Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Idioms and Idiomatic Phrases with Meanings and Usage

Exercise  No. 4.

Choose  the correct meaning of the following idioms//idiomatic phrases out of the given alternatives

1. Lock,stock and barrel.

A. to wind up one’s business.
B. To start a  new business.
C. Complete in all respects.
D. To go on a long journey.

2. Let bygones be bygones.

A. To accord permission to go.
B. To forbid anyone to go.
C. To forget past actions and make a new start.
D. To act in a negligent & careless way.

3. Alma Mater.

A. Great affection for mother.
B. To make preliminary arrangements.
C. To brood over past experience.
D. Institution where one gets education.

4. Loom Large.

A. To start hosiery business.
B. To make irrelevant remarks.
C. To miss an important opportunity.
D. Fear of some ensuing danger.

5. Day in, day out.

A. To wander during day time.
B. To roam about at night.
C. To work day and night.
D. Daily without fail.

Answers: 1.C  2.C  3.D  4.D  5.D.

Exercise  No. 5.

Choose  the correct meaning of the following idioms//idiomatic phrases out of the given alternatives.

1. To bury the hatchet.

A. To raise a dispute with someone.
B. To make agriculture as one’s profession.
C. To forget old disputes and start new relations
D. To make irrelevant remarks about someone.

2. To  hope against  hope.

A.  To make a  wrong decision.
B. To have a great relations
C. To expect an unexpected thing
D. To give a false hope.

3. Once in a blue moon.

A. To  stroll at night.
B. Something happening rarely.
C. To work at night.
D. To be in search of an opportunity.

4. To mince words

A. To quarrel with some  one.
B.  To make irritating remarks.
C. To talk in an indirect way.
D. To praise some one.

5. A hard nut to crack.

A. A difficult work to do.
B. A nut which cannot be broken.
C. To attempt an impossible job.
D. A thing which cannot be obtained.

Answers:1.C.  2.C  3.B  4.C  5.A.

Exercise No. 6.

Out of four alternatives given for idioms/phrases underlined in the following sentences, choose one which expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

1. A complete silence prevailed in the hall until the principal of the college broke the ice and started his lecture.

A. Inaugurated the event  B. Invited for light refreshment
C. Entertained the invitees. D. ended the silence.

2. Immediately on joining the office, the new boss brought to book all the employees creating indiscipline in the office and nipped the evil in the bud.

A. Punished, stopped bad practices in the beginning.
 B. Recorded,awarded C.Created a precedent, awarded fine
C. Noted down names, downgraded.
D. Acted swiftly, demoted.

3. All the employees  put their heart and soul to achieve the targets of the institution.

A. Paid enough donation. B. Made all out efforts C. Gave good suggestions. D. Fought with each other.

4. When the new boss  joined the office, the office affairs were at sixes and sevens.

A. In a disarranged way. B. Working very efficiently C. Dispute among staff members. D. Shortage of funds.

5.After getting his promotion, Smith has been putting on airs these days.

A. Putting on costly clothes. B. Travelling by air. C. Growing fatter.
D. To brag about.

Answers: 1.D  2.A  3.B  4.A  5.D