IDIOMS AND PROVERBS

Turned a deaf ear

(a) listened carefully

(b) was deadly opposed

(c) posed indifference

(d) did not pay any attention (Answer)


Mealy-mouthed

(a) ill-tempered

(b) soft-tongued

(c) cunning (Answer)

(d) ambitious


Moot point

(a) all too clear

(b) a fixed belief

(c) a burning question

(d) a debatable point (Answer)


Give a wide berth

(a) keep away from (Answer)

(b) publicly condemn

(c) give publicly to

(d) not sympathise with


Brought to light

(a) proved

(b) disclosed (Answer)

(c)Highlighted

(d) probed


By fits and starts.

(a) consistently

(b) irregularly (Answer)

(c) in high spirits

(d) enthusiastically


Look high and low

(a) nowhere

(b) always

(c) everywhere (Answer)

(d) somewhere


All intents and purposes

(a) Finally

(b) Above all

(c) practically (Answer)

(d) To censure someone in strong


To rest on laurels

(a) be dissatisfied

(b) be satisfied

(c) be complacent (Answer)

(d) be good


Clinched the issue.

(a) closed

(b) finished

(c) decided (Answer)

(d) started


To wash hands

(a) subdue

(b) twist the facts of

(c) prove himself innocent in

(d) disclaim responsibility (Answer)


To threw cold water.

(a) encouraged

(b) discouraged (Answer)

(c) cleared

(d) rejected


Call a spade a spade.

(a) say something to be taken seriously

(b) desist from making a controversial statement

(c) find meaning or purpose in your action

(d) Be outspoken in the language (Answer)


At loggerheads

(a) differing strongly (Answer)

(b) in agreement

(c) in confusion

(d) undecided


point-blank.

(a) directly

(b) pointedly (Answer)

(c) abruptly

(d) briefly


stick neck out.

(a) interfere

(b) look outside

(c) invite trouble unnecessarily (Answer)

(d) move


makes mouth water.

(a) makes me sick

(b) makes me giddy

(c) stimulates appetite (Answer)

(d) makes vomit


green-eyed friend

(a) rich

(b) jealous (Answer)

(c) handsome

(d) enthusiastic


bird’s eye view

(a) beautiful view

(b) general view (Answer)

(c) narrow view

(d) ugly view


goes to dogs.

(a) goes mad

(b) is insulted

(c) is ruined (Answer)

(d) becomes brutal


keep a level head

(a) remain cool and composed   (Answer)

(b) eke out existence

(c) make both ends meet

(d) maintain the standard of living


Turned the corner.

(a) completely recovered

(b) become worse

(c) passed the crisis

(d) died


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   (Answer)


In high spirits

(a) talkative

(b) cheerful   (Answer)

(c) drunk

(d) Uncontrollable


To rock the boat.

(a) create difficulties

(b) conspire against

(c) upset the balance   (Answer)

(d) agitate against


goes to heart

(a) influences him

(b) touches him deeply   (Answer)

(c) makes him yield

(d) annoys him


Tooth and nail

(a) with weapons

(b) using unfair means

(c) as best as he could

(d) with strength and fury   (Answer)


A shop-lifter

(a) daily visitor

(b) buyer of all new things

(c) smuggler

(d) a thief in the guise of customer   (Answer)


In the wee hours of the day.

(a) after midnight

(b) at dawn   (Answer)

(c) at noontime

(d) in the evening


To put the foot down.

(a) resign

(b) not to yield   (Answer)

(c) withdraw

(d) accept the proposal unconditionally


In the blues

(a) unwell

(b) lonely

(c) penniless

(d) depressed   (Answer)


On the wane.

(a) growing more

(b) at its peak

(c) growing less   (Answer)

(d) at rock-bottom


To be fair and square

(a) considerate

(b) upright   (Answer)

(c) careful

(d) polite


A hole and corner method.

(a) obscure

(b) usual

(c) underhand   (Answer)

(d) clever


Made the mark

(a) attained notoriety

(b) ruined his wealth

(c) acquired wealth

(d) distinguished himself   (Answer)


Scream blue murder,

(a) suffer from a persecution complex

(b) try to prove herself as more suited to the job

(c) regard it as an act of partiality

(d) make a great deal of noise and object vehemently   (Answer)


Paint the town red.

(a) indulge in rioting

(b) paint the houses red

(c) spill red wine

(d) have a lively time   (Answer)


To rule the roost

(a) to make friends

(b) to domineer    (Answer)

(c) to remain aloof

(d) to become popular


To keep the fingers crossed

(a) keep praying

(b) feel suspicious

(c) wait expectantly   (Answer)

(d) feel scared


at odds

(a) acting foolishly

(b) in dispute   (Answer)

(c) unanimous

(d) behaving childishly


Ducks and drakes

(a) made the best use of

(b) took stock of

(c) squandered lavishly   (Answer)

(d) invested wisely


Love lost between

(a) close friendship

(b) intense dislike   (Answer)

(c) a love-hate relationship

(d) cool indifference


Rides the high horse

(a) is famous

(b) talks flatteringly

(c) puts on airs   (Answer)

(d) is prosperous


Pulls a long face.

(a) looks angry

(b) looks cheerful

(c) looks gloomy

(d) looks indifferent   (Answer)


Beside the mark

(a) correct

(b) exaggerated

(c) incorrect

(d) irrelevant   (Answer)


Leave the floor

(a) leave the house

(b) make a speech

(c) raise an issue   (Answer)

(d) speak against his own party


To fill in

(a) probe into the cases against the terrorists

(b) take action against the terrorists

(c) inform him about the terrorists   (Answer)

(d) None of these


Talking through his hat

(a) talking insultingly

(b) talking irresponsibly

(c) talking ignorantly

(d) talking nonsense   (Answer)


Insolence no longer

(a) broke the partnership with him

(b) requested him to bother someone else   (Answer)

(c) dismissed him peremptorily

(d) abused him heartily


After my own heart.

(a) an object of mockery

(b) an emotional man

(c) a happy-go-lucky fellow

(d) exactly to one’s own liking   (Answer)


To fly off the handle

(a) To takeoff

(b) To be indifferent

(c) To dislocate

(d) To lose one’s temper (Answer)


To read between the lines

(a). To concentrate

(b) To read carefully

(c) To suspect

(d) To grasp the hidden meaning   (Answer)


To blaze trail

(a) To set on fire

(b) To be annoyed

(c) To vehemently oppose

(d) To initiate work in a movement   (Answer)


To be lost in the cloud

(a) To meet with one’s death

(b) To be perplexed   (Answer)

(c) To be concealed from view

(d) To find oneself in a very uncomfortable position


To worship the rising sun

(a) To honour a man who is coming into office   (Answer)

(b)To honour the promising people

(c) To indulge in flattery

(d) To welcome the coming events

 


Hush money

(a) Money overdue

(b) Easy money

(c) Money earned by wrong means

(d) Bribe paid to secure silence (Answer)  


To pay one back in the same coin

(a) To provoke a person to quarrel

(b) To offer another polite attention

(c) To retaliate   (Answer)

(d) To give a word of encourage-ment or praise to another  


A tall order

(a) A task difficult to perform   (Answer)

(b) A big problem

(c) A royal summon

(d) A big demand  


To draw a bead upon

(a) To make prayers

(b)To cause hindrance in work

(c)To count the benefits

(d) To take aim at    (Answer)


To turn the tables

(a) To defeat

(b) To oppose

(c) To create chaos

(d) To change the story scheme   (Answer)

(e) To change completely the position of disadvantage


To keep the ball rolling

(a)To earn more and more

(b) To work constantily

(c) To keep the conversation going   (Answer)

(d) To make the best use of


All and sundry

(a) Greater share

(b) All of a sudden

(c) Completion of work

(d) Everyone without distinction   (Answer)


To flog a dead horse

(a) To act in a foolish way

(b) To waste one’s efforts   (Answer)

( c) To revive interest in an old subject

(d) To revive old memories


To disabuse one’s mind

(a) To conceal something

(b) To remove a misapprehension   (Answer)

(c)To banish from one’s mind a thought

(d) To proceed cautiously so as to avoid risks and dangers


A storm in a teacup

(a) Unexpected event

(b) A danger signal

(c) Much excitement over something trivia   (Answer)

(d) A great noise


To play fast and loose

(a) To beguile others

(b) To be winning sometimes and losing at other times

(c) To play with someone’s feelings

(d) To play tricks   (Answer)


To tempt providence

(a) To invite punishment

(b) To achieve a fortune

(c) To take reckless risks   (Answer)

(d) To have God’s favour


To haul over the coals

(a) To put hand in a wrong task

(b) To throw into the fire

(c) To put to task   (Answer)

(d) To say the wrong words


To put the cart before the horse

(a) To offer a person what he cannot eat

(b) To force a person to do something

(c) To raise obstacles   (Answer)

(d) To reverse the natural order of things


To accept the Gauntlet

(a) To accept defeat

(b) To accept a challenge   (Answer)

(c) To suffer humiliation

(d) To accept an honour


To give currency

(a) To bestow importance

(b) To misinterpret

(c) To make publicly known   (Answer)

(d) To originate


French leave

(a) Long absence

(b) Leave on the pretext of illness

(c) Casual leave

(d) Absence without permission   (Answer)


Castles in the air

(a) Romantic designs

(b) Perfect plans

(c) ldeal projects

(d) Fanciful schemes (Answer)

(e) Visionary projects


To have brush with

(a) To start painting

(b) To have good and pleasing terms

(c) To be impressed.

(d) To havea slight encounter   (Answer)


To lose face

(a) To look angry

(b) To be humiliated   (Answer)

(c) To be helpless

(d) To look vacant


To turn the other cheek

(a) To sulk and suffer

(b) To respond to violence with Violence

(c) To respond to violence with non-violence  (Answer)

(d) To be indifferent to peace Overtures


To pull one’s socks up

(a)To prepare

(b) To try hard!   (Answer)

(c) To get ready

(d)To depart


To bite one’s lips

(a)To be angry   (Answer)

(b) To feel sorry

(c) To have doubt

(d) To laugh at others


Within An Ace of

(a) Within one’s reach

(b) Very near

(c) Within the hitting range

(d) Narrowly   (Answer)


Dog in the manger

(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   (Answer)


To blow hot and cold

(a) Changing weather

(b) To be untrustworthy

(c) To be inconsistent   (Answer)

(d) To be rich and poor frequently


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   (Answer)


To give chapter and verse for a thing

(a) To produce the proof of something   (Answer)

(b) To eulogize the qualities of a thing

(c) To make publicity of a thing

(d) To attach artificial value to a thing


To beggars’ description

(a) A poor statement

(b) To describe things without care

(c) Beyond one’s power to describe adequately   (Answer)

(d) None of thesee


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   (Answer)

(d) To. advance one’s position in life


Foar in the mouth

(a) Bitten by a snake

(b) To reveal the secret

(c) To be furious

(d) To be in the extreme hatred (Answer)


To take umbrage

(a) To feel depressed

(b) To be offended   (Answer)

(c) To be satisfied

(d) To be pleased


Something up one’s sleeve

(a) A grand idea

(b)A secret plan (Answer)

(c) A profitable plan

(d) Something important


Adam’s ale

(a) Pleasure

(b) Wine

(c) Grace

(d) Water   (Answer)


To draw the longbow

(a) To over-estimate oneself

(b) To put up high demands

(c) To demand a very high price

(d) To make an exaggerated statement   (Answer)


To hit the jackpot

(a) To gamble

(b) To make money unexpectedly   (Answer)

(c) To inherit money

(d) To become bankrupt


Tall order

(a) Simple

(b) Difficult   (Answer)

(c)Customary

(d) Too much


To drink like a fish

(a) To drink little

(b)To drink alone

(c) To be a drunkard   (Answer)

(d) To drink in the company of others


To fight to the bitter end

(a) To fight with poison-tipped arrows

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

(c) To die fighting

(d)To carry on a contest regardless of consequences


To give a false colouring

(a) To misrepresent   (Answer)

(b) To submit the false report

(c) To be dishonest

(d) To conceal the facts


A red letter day

(a) An important day   (Answer)

(b) An auspicious day

(c) A dangerous day

(d) An unimportant day


Queer somebody’s pitch

(a) Upset one’s plan   (Answer)

(b) Reprimand him

(c) Check him

(d) Work him up


To make the grade

(a) To fail in a task

(b) To get good marks in an examination

(c) To come out successful   (Answer)

(d) To make good one’s previous loss


To be up and doing

(a) To recover from illness

(b) To be actively engaged   (Answer)

(c)To progress satisfactorily

(d)To be expressive and explicit


To get into a scrape

(a).To get into a muddle

(b).To be in awkward predicament (Answer)

(c).To get irritating circumstances

(d).To be trappee in a conspiracy


To see eye to eye with

(a)To agree  (Answer)

(b) To stare fixedly

(c) To be angry

(d) To take revenge

 


A jaundiced eye

(a) Jealousy

(b) A generous view

(c) Angry

(d) Prejudice (Answer)  


To see red

(a) To be very angry

(b) To victimise someone

(c) To find fault with (Answer)

(d) To criticise others


To push somebody to the wall

(a) To defeat him (Answer)

(b) To humiliate him

(c) To heckle him

(d) To knock him down


To be in two minds

(a) To be dominated by someone else

(b) To be uncertain (Answer)

(c) To work on somebody else advice

(d) To be in a critical state


Leave one to sink or swim

(a) To be in a dilemma

(b) To leave to one’s fate

(c) To put one in difficulty

(d) Not to help one (Answer)


To rip up old sores

(a) To revive a quarrel which was almost forgotten (Answer)

(b) To censure someone in strong terms

(c) To strain one’s thoughts to the most

(d) To preserve oneselt from harm  


A square peg in a round hole

(a) An impossible task

(b) A scheme that never works

(c) A person unsuited to the position he fills (Answer)

(d) None of these

 


To carry off the bell

(a) To call others for help

(b) To bag the first position (Answer)

(c) To steal all wealth and flee

(d) To trouble others  


To live in clover

(a) To live in great comfort and luxury (Answer)

(b) To live a carefree life

(c) To be surrounded by cares and worries

(d) To live in great difficulty  


Pin-money

(a) Bribery

(b) Money paid for compensation

(c) Alimony

(d) Allowance made to a lady for her expenses (Answer)  


To keep the wolf away from the door

(a) To keep away from extreme poverty (Answer)

(b) To keep off an unwanted andundesirable person

(c) To keep alive

(d) To hold the difficulties and dangers in check


Get down to brass tacks

(a) Start unraveling the mystery

(b) Begin to discuss secret matters

(C) Begin to talk in plain, straightforward terms (Answer)

(d) Get into the thick of a problem


To show the white feather

(a) To show signs of cowardice (Answer)

(b) To seek peace

(c) To show arrogance

(d) To become polite


To leave no avenue unexplored

(a) To call in question

(b) To roam about

(c) To try every source (Answer)

(d) To depend on


  Spick and span

(a) Neat and clean (Answer)

(b) Outspoken

(c) Already made thing

(d) Garrulous


  To take the wind out of another’s sails

(a) To manouevre to mislead another on the high seas

(b) To cause harm to another

(C) To defeat the motives of another

(d) To anticipate another and to gain advantage over him (Answer)


To carry the coal to newcastle

(a) To work hard

(b) To finish a job

(c) To do unnecessary things (Answer)

(d) To do menial jobs


To turn the cover

(a) To take a new way of life

(b) To work hard

(c) To pass the crises (Answer)

(d) To hide the reality


  In double-quick time

(a) Steadily

(b) Very quickly (Answer)

(c) Gradually

(d) Much time


  The pros and cons

(a) For and against a thing (Answer)

(b) Foul and fair

(c)Good and evil

(d) Former and latter


  A sop to Cerberus

(a) Bribery

(b) Hush money

(c) Ransom to an enemy (Answer)

(d) Money for compensation


To give one a long rope

(a) To speak ill of

b) To get into trouble

(c) To dismiss

(d) To allow a man to continue his mistakes or crimes (Answer)


To hit the nail on the head

(a) To hit the target

(b) To catch someone napping

(c) To guess right (Answer)

(d) To settle the old score  


A baker’s dozen

(a)Twelve

(b) Charity

(c) Thirteen (Answer)

(d) Allowance


To have full hands

(a) To be fully occupied (Answer)

(b) To be rich

(c) To be in lot of troubles

(d) Tb lead an easy life


To run amuck

(a) To run a race

(b) To run about in frenzy (Answer)

(c) To feel exhausted

(d) To run to somebody’s help


A bull in a china shop

(a) A person who is very ugly but loves the beautiful things of life

(b) A person who takes a sadistic delight in harming innocent people

(c) A person who becomes too excited’ where no excitement is warranted

(d) A person who is rough and clumsy where skill and care are required  (Answer)


By fair means or foul

(a) Without using common sense

(b) Without difficulty

(c) In any way, honest or dishonest (Answer)

(d) Having been instigated


To look down one’s nose at

(a) To backbite

(b) To show anger

(c) To insult in the presence of others

(d) To regard with hall-hidden displeasure or contempt (Answer)


Hard-pressed

(a) Bewildered

(b) Insulted

(c) Hard discipline

(d) In difficulties  (Answer)


To be at one’s finger’s end

(a) To be hopeless

(b) To be highly perplexed

(c) To be completely conversant with (Answer)

(d) To count things


To pull strings

(a) To exert hidden influence (Answer)

(b) To tease someone

(c) To speed up

(d) To start something


A greenhorn

(a) An envious lady

(b) A trainee

(c) An inexperienced man (Answer)

(d) A soft-hearted man


To be old as the hills

(a) To be very ancient (Answer)

(b) To be wise and learned

(c) To be old but foolish

(d) Not being worth the age


To look sharp

(a) To concentrate

(b) To speak roughly (

c)To be attentive and active

(d) To be quick (Answer)


To show one’s teeth

(a) To ridicule

(b) To face difficulties

(c) To adopt a threatening attitude (Answer)

(d) To be humble


To pour oil in troubled water

(a) To foment trouble

(b) To add to the trouble

(c) To instigate

(d) To calm a quarrel with soothing Words (Answer)


To play on a fiddle

(a) To play upon a musical instrument

(b) To play an important role

(c) To be busy over trifles (Answer)

(d) To be busy over an important matter


To mind one’s P’s and Q’s

(a) To be cautiouS

(b) To be accurate and precise (Answer)

(c) To be careful of one’s accounts

(d) To be careful of one’s personality

 


At one’s beck and call

(a) Enjoying oneself without caring for others

(b) To be always at one’s service (Answer)

(c) To be under one’s subjugation

(d) To be in an advantageous position    


Swan-song

(a) Music as sweet as a song of birds

(b) A melodious song in praise of someone

(c) Praise of a woman by her lÓver

(d) Last work of a poet or musician before death (Answer)    


To play to the gallery

(a) To work hard to achieve the best

(b) Trying to get appreciation from the least intelligent people (Answer)

(c) Use wrong means to achieve success

(d)To be able to do work easily    


To break the ice

(a) To start quarreling

(b) To end the hostility

(c) To start a conversation (Answer)

(d)To end up a partnership    


To oil the knocker

(a) To instigate a person to do a job

(b) To do a work with increased pace

(c) To tip the office-boy (Answer)

(d) To revive old enmity    


To cut the crackle

(a) To humiliate

(b) To annoy someone

(c) To act in a friendly way

(d) To stop talking and start (Answer)    


To take somebody for a ride

(a) To provide entertainment

(b) To keep company

(c)To deceive or humiliate him (Answer)

(d) To exploit a person  


To cool one’s heels

(a) To rest for sometime (Answer)

(b) To give no importance to someone

(c) To remain in a comfortable position

(d) To be kept waiting for sometime

 


By the rule of thumb

(a) By the use of force

(b) By the use of trickery

(c) By cheating and deception

(d) By practical experience which is rather rough (Answer)  


A fool’s errand

(a) A blunder

(b) An impossible task

(c) A useless undertaking   (Answer)


To turn over a new leaf

a) To change completely one’s course of action

(b) To shift attention to new problems after having studied the old ones thoroughly

(c) To cover up one’s faults by wearing new marks

(d) To change the old habits and adopt new ones (Answer)


A fair crack of the -whip

(a) Severe punishment

(b) A good check

(c) A period of importance (Answer)

(d) Failure of administration


To talk one’s head off

(a)To talk loudly

(b)To talk in whispers

(c) To talk to oneself

(d) To talk excessively  (Answer)


To hold something on leash

(a) To restrain  (Answer)

(b) To disappoint

(c) To dismiss

(d) To discourage


To play fast and lose

(a) To trust others

(b) To be undependable

(c) To cheat people(Answer)

(d) To hurt somebody feelings


To wrangle over an ass’s shadow

(a) To act in a foolish way

(b)To quarrel over trifle(Answer)

(c) To waste time on petty things

(d) To do something funny


All Agog

(a) Everybody

(b) All ready

(c) Restless(Answer)

(d) Almighty


To frame a person

(a) To befool someone

(b) To make one appear guilty(Answer)

(c) To praise someone

(d) A narrow escape


A close shave

(a) A lucky escape

(b) A clean shave

(c) A well-guarded secret

(d) A narrow escape(Answer)


To take with a grain of salt

(a) To take with some reservation(Answer)

(b) To take with total disbelief

c) To take wholeheartedly (

d) To take seriously


To keep one’s head

(a) To be agile and active

b) To keep calm(Answer)

(c) To think coherently

(d) None of these


To cross swords

(a) To fight(Answer)

(b) To defend

(c) To rob

(d)To kill


A snake in the grass

(a) Secret or hidden enemy(Answer)

(b) Unforeseen happening

(c) Unrecognisable danger

(d) Irreliable person.


To give up the ghost

(a)To suffer

(b) To fight evil forces

(c) To die(Answer)

(d) To become rational


Hobson’s choice

(a) Feeling of insecurity

(b) Accept or leave the offer(Answer)

(c) Feeling of strength

(d) Excellent choice


To be at loggerheads

(a) To have a tough encounter

(b) To be at enmity or strife(Answer)

(c) To face stiff opposition

(d) To tax one’s mind and body


To talk through one’s hat

(a) To speak fluently

(b)To talk nonsense  (Answer)

(c)To talk wisdom

(d)To speak at random


To snap one’s fingers

(a)To speak abruptly

(b)To accept immediately

(c) To grasp eagerly

d) To become contemptuous of(Answer)

(e) To be anxious


A pipe dream

(a) A pleasant dream

(b) A bad dream

(c)An impracticable plan(Answer)

(d) A foolish idea


To give up the ghost

(a) To die(Answer)

(b) To make a false appearance

(c) To terrify others by acting in a suspicious manner

(d) To leave useless pursuits


To have an easy time of it

(a) To take the world lightly

(b) To indulge in frivolities

(c) To squander away resources

(d) To live in quiet and comfort  (Answer)


To stand to one’s guns

(a) To keep the guns close to oneself even amid danger

(b) To persevere when hardships press  (Answer)

(c) To maintain a dignified unbending attitude

(d) To maintain one’s position


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 (Answer)

(c) To handle it by a fierce attack

(d) To bypass the legal process and take action according to one’s own whims.


To lose one’s head

(a) To go mad

(b)To become confused and overexcited (Answer)

(c) To become nervous

(d) To lose the balance


By the skin of one’s teeth

(a) Hardly

(b) In time

(c) Hurriedly

(d) Only just     (Answer)


To throw down the glove

(a) To resort to wrong tactics

(b) To give a challenge     (Answer)

(c) To accept defeat

(d) To reject the prize


To be in abeyance

(a) To be in trouble

(b) Dual minded

(c) In a fighting mood

(d) In suspense     (Answer)


To cast pearls before a swine

(a) To spend recklessly

(b) To spend a lot of money on the upkeep of domestic hogs

(c) To Waste money over trifles

(d) To offer to a person a thing which he cannot appreciate     (Answer)


A chip off the old block

(a) A piece of wood

(b) An old friend

(c) Characteristics of one’s ancestors     (Answer)

(d) A good bargain


To smell a rat

(a) To detect bad smell

(b) To misunderstand

(c) To suspect a trick or deceit     (Answer)

(d) To see hidden meaning


To take people by storm

(a) To put people in utter surprise

(b) To captivate them unexpectedly     (Answer)

(c) To exploit people’s agitation

(d) To bring out something sensational attracting people’s attention


To throw up the sponge

(a) To surrender or give up a contest     (Answer)

(b) To offer a challenge

(c) To become utterly disappointed

(d) To maintain grit and enthusiasm until the end


Harp on

(a) To comment

(b) To criticize

(c) To keep on talking     (Answer)

(d) To keep on insulting


To catch somebody on the hop

(a) To give someone a surprise

(b) To catch somebody off guard     (Answer)

(c) To stand in the way of someone

(d) To catch somebody suddenly


To spill the beans

(a) To reveal secret information     (Answer)

(b) To misbehave

(c) To keep secrets

(d) To talk irrelevant


To bring one’s eggs to a bad market

(a) To face a humiliating situation

(b) To bring one’s commodities to a market where there is no demand for them

(c) To show one’s talents before an audience which is incapable of appreciating them

(d) To fail in one’s plans because one goes to the wrong people for help     (Answer)


To hit below the belt

(a) To work confidentially

(b) To harm unfairly     (Answer)

(c) To strike at the exact position

(d) To hit the correct mark


To get cold feet

(a) To run for life

(b) To be afraid     (Answer)

(c) To fall sick

(d) To become discourteous


To take a leap in the dark

(a) To take risk

(b) To hazard one self

(c) To do a task secretly

(d) To do a hazardous thing without any idea of the result(Answer)


To give/get the bird

(a) To get the awaited

(b) To have good luck

(c) To send away     (Answer)

(d) To get the impossible


To be at daggers drawn

(a) To be frightened

(b) To be ready to face danger

(c) To threaten one

(d) To be bitter enemy     (Answer)


To turn up one’s nose at a thing

(a) To show eagerness to have something

(b) To show indifference

(c) To treat it with contemptuous dislike or disgust     (Answer)

(d) To start to grapple with it


To save one’s face

(a) To hide oneself

(b) To oppose

(c) To evade disgrace     (Answer)

(d) To say plainly


To split hours

(a) To sidetrack the issue

(b) To quarrel over trifles

(c) To indulge in Over-refined arguments     (Answer)

(d) To find faults with others


To wash one’s dirty linen in public

(a) To criticize one’s nature in public

(b) To quarrel in the open

(c) To do some ugly work in public

(d) To discuss dirty and scandalous matters of personal nature in the presence of strangers     (Answer)


A lady’s man

(a) A woman-tailor

(b) A lover of woman company   (Answer)

(c) A man working as per a lady’s directions

(d) A timid husband


To throw dust in one’s eyes

(a) To show false things

(b) To make blind

(c) To harm someone

(d) To deceive   (Answer)


To be rolling in money

(a) Wasting a lot of money

(b) Very rich  (Answer)

(c) Borrowing money liberally

(d) Spending more than his income


To get into hot waters

(a) To be impatient

(b) To suffer a huge financial loss

(c) To get into trouble   (Answer)

(d) To be in a confused state of mind


Will of the wisp

(a) Anything deceives which eludes or deceives.

(b) To act in a foolish way     (Answer)

(c) To act in a childish way

(d) To have desires unbacked by efforts


ENGLISH IDIOMS and PROVERBS

BOLT FROM THE BLUE

  • Sudden Shock

ELBOW GREASE

  • Hard work

COCKSURE

  • Perfectly Confident

GREAT HAND

  • Expert

PLOUGH A LONELY FURROW

  • Do without the help of others

PELL MELL

  • A disorderly manner

TOOK TO HEART

  • Deeply affected

CRY IN THE WILDERNESS

  • Cry in vain

CATCH-22 SITUATION

  • Absurd/inappropriate

COOL AS CUCUMBER

  • Calm and Composed

MAKE NO BONES

  • Without hesitation

HIGH HAND

  • Oppressively

LEADS OTHER UP THE GARDEN PATH

  • Deceives Others

HANDS DOWN

  • Win easily

A FAR CRY

  • A long way off

HELD THE ENEMY AT BAY

  • Preventing the enemy from coming too near

TROD TO KEEP THE POT OF CINEMA GOERS

  • To Keep the controversy alive

ON THE WANE

  • Declining

HOLD THE WRONG END OF THE STICK

  • Misjudge a situation

ON AND OFF

  • At  intervals

ENGLISH IDIOMS and PROVERBS

TO GET INTO A SCRAPE

  • To find one self into an awkward Situation

TO TURN THE TABLES

  • To change the scene

A TALL ORDER

  • A Difficult Task

TO FLY OFF THE HANDLE

  • To lose one’s temper

TO KEEP THE BALL ROLLING

  • To keep the conversation going

TO HAUL OVER THE COALS

  • To put to Task

TO READ BETWEEN THE LINES

  • To grasp the hidden meaning

ALL AND SUNDRY

  • Everyone without distinction

TO TEMPT PROVIDENCE

  • To take reckless risks

TO BLAZE TRAIL

  • To initiate work in a movement

 

TO PLAY FAST AND LOOSE

  • To play tricks

TO LOST IN THE CLOUD

  • To be perplexed

TO WORSHIP THE RISING SUN

  • To honor a man coming to office

TO FLOG A DEAD HORSE

  • To waste one’s efforts

A STORM IN THE TEA CUP

  • Much excitement over something

HUSH MONEY

  • Bribe paid to secure silence

TO DISABUSE ONE’S MIND

  • To remove a misapprehension

TO PAY ONE BACK IN THE SAME COIN

  • To retaliate

TO PUT THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE

  • To reverse the natural order of a thing

TO DRAW A BEAD UPON

  • To take aim

ENGLISH IDIOMS and PROVERBS

TO TURN OVER A NEW LEAF

  • To adopt new habits

A FAIR CRACK OF THE WHIP

  • A period of importance

TO TALK ONE’S HEAD OFF

  • To talk excessively

TO HOLD SOMETHING IN LEASH

  • To restrain

TO PLAY FAST AND LOOSE

  • To cheat people

TO WRANGLE OVER AN ASS SHADOW

  • To quarrel  over trifle

ALL AGOG

  • Restless

TO FRAME A PERSON

  • To make one appear guilty

A CLOSE SHAVE

  • A narrow escape

TO TAKE A GRAIN OF SALT

  • To take with some reservation

 


TO KEEP ONE’S HEAD

  • To keep calm

TO CROSS SWORDS

  • To fight

A SNAKE IN THE GROSS

  • Secret or hidden enemy

TO HAVE AN EASY TIME

  • To live in comfort

HOBSON’S CHOICE

  • No choice at all

TO BE AT LOGGERHEADS

  • To be at enmity

TO TALK THROUGH ONE’S HAT

  • To talk non sense

TO SNAP ONE’S FINGERS

  • To become contemptuous of

ENGLISH IDIOMS and PROVERBS


A PIPE DREAM

  • An impracticable dream

TO GIVE UP THE GHOST

  • To die

TO STAND TO ONE’S GUNS

  • To persevere when hardship press

TO TAKE THE BULL BY THE HORNS

  • To grapple the difficulty

TO LOSE ONE’S HEAD

  • To become confused or over excited

BY THE SKIN OF ONE’S TEETH

  • Only Just

TO THROW DOWN THE GLOVES

  • To give a challenge

TO BE IN ABEYANCE

  • In suspense

CAST PEARLS BEFORE THE SWINE

  • To offer something to a person which he can’t appreciate

A CHIP OF THE OLD BLOCK

  • Characteristics of one’s ancestors

SMELL A RAT

  • To suspect a deceit or trick

TO TAKE THE PEOPLE BY STORM

  • To captivate them unexpectedly

THROW UP THE SPONGE

  • To surrender

HARP ON

  • To keep on talking

TO CATCH SOMEBODY ON THE HOP

  • To catch somebody off  guard

TO SPILL THE BEANS

  • To reveal secret information

TO BRING ONES EGS TO THE BAD MARKET

  • To go to the wrong people

TO HIT BELOW THE BELT

  • To harm unfairly

TO GET COLD FEET

  • To be afraid

TO TAKE A LEAP IN THE DARK

  • To do a hazardous thing without any idea of the result

TO GIVE THE BIRD

  • To send away

TO BE AT DAGGERS DRAWN

  • To be a bitter enemy

TO TURN UP ONE’S NOSE AT A THING

  • To treat with dislike

TO SAVE ONE FACE

  • To evade disgrace

TO SPLIT HOURS

  • To indulge in over-refined arguments

ENGLISH IDIOMS and PROVERBS


TO WASH ONE’S DIRTY LINEN IN THE PUBLIC

  • To discuss the personal scandalous issues in public

A LADY’S MAN

  • A lover of woman company

TO THROUGH DUST IN ONE’S EYES

  • To deceive

TO BE ROLLING IN MONEY

  • very rich

TO GET INTO HOT WATERS

  • To get into trouble

WILL OF THE WISP

  • To act in a foolish way

GIFT OF THE GAN

  • Fluency of Speech

AT A DISCOUNT

  • Undervalued

TURN HIS HAND

  • Adapt himself

BIRD’S EYE VIEW

  • A general view

FELL FLAT

  • No effect

LEFT NO STONE UNTURNED

  • Use all available means

GENTLEMAN AT LARGE

  • No serious occupation

WHITE ELEPHANT

  • Useless

PUT CARD ON THE TABLE

  • Concealed Nothing

LET THE BYGONES BE BYGONES

  • Ignoring the past

ENGLISH IDIOMS and PROVERBS

MARE’S NEST

  • False Invention

COMES TO THE CRUNCH

  • Decisive moment

KEEPING UP APPEARANCES

  • Maintaining outward show

BEE IN THE BONNET

  • An obsession about something

HEADS WILL ROLL

  • Dismissal will occur

BACK CHAT

  • Irrelevant Remarks

HAIR BREATH ESCAPE

  • Narrow escape

HAVE FINGER IN EVERY PIE

  • Meddle in every affair

 


KEEPS A GOOD TABLE

  • Entertaining the guests

BEAR IN MIND

  • Remember

 

BURY THE HATCHET

  • Make peace

TOOK TO THEIR HEELS

  • Took to fight

CUT MY TEETH ON

  • To gain experience

DRAW THE LONG BONE

  • Exaggerate

LEAVES VERY LITTLE ELBOW ROOM

  • Freedom

 


BURNING THE CANDLE AT BOTH ENDS

  • Overusing energies

AN AXE TO GRIND

  • Have personal end to serve

BORN WITH A SILVER SPOON

  • Born in a wealthy family

Mare’s nest

A false invention

ENGLISH IDIOMS and PROVERBS


Back Chat

Impertinent remarks


Bear in mind

remember


Cut teeth on

To gain experience


Heads will roll

dismissals will occur


Have a finger in every pie

meddle in every affair


burnt his fingers

Got himself into trouble


 

 

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