Idioms and Phrases Exercise No- 14

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.


Direction—Choose the one which best expresses the meaning of the given idiom/proverb.

1.Too clever by half

 (A) deeply intelligent

 (B) superficial show of knowledge

(C) knows half the facts

(D) party knowledgeable

2. from hand to mouth

 (A) in miserly conditions

 (B) in an independent way

 (C) without any provision for the future

(D) without any regard for ideals

3. Was making for

 (A) running towards

 (B) thinking of going to

(C) asking the way to

 (D) travelling towards

4. A wild goose chase

 (A) expensive

(B) unprofitable adventure

 (C) full of difficulties

(D) ill-advised

5. keep the wolf from the door

 (A) avert danger

 (B) remain happy

(C) protect himself

 (D) avoid starvation

6. Harp on

 (A) to comment

(B) to criticize

(C) to keep on talking

 (D) to keep on insulting

7. To smell a rat

(A) to detect a bad smell

 (B) to misunderstand

(C) to suspect a trick or deceit

 (D) to see the hidden meaning

8. To be in abeyance

 (A) to be in trouble

 (B) dual-minded

 (C) in a fighting mood

(D) in suspense

9. To take the bull by the horns

 (A) to punish a person severely for his arrogance

(B) to grapple courageously with a difficulty that lies in our way

(C) to handle it by a fierce attack

(D) to bypass the legal progress and take action according to one’s our whims.

10. A snake in the grass

(A) secret or hidden enemy

 (B) unforeseen happening

(C) unrecognizable danger

(D) irritable person

11. on account of

 (A) in honour

 (B) in dishonour of

 (C) for the sake of

(D) agree to a settlement

12. to take up arms

 (A) purchase arms

 (B) avoid

 (C) to fight

(D) to make settlement

13. apple pie order

 (A) at sixes and seven

 (B) perfect order

 (C) running out

 (D) to disturb

14. to blow hot and cold

 (A) to do one thing at one time and the opposite soon after

(B) to take tea and coca-cola at the same time

(C) to be enemy as well as a friend

(D) to make friendship

15. to bite the dust

 (A) to kiss the ground

 (B) to be defeated

(C) to plough the ground

(D) to run


1.(B)           2. (A)

3. (A)         4. (D)

5. (D)         6. (C)

7. (C)         8. (B)

9. (B)         10. (A)

11. (C)       12. (C)

13. (B)       14. (A)

15. (B)

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