Idioms and Phrases

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  • Q1

    Complete the Idioms given below with suitable words or phrases.

    1. Take with a grain of ____________.

    2. Pull the wool over other ____________.

    3. Costs an arm and ___________.

    4. Don't put all your eggs _____________.

    5. Let my freak flag _________.

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    1. salt.

    2. people's eyes.

    3. a leg.

    4. in one basket.

    5. fly.

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  • Q2

    Give the meaning of the following idioms.

    1. Get the show on the road

    2. Keep your fingers on the pulse

    3. Back-room boys

    4. Golden handshake

    5. Waiting in the wings

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    1. Putting up a plan or idea into action.

    2. Being constantly aware of the most recent developments.

    3. People who perform important work but have no contact with the public.

    4. Big sum of money given to a person when they leave a company or retire.

    5. Waiting for an opportunity to take action, mostly to replace someone else in their job.

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  • Q3

    Complete the idioms given below.

    1. Jump on __________________.

    2. Every cloud ________________.

    3. To hear something straight ____________.

    4. Wouldn't be caught __________________.

    5. Feel a bit under _________________.

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    1. the bandwagon

    2. has a silver lining.

    3. from the horse's mouth.

    4. dead.

    5. the weather.

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  • Q4

    Give the meaning of the following idiomatic phrases.

    1. The best of both worlds

    2. Once in a blue moon

    3. Speak of the devil

    4. When pigs fly

    5. To add insult to injury

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    1. The best of both worlds - Someone has only the benefits of two things without any disadvantages.

    2. Once in a blue moon - Very rarely, almost never

    3. Speak of the devil - People say 'speak of the devil' when someone they have just been talking appears unexpectedly.

    4. When pigs fly - People say 'when pigs fly' after someone has said something might happen, to emphasise that they think it will never happen.

    5. To add insult to injury - People say, 'to add insult to injury', mentioning an action that makes an unacceptable situation even worse.

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  • Q5

    Match the idioms in column A with their meanings in column B.

    A

    B

    1. A blessing in disguise

    2. Dime a dozen

    3. Barking up the wrong tree

    4. Against the clock

    5. At the drop of a hat

    - Accusing the wrong person.

    - Someone being willing to do something immediately.

    - Something good, the significance of which isn't recognized at first.

    - Rushing to do something in a short time.

    - Anything that is common and easy to get.

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    1. A blessing in disguise - Something good, the significance of which isn't recognized at first.

    2. Dime a dozen - Anything that is common and easy to get.

    3. Barking up the wrong tree - Accusing the wrong person.

    4. Against the clock - Rushing to do something in a short time.

    5. At the drop of a hat - Someone being willing to do something immediately.

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