Idioms and Phrases : Important for LIC AAO exam

Directions : Pick out from the given alternatives the one that gives the correct meaning of the idiom/phrase/proverb..
Idioms and Phrases
1. To cleanse the Augean stables
    (a) to clean something which has not been cleaned for a long time
    (b) to wind up a joint business
    (c) to remove the stains of blood
    (d) to remove the traces of murder
         

 2. To cut one's coat according to one's cloth
    (a) to work according to one's capacity
    (b) to allot portfolio according to one's capability
    (c) to live within one's means
    (d) to live as one desires.
    (e) None of these
           

3. Chicken hearted
    (a) coward
    (b) brave
    (c) kind
    (d) mortal
    (e) None of these
         

 4. To come round
    (a) to agree with another's point of view
    (b) to come back to the point of origin
    (c) a circular movement
    (d) to wander
    (e) None of these
         

 5. To eat the calf in the cows belly
    (a) infanticide
    (b) to leave the work unfinished
    (c) to reject a plan of an important project
    (d) to be too ready to anticipate
    (e) None of these
           

6. To throw up one's cards
    (a) To make a last effort
    (b) to cease to struggle
    (c) to end up the game
    (d) to come out victorious
    (e) None of these
           

7. To let the cat out of the bag
    (a) to disclose a secret
    (b) to set free
    (c) a person without a shelter
    (d) to permit the thief to run away
    (e) None of these
        
  
8. Burn one's fingers
    (a) to get oneself into trouble
    (b) to commit a bulnder
    (c) a heavy monetary loss
    (d) to be in great rage
    (e) None of these
        

 9. To beg the question
     (a) to beg the pardon
     (b) to request for some extra time to finish the work
     (c) unanswerable
     (d) to assume in the premises something which is to be proved
     (e) None of these
            

10. To do a thing on the sly
      (a) to do a thing stealthily, without drawing attention to it
      (b) a good work went unnoticed
      (c) work done under pressure
      (d) a highly risky job
      (e) None of these
             

11. To have had one's day
      (a) to be past one's prime
      (b) to have visited only once
      (c) poverty
      (d) the childhood days
      (e) None of these
            

12. To carry the day
      (a) to be victorious
      (b) an on-going discussion
      (c) a memorable day
      (d) a miserable phase of life
      (e) None of these
           

 13. To do up
      (a) to finish off
      (b) to mend
      (c) to improve
      (d) to make tidy
      (e) None of these
            

14. To have to do with
      (a) to be interested in
      (b) to do something under compulsion
      (c) work done unenthusiastically
      (d) to complete
      (e) None of these
            

15. To egg on
      (a) just a beginning
      (b) to urge on
      (c) to develop something
      (d) an initial stage
      (e) None of these
           

Answers 

1. to clean something which has not been cleaned for a long time
2. to live within one's means
3. coward
4. to agree with another's point of view
5. to be too ready to anticipate
6. to cease to struggle
7. to disclose a secret
8. to get oneself into trouble
9. to assume in the premises something which is to be proved
10. to do a thing stealthily, without drawing attention to it
11. to be past one's prime
12. to be victorious
13. to make tidy
14. to be interested in
15. to urge on

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