English Idioms and Phrases : All SSC Exams Previous Years Objective Solved Questions Set 1

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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.

Q.1:- The Alpha and Omega.

  1. Beginning and end
  2. A Shakespearean play
  3. A Greek song
  4. A Swiss watch

Q.2:- After his business failed, he had to work very hard to keep the wolf from the door.

  1. Keep away extreme poverty
  2. Earn an honest living
  3. Regain his lost position
  4. Defend from enemies

Q.3:- The newly elected Chief Minister has promised to bring about changes the state.

  1. Produce
  2. Make
  3. Carry
  4. Cause to happen

Q.4:- Their attempt to get back the stolen necklace became a wild goose chase.

  1. Wise decision
  2. Useless search
  3. Timely action
  4. Delayed action

Q.5:- Winning the competition was quite a feather in my cap.

  1. Rewarding
  2. An exciting moment
  3. An achievement
  4. A joy for my parents

Q.6:- Suddenly the balloon goes up in the middle of the conversation.

  1. The situation turns unpleasant or serious
  2. A sudden shift in the topic of conversation
  3. The conversation takes a lighter note
  4. An abrupt silence takes place

Q.7:- Why do you fight shy of me ?

  1. Fight with
  2. Avoid
  3. Embarrass
  4. Shout at

Q.8:- My father’s dealings are open and above board.

  1. To everyone’s liking
  2. Mandatory
  3. Without any secret
  4. Very clear

Q.9:- Listening to the lecture was watching grass grow.

  1. Very boring
  2. Very interesting
  3. Very confusing
  4. Very informative

Q.10:- He spoke well though it was his maiden speech.

  1. Long speech
  2. First speech
  3. Brief speech
  4. Emotional speech

Q.11:- You cannot throw dust into my eyes.

  1. Terrify me
  2. Cheat me
  3. Hurt me
  4. Abuse me
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Q.12:- After the public meeting, the crowd went haywire.

  1. Were in jubilation
  2. Protested
  3. Became out of control
  4. Left the venue

Q.13:- The girl took after her father. She is very amiable like him.

  1. Similar to
  2. Different
  3. Behind
  4. Takes

Q.14:- He broke off in the middle of the story.

  1. Fainted
  2. Suddenly stopped
  3. Divided his narrative
  4. Took time off

Q.15:- Instead of keeping his promise of helping me with office work, he just left me high and dry.

  1. Left me without a drop of water
  2. Left me in a state of anger
  3. Left me alone to do the work
  4. Left me feeling like a fool

Q.16:- I was taken aback when he proposed to marry my daughter.

  1. Surprised
  2. Pleased
  3. Hurt
  4. Shocked

Q.17:- At his wit’s end, he turned to his old trade.

  1. Overjoyed
  2. After careful thinking
  3. Confidently
  4. Not knowing what to do

Q.18:- As a student, you should catch time by the forelock.

  1. Speed up
  2. Set up clock back
  3. Slow down
  4. Seize opportunity

Q.19:- To set the Thames on fire

  1. Do a heroic deed
  2. Do something to suit one’s own purpose
  3. To burn someone alive
  4. Destroy with fire

Q.20:- He advised her to give a wide berth to malicious people.

  1. Pay more attention to
  2. Give a larger bed to
  3. Share her seat with
  4. To stay away from

Q.21:- Their attempt to get back the stolen necklace proved to be a wild goose chase.

  1. Delayed action
  2. Wise decision
  3. Useless search
  4. Timely action

Q.22:- He’s as daft as a brush. Don’t believe a word of what he says.

  1. A liar
  2. Very funny
  3. Really silly
  4. Unreliable
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Q.23:- A sacred cow

  1. A person never to be criticised
  2. A saintly person
  3. A helpful person
  4. A very religious person

Q.24:- The manager is not dismissed, but he is definitely under a cloud.

  1. Under suspension
  2. Under suspicion
  3. Under scrutiny
  4. Warned severely

Q.25:- Shyam Prasad was a chip of the old block.

  1. A being of the old generation
  2. An experienced old man
  3. A common boy of the locality
  4. Someone similar in character to one’s father


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