Directions (Q.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.
1. You have to read between the lines to understand most of the symbolic writing.
A.Read again and again
B.Understand the hidden meaning
C.Know the symbols
D.Look for many meanings
(to read between the lines- look for or discover a meaning that is implied rather than explicitly stated.)
2. The ruling party has been warned not to play to the gallery.
A.To give importance to the common man
B.To try to be sensational
C.To seek to win approval
D.To side-track the issue
(to play to the gallery. – act in an exaggerated way in order to appeal to popular taste.)
3. In the securities scam, the national credibility was at stake.
(at stake.- at risk.)
4. There is no love lost between any two neighboring countries in the world.
B.Not on good terms
C.Forming a group
D.Have good understanding
(There is no love lost between – if there is no love lost between two people, they do not like each other)
5. He is accused of sitting on the fence.
A.Observing the scene
B.Resting on fence
C.Hesitating which side to take
D.Sitting back and enjoying the fun
(sitting on the fence. – not able to or not willing to make a decision; often not being able to decide for an extended period)
6. When the boy was put into a boarding school, he quickly fell into line without his usual tantrums and undisciplined behavior.
A.Stood in a line
C.Failed to behave properly
(fell into line – To adhere to established rules or predetermined courses of action.)
7. By his virtuous life, he has made amends for his past actions.
(made amends for -to make up to someone for something that someone or something did.)
8. He read for the bar.
A.Studied to become a barrister
B.Studied to become a barman
C.Studied to become a judge
D.Studied to become a courtier
( to prepare for the law exam)
9. In the field of social service, the Parsis bear the palm.
A.Are the leaders
B.Are the donors
(bear the palm.- to be the winner; take the prize)
10. He is always trying to curry favour with his boss and does not even maintain his self-respect.
A.Get obligation from
B.Pick up quarrel with
D.Take undue advantage from
(curry favour- ingratiate oneself with someone through obsequious behaviour.)