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. to get one’s own back









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    to get one’s own back : to obtain something again after having lost it; have one’s revenge
    ● She finally saw a chance to get her own back. The best option is to get one’s revenge.

    Correct Option: A

    to get one’s own back : to obtain something again after having lost it; have one’s revenge
    ● She finally saw a chance to get her own back. The best option is to get one’s revenge.


  1. to run across









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    to run across : to meet somebody or find something by chance
    ● I ran across some old friends at the Mall. The best option is to meet by chance.

    Correct Option: B

    to run across : to meet somebody or find something by chance
    ● I ran across some old friends at the Mall. The best option is to meet by chance.


  1. a dark horse









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    a dark horse : a person who does not tell other people much about his life, and who surprises other people by having interesting qualities; a person taking part in a race, etc., who surprises everyone by winning
    ● 17 year old Karan could also be a dark horse for the medal in the Olympiad. The best option is an unfore seen competitor.

    Correct Option: A

    a dark horse : a person who does not tell other people much about his life, and who surprises other people by having interesting qualities; a person taking part in a race, etc., who surprises everyone by winning
    ● 17 year old Karan could also be a dark horse for the medal in the Olympiad. The best option is an unfore seen competitor.


  1. I don’t think the law will interfere with us as we are just trying to turn an honest penny.









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    turn an honest penny : to earn money honestly
    ● I cannot miss the opportunity of turning an honest penny. The best option is make a legitimate living.

    Correct Option: A

    turn an honest penny : to earn money honestly
    ● I cannot miss the opportunity of turning an honest penny. The best option is make a legitimate living.


  1. We wanted to keep the gift as a surprise for mother but my sister gave the game away.









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    gave the game away : betray; to make known something that somebody wants to keep secret
    ● Though they were the oldest of the employees of the company, they were giving the game away. The best option is gave out the secret.

    Correct Option: B

    gave the game away : betray; to make known something that somebody wants to keep secret
    ● Though they were the oldest of the employees of the company, they were giving the game away. The best option is gave out the secret.