Idioms and Phrases


Direction: In the following questions four alternatives are given for the Idiom/Phrase in bold in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the Idiom/Phrase.

  1. Acquiring a job is a cakewalk for a student who has good academic performance coupled with good attitude.









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    a cake walk : something that is extremely easy to do
    ● She has been running marathons for years now. So this 5 km-run will be a cake walk for her. The best option is an easy achievement.

    Correct Option: C

    a cake walk : something that is extremely easy to do
    ● She has been running marathons for years now. So this 5 km-run will be a cake walk for her. The best option is an easy achievement.


  1. Children complain about their parents’ gifts. They should learn not to look a gift horse in the mouth









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    not to look a gift horse in the mouth : not to refuse or criticize something that is given to you for nothing
    ● Never look a gift horse in the mouth. The best option is not to find fault with the fifts received.

    Correct Option: A

    not to look a gift horse in the mouth : not to refuse or criticize something that is given to you for nothing
    ● Never look a gift horse in the mouth. The best option is not to find fault with the fifts received.


  1. a man of straw









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    a man of straw : without substantial means; a person who is weak and easy to defeat ; a person of little substance
    ● Compared to their predecessors, the country’s leaders seem to be men of straw. The best option is a man of no substance

    Correct Option: B

    a man of straw : without substantial means; a person who is weak and easy to defeat ; a person of little substance
    ● Compared to their predecessors, the country’s leaders seem to be men of straw. The best option is a man of no substance


  1. To get admission in present day educational institutions, all children should be born with a silver spoon in the mouth.









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    be born with a silver spoon in the mouth : having rich parents
    ● Most of the students in the exclusive Public schools are born with silver spoons in their mouths. The best option is be born in a rich family.

    Correct Option: C

    be born with a silver spoon in the mouth : having rich parents
    ● Most of the students in the exclusive Public schools are born with silver spoons in their mouths. The best option is be born in a rich family.


  1. let sleeping dogs lie









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    let sleeping dogs lie : to avoid mentioning a subject or something that happened in the past, in order to avoid any problems/arguments
    ● I know I should report the accident but I rather let the sleeping dogs lie. The best option is do not bring up an old controversial issue.

    Correct Option: D

    let sleeping dogs lie : to avoid mentioning a subject or something that happened in the past, in order to avoid any problems/arguments
    ● I know I should report the accident but I rather let the sleeping dogs lie. The best option is do not bring up an old controversial issue.