Directions (1-5): In each of the questions, four alternatives are given for the Idiom/Phrase. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the Idiom/Phrase and click the button corresponding to it.
Q1. Be down and out
(a) be destitute
(b) be tipsy
Sol. down-and-out: Lacking funds, resources, or prospects.
Q2. Be down in the dumps
(a) to fall down
(b) to fall from grace
(c) ever ready to take on
(d) appear miserable
Sol. down in the dumps definition. In a gloomy or depressed mood: “After losing the student election, Jack really felt down in the dumps.”
Q3. Be to the fore
(a) to the brim
(c) be prominent
(d) to take the lead
Sol. to the fore- In, into, or toward a position of prominence,
Q4. Put a spoke in one’s wheel
(a) obstruct progress
(c) help someone to progress
(d) help someone with advice
Sol. put a spoke in somebody’s wheel- to spoil someone else’s plans and stop them from doing something
Q5. To have an axe to grind
(a) to work for both sides
(b) to have selfish interest to serve
(c) to criticize someone
(d) to fail to arouse interest
Sol. have an axe to grind-have a private reason for doing or being involved in something.
Directions (6-10): In each of the following questions, a sentence is given with blank to be filled in with an appropriate word(s). Four alternatives are suggested for the question. Choose the correct alternative out of the four.
Q6. Her parents will never give their _______________ to such an unsuitable match.
Sol. Consent → Permission to do something.
Acquiescence (Noun) – the reluctant acceptance of something without protest.
Agreement: harmony or accordance in opinion or feeling.
Hence option B fits in the context.
Q7. They are so _______________, they could not put up a tent properly, while camping.
Sol. to be green- immature in age or judgement; inexperienced
Q8. Virginia Woolf’s novels continue to receive rave _______________.
Sol. When journalists write save reviews, they praise something in a very enthusiastic way.
Q9. Please do not _______________ an offer made by the Chairman.
Sol. Refuse – to say that you will not do something that somebody has asked you to do; turn down.
Q10. Fortune _______________ him very often, such was his ill luck.
(a) grinned at
(b) imposed on
(d) grasped at
Sol. Elude-not achieve; fail to be attained by someone.