Idioms and Phrases Exercise No- 6

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 Oxford dictionary of English idioms. These can be downloaded as idioms and phrases pdf. So Enjoy this phrases list.


Directions: Each of the following idioms is followed by some alternatives. Choose the one which best expresses its meaning.

1.Dog in the manger (G.I.C.A.A.O. 1990)

(a) An undersized bull almost the shape of a dog

 (b) A dog that has no kennel of its own

 (c) A person who puts himself in difficulties on account of other people

(d) A person who prevents others from enjoying something useless to himself

2. To blow hot and cold

 (a) Changing weather

(b) To be untrustworthy

(c) To be inconsistent

 (d) To be rich and poor frequently

3. To set the people by ears

(a) To box the people

 (b) To insult and disgrace the people

(c) To punish heavily

 (d) To excite people to a quarrel

4. To give chapter and verse for a thing

(a) To produce the proof of something

 (b) To eulogize the qualities of a thing

(c)  To make publicity of a thing

(d) To attach artificial value to a thing

5. To beggars’ description

(a) A poor statement

 (b) To describe things without care

(c) Beyond one’s power to describe adequately

 (d) None of these

6. To plough the sands

(a) To work hard to achieve one’s aim

 (b) To afford hope or ground for expecting a good result

(c) To busy oneself in a way which cannot lead to any profitable result

(d) To advance one’s position in life

7. Four in the mouth

(a) Bitten by a snake

 (b) To reveals the secret

(c) To be furious

 (d) To be in the extreme hatred

8. To take umbrage

(a) To feels depressed

(b) To be offended

 (c) To be satisfied

(d) To be pleased

9. Something up one’s sleeve   (Assistant Grade, 1994)

(a) A grand idea

 (b) A secret plan

(c) A profitable plan

(d) Something important 

10. Adam’s ale

(a) Grace

 (b) Pleasure

(c) Water

(d) Wine

11. To draw the longbow

(a) To over-estimate oneself

(b) To put up high demands

 (c) To demand a very high price

(d) To makes an exaggerated statement

12. To hit the jackpot

(a) To gamble

(b) To makes money unexpectedly

 (c) To inherit money

(d) To become bankrupt

13. Tall order

(a) Simple

(b) Difficult

(c) Customary

(d) Too much

14. To drink like a fish

(a) To drinks little

(b) To drinks alone

(c) To be a drunkard

(d) To drinks in the company of others

15. To fight to the bitter end

 (a) To fight with poison-tipped arrows

(b) To fight to the last point of an enemy position

 (c) Ladies fighting

 (d) To Carry on a contest regardless of consequences


1.(d)          2. (c)

3. (d)         4. (a)

5. (c)         6. (c)

7. (d)         8. (b)

9. (b)         10. (c)

11. (d)       12. (b)

13. (d)       14. (c)

15. (d)

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