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. Naresh Goyal had to stand on his feet very early in his life.









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    to stand on his feet : to be independent and be able to take care of yourself
    ● You should learn to stand on your own feet. The best option is to be independent.

    Correct Option: B

    to stand on his feet : to be independent and be able to take care of yourself
    ● You should learn to stand on your own feet. The best option is to be independent.


  1. Gopi works by fits and starts.









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    by fits and starts : impulsively and irregularly
    ● A sincere student works regularly, not by fits and starts The best option is irregularly.

    Correct Option: B

    by fits and starts : impulsively and irregularly
    ● A sincere student works regularly, not by fits and starts The best option is irregularly.


  1. Helena was over head and ears in love with Demetrius.









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    over head and ears : completely; very much
    ● He was over head and ears in trouble. The best option is completely.

    Correct Option: B

    over head and ears : completely; very much
    ● He was over head and ears in trouble. The best option is completely.


  1. When they were surrounded from all sides, the dacoits laid down their arms.









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    laid down their arms : stop fighting
    ● The prisoners were instructed to lay down their arms. The best option is surrendered.

    Correct Option: C

    laid down their arms : stop fighting
    ● The prisoners were instructed to lay down their arms. The best option is surrendered.


  1. When trade was brisk, he worked hard and made his fortune; he believes in making hay while the sun shines.









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    making hay while the sun shines : to make good use of opportunities, conditions, etc. while they last
    ● Car sales have finally improved. So we’re making hay while the sun shines. The best option is taking advantage of a favourable opportunity.

    Correct Option: A

    making hay while the sun shines : to make good use of opportunities, conditions, etc. while they last
    ● Car sales have finally improved. So we’re making hay while the sun shines. The best option is taking advantage of a favourable opportunity.