Directions: (1-5) Out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentences.
Q1. Excessive desire to stay in bed
Q2. To send someone back to his or her own country
Q3. Make something less severe
Q4. One who does or studies without seriousness.
Q5. A labourer involved in loading and uploading ships.
Directions (6-10): In each question, a sentence is given in which an idiom is used. The idiomatic phrase is underlined/BOLD. Four possible meanings of the idioms are also given. Mark the number of the correct meaning as your answer.
Q6. He was cut to the quick when he learnt that his faithful servant had betrayed him for money.
(a) wounded physically
(c) deeply hurt
Q7. He began to give himself airs after he returned from his stint abroad.
(a) be generous
(b) be arrogant
(c) win other’s admiration
(d) be helpful
Q8. Newspapers often bring to light the corrupt practices of politicians.
Q9. Within two years of his father’s death, he had made ducks and drakes of his large inheritance.
(a) invested wisely
(b) distributed generously
(d) spent foolishly
Q10. In times to depression businessmen have to struggle to keep their heads above water.
(a) make profit
(b) find employees
(c) avoid bankruptcy
Sol. cut to the quick -to injure someone emotionally
Sol. give oneself airs-to act better than one really is; to pretend to be good or to be superior.
Sol. bring to light -make or become widely known or evident.
Sol. play ducks and drakes with, to handle recklessly; squander: He played ducks and drakes with his fortune.
Sol. keep their heads above water.- to manage to survive, especially financially.