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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-2

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Question 1
She goes to her mother's house off and on.
A
Frequently
B
Rarely
C
Never
D
Occasionally
Question 1 Explanation:
The idiom ‘Off and on’ means: To do a thing frequently or often. i.e. here it means that she visits her mother’s house often. For example: We visited my brother off and on.
Question 2
If he phones again, I am going to give him a piece of my mind.
A
To be nice to him
B
To take revenge on him
C
To reprimand him
D
To support him.
Question 2 Explanation:
The idiom ‘To give him a piece of my mind’ means: To tell a person off for his disagreeable behavior or to reprimand him. For example: The teacher gave her class a piece of her mind.
Question 3
She tries very hard to keep up with her rich neighbors.
A
To get friendly
B
To keep in touch
C
To show them down
D
To be on par
Question 3 Explanation:
The phrase 'keep up' means to continue in order to match something or to be equal to someone.
Question 4
Why don't you put an end to blowing your own trumpet?
A
Producing music by playing trumpet
B
Listening to trumpet
C
Praising your own abilities and achievements
D
Making loud and unpleasant noise
Question 4 Explanation:
The idiom 'blow one's own trumpet' means: Praising and appreciating one’s own qualities, achievements or to be excessively pleased with ourselves.
Question 5
The saint's life was an open book.
A
An autobiography
B
One that held no secrets
C
An ideal life
D
A pleasant life
Question 5 Explanation:
The idiom 'an open book' means: A honest and open life in which the person has nothing to hide or shy away from. A life which has no secrets. Actor’s life is an open book.
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