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. You have been trying to solve this puzzle for a long time, be careful so that you avoid barking up the wrong tree.









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    barking up the wrong tree : to have the wrong idea about how to get or achieve it.
    ● You’re barking up the wrong tree if you’re expecting us to lend you any money. The best option is trying to find something at a wrong place

    Correct Option: B

    barking up the wrong tree : to have the wrong idea about how to get or achieve it.
    ● You’re barking up the wrong tree if you’re expecting us to lend you any money. The best option is trying to find something at a wrong place


  1. Ask Mr. Das. He can give you all the news you need: he is always in the swim.









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    in the swim : involved in things that are happening in society or in a particular situation.
    ● Since leaving the company, he’s no longer in the swim of things. The best option is well-informed and up-to-date.

    Correct Option: D

    in the swim : involved in things that are happening in society or in a particular situation.
    ● Since leaving the company, he’s no longer in the swim of things. The best option is well-informed and up-to-date.


  1. He could not get money from his master because he rubbed him up the wrong way.









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    rub somebody the wrong way : to make somebody annoyed or angry, often without intending to.
    ● She tends to rub people up the wrong way. The best option is irked or irritated him.

    Correct Option: A

    rub somebody the wrong way : to make somebody annoyed or angry, often without intending to.
    ● She tends to rub people up the wrong way. The best option is irked or irritated him.


  1. The secretary’s thoughtless remark added fuel to the fire.









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    add fuel to fire : to make an argument continue or get worse.
    ● Shouting at a crying child is adding fuel to the fire. The best option is worsened the difficult situation.

    Correct Option: B

    add fuel to fire : to make an argument continue or get worse.
    ● Shouting at a crying child is adding fuel to the fire. The best option is worsened the difficult situation.


  1. I am very interested to know the outcome of the debate, kindly keep me in the loop.









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    in the loop : provided with information regularly
    ● I don’t know what’s going on because I’m not in the loop. The best option is informed regularly

    Correct Option: D

    in the loop : provided with information regularly
    ● I don’t know what’s going on because I’m not in the loop. The best option is informed regularly