone's feelings
D. To play tricks

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Question 293

The prince did not take after the king.

A. run after
B. follow
C. precede
D. resemble

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Question 294

When he heard that he had once again not been selected he lost heart.

A. became desperate
B. felt sad
C. became angry
D. became discouraged

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Question 295

To pick holes

A. To find some reason to quarrel
B. To destroy something
C. To criticise someone
D. None of these

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Question 296

The M.P. from our constituency is fond of blowing his own trumpet whenever he gets a chance.

A. parading his own good deeds
B. speaking too loudly
C. looking after his own interest
D. making long speeches

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Question 297

To beg the question

A. To refer to
B. To take for granted
C. To raise objections
D. To be discussed

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Question 298

To see eye to eye with

A. To agree
B. To stare fixedly
C. To be angry
D. To take revenge

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Question 299

To show the white feather

A. To show signs of cowardice
B. To seek peace
C. To show arrogance
D. To become polite

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Question 300

This place affords a bird's eye view of the green valley below.

A. beautiful view
B. general view
C. narrow view
D. ugly view

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Question 301

The parliamentary inquiry into the Bofors deal has not brought to light any startling facts.

A. proved
B. highlighted
C. disclosed
D. probed

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Question 302

Kunika was cocksure that she was able to do the job as desired.

A. doubtful
B. not able to imagine
C. least worried
D. perfectly confident

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Question 303

To see red

A. To be very angry
B. To victimise someone
C. To find fault with
D. To criticise others

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Question 304

The staff have felt on edge ever since they heard the rumour about retrenchment.

A. nervous
B. unhappy
C. disheartened
D. scared

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Question 305

There has been bad blood between the two communities even before shouting.

A. Impure blood
B. Ill feeling
C. loody fights
D. Quarrels

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Question 306

I am afraid he is burning the candle at both ends and ruining his life.

A. wasting his money
B. becoming overgenerous
C. overtaxing his energies
D. losing his objectives

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Question 307

Harassed by repeated acts of injustice. he decided to put his foot down.

A. not to yield
B. resign
C. to accept the proposal unconditionally
D. withdraw

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Question 308

I want none of your back chat.

A. impertinent remarks
B. complaints
C. trenchant criticism
D. pleasing remarks

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Question 309

To turn up one's nose at a thing

A. To show eagerness to have something
B. To show indifference
C. To treat it with contemptuous dislike or disgust
D. To start a grapple with it

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Question 310

When the police came, thieves took to their heels.

A. were taken by surprise
B. took to flight
C. took shelter in a tall building
D. unconditionally surrendered

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Question 311

Seema is a little hard of hearing.

A. inaudible
B. disinterested
C. deaf
D. insensitive

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Question 312

French leave

A. Long absence
B. Leave on the pretext of illness
C. Casual leave
D. Absence without permission

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Question 313

I stood up for him when everyone else was criticising him.

A. tolerated him
B. faced him boldly
C. supported him energetically
D. opposed him insistently

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Question 314

The cricket match proved to be a big draw.

A. a keen contest
B. a huge attraction
C. a lovely spectacle
D. a game without any result

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Question 315

I won't mind even if he goes to dogs.

A. goes mad
B. is insulted
C. is ruined
D. becomes brutal

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Question 316

The present syllabus leaves very little elbowroom for teachers to be innovative.

A. cause
B. possibility
C. freedom
D. necessity

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Question 317

If you give John all your money, you are likely to burn your fingers.

A. be unhappy
B. be happy
C. suffer
D. be ill

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Question 318

A black sheep

A. An unlucky person
B. A lucky person
C. An ugly person
D. None of the above

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Question 319

Spick and span

A. Neat and clean
B. Outspoken
C. A ready-made thing
D. Garrulous

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Question 320

He cannot make both ends meet.

A. manage the business
B. work hard
C. earn enough
D. control affairs

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Question 321

He has such a nature that he must have a finger in every pie.

A. do things with his own hands
B. help everyone in need
C. meddle in every affair
D. dominate everybody else

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Question 322

In the organised society of today no individual or nation can plough a lonely furrow.

A. remain unaffected
B. do without the help of others
C. survive in isolation
D. remain non-aligned

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Question 323

Hard-pressed

A. Bewildered
B. Insulted
C. Hard discipline
D. In difficulties

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Question 324

One should be prepared to get a bolt from the blue in life, but should not get unnerved by them.

A. sad experience
B. unexpected loss
C. sudden stock
D. depreciation

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Question 325

The detective left no stone unturned to trace the culprit.

A. did very irrelevant things
B. used all available means
C. took no pains
D. resorted to illegitimate practices

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Question 326

To be rolling in money

A. Wasting a lot of money
B. Very rich
C. Borrowing money liberally
D. Spending more than his income

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Question 327

To drive home

A. To find one's roots
B. To return to place of rest
C. To emphasise
D. None of these

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Question 328

I did not mind what he was saying, he was only through his hat.

A. talking nonsense
B. talking ignorantly
C. talking irresponsibly
D. talking insultingly

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Question 329

The involvement of teachers in the scheme of education proves to be a mare's nest.

A. a false invention
B. a noble thing
C. a successful idea
D. a timely step

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Question 330

To set the thames on fire

A. To do something remarkable
B. To try to do the impossible
C. To burn something to ashes
D. To fling ironical remarks

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Question 331

To set one's face against

A. To oppose with determination
B. To judge by appearence
C. To get out of difficulty
D. None of these

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Question 332

In parliament, every member can have the floor with the permission of the speaker.

A. leave the house
B. make a speech
C. raise an issue
D. speak against his own party

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Question 333

Within an ace of

A. Within one's reach
B. Very near
C. Within the hitting range
D. Narrowly

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Question 334

His boss was always breathing down his neck.

A. abusing and ill-treating him
B. watching all his actions closely
C. shouting loudly at him
D. giving him strenuous work

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Question 335

To have full hands

A. To be fully occupied
B. To be rich
C. To be in lot of troubles
D. To lead an easy life

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Question 336

A bull in a china shop

A. A person who is very ugly but loves the beautiful things of life
B. A person who takes a sadistic delight in harming innocent people
C. A person who becomes too excited where no excitement is warranted
D. A person who is rough and clumsy where skill and care are required

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Question 337

The social worker rendered yeoman service to the victims.

A. excellent service
B. paid service
C. free, generous help
D. needed aid

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Question 338

It is clear that the ideas of both reformers ran in the same groove.

A. promoted each other
B. clashed with each other
C. advanced in harmony
D. moved in different directions

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Question 339

To blaze trail

A. To set on fire
B. To be annoyed
C. To vehemently oppose
D. To initiate work in a movement

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Question 340

The parliamentary inquiry into the Bofors deal did not bring to light any startling facts.

A. Prove
B. Probe
C. Highlight
D. Disclose

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Question 341

To cast pearls before a swine

A. To spend recklessly
B. To spend a lot of money on the unkeep of domestic hogs
C. To waste money over trifles
D. To offer a person a thing which he cannot appreciate

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Question 342

The captain played with determination because the honour of the team was at stake.

A. very low
B. at the top
C. in danger
D. appropriate

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Question 343

Eloquent lamentations regarding the fate of the flora and fauna are certain to be rendered a cry in the wilderness.

A. a cry in vain
B. an unpleasant situation
C. a cry with a laughter
D. a laughter having no end

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Question 344

Mohan always keeps himself to himself

A. Is too busy
B. Is selfish
C. Is unsociable
D. Does not take sides

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Question 345

To get into a scrape

A. To get into a muddle
B. To find oneself in an awkward predicament
C. To get into irritating circumstances
D. To be trapped in a conspiracy

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Question 346

The new C.M stuck his neck out today and promised 10kgs. free wheat a month for all rural families.

A. took an oath
B. took a risk
C. extended help
D. caused embarrassment

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Question 347

The lady was shedding crocodile tears.

A. silent tears
B. profuse tears
C. false tears
D. tears of happiness

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Question 348

I have been betrayed by my own flesh and blood.

A. relatives
B. friends
C. children
D. acquaintances

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Question 349

He struck several bad patches before he made good.

A. came across bad soil
B. Had a bad time
C. Went through many illness
D. Had many professional difficulties

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Question 350

He was trying to put across his ideas to his audience.

A. to convey
B. to cross
C. to influence
D. to convince

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Question 351

Inspite of the immense pressure exerted by the militants the Government has decided not to give in.

A. conform
B. oblige
C. accede
D. yield

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Question 352

To be a good Samaritan

A. To be law-abiding
B. A wise person
C. A religious person
D. A genuinely charitable person

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Question 353

To be above board

A. To have a good height
B. To be honest in any business deal
C. They have no debts
D. To try to be beautiful

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Question 354

He fell ill at ease after receiving the letter from his son.

A. disturbed
B. relieved
C. embarrassed
D. sick

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Question 355

To cut the cackle

A. To humiliate
B. To annoy someone
C. To act in a friendly way
D. To stop talking and start

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Question 356

The trade union's seemingly rightful demand is only a stalking horse to blackmail the management.

A. trick
B. proposal
C. pretence
D. suggestion

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Question 357

To be in abeyance

A. To be in trouble
B. Dual minded
C. In a fighting mood
D. In suspense

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Question 358

To keep one's head

A. To be agile and active
B. To keep calm
C. To think coherently
D. None of these

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Question 359

Sunil thought his skill would match up to Keshav's bulk, but in the fight he was beaten neck and crop.

A. softly
B. completely
C. swiftly
D. profoundly

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Question 360

The question of abolition of private property is still a moot point.

A. unknown
B. undecided
C. not clear
D. uncertain

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Question 361

The recent film "Secular India" has tried to keep the pot boiling for Muslim women's.

A. Earning enough to keep body and soul together
B. Keep a controversy alive
C. Boil the bill
D. Boil something in a pot

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Question 362

A red letter day

A. An important day
B. An auspicious day
C. A dangerous day
D. An unimportant day

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Question 363

To tempt providence

A. To invite punishment
B. To achieve a fortune
C. To take reckless risks
D. To have God's favour

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Question 364

To pay one back in the same coin

A. To provoke a person to quarrel
B. To offer another polite attention
C. To retaliate
D. To give a word of encouragement or praise to another

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Question 365

To tell you in a nutshell, lust for power and money has almost spoiled him.

A. as objectively as possible
B. in a simple and brief manner
C. an actual experience described vividly
D. to take in confidence

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Question 366

To accept the Gauntlet

A. To accept defeat
B. To accept a challenge
C. To suffer humiliation
D. To accept an honour

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Question 367

The captain played with determination because the honour of the team was at stake.

A. very low
B. in danger
C. at the top
D. appropriate

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Question 368

The police fired at random at the violent crowd and several persons lost their lives.

A. pointedly
B. aimlessly
C. unwillingly
D. intentionally

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Question 369

When he tells stories about himself, he is inclined to draw the longbow.

A. get excited
B. exaggerate
C. get emotional
D. understate

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Question 370

To talk through one's hat

A. To speak fluently
B. To talk nonsense
C. To talk wisdom
D. To speak at random

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Question 371

To cool one's heels

A. To rest for sometime
B. To give no importance to someone
C. To remain in a comfortable position
D. To be kept waiting for sometime

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Question 372

To pick holes

A. To find some reason to quarrel
B. To destroy something
C. To criticise someone
D. To cut some part of an item

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Question 373

It is Rashmi who wears the trousers in their house and he timidly allows it.

A. dresses glamorously
B. earns a living
C. is dominant
D. makes all the decision

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Question 374

He is an interesting speaker but tends to go off at a tangent.

A. change the subject immediately
B. forget things in between
C. go on at great length
D. become boisterous

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Question 375

A lady's man

A. A woman-tailor
B. A lover of woman company
C. A man working as per a lady's directions
D. A timid husband

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Question 376

He is a queer fish, I have failed to understand him.

A. funny person
B. sensitive person
C. strange person
D. quarrelsome person

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Question 377

To pay off old scores

A. To have one's revenge
B. To settle a dispute
C. To repay the old loan
D. None of these

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Question 378

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

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Question 379

Those who make no bones about such actions face a tough opposition.

A. invite no comments
B. make no plan
C. do without hesitation
D. felt uneasy

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Question 380

To hold somebody to ransom

A. To keep captive and demand concession
B. To humiliate
C. To offer bribe
D. To blackmail and extract money

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Question 381

In his youth, he was practically rolling in money

A. Spending more than his income
B. Borrowing money liberally
C. Very rich
D. Wasting a lot of money

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Question 382

He left his friend in lurch.

A. left forever
B. left temporarily
C. left to his fate
D. left when he was needing help

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Question 383

The robber took to his heels when the police arrived.

A. opened fire
B. hid himself
C. ran off
D. surrendered

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Question 384

I am sure he means business.

A. is earnest
B. is inquisitive
C. is a trader
D. is fool

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Question 385

He resigned the post of his own accord.

A. which he liked
B. according to his convenience
C. voluntarily and willingly
D. according to his judgement

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Question 386

Queer somebody's pitch

A. Upset one's plan
B. Reprimand him
C. Check him
D. Work him up

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Question 387

He is in the habit of chewing the cuds.

A. accusing others
B. crying over spilt milk
C. forgetting things
D. to muse on

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Question 388

He did me a good turn by recommending me for the post of Vice Principal.

A. returned my kindness
B. did an act of kindness
C. improved my prospects
D. became suddenly good

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Question 389

To keep the ball rolling

A. To earn more and more
B. To work constantly
C. To keep the conversation going
D. To make the best use of

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Question 390

The old man was cut to the quick when his rich son refused to recognise him.

A. irritated
B. annoyed
C. surprised
D. hurt intensely

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Question 391

To take a leaf out of somebody's book

A. To take him as a model
B. To steal something valuable
C. To follow the dictates of someone
D. To conform to others standard

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Question 392

He intends setting up as a lawyer in the adjoining district.

A. To establish himself
B. To migrate
C. To join
D. To settle

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Question 393

To plough the sands

A. To work hard to achieve one's aim
B. To afford hope or ground for expecting a good result
C. To busy oneself in a way which cannot lead to any profitable result
D. To advance one's position in life

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Question 394

The university will have to shelve its plans for expansion in view of present situation

A. cancel
B. discuss
C. reconsider
D. postpone

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Question 395

She exhibited remarkable sangfroid during the crisis.

A. temper
B. irritation
C. composure
D. anger

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Question 396

To be above board

A. To have a good height
B. To be honest in any business deal
C. They have no debts
D. None of these

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Question 397

To be at loggerheads

A. To have tough encounter
B. To be at enmity or strife
C. To face stiff opposition
D. To tax one's mind and body

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Question 398

Please do not indulge in double dealing.

A. dealing improperly
B. deception
C. two standards
D. two jobs

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Question 399

The authorities took him to task for this negligence.

A. forced him to resign
B. suspended his assignment
C. reprimanded him
D. gave him additional work

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Question 400

To worship the rising sun

A. To honour a man who is coming into office
B. To honour the promising people
C. To indulge in flattery
D. To welcome the coming events

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Question 401

Let us admit that we could not heap coals of fire on his head.

A. agitate him
B. incite him to a fight
C. put him to shame
D. make him feel sorry

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Question 402

The popularity of the yesteryears' superstar is on the wane.

A. growing more
B. at its peak
C. growing less
D. at rock bottom

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Question 403

The pros and cons

A. For and against a thing
B. Foul and fair
C. Good and evil
D. Former and latter

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Question 404

Despite the trust bestowed on the minister he turned out to be a snake in the grass during the revolution.

A. a secret enemy
B. a treacherous person
C. an unforeseen danger
D. an unexpected misfortune

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Question 405

To fight to the bitter end

A. To fight the poison-tipped arrows
B. To fight to the last point of enemy position
C. To die fighting
D. To carry on a contest regardless of consequences

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Question 406

I hope it will not put you out If I am late.

A. harm you
B. irritate you
C. please you
D. worry out

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Question 407

You have to be a cool customer and be patient if you want to get the best buys.

A. Be calm and not be excitable
B. Have a cool head
C. Be uncommunicative
D. Be choosy

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Question 408

A jaundiced eye

A. Jealousy
B. A generous view
C. Angry
D. Prejudice

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Question 409

To put one's hand to plough

A. To take up agricultural farming
B. To take a difficult task
C. To get entangled into unnecessary things
D. None of these

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Question 410

The sight of the accident made my flesh creep.

A. worried me
B. frightened me
C. confused me
D. drew my attention

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Question 411

Since he already has cushy job, he can afford to be extravagant.

A. luxurious job
B. job with no work
C. everlasting job
D. financially comfortable job

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Question 412

To have brush with

A. To start painting
B. To have good and pleasing terms
C. To be impressed
D. To have a slight encounter

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Question 413

To spill the beans

A. To reveal secret information
B. To misbehave
C. To keep secrets
D. To talk irrelevant

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Question 414

To rip up old sores

A. To revive a quarrel which was almost forgotten
B. To censure someone in strong terms
C. To strain one's thoughts to the most
D. To preserve oneself from harm

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Question 415

I cannot get along with a man who plays fast and loose.

A. behaves in an unreliable and insincere way
B. has a loose tongue
C. lives a life of ease and luxury
D. does not know how to behave himself

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Question 416

He sold his house for a song.

A. at a reasonable price
B. at a discount
C. very cheaply
D. at a premium

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Question 417

To hold something in leash

A. To restrain
B. To disappoint
C. To dismiss
D. To discourage

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Question 418

To play the gallery

A. To work hard to achieve the best
B. Trying to get appreciation from least intelligent people
C. Use wrong means to achieve success
D. To be able to do a work easily

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Question 419

The soldiers laid down their arms.

A. put their arms on the ground
B. surrendered
C. refused to obey orders
D. put the arms in their place

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Question 420

Do not imagine that Dharmendra is really sorry that his wife died. Those are only crocodile tears.

A. Pretended sorrow
B. Tears a crocodile
C. A weeping crocodile
D. Mild regret

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Question 421

Their business is now on its last legs.

A. About to fructify
B. About to perish
C. About to produce results
D. About to take off

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Question 422

To push somebody to the wall

A. To force someone into a position where there is only one choice to make
B. To humiliate him
C. To heckle him
D. To knock him down

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Question 423

A man of weight

A. A fat person
B. To truthful and trustworthy man
C. A man of importance
D. A notorious man

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Question 424

He is always picking holes in every project.

A. creating problems in
B. finding fault with
C. suggesting improvement in
D. asking irrelevant questions on

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Question 425

To take people by storm

A. To put people in utter surprise
B. To captivate them unexpectedly
C. To exploit people's agitation
D. To bring out something sensational attracting people's attention

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Question 426

I met him after a long time, but he gave me the cold shoulder.

A. scolded me
B. insulted me
C. abused me
D. ignored me

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Question 427

A green horn

A. An envious lady
B. A trainee
C. An inexperienced man
D. A soft-hearted man

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Question 428

Harassed by repeated acts of injustice, he decided to put his foot down.

A. resign
B. not to yield
C. withdraw
D. accept the proposal unconditionally

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Question 429

To cry wolf

A. To grieve over something which cannot be recovered
B. To cry from grief inconsolably
C. To raise a false alarm
D. To announce to one and all

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Question 430

The sailor found himself between the devil and the deep sea.

A. lost in the deep ocean
B. facing two challenges
C. facing two equally bad alternatives
D. confronting two opportunities

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Question 431

To all intent and purposes he is a good man.

A. finally
B. practically
C. above all
D. in practice

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Question 432

The recent film 'Secular India' has tried to keep the pot of Muslim women's Bill boiling.

A. to earn enough support for
B. to force the authorities to reconsider
C. keep the controversy alive
D. none of these

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Question 433

If you rub him the wrong way, he is bound to react.

A. flatter him
B. encourage him
C. annoy him
D. abuse him

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Question 434

The boy had a hair-breadth escape from a street accident.

A. lucky
B. easy
C. narrow
D. quick

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Question 435

Mrs. Khnna has been in the blues for the last several weeks.

A. unwell
B. lonely
C. penniless
D. depressed

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Question 436

Most of the present day politicians have an axe to grind.

A. have promises to fulfil
B. have obstacles to face
C. have personal end to serve
D. None of these

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Question 437

His friends let him down.

A. failed
B. comforted
C. succeeded
D. stood by

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Question 438

It is high time that India did something about the population problem.

A. auspicious moment
B. desired occasion
C. appropriate time
D. already late

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Question 439

I am afraid the two brothers are at cross purposes.

A. quarrel with each other
B. dislike each other
C. are working against each other
D. are misunderstanding each other

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Question 440

Harp on

A. To comment
B. To criticise
C. To keep on talking
D. To keep on insulting

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Question 441

Pin-money

A. Bribery
B. Money paid for compensation
C. Alimony
D. Allowance made to a lady for her expenses

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Question 442

It was out of place for him to talk on politics when the seminar was arranged to discuss recent trends in literature.

A. foolish
B. strange
C. inappropriate
D. odd

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Question 443

To hit below the belt

A. To work confidentially
B. To harm unfairly
C. To strike at the exact position
D. To hit the correct mark

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Question 444

To disabuse one's mind

A. To conceal something
B. To remove a misapprehension
C. To banish from one's mind a thought
D. To proceed cautiously so as to avoid risks and dangers

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Question 445

To have an axe to grind

A. A private end to serve
B. To fail to arouse interest
C. To have no result
D. None of these

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Question 446

To save one's face

A. To hide oneself
B. To oppose
C. To evade disgrace
D. To say plainly

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Question 447

To give a rap on the knuckles

A. To eulogise
B. To chatise
C. To condemn
D. To rebuke

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Question 448

She rejected his proposal of marriage point blank.

A. directly
B. pointedly
C. abruptly
D. briefly

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Question 449

in the armed forces, it is considered a great privilege to die in harness.

A. die with honour
B. die on a horse back
C. die while still working
D. die in the battle field

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Question 450

To give one a long rope

A. To speak ill of
B. To get into trouble
C. To dismiss
D. To allow a man to continue his mistakes or crimes

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Question 451

He believes in the policy of making hay while the sun shines.

A. giving bribes to get his work done
B. seeking advice from one and all
C. helping those who help him
D. making the best use of a favourable situation

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Question 452

He did me a good turn by recommending me for the post of Vice-Principal.

A. became suddenly good
B. improved my prospects
C. did an act of kindness
D. returned my kindness

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Question 453

He is on the wrong side of fifty.

A. not yer fifty
B. over fifty years old
C. a sinner
D. old and haggard

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Question 454

Govind has left his country for good.

A. for better opportunities
B. on an important mission
C. forever
D. to return soon

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Question 455

Turban is in vogue in some communities.

A. in fashion
B. out of use
C. vaguely used
D. never used

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Question 456

To hang up one's hat

A. To challenge
B. To surrender
C. To postpone
D. To make oneself comfortable in another person's home

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Question 457

He always cuts both ends.

A. works for both sides
B. argues in support of both sides of the issue
C. behaves dishonestly
D. creates discord among friends

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Question 458

I am afraid he is burning the candle at both ends.

A. putting in sustained efforts
B. working at night also
C. working hard
D. overtaxing his energies

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Question 459

To leave no avenue unexplored

A. To call in question
B. To roam about
C. To try every source
D. To depend on

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Question 460

The clerk wiped the nose of his employer by submitting a false bill and was dismissed from his job.

A. Cleaned the nose
B. Cheated
C. Abused
D. Slapped

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Question 461

As a politician he is used to being in the limelight all the time.

A. giving speeches
B. the object of admiration
C. the centre of attraction
D. an object of public notice

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Question 462

Sobhraj could be easily arrested because the police were tipped off in a advance.

A. Toppled over
B. Bribed
C. Given advance information
D. Threatened

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Question 463

Despite being under debt, Amit still keeps a good table.

A. keeps up an outward show of prosperity
B. entertains his guests sumptuously
C. helps his friends with money
D. is lively and gay when his friends call

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Question 464

I have a bone to pick with you in this matter.

A. Am in agreement
B. Am angry
C. Am indebted
D. Will join hands

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Question 465

He will win this election hands down.

A. win easily
B. win with a big margin
C. win with a narrow margin
D. scrape through

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Question 466

Sanjay is very different about passing the Civil Services Examination this year.

A. Dead sure of
B. Very hopeful of
C. Lacking self confidence about
D. Reasonably certain of

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Question 467

To fly off the handle

A. To take off
B. To be indifferent
C. To dislocate
D. To lose one's temper

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Question 468

Vikram said that he has got a problem to square up with the manager.

A. consider
B. discuss
C. settle
D. workout

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Question 469

To bear the palm

A. To win
B. To accept a challenge
C. To accept defeat
D. To endure something

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Question 470

Our school is within a stone's throw of the railway station.

A. within a certain radius
B. at a short distance
C. within a definite circumference
D. very far off

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Question 471

To hold a brief for

A. To help someone
B. To do someone a favour
C. To stay on for a brief period
D. To defend someone

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Question 472

He believes in the policy of making hay while the sun shines.

A. giving bribes to get his work done
B. making the best use of a favourable situation
C. helping those who help him
D. seeking advice from one and all

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Question 473

The new economic policy is likely to run into rough weather.

A. create problems
B. encounter difficulties
C. confuse matters
D. makes things difficult

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Question 474

To live in clover

A. To live in great comfort and luxury
B. To live a carefree life
C. To be surrounded by cares and worries
D. To live in great difficulty

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Question 475

To read between the lines

A. To concentrate
B. To read carefully
C. To suspect
D. To grasp the hidden meaning

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Question 476

Sanjay was the real power behind the throne and all politicians were aware of this.

A. The person who had the real control and power
B. The acknowledged leader
C. The person who controlled the monarch
D. The person who advised the queen

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Question 477

The class could not keep a straight face on hearing the strange pronunciation of the new teacher.

A. remain silent
B. remain serious
C. remain mute
D. remain disturbed

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Question 478

The curious neighbours were disappointed as the young couple's quarrel was just a storm in a teacup.

A. violent quarrel
B. fuss about a trifle
C. brittle situation
D. quarrel about tea cups

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Question 479

He resigned the post of his own accord.

A. according to his judgement
B. which he liked
C. voluntarily and willingly
D. according to his convenience

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Question 480

The captain played with determination because the honour of the team was at stake.

A. inevitable
B. at the top
C. necessary
D. in danger

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Question 481

The authorities took him to task for his negligence.

A. gave him additional work
B. suspended his assignment
C. reprimanded him
D. forced him to resign

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Question 482

A fair crack of the whip

A. Severe punishment
B. A good check
C. A period of importance
D. Failure of administration

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Question 483

The speaker gave a bird's eye view of the political conditions in the country.

A. a personal view
B. a general view
C. a biased view
D. a detailed presentation

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Question 484

I felt that it was a tall order to expect Monisha to go home alone at twelve in the night.

A. Difficult
B. Too much
C. Customary
D. Simple

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Question 485

To hit the nail right on the head

A. To do the right thing
B. To destroy one's reputation
C. To announce one's fixed views
D. To teach someone a lesson

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Question 486

To haul over the coals

A. To put hand in a wrong task
B. To throw into the fire
C. To put to task
D. To say the wrong words

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Question 487

The number of globetrotters has increased after the Second World War.

A. foreign countries
B. great persons
C. people of importance
D. travellers around the world

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Question 488

It goes to his heart to see so much misery.

A. influences him
B. touches him deeply
C. makes him yield
D. annoys him

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Question 489

To strike one's colours

A. To fight vigorously
B. To work hard
C. To surrender
D. To make a rude gesture

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Question 490

Since he knew what would happen, he should be left to stew in his own juice.

A. Make a stew
B. Boil
C. Suffer in his own juice
D. Suffer for his own act

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Question 491

Rejesh and Vikas have remained friends through thick and thin.

A. inspite of all difficulties
B. under all circumstances
C. through days of struggle
D. through happy days

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Question 492

To have one's heart in one's boots

A. To be deeply depressed
B. To be frightened
C. To get angry
D. To keep a secret

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Question 493

This report calls in question all previous research on the subject.

A. recalls
B. criticises
C. challenges
D. takes note of

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Question 494

To get the hang of a thing

A. To know a secret
B. To understand the meaning of it
C. To find the cause of something
D. None of these

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Question 495

There was a job for me to cut my teeth on.

A. to try
B. to gain experiences
C. to sharpen my wits
D. to earn a decent salary

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Question 496

To take a leap in the dark

A. To take risk
B. To hazard oneself
C. To do a task secretly
D. To do a hazardous thing without any idea of the result

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Question 497

He always leads others up the garden path.

A. befools others
B. advises others to their advantage
C. deceives others
D. worries others

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Question 498

Dowry is a burning question of the day.

A. a relevant problem
B. a dying issue
C. an irrelevant problem
D. a widely debated issue

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Question 499

Hobson's choice

A. Feeling of insecurity
B. Accept or leave the offer
C. Feeling of strength
D. Excellent choice

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Question 500

He threw cold water over the project that the secretary had prepared.

A. encouraged
B. discouraged
C. cleared
D. rejected

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Question 501

My father strained every nerve to enable me to get settled in life.

A. worked very hard
B. spent a huge amount
C. tried all tricks
D. bribed several persons

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Question 502

To end in smoke

A. To make completely understand
B. To ruin oneself
C. To excite great applause
D. None of these

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Question 503

We should abstain from casting aspersions on the character of our colleagues.

A. passing critical remarks
B. cracking silly jokes
C. paying left-handed compliments
D. passing slanderous remarks

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Question 504

Sumit had to look high and low before he could find his scooter key.

A. nowhere
B. always
C. everywhere
D. somewhere

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Question 505

If you pass this difficult examination, it will be a feather in your cap.

A. you will get a very good job
B. you will feel proud of it
C. your parents will be very happy
D. you will get a scholarship for higher studies

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Question 506

To turn over a new leaf

A. To change completely one's course of action
B. To shift attention to new problems after having studied the old ones thoroughly
C. To cover up one's fault by wearing new marks
D. To change the old habits and adopt new ones

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Question 507

A square peg in a round hole

A. An impossible task
B. A scheme that never works
C. A person unsuited to the position he fills
D. None of these

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Question 508

His father advised him to be fair and square in his dealings lest he should fall into trouble.

A. considerate
B. upright
C. careful
D. polite

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Question 509

Companies producing goods play to the gallery to boost their sales.

A. advertise
B. cater to the public taste
C. attempt to appeal to popular taste
D. depend upon the public for approval

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Question 510

The accounts of the murder made her flesh creep.

A. Made her sad
B. Surprised her
C. Made her cry bitterly
D. Fill her with horror

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Question 511

He is temporarily in charge of the company and is trying to feather his nest.

A. raise the image of the company
B. bring order and discipline in the company
C. act for his own future benefits
D. practice his own brand of management philosophy

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Question 512

He knew she was dead but was completely at sea about the cause of her death.

A. anxious
B. confused
C. ignorant
D. certain

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Question 513

This regular absenteeism is a bad business since on work is being completed.

A. Bad for business
B. Non-business like
C. An unfortunate event
D. Creating ill-will

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Question 514

Manoj always keeps himself to himself.

A. is selfish
B. does not take sides
C. is unsociable
D. is too busy

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Question 515

To speak daggers

A. To abuse someone
B. To indulge in voracious talks
C. To speak to a person with hostility
D. None of these

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Question 516

His friends advised him to be fair and square in his dealings.

A. Careful
B. Considerate
C. Polite
D. Upright

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Question 517

Pt. Nehru was born with a silver spoon in his mouth.

A. born in a royal family
B. born in a middle class family
C. born in a family of nationalists
D. born in a wealthy family

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Question 518

The arrival of the mother-in-law in the family proved a rift in the lute.

A. caused unnecessary worries
B. brought about disharmony
C. caused a pleasant atmosphere
D. brought about a disciplined atmosphere

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Question 519

A movement for the world unity is in the offing.

A. at the end
B. about to start
C. on decline
D. in the air

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Question 520

To catch a tartar

A. To trap wanted criminal with great difficulty
B. To catch a dangerous person
C. To meet with disaster
D. To deal with a person who is more than one's match

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Question 521

His plan was so complicated that it floored his listeners.

A. entertained
B. puzzled
C. annoyed
D. encouraged

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Question 522

He went back on his promise to vote for me.

A. withdrew
B. forgot
C. reinforced
D. supported

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Question 523

He is in the habit of throwing dust in eyes of his superiors.

A. To put sand into eyes
B. To make blind
C. To deceive
D. To show false things

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Question 524

To leave someone in the lurch

A. To come to compromise with someone
B. Constant source of annoyance to someone
C. To put someone at ease
D. To desert someone in his difficulties

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Question 525

Last evening I was held up at the meeting.

A. kept
B. detained
C. stopped
D. delayed

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Question 526

There is no hard and fast rule regarding this subject.

A. rule that is difficult
B. rule that is fast changing
C. rule that cannot be broken or modified
D. rule that can be broken or modified

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Question 527

A fool's errand

A. A blunder
B. An impossible task
C. A useless undertaking
D. None of these

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Question 528

The police are used to seeing the seamy side of life.

A. an adventurous life
B. a life full of risks
C. immoral aspects of society
D. criminal society

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Question 529

A snake in the grass

A. Secret or hidden enemy
B. Unforeseen happening
C. Unrecognisable danger
D. Irreliable person

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Question 530

To put the cart before the horse

A. To offer a person what he cannot eat
B. To force a person to do something
C. To raise obstacles
D. To reverse the natural order of things

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Question 531

To be at daggers drawn

A. To be frightened
B. To be ready to face danger
C. To threaten one
D. To be bitter enemy

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Question 532

Sachin has bitten of more than he can chew.

A. is always hungry
B. is trying to do too much
C. is very greedy
D. has little regard for others

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Question 533

Dog in the manger

A. An undersized bull almost the shape of a dog
B. A dog that has no kennel of its own
C. A person who puts himself in difficulties on account of other people
D. A person who prevents others from enjoying something useless to himself

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Question 534

To take the wind out of another's sails

A. To manouevre to mislead another on the high seas
B. To cause harm to another
C. To defeat the motives of another
D. To anticipate another and to gain advantage over him

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Question 535

Dowry is a burning question of the day.

A. a widely debated issue
B. a dying issue
C. a relevant problem
D. an irrelevant issue

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Question 536

Adam's ale

A. Grace
B. Pleasure
C. Water
D. Wine

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Question 537

You will get into hot water if you commit the same mistake again.

A. suffer
B. be in a fix
C. incur loss
D. be in trouble

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Question 538

In the armed forces, it is considered a great privilege to die in harness.

A. die on a horse back
B. die in the battlefield
C. die while still working
D. die with honour

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Question 539

Tell me plainly who broke the mirror, do not beat about the bush.

A. put any blame on others
B. pretend to be unaware of the matter
C. approach the matter in a round about way
D. try to impress me with your arguments

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Question 540

Leaders should not only make speeches, they should also be prepared to bell the cat.

A. to be alert of the enemy
B. to take lead in danger
C. to speak against a wrong policy
D. to have enough say in the government

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Question 541

He has built a big business empire by his sharp practices.

A. extreme hard work
B. keen business skills
C. dishonest dealings
D. sharp intelligence

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Question 542

Shweta might scream blue murder, but I feel Ritu should get the promotion since she is better qualified for the job.

A. suffer from persecution complex
B. try to prove herself as more suited to the job
C. regard it as an act of partiality
D. make a great deal of noise and object vehemently

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Question 543

I ran out of money on my European tour.

A. exhausted my stock of
B. did not have enough
C. lost
D. carried a lot

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Question 544

To drive home

A. To find one's roots
B. To return to place of rest
C. Back to original position
D. To emphasise

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Question 545

To wash one's dirty linen in public

A. To criticise one's nature in public
B. To quarrel in the open
C. To do some ugly work in public
D. To discuss dirty and scandalous matters of personal nature in the presence of strangers

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Question 546

To flog a dead horse

A. To act in a foolish way
B. To waste one's efforts
C. To revise interest in an old subject
D. To revive old memories

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Question 547

To hit the nail on the head

A. To hit the target
B. To catch someone napping
C. To guess right
D. To settle the old score

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Question 548

To bring one's eggs to a bad market

A. To face a humiliating situation
B. To bring one's commodities to a market where there is no demand for them
C. To show one's talents before audience which is incapable of appreciating them
D. To fail in one's plan because one goes to the wrong people for help

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Question 549

Having sold off his factory, Mr. Roy is now a gentleman at large.

A. held in high esteem
B. respected to everybody
C. has no serious occupation
D. living comfortably

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Question 550

The Chief Minister had the Inspector General of Police to fill him in on the behaviour of the arrested terrorists.

A. probe into the cases against the terrorists
B. take action against the terrorists
C. inform him about the terrorists
D. None of these

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Question 551

Discipline is on the wane in schools and colleges these days.

A. increasing
B. declining
C. spreading
D. spiralling

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Question 552

I did not know that he was pulling my leg all the time.

A. befooling me
B. degrading me
C. defaming me
D. complimenting me

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Question 553

A chip off the old block

A. A piece of wood
B. An old friend
C. Characteristics of one's ancestors
D. A good bargain

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Question 554

Though he has a lot of money, yet all his plans are built upon sand.

A. based on inexperience
B. resting on immature ideas
C. resting on cheap material
D. established on insecure foundations

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Question 555

The detective left no stone unturned to trace the culprit.

A. took no pains
B. did very irrelevant things
C. resorted to illegitimate practices
D. used all available means

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Question 556

To take somebody for a ride

A. To provide entertainment
B. To keep company
C. To deceive or humiliate him/her
D. To exploit a person

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Question 557

Will o' the wisp

A. Anything which eludes or deceives
B. To act in a childish way
C. To act in a foolish way
D. To have desires unbacked by efforts

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Question 558

His most trusted friend proved to be a snake in the grass.

A. cowardly and brutal
B. an unreliable and deceitful person
C. a hidden enemy
D. low and mean

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Question 559

It is difficult to keep a level head in these days of mounting prices.

A. remain cool and composed
B. eke out existence
C. make both ends meet
D. maintain standard of living

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Question 560

The company has been handed over to new masters lock, stock and barrel.

A. financially
B. partially
C. completely
D. administratively

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Question 561

The great warrior, Baji-Prabhu, held the enemy at bay but was killed in the end.

A. prevented the enemy from coming too near
B. did not allow the enemy to attack his position
C. launched a counter attack after initial success
D. retreated initially but launched a heavy attack afterwards

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Question 562

Mr. Roy is known as a shop lifter in the city commercial centre.

A. daily visitor
B. buyer of all new things
C. smuggler
D. a thief in guise of customer

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Question 563

I cannot conceive of a time when I was without a refrigerator

A. Imagine
B. Give birth
C. Understand
D. Depend

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Question 564

His best jokes fell flat.

A. were not paid attention to
B. had no effect
C. became completely unnerved
D. faced total failure

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Question 565

A large number of small scale industries have been set up in the rural areas.

A. upgraded
B. opened
C. demolished
D. encouraged

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Question 566

The arrival of the mother-in-law in the family proved a rift in the lute.

A. brought about disharmony
B. brought about a disciplined atmosphere
C. caused unnecessary worry
D. caused a pleasant atmosphere

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Question 567

A sop to cerberus

A. Bribery
B. Hush money
C. Ransom to an enemy
D. Money for compensation

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Question 568

Do no trust a man who blows his own trumpet

A. flatters
B. praises others
C. admonishes others
D. praises himself

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Question 569

Rohit has bitten off more than he chew.

A. Is trying to do much
B. Is very greedy
C. Is always hungry
D. Has little regard for others

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Question 570

To drink like a fish

A. To drink little
B. To drink alone
C. To be a drunkard
D. To drink in the company of others

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Question 571

Whenever I meet him he pulls a long face.

A. looks angry
B. looks cheerful
C. looks gloomy
D. looks indifferent

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Question 572

To be lost in the cloud

A. To meet with one's death
B. To be perplexed
C. To be concealed from view
D. To find oneself in a very uncomfortable position

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Question 573

To carry the coal to Newcastle

A. To work hard
B. To finish a job
C. To do unnecessary things
D. To do menial jobs

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Question 574

Having sold off his factory, he is now a gentleman at large.

A. Has no serious occupation
B. Is living comfortably
C. Is respected by everybody
D. Is held in high esteem

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Question 575

The thief took to his heels when he saw a policeman on the beat.

A. had some pain in his heels
B. ran away from the scene
C. confronted the policeman
D. could not decide what to do

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Question 576

All and sundry

A. Greater share
B. All of a sudden
C. Completion of work
D. Everyone without distinction

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Question 577

His promotion is on the cards.

A. due
B. evident
C. certain
D. probable

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