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  • Q1

    Match the following sentences with correct idioms.

    A

    B

    (i) My parents welcomed my friendly warmly.

    (ii) Linda’s dad couldn’t abandon her on her failure to be an investment banker.

    (iii) When grandpa’s wealth was divided, my uncle got the largest part.

    (iv) After the earthquake people lived close together in temporary shelters.

    (v) Catherine has an inclination for fashion.

    (vi) You should now take up this challenge and tackle the situation!

    (vii) He munched on practically everything that was kept on the table.

    (viii) Ron’s new apartment is too small. There is just no space.

    (ix) I felt relieved after I had confessed to the professor about my absence from the lecture.

    (x) Sandra has become quite moody these days. She gets irritated without any good reason.

    a. Has an eye for.

    b. Got the lion’s share.

    c. Get it off one’s chest.

    d. Take the bull by horns.

    e. No room to swing a cat.

    f. At the drop of a hat.

    g. Turn his back.

    h. Ate like a horse.

    i. With open arms.

    j. Cheek by jowl.

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    (i) My parents welcomed my friendly warmly. - With open arms.

    (ii) Linda’s dad couldn’t abandon her on her failure to be an investment banker. - Turn his back.

    (iii) When grandpa’s wealth was divided, my uncle got the largest part. - Got the lion’s share.

    (iv) After the earthquake people lived close together in temporary shelters. - Cheek by jowl.

    (v) Catherine has an inclination for fashion. - Has an eye for.

    (vi) You should now take up this challenge and tackle the situation! - Take the bull by horns.

    (vii) He munched on practically everything that was kept on the table. - Ate like a horse.

    (viii) Ron’s new apartment is too small. There is just no space. - No room to swing a cat.

    (ix) I felt relieved after I had confessed to the professor about my absence from the lecture. - Get it off one’s chest.

    (x) Sandra has become quite moody these days. She gets irritated without any good reason. - At the drop of a hat.

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  • Q2

    Fill in the blanks with suitable idioms.

    (i) He is a bad company. It is better if you keep him at ________ length.

    (ii) John put his best ________ forward to win the ‘best executive’ award.

    (iii) Joey had cold ____________ when he was called on stage to perform his dance.

    (iv) It is difficult for the unemployed to be positive in the __________ of the recent recession.

    (v) Rob had to ________ his way through the crowd at the wedding.

    (vi) He kept his ____ up despite losing his house to loss in business.

    (vii) He doesn’t have the _______ to take up this immensely substantial project.

    (viii) She was beating her ______ out to solve the crossword puzzle.

    (ix) I pleaded with my aunt to let me meet my friend, but she turned deaf _____ to me.

    (x) Those naughty kids really got my ____ up with their antics.

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    (i) He is a bad company. It is better if you keep him at an arm’s length.

    (ii) John put his best foot forward to win the ‘best executive’ award.

    (iii) Joey had cold feet when he was called on stage to perform his dance.

    (iv) It is difficult for the unemployed to be positive in the face of the recent recession.

    (v) Rob had to elbow his way through the crowd at the wedding.

    (vi) He kept his chin up despite losing his house to loss in business.

    (vii) He doesn’t have the backbone to take up this immensely substantial project.

    (viii) She was beating her brains out to solve the crossword puzzle.

    (ix) I pleaded with my aunt to let me meet my friend, but she turned deaf ear to me.

    (x) Those naughty kids really got my back up with their antics.

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  • Q3

    Choose the correct answer:

    1. Try to stay calm and happy with a positive thinking even in adversity.

    (a) Put one’s back (b) Cheek by jowl (c) Keep your chin up

    2. Be strong and be prepared for a tough task.

    (a) Have the backbone (b) Elbow your way through (c) Keep an eye on

    3. Talk to someone about the problem that bothers you.

    (a) Get it off your chest (b) Stand on your own feet (c) Get cold feet

    4. To dawdle or work slowly and reluctantly.

    (a) Put one’s best foot forward (b) Drag one’s feet (c) Turn a deaf ear

    5. To watch or look after something/ someone.

    (a) Keep one’s chin up (b) In the face of (c) Keep an eye on

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    1. Try to stay calm and happy with a positive thinking even in adversity.

    (c) Keep your chin up

    2. Be strong and be prepared for a tough task.

    (a) Have the backbone

    3. Talk to someone about the problem that bothers you.

    (a) Get it off your chest

    4. To dawdle or work slowly and reluctantly.

    (b) Drag one’s feet

    5. To watch or look after something/ someone.

    (c) Keep an eye on

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  • Q4

    State whether the following sentences are true or false. Please correct the incorrect sentences:

    1. He kept his cheek up despite losing his house to loss in business.

    2. He doesn’t have the backbone to take up this immensely substantial project.

    3. She was beating her arm out to solve the crossword puzzle.

    4. I pleaded with my aunt to let me meet my friend, but she turned deaf eye to me.

    5. Those naughty kids really got my back up with their antics.

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    1. False (Correct answer is chin)

    2. True

    3. False (Correct answer is brains)

    4. False (Correct answer is ear)

    5. True

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  • Q5

    Fill in the blanks:

    1. He is a bad company. It is better if you keep him at ________ length.

    2. John put his best ________ forward to win the ‘best executive’ award.

    3. Joey had cold ____________ when she was called on stage to perform her dance.

    4. It is difficult for the unemployed to be positive in the __________ of the recent recession.

    5. Rob had to ________ his way through the crowd at the wedding.

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    1. Arm’s

    2. Foot

    3. Feet

    4. Face

    5. Elbow

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