Idioms and Phrases

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  • Q1

    What is the meaning of the idiom: sick as a dog?

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    Answer:

    very ill

    Explanation:

    This idiom means very ill, especially when suffering from stomach ache.

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  • Q2

    What is the meaning of the phrase: when pigs fly?

    Marks:1
    Answer:

    something that will never happen

    Explanation:

    'When Pigs Fly' is an adverbial phrase which refers to something that is highly unlikely to happen.

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  • Q3

    Match the following idioms with their meanings.

    a)Whole nine yards To give false alarm

    b)Off one's rocker It's all over

    c)Last straw To catch a dangerous person

    d)Hit the sack The final problem

    e)Elvis has left the building Everything

    f)To cry wolf Disreputable member of a group

    g)An arm and a leg Crazy

    h)To catch a tartar Very expensive

    i)A black sheep A man of no substance

    j)A man of straw To go to bed

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    Answer:

    a)Whole nine yards Everything

    b)Off one's rocker Crazy

    c)Last straw The final problem

    d)Hit the sack To go to bed

    e)Elvis has left the building It's all over

    f)To cry wolf To give false alarm

    g)An arm and a leg Very expensive

    h)To catch a tartar To catch a dangerous person

    i)A black sheep Disreputable member of a group

    j)A man of straw A man of no substance

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  • Q4

    Some proverbs/idioms are given below together with their meanings. Choose the correct meaning of proverb/idiom.

    a) A penny for your thoughts

    i) A large amount of money.

    ii) giving money to someone

    iii) saying what you are thinking

    iv)A way of asking what someone is thinking

    b) At the drop of a hat

    i) without any hesitation; instantly.

    ii) dropping of a hat

    iii) with much hesitation

    iv) an unfavorable situation.

    c) Cut corners

    i) When something is done badly to save money.

    ii) to save time

    iii) to save distance

    iv) short cut to success

    d) Hear it on the grapevine

    i)Actions or communications need more than one person

    ii)To share information that was previously concealed

    iii)to hear rumors

    iv)Come to the point - leave out details

    e) Not playing with a full deck

    i) A job, task or other activity that is easy or simple

    ii) Someone who lacks intelligence.

    iii) someone who conceals his true intention

    iv) one who doesn’t know how to play

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    Answer:

    a) iv)A way of asking what someone is thinking

    b) i) without any hesitation; instantly.

    c) i) When something is done badly to save money.

    d) iii)to hear rumors

    e) ii) Someone who lacks intelligence.

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  • Q5

    Each sentence given below contains an idiom/phrase. Give the meaning of the underlined idiom/phrase.

    a) You are beginning to get on my nerves.

    b) Lizzy works in the city and lives in the country, so she gets the best of both the worlds.

    c) When pigs fly she’ll complete her work.

    d) The French test was a piece of cake.

    e) The government cut corners when they built the dam and put everyone in danger.

    f) The singer was told to break a leg as he prepared to go on stage.

    g) Grace got thrown off the team because she couldn't hold her temper.

    h) Winning the race was a feat in itself, creating a world record was the icing on the cake.

    i) We should find something useful for Martha to do during the summer break. Idle hands are the devil’s tools.

    j) Lily doesn't want to play second fiddle to Olivia in the play.

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    Answer:

    a) To annoy someone a lot

    b) A situation wherein one can enjoy two different opportunities

    c) Something that will never happen

    d) Something that is very easy

    e) To do something in the easiest or cheapest way by skipping something important

    f) Best wishes; good luck

    g) To emphasise

    h) An additional benefit to an already good thing

    i) An idle person is likely to do something evil

    j) To be less important or in a weaker position than someone else

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