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 beat about the bush









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    To talk about irrelevant things To beat about the bush = to talk about something for a long time without coming to the main point.

    Correct Option: D

    To talk about irrelevant things To beat about the bush = to talk about something for a long time without coming to the main point.


  1. Bad blood









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    Enmity Bad blood = feelings of hatred or strong dislike; enmity. Look at the sentence : There is bad blood between two families.

    Correct Option: C

    Enmity Bad blood = feelings of hatred or strong dislike; enmity. Look at the sentence : There is bad blood between two families.


Direction: In each of the questions, four alternatives are given for the Idiom/Phrase. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the Idiom/Phrase and choose the option corresponding to it.

  1. A left-handed compliment









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    An ambiguous compliment A left-handed compliment = a remark that seems to express admiration but could also be understood as an insult.

    Correct Option: C

    An ambiguous compliment A left-handed compliment = a remark that seems to express admiration but could also be understood as an insult.


  1. To end in smoke









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    End without any practical result To end in smoke = futile; end with no practical result.

    Correct Option: A

    End without any practical result To end in smoke = futile; end with no practical result.


  1. Drive home









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    Emphasise Drive home = to make somebody understand or accept something.

    Correct Option: B

    Emphasise Drive home = to make somebody understand or accept something.