Phrases and Idioms Exercise No. 2

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In the following exercise a sentence is given in which a phrase has been italicized and kept in bracket, followed by some alternatives. You are required to choose that best alternative which expresses the meaning of the italicized phrase.

1.Can’t you (brush yourself up) little?

(a) improve your appearance

 (b) rejuvenate yourself

(c) reconsider your views

(d) rest

2. We should abstain from (casting aspersions) on the character of our colleagues. (C.D.S. 1994)

(a) passing critical remarks

(b) cracking silly jokes

(c) paying left-handed compliments

(d) passing slanderous remarks

3. My friends promised to (look up) my sister whenever they went to London.

 (a) survey

 (b) contact

 (c) visit

(d) greet

4. He has (falled out) with his wife.

 (a) slipped away

(b) had an accident

 (c) had a quarrel

(d) gone away together

5. (Over and above) the household work, she works in a factory on a part-time basis. (C.B.I. 1994)

 (a) together with

 (b) in place of

 (c) in addition td

 (d) beside

6. He was (pulled up) by the President.

(a) rebuked

(b) appreciated

 (c) given a high rank

(d) made fun of

7. They are going to (wrap up) the negotiations this week.

 (a) terminate

(b) argue out

(c) conduct

(d) finalize

8. The staff have felt (on edge) ever since they heard the rumor about retrenchment. (Matt. Grade, 1991)

 (a) nervous

(b) unhappy

(c) disheartened

(d) scared

9. We shall be formidable if we (stand by) one another.

(a) support

 (b) champion the cause of

(c) understand

(d) vindicate the rights of

10. He (worked upon) the ignorant villagers.

(a) befooled

 (b) influenced

 (c) worked for the uplift of

 (d) deceived

11. Half the people of the village were (carried off) by the epidemic.

(a) affected

(b) forced to migrate

(c) killed

(d) made homeless

12. He (tore up) the stairs of his house when he heard a cry.

 (a) walked up

 (b) go up

(c) jumped up

 (d) ran up

13. He felt (at home) here in my house.

(a) happy

 (b) comfortable

(c) welcome

(d) friendly

14. I (stood up) for him when everyone else was criticizing him. (C.D.S. 1994)

(a) tolerated hint

 (b) faced him boldly

 (c) supported him energetically

(d) opposed him insistently

15. He was trying (to put across) his ideas to his audience. (N.D.A. 1993)

 (a) to convey

(b) to cross

(c) to influence

(d) to convince

16. That young author is (cried up) by his friends.

(a) talked of

(b) extolled

 (c) disliked

 (d) condemned

17. The captain played with determination because the honor of the team was (at stake) (Asset. Grade, 1993)

(a) very low

(b) in danger

 (c) at the top

 (d) appropriate

18. She feels very (put out) about the yesterday’s incident.

 (a) disturbed

(b) pleased

 (c) enraged

 (d) overjoyed

19. We shall be formidable if we (stand by) one another.

(a) champion the cause of

 (b) vindicate

(c) support

 (d) understand

20. No one would believe but before my eyes he (made away) with five thousand rupees from the bank.

(a) spent

(b) stole

(c) withdrew

 (d) borrowed


1.(a)             2. (d)

3. (c)            4. (c)

5. (c)            6. (a)

7. (d)           8. (a)

9. (a)           10. (b)

11. (c)         12. (d)

13. (b)        14. (c)

15. (a)        16. (b)

17. (b)       18. (a)

19. (c)       20. (I)

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