Directions (1-10): In the following questions, out of the four alternatives select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.
Q1. Birds of a feather flock together
(a) even a small similarity is enough to become friends and stay together
(b) there is always more safety in a crowd
(c) people with the same tastes and interests will be found together
(d) people with bad intentions always form a gang
Q2. Beggars can’t be choosers
(a) those who have nothing have no hope
(b) all your options close when you are going through a bad time
(c) a poor person is forced to kill all his desires
(d) people with no other options must be content with what is offered
Q3.To crack someone up
(a) to cheat on someone
(b) to make someone cry
(c) to make someone laugh
(d) to beat someone
(a) climbing the career ladder
(b) to jump to grab an opportunity
(c) to leave an organization
(d) to renounce great wealth
Q5. A moot point
Q6. Spick and Span
(a) high and low
(b) dark and light
(c) neat and clean
(d) happy and sad
Q7. There is no such thing as a free lunch.
(a) it isn’t possible to get something for nothing
(b) there is no genuine kindness in this world
(c) even a mother will expect something for her love
(d) those who are tempted by free things, end up spending more
Q8. To bend over backwards
(a) to accommodate every unreasonable request usually without getting anything back
(b) stepping away from an unpleasant situation
(c) to make every effort to achieve something, especially to be fair or helpful
(d) submitting oneself completely to a higher authority
Q9. No man is an island
(a) a man is self-sufficient only when he gets married
(b) no one is self-sufficient; everyone relies on others
(c) nobody prefers to live alone
(d) to not marry is like living on an island
Q10. To bite your tongue
(a) to cause self-inflicting harm
(b) to make a desperate effort to avoid saying something
(c) harsh words once spoken can never come back
(d) to be astonished
Sol. Birds of a feather flock together: people of the same sort or with the same tastes and
interests will be found together.
Sol. Beggars can’t be choosers: people with no other options must be content with what is
Sol. To crack someone up is an idiomatic expression which means to make someone laugh.
Sol. To jump ship: to leave any post or position; to quit or resign, especially when there is
difficulty with the job.
Sol. A moot point: A debatable question, an issue open to argument.
Sol. Spick and Span: fresh, brand-new; spotlessly clean. Thus option (c) is correct.
Sol. There is no such thing as a free lunch: the idea that it is impossible to get something for nothing.
Sol. To bend over backwards: to work very hard to accomplish something for someone.
Sol. No man is an island means to require help from others every now and then because of one’s limitations.
Sol. To bite your tongue: to stop yourself from saying something that you would really like to say.
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