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. He was pulled up by the Director of the Company.









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    pulled up : to criticize somebody for something that he has done wrong
    ● They were pulled up for wasting money. The best option is reprimanded.

    Correct Option: C

    pulled up : to criticize somebody for something that he has done wrong
    ● They were pulled up for wasting money. The best option is reprimanded.


  1. When I entered the house everything was at sixes and sevens.









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    at sixes and sevens : in confusion; not well organised
    ● Roger is always at sixes and sevens when at home by himself. The best option is in disorder or confusion.

    Correct Option: C

    at sixes and sevens : in confusion; not well organised
    ● Roger is always at sixes and sevens when at home by himself. The best option is in disorder or confusion.


  1. Do not lose your head when faced with a difficult situation.









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    lose your head : to become unable to act in a calm or sensible way
    ● When the fuel leaked out of the place, the pilot asked the passengers not to lose their head. The best option is panic.

    Correct Option: C

    lose your head : to become unable to act in a calm or sensible way
    ● When the fuel leaked out of the place, the pilot asked the passengers not to lose their head. The best option is panic.


  1. The teacher took me to task for not completing my homework.









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    took me to task : to criticize somebody strongly for something he has done
    ● The teacher took Shalu to task for her misbehaviour. The best option is punished me.

    Correct Option: B

    took me to task : to criticize somebody strongly for something he has done
    ● The teacher took Shalu to task for her misbehaviour. The best option is punished me.


  1. Who are we to sit in judgement over their choices?









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    sit in judgement : to decide whether somebody’s behaviour is right/wrong, especially when you have no right to do this
    ● I should probably not be allowed to sit in judgement of movies made for teenagers. The best option is criticize.

    Correct Option: B

    sit in judgement : to decide whether somebody’s behaviour is right/wrong, especially when you have no right to do this
    ● I should probably not be allowed to sit in judgement of movies made for teenagers. The best option is criticize.