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. Over the years, we remained loyal through thick and thin.









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    thick and thin : in spite of troubles and/or difficulties
    ● They remained friends through thick and thin. The best option is in spite of all the difficulties.

    Correct Option: D

    thick and thin : in spite of troubles and/or difficulties
    ● They remained friends through thick and thin. The best option is in spite of all the difficulties.


  1. He stopped at the bar to wet his whistle.









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    wet his whistle : to moisten ones throat; to have a drink
    ● I’m just going to wet my whistle before I go out on the tennis court. The best option is have a drink.

    Correct Option: D

    wet his whistle : to moisten ones throat; to have a drink
    ● I’m just going to wet my whistle before I go out on the tennis court. The best option is have a drink.


  1. The captains of the rival teams should try to bury the hatchet.\









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    bury the hatchet : to stop being unfriendly and become friends again
    ● Let’s stop arguing and bury the hatchet. The best option is make peace.

    Correct Option: B

    bury the hatchet : to stop being unfriendly and become friends again
    ● Let’s stop arguing and bury the hatchet. The best option is make peace.


  1. He had to cool his heels before he could get an appointment with the doctor.









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    cool his heels : to have to wait for somebody/something
    ● I’ve been cooling my heels for at least an hour. The best option is to be kept waiting.

    Correct Option: A

    cool his heels : to have to wait for somebody/something
    ● I’ve been cooling my heels for at least an hour. The best option is to be kept waiting.


  1. My ten-year-old son is an incredible live-wire.









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    live-wire : a person who is lively and full of energy
    ● Seema is a real live-wire; she brightens up any gathering. The best option is energetic.

    Correct Option: D

    live-wire : a person who is lively and full of energy
    ● Seema is a real live-wire; she brightens up any gathering. The best option is energetic.