English/English Idioms and Phrases - Verbal Ability Set 2 Sample Test,Sample questions

Question:
 Between the devil and the deep blue sea

1.something that is said in confidence

2. to be aware of what will bring some advantage or gain

3.having to choose between two alternatives neither of which is good.

4.having to choose between the good and bad


Question:
 To be up in arms

1.to allow somebody to tell you what to do

2. to learn to use various arms and ammunitions

3. to be ready to fight

4. to manage to win


Question:
 To make much play of something

1.to do things that are intended to produce a particular result

2.to try to obtain something

3.to emphasize the importance of a particular fact

4.to take advantage of a particular situation


Question:
 To rise with the lark

1.to order somebody to get out of bed

2.to be able to deal with a difficult situation

3.to be affected by problems or insult

4.to wake up very early


Question:
 To steal the show

1.to gain an advantage over somebody

2.to do something that is dangerous

3.to conceal one's feelings and emotions

4.to attract most of the attention during a performance


Question:
A case in point

1.appreciate one's argument

2.explain clearly one's argument or idea

3.not relevant to the matter being discussed

4.an example for the subject of discussion


Question:
A mug's game

1.to learn something in a short period of time

2.an activity that is unlikely to be successful

3.to make a simple situation confused and more complicated

4.to continue doing something without a plan or purpose


Question:
A near miss

1.loosing a favourable opportunity

2.getting rid of something unpleasant

3.a fortunate escape from danger

4.fail to develop or take place


Question:
A stick-in-the-mud

1.a person with fixed views and ideas, without a desire for progress or change

2.a highly conceited person who looks down upon others

3.a person who is not considered to be important or influential

4.a very timid person


Question:
A stuffed shirt

1.a shirt which makes a person feel stuffy on wearing it

2.a pompous or conceited person

3.a man or boy who is the favourite of those in authority

4.a very timid person


Question:
An educated guess

1.to use words or phrases from a book

2.a guess that is based on the opinion of a person who is close to you

3.something that nobody can be certain about

4.a guess based on some degree of knowledge, and is therefore likely to be correct


Question:
Dutch courage

1. remaining courageous even in the face of distress

2.false courage that one gets from drinking alcohol

3.great strength of character

4.extreme degree of physical strength


Question:
Run true to form

1.reveal one's bad intentions

2.act as one is expected to

3.act as one is expected toC. to execute one's duties with diligence

4.give enough evidence of something


Question:
To be hand in glove with somebody

1.to earn money at a tremendous rate

2. to be in a dangerous or doubtful situation

3. to be controlled by somebody

4.to work closely with somebody in a secret way


Question:
To be in stitches

1.to destroy something violently

2. to put in extra work

3.to use the needle and the thread

4. to laugh a lot


Question:
To be somebody's man

1.to think or do the same thing like somebody else

2.to work in an office or be in charge of a place

3.to be the best or the most suitable person to do a particular job

4.to act or think independently


Question:
To be under someone's thumb

1. to be found in a difficult or embarrassing situation

2.to bear a part of one's experience

3. to face the result of someone's control

4.to take advantage of a situation


Question:
To buy a pig in a poke

1.to buy something without seeing it or knowing if it is satisfactory

2.to make a mess of somethihng

3. to spend extravagantly on unwanted things

4. to try to spend as little money as possible


Question:
To call a spade a spade

1.to ask people in a meeting to be silent so that the meeting can continue

2.to say exactly what you think about something without trying to hide your opinion

3.to decide or agree to stop doing something

4. to doubt something or make others doubt something


Question:
To cast pearls before swine

1. to give or offer valuable things to people who do not understand their value

2.wise remarks made at the precise moment

3.to be involved in things that are happening in the society

4.to put something in a particular pace quickly and carelessly


Question:
To dance to somebody's tunes

1.to offer somebody something good

2.to be willing to do dangerous or unusual things

3.to dance for the whole evening or night

4. to do whatever somebody tells you to do


Question:
To get something for a song

1.to get something by playing a short piece of music

2.to complain about something

3.to complain about something

4.to start learning music


Question:
To grease somebody's palm

1.to rub somebody's hand with oil

2. to bribe somebody

3. to deal with someone carefully

4.to waste time


Question:
To keep one's end up

1.to continue to be in good spirits even when one is sad or disappointedB

2.to live within one's means

3.to lose one's patience and become angry

4.to live beyond one's means


Question:
To lock horns with somebody

1. to get involved in an argument or dispute

2. to prevent somebody from leaving the place

3.to be very strict with somebody

4.to refuse to allow somebody from entering place


Question:
To lose face

1.to be rudely snubbed by someone

2.to lose the respect of others

3.to hide one's worry

4.to admit one's mistake


Question:
To raise your sights

1.to expect more from a situation

2.to try very hard to get something

3. to be able to see through other's motives

4.to stop considering something to be more important than others


Question:
To see the back of something or someone

1. to work hard in order to achieve success

2.to get rid of someone or something that is tiresome or unpleasant

3.to make someone angry

4.to congratulate someone on their success


Question:
To show the wind and reap the whirlwind

1.to take the help of someone always

2. to do something hoping for better results

3. to pretend to be good in front of others

4. to fuss and bother about things done in the past


Question:
To sing a different tune

1.to mention something in a song or a poem

2. to say something clearly and loudly

3.to do somebody else's job or perform his/her duties

4.to change one's opinion about something or somebody


Question:
To smell a rat

1.To see signs of plague epidemic

2.To get bad small of a bad dead rat

3.To suspect foul dealings

4.To be in a bad mood


Question:
To think on one's feet

1.to be able to react quickly and effectively without preparation

2.to think carefully before doing anything

3.to form one's opinion about somebody

4.to try to solve a problem without anybody's help


Question:
To throw somebody to the wolves

1.to suddenly become very angry or upset

2.to provide evidence of the truth of something

3. to leave someone to be roughly treated without providing any help

4. to be so worried by a problem


Question:
To weather the storm

1.to survive a crisis

2.o keep a brave front despite adversities

3.to continue one's journey in spite of the hostile weather

4.wait for the inevitable to happen


Question:
To write something off

1.to display one's creativity

2.to finalize something

3. to calculate something

4.to regard as a lossE


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