• These tests are a check for your learning and your level with respect to the basic vocabulary skills
  • 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-8

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Question 1
The bus had a close shave as its driver swerved to the right a split second before the oncoming truck could run into it.
A
Serious accident
B
Collision
C
Narrow escape
D
Hit
Question 1 Explanation:
The idiom 'close shave' means: A narrow escape from an accident or getting hurt. For example: After having a close shave with death, Geeta became more humble.
Question 2
They have made many changes. In the policy, but how many of these changes are going to affect the man in the street?
A
The homeless man
B
A street smart guy
C
A man who owns a stall on the street
D
A man who repairs roads
Question 2 Explanation:
The idiom ‘the man in the street’ means: A person who is homeless and has to live on streets. For example: The new boy soon found that in the large city he had become a man in the street.
Question 3
We tend to take for granted the conveniences of modern life.
A
To respect
B
To admit
C
Not to give much thought to
D
To depend on
Question 3 Explanation:
The idiom ‘ to take for granted’ means: Not to give much thought to For example: The husband had taken his wife for granted and therefore was shocked to know that she had left him for her career.
Question 4
The Rajput warriors set their face against the invader.
A
Turned enemies
B
Turned their out
C
Faced Dilemma
D
Opposed strongly
Question 4 Explanation:
The idiom ‘set their face against’ means: To oppose or to fight with a determination. For example: The soldiers had decided to set their face against the enemy bomb attack.
Question 5
If you want to be happy, cut your coat according to your cloth.
A
be honest in your dealings
B
work according to your capacity
C
live within your means
D
don't be too ambitious
Question 5 Explanation:
The idiom, “cut your coat according to your cloth”, means that one should use one’s money judiciously according to one’s ability. For example, it can be used like, ‘Don’t waste your money on things you should not buy; cut your coat according to your cloth’.
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