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  • Directions for individual questionsEach question has a sentence that uses an idiom or phrase. You need to identify the apt meaning of the idiom/phrase from the given options

Idioms and Phrases: Test-1

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Question 1
Those who work ‘by fits and starts’ seldom show good results.
A
Rarely
B
Disinterestedly
C
Irregularly
D
Regularly
Question 1 Explanation:
The idiom ‘by fits and starts’ means: Not working continuously, in a flow but frequently stopping, taking breaks and starting again. For example: He works by fits and starts and is not able to finish the work on time.
Question 2
His statement is out and out a lie.
A
Totally
B
Simply
C
Merely
D
Slightly
Question 2 Explanation:
The idiom ‘out and out’ means: completely or totally.
Question 3
The luxury car that they bought turned out to be a white elephant.
A
A rare article
B
Useful mode of transport
C
Costly or troublesome possession
D
A proud possession
Question 3 Explanation:
The idiom ‘A white elephant’ means: A possession which is expensive or hard to maintain.
Question 4
The heavy downpour played havoc in the coastal area.
A
Caused destruction
B
Caused diseases
C
Caused floods
D
Caused hardship
Question 4 Explanation:
The idiom ‘Havoc’ means: To cause a widespread damage, destruction or disorder and completely disrupt the life.
Question 5
He has to abide by the hard and fast rule of the company.
A
Flexible
B
Strict
C
Different
D
Speedy
Question 5 Explanation:
The idiom ‘Hard and Fast’ means: To strictly adhere to rule or policies of the company. For example: There are no hard and fast rules in this field, you must trust your own judgment.
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