Directions (1-10): Four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase bold in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase and mark it in the Answer sheet.
Q1. As a businessman, my father always maintained that his transactions constituted an open book.
(a) An account book always open
(b) A book of open confessions
(c) An opening for new ventures
(d) Straight forward and honest dealings
Q2. The young boy was kicking his heels in spite of his mother’s stern warnings.
(d) Passing a gesture of disrespect
Q3. She is too fond of her own voice.
(c) Does not listen properly to anyone else
Q4. Indian police is, on the whole, high-handed in dealing with citizens.
Q5. I take exception to your statement that I am bad tempered.
Q6. Helena was over head and ears in love with Demetrius.
Q7. Gopi works By fits and starts.
Q8. This place affords a bird’s-eye view of the green valley below.
Q9. He works In fits and start.
Q10. She was on the horns of a dilemma as she had either to leave her job or divorce her husband.
(c) In difficult situation
Sol. an open book- a person or thing that is easy to understand or about which everything is known.
Sol. kick one’s heels – wait or pass the time aimlessly or futilely; be kept waiting
Sol. fond of someone or something-liking someone or something
Sol. high-handed-using power or authority without considering the feelings of others.
Sol. take exception (to something)- To express opposition by argument; object to:
Sol. over head and ears- completely trapped
Sol. By fits and starts- with irregular bursts of activity.
Sol. a bird’s-eye view -A view looking down at an object or area from a high elevation.
Sol. In fits and starts- without regular activity or progress
Sol. on the horns of a dilemma -faced with a decision involving equally unfavourable alternatives.