idioms and phrases ssc cgl previous year paper

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 In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase. 

To keep the wolf from the door 
Options:
1 ) Avoid starvation
2 ) Crack the deal
3 ) Entry prohibited
4 ) Have a pleasant tour

Correct Answer: Avoid starvation


Teething problems
Options:
1 ) Oral problems
2 ) Problems at the start of a new project
3 ) Problems for quite a long time in adjusting in the new place
4 ) Problem of having good dentist

Correct Answer: Problems at the start of a new project


Mealy-mouthed 
Options:
1 ) Ill-tempered
2 ) Soft-spoken
3 ) Enthusiastic
4 ) Depressed

Correct Answer: Soft-spoken


By fits and starts 
Options:
1 ) Occasionally
2 ) Totally
3 ) Finally
4 ) Irregularly

Correct Answer: Irregularly


Rat race 
Options:
1 ) Make others fight for scraps and get sadistic pleasure out of it
2 ) Be an oppressive boss and treat employees like animals
3 ) A way of life in which people are caught up in a fiercely competitive struggle for wealth or power
4 ) Play games with the lives of other people and see them run aimlesly

Correct Answer: A way of life in which people are caught up in a fiercely competitive struggle for wealth or power


Spin one's wheels 
Options:
1 ) Keep bragging about oneself
2 ) Try your luck
3 ) Expel much effort for little or no gain
4 ) Start a long journey

Correct Answer: Expel much effort for little or no gain


Put one's foot down 
Options:
1 ) Give up easily without a fight
2 ) Learn to dance inspite of being clumsy
3 ) Adopt a firm policy when faced with opposition or disobedience
4 ) Take the first step of a very long difficult journey

Correct Answer: Adopt a firm policy when faced with opposition or disobedience


Whistle in the dark 
Options:
1 ) Pretend to be unafraid
2 ) A ray of hope in the worst of times
3 ) See a ghost while dreaming
4 ) Be blind and fall into a trap

Correct Answer: Pretend to be unafraid


The alpha and the omega 
Options:
1) Happy and sad
2) The beginning and the end
3) The love and the hatred
4) Truth and dare

Correct Answer: The beginning and the end


Throw up the sponge 
Options:
1) To attack
2) To laugh at someone
3) To surrender
4) To talk loudly

Correct Answer: To surrender


To put a spoke in one's wheel
Options:
1 ) To be advantageous at the time of difficulty
2 ) To maintain under all circumstances
3 ) To blame the other party
4 ) To put a difficulty in the way of progress

Correct Answer: To put a difficulty in the way of progress


At loggerheads 
Options:
1 ) To suffer
2 ) In conflict with someone
3 ) To face tough competition
4 ) To be in do or die situation

Correct Answer: In conflict with someone


A wild goose chase 
Options: 
1 ) Fruitful search 
2 ) Timely search 
3 ) Useless search 
4 ) Wrong decision

Correct Answer: Useless search 


A moot point 
Options: 
1 ) Agreeable 
2 ) Disputed 
3 ) Unclear 
4 ) Unknown 

Correct Answer: Disputed


Spick and Span 
Options: 
1 ) High and low 
2 ) Dark and light 
3 ) Neat and clean 
4 ) Happy and sad 

Correct Answer: Neat and clean 


To draw the longbow 
Options: 
1 ) To nullify 
2 ) To exaggerate 
3 ) To underrate 
4 ) To demarcate 

Correct Answer: To exaggerate 


All agog
Options: 
1) Avoid 
2) Contentment 
3) Amazed 
4) Unsystematically 

Correct Answer: Amazed 


Not to mince matters 
Options: 
1) To be at ease 
2) To not confuse others 
3) To not interfere in others affairs 
4) To speak out politely 

Correct Answer: To speak out politely 


Kick the bucket 
Options: 
1 ) Loose temper 
2 ) To delay a little longer 
3 ) To die 
4 ) To meet with an accident 

Correct Answer: To die


An axe to grind 
Options: 
1 ) To act bravely 
2 ) To act like a fool 
3 ) To have a selfish motive 
4 ) To take risk 

Correct Answer: To have a selfish motive 


To go through fire and water
Option:
1) To scold someone
2) To experience many danger in order to achieve something
3) To act without restraints
4) Something which hurts

Correct Answer: To act without restraints



Will -o- the wisp
Option:
1) Something that is impossible to get or achieve
2) To keep off an unwanted and undesirable person.
3) To spend recklessly.
4) Accept or leave the offer.

Correct Answer: Something that is impossible to get or achieve


Chicken-hearted 
Options: 
1) Coward 
2) Short tempered 
3) Composed 
4) Bold 

Correct Answer: Coward 


Red letter day 
Options: 
1) Starting day 
2) Holiday 
3) Significant day 
4) Ending day 


Correct Answer: Significant day


Ended in a fiasco 
Options: 
1 ) A complete failure 
2 ) A successful event 
3 ) Changed one completely
4 ) Twisted around 

Correct answer: A complete failure 


Sow wild oats 
Options: 
1 ) To make someone fool 
2 ) To make space to red 
3 ) To take revenge 
4 ) To waste time by doing foolish things 

Correct Answer: To waste time by doing foolish things 



Live from hand to mouth 
Options: 
1 ) Filthy rich people 
2 ) To be dependent on others 
3 ) To have enough money to live on and nothing extra 
4 ) Living in miserable conditions. 

Correct Answer: To have enough money to live on and nothing extra 


To face the music 
Options: 
1 ) To bear the consequences 
2 ) To disparage someone 
3 ) To be hard of hearing 
4 ) To enjoy a musical concert 

Correct Answer: To bear the consequences 



Pillar to post 
Options: 
1) Main support of an object 
2) One place to another 
3) To be reluctant 
4) To incite others 

Correct Answer: One place to another 


Hobson's choice 
Options: 
1) To choose first in row 
2) To make a careful choice 
3) No real choice at all 
4) To seek all favourable alternatives to choose from 


Correct Answer: No real choice at all 


Adam's ale
Option:
1) Gift
2) Food
3) Water
4) Belongings

Correct Answer: Water



At one's wits end
Option:
1) A man of ability
2) At the last moment
3) To get puzzled
4) Undecided controversy

Correct Answer:  To get puzzled


To steal a march
Options: 
1 ) To act in a foolish way 
2 ) To break something 
3 ) To outshine 
4 ) To see a hidden meaning 


Correct nswer: To outshine 


In a iff 
Options: 
1 ) Fail to win appreciation 
2 ) In an appropriate manner 
3 ) Something that is done very quickly 
4 ) To fall in love 


Correct answer: Something that is done very quickly 


Herculean task 
Options: 
1 ) Important task 
2 ) Motivating 
3 ) Optional to do 
4 ) Very difficult task 

Correct Answer: Very difficult task 



On tenterhooks 
Options: 
1 ) Flattery 
2 ) In a disorganized manner 
3 ) In anxious suspense 
4 ) Speak quickly 

Correct Answer: In anxious suspense 


The thin end of the wedge 
Options: 
1 ) In strict vigilance 
2 ) Start of harmful development 
3 ) Be aware of the trick 
4 ) Not a worth possession 

Correct answer: Start of harmful development 



To accept the gauntlet
Options: 
1  To accept challenge 
2  To accept defeat 
3  To accept what is written in fate 
4  To e ale to grasp the hidden meaning 

Correct answer: To accept challenge