Idioms and Phrases Exercise No- 2

By | April 27, 2019

Study of idioms and phrases is very important to learn 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 a right place. These 1000 English phrases are going to prove 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, some alternatives are suggested for the idiom/phrase in italic in the sentence. Choose the one which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase in italics.

1.It is difficult to (keep a level head) in these days of mounting prices. (C.B.I. 1996)

(a) Remain cool and composed

(b) Eke out existence

(c) Make both ends meet

(d) Maintain standard of living

2. The doctor says the patient has (turned the corner).

 (a) Completely recovered

(b) Become worse

 (c) Passed the crisis

 (d) Died

3. He is in the habit of (fishing in troubled waters.)

 (a) Putting others in trouble

 (b) Indulging in evil conspiracies

 (c) Aggravating the situation

(d) Taking advantage of troubled conditions for personal profit

4. At a party, he is always (in high spirits). (N.D.A. 1991)

 (a) Talkative

 (b) Cheerful

(c) Drunk

(d) Uncontrollable

5. Things are progressing well-don’t do anything (to rock the boat).

 (a) Create difficulties

 (b) Conspire against

 (c) Upset the balance

(d) Agitate against

6. It (goes to his heart) to see so much misery.

 (a) Influences him

(b) Touches him deeply

 (c) Makes him yield

(d) Annoys him

7. Rahall fought (tooth and nail) to save his company.(I. Tax & Central Excise, 1994)

 (a) With weapons

 (b) As best as he could

(c) Using unfair means

(d) With strength and fury

8. Mr. Roy is known as a (shop-lifter) in the city commercial centre.

 (a) Daily visitor

 (b) Buyer of all new things

(c) Smuggler

 (d) A thief in guise of customer

9. The robbery was committed (in the wee hours of the day).

 (a) After midnight

(b) At dawn

(c) At noontime

(d) In the evening

10. Harassed by repeated acts of injustice, he decided (to put his foot down). (P.O. 1994)

 (a) Resign

(b) Not to yield

(c) Withdraw

 (d) Accept the proposal unconditionally MILL                                                                          

11. Mrs. Hanna has been (in the blues for) the last several weeks.

 (a) Unwell

 (b) Lonely

(c) Penniless

 (d) Depressed

12.The popularity of the yesteryears’ superstar is (on the wane). (Section officers, 1993)

(a) Growing more

(b) At its peak

(c) Growing less

(d) At rock bottom 

13. His father advised him to be (fair and square) in his dealings lest he should fall into trouble.

 (a) Considerate

(b) Upright

(c) Careful

(d) Polite

14. Rajeev achieved success by resorting to a (hole and corner) method.

(a) Obscure

 (b) Usual

(c) Underhand

 (d) Clever

15. He has made his mark in politics. (Stenographers’ Exam, 1993)

 (a) Attained notoriety

(b) Ruined his wealth e “cleanup

(c) Acquired wealth .fit “to ‘Asti

 (d) Distinguished himself


1.(a)           2. (c)

3. (d)         4. (b)

5. (c)         6. (b)

7. (d)         8. (d)

9. (b)         10. (b)

11. (d)       12. (c)

13. (b)       14. (c)

15. (d)

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