Idioms and Phrases Exercise No- 11

By | April 27, 2019

Study of idioms and phrases is very important to learn the English language. We are providing 100 idiomatic expressions which can be said idioms examples. Through this idioms dictionary, you will learn idioms and phrases English. So if you are searching for  10 idioms and their meanings with sentences, 20 idioms with their meanings and sentences you are at the right place. These 1000 English phrases are going to prove the Oxford dictionary of English idioms. These can be downloaded as idioms and phrases pdf. So Enjoy this phrases list.


Directions: In each of the following questions, choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase printed in bold type.

1.To put somebody in his place

(a) To turn him out

 (b) To honour him

 (c) To give him due respect

(d) To make him humble

2. To talk shop

(a) To talk nonsense

(b) To talk reasonably

 (c) To talk about business or professional affairs

(d) To abuse someone

3. To keep one’s head above water

(a) To be cautious

(b) To keep out of debt

(c) To remain aloof

(d) None of these

4. To go at each other hammer and tongs

(a) To fight with weapons

(b) To argue nosily

(c) To hug each other

(d) To go crazy about meeting each other

5. To live fast

(a) To lead a life of dissipation

(b) To accomplish a purpose

(c) To do a task hurriedly

(d) To use up one’s income as fast as it comes in

6. Once in a blue moon

(a) Once in a month

(b) Bi-weekly

(c) On rare occasions

(d) Every now and then

7. To hold a brief for

(a) To help someone

 (b) To do someone a favour.

(c) To stay on for a brief period

(d) To defend someone

8. To hold somebody to ransom

(a) To keep captive and demand concession

(b) To humiliate somebody

(c) To offer bribe

(d) To blackmail and extract money

9. To hit the jackpot

(a) To gamble

(b) To get an unexpected victory

(c) To be wealthy

(d) To make money unexpectedly

10. To let the cat out of the bag

(a) To give latitude

(b) To show compassion

(c) To miss a golden opportunity

 (d) To tell a secret without intending to do so

11. To pay off old scores

(a) To have one’s revenge

(b) To settle a dispute

 (c) To repay the old loan

(d) None of these

12. A cock-and-bull story

(a) A true story

(b) A children’s story

(c) A story of animals

 (d) A foolish and concocted story

13. To beat the air

(a) To make frantic efforts

(b) To act foolishly

 (c) To make efforts that is useless or vain

 (d) To make every possible effort

14. To be a Good Samaritan

(a) To be law-abiding

(b) A wise person

(c) A religious person

 (d) A genuinely charitable person

15. To take a leaf out of somebody’s book

(a) To take him as a model

(b) To steal something valuable

 (c) To follow the dictates of someone

(d) To conform to other’s standard


1.(d)             2. (c)

3. (b)            4. (b)

5. (a)            6. (c)

7. (d)            8. (a)

9. (b)            10. (d)

11. (b)          12. (d)

13. (c)          14. (d)

15. (a)

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