Idioms And Idiomatic phrases – Exercises (with answers)

Exercise No. 10.

Out of four alternatives given for idioms/phrases underlined in the following sentences, choose one which expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

  1. A fair weather friend always tries to fish in troubled waters of his friends and  benefactors.
  • A.     To borrow money
  • B.     To steal belongings of
  • C.     To get benefit in bad situation.
  • D.     To extend a helping hand.

 

  1. His arrogant behavior with others has left him high and dry.
  • A. To be penniless
  • B. To be very sick.
  • C. To be very famous
  • D. Isolated.

 

  1. All the residents of the colony painted the town redon the eve of festival.
  • A. To white wash buildings
  • B. To renovate buildings
  • C. To celebrate noisly in public places.
  • D.To create nuisances.

 

  1. The chairman pulled  a long face when the house did not accept the suggestions put forth by him.
  • A. To look disappointed
  • B. To get annoyed
  • C. To be agitated
  • D. To make a quarrel.

 

  1. The fair and square policy of the chairman of the committee has made him very popular among the residents of the town.
  • A. Clever and Deceitful
  • B. Honest
  • C. Ambigious
  • D. Relevant and practical.

 

Answers: 1.C      2.D      3.C    4.A      5.B.

 

 


 

Exercise No. 11.

Out of four alternatives given for idioms/phrases underlined in the following sentences, choose one which expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

  1. Due his bad habit of borrowing money from others, he will be in the mire one day.
  • A.  to be punished
  • B. To be imprisoned
  • C. To be insulted
  • D. to be in trouble.

 

  1. I do not like his habit of mincing matters.
  • A. Not to speak plainly.
  • B. To brag about
  • C. To be talkative
  • D. To show off.

 

3.  The chairman of the  corporation plays a  second fiddle to the minister.

  • A.  To extend a helping hand
  • B. To play a secondary role.
  • C. To be guiding person.
  • D. To be facilitator.

 

  1. In order to become a successful administrator in the office, an executive has to keep his  ears to the ground.
  • A. To be very polite
  • B. To encourage backbiting
  • C. To keep informed about happening in surrounding.
  • D. To have a strict control over all.

 

5.  He had to go through the motion of starting with this new project as he was  least interested to take  up it.

  • A. To complete quickly.
  • B. To do a work without enthusiasm
  • C. To do without any interest.
  • D. To work at a slow  speed.

 

Answers: 1.D.  2.A    3.B     4.C        5.B.

 

 


 

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