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SSC CGL English Miscellaneous Quiz for Beginners: 20 December

Direction (1-3): In the following questions, sentences are given with blanks to be filled in with an appropriate word(s). Four alternatives are suggested for each question. Choose the correct alternative out of the four as your answer.

Q1. _______________ the people looked well enough, but when one looked more closely one saw that their faces were filled with despair.
(a) At first looking
(b) At first observations
(c) On first sight
(d) At first sight

Q2. Our monthly expenditure _______________ by five hundred rupees when we decided to buy milk from the milkman.
(a) shot up
(b) got up
(c) moved
(d) grew up

Q3. Raj was tired of Puja’s _______________ approach, so he asked her to make her final decision by that evening.
(a) silly-willy
(b) dilly-dally
(c) wasting
(d) dilly-nally

Direction (4-5): In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, choose the word which best expresses the meaning of the given word.

(a) Evacuate
(b) Pressurize
(c) Thrust
(d) Float

(a) Stupid
(b) Pensive
(c) Senseless
(d) Sarcastic

Direction (6-8): In these questions four alternatives are given for the Idiom/Phrase given in bold. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the Idiom/Phrase given in bold.

Q6. Throw caution to the winds
(a) to be fearful
(b) to warn others not to travel
(c) to behave recklessly
(d) to behave with care and caution

Q7. Cap in hand
(a) defiant
(b) screaming
(c) well behaved
(d) in a respectful manner

Q8. Do a roaring trade
(a) in the animal business
(b) highly successful
(c) in the habit of shouting at others
(d) extremely reluctant

Direction (9-10): In the following questions, Choose the word opposite in meaning to the given word.

(a) Smelly
(b) Clammy
(c) Freezing
(d) Cozy

(a) Confident
(b) Sober
(c) Quiet
(d) Calm


S1. Ans.(d)
Sol. At first sight is an idiomatic expression which means ‘immediately; at first glance; when you see somebody or something for the first time’. Hence, ‘At first sight’ is the right usage.

S2. Ans.(a)
Sol. Shot up (phrasal verb): rose suddenly by a large amount. Hence, shot up is the right usage.

S3. Ans.(b)
Sol. Dilly–dally: to take too long to do something. Hence dilly–daily is the right usage.

S4. Ans.(a)
Sol. Purge: Rid someone of an unwanted feeling; physically remove completely; to get rid of people from an organization.

S5. Ans.(d)
Sol. Mordant: critical and unkind, but funny, caustic; corrosive.

S6. Ans.(c)
Sol. Throw caution to the winds: to do something without worrying about the risk; to behave recklessly.

S7. Ans.(d)
Sol. Go/come cap in hand: to ask someone for money or help in a polite way which makes you feel ashamed. Hence ‘in a respectful manner is the right usage.’

S8. Ans.(b)
Sol. Do a roaring trade: do very good business, to be highly successful. Hence ‘highly successful’ is the right option.

S9. Ans.(c)
Sol. Sweltering: stifling; very hot and uncomfortable.
Cozy: warm, comfortable and safe.
Clammy: clamp in an unpleasant way.
Hence, sweltering and freezing are antonyms to each other.

S10. Ans.(d)
Sol. Panicky: anxious about something; hysterical.

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