Idioms & Phrases : Important for LIC AAO Exam


Idioms & Phrases
1. To blow hot and cold in the same breath
(a) to condemn and criticize
(b) a hot discussion
(c) to consider all the aspects
(d) to be imperious and amiable by terms
        


2. Between two fires
    (a) subject to a double attack
    (b) between two rivals
    (c) between two extreme difficulties
    (d) a difference of opinions
    (e) None of these
        


3. To make no bones
     (a) to make no excuse
     (b) not to hesitate
     (c) to make no commitments
     (d) to make no monetary gains
     (e) None of these 
         


4. To carry coals to Newcastle
    (a) to bestow a gift which is not really necessary
    (b) to place a thing to a wrong place
    (c) to transfer something from one place to another
    (d) to recognize the value of a person
    (e) None of these
        


5. Cats' paw
    (a) a person who is used as a tool by another person
    (b) very slowly and quietly
    (c) very cleverly
    (d) to share a responsibility
    (e) None of these
        


6. To catch a tartar
    (a) to overcome a serious problem
    (b) to attack one who turns out to be stronger than is expected
    (c) to achieve the goal
    (d) to struggle hard
    (e) None of these
        


7. To cool one's heels
    (a) to be kept waiting
    (b) to give a cold response to somebody
    (c) to follow somebody
    (d) to answer all the queries of somebody
    (e) None of these
        


8. A cry in wilderness
    (a) The cry of the poors
    (b) a warning that goes unheeded
    (c) A speech made by a less important leader
    (d) A cry out of deep sorrow
    (e) None of these
        


9. To cover one's tracks
    (a) to maintain the secrecy 
    (b) to hide one's weaknesses
    (c) to carefully hide all traces of one's actions
    (d) to conceal the falsity
    (e) None of these
        


10. To cap the globe
      (a) to surpass everything
      (b) to acheive great success
      (c) to discover something new
      (d) to travel around the world
      (e) None of these
          


11. A dead letter
      (a) a delayed report
      (b) a false report
      (c) something exaggerated
      (d) something which is null and void
      (e) None of these
           


12. To die in harness
      (a) to die in office
      (b) to die with great pain
      (c) a premature death
      (d) a cruel murder
      (e) None of these
          


13. At the drop of a hat
      (a) without fail
      (b) without delay
      (c) against the self-respect
      (d) against the will
      (e) None of these
           


14. Ducks and drakes
      (a) various hindrances
      (b) to spend lavishly
      (c) by all efforts
      (d) to spend miserly
      (e) None of these
          


15. Down in the dumps
      (a) in a solitary mood
      (b) in a bad mood
      (c) to be in an unfavourable situation
      (d) to decline
      (e) None of these
          


Answers

1. to be imperious and amiable by terms
2. subject to a double attack
3. not to hesitate
4. to bestow a gift which is not really necessary
5. a person who is used as a tool by another person
6. to attack one who turns out to be stronger than is expected
7. to be kept waiting
8. a warning that goes unheeded
9. to carefully hide all traces of one's actions
10. to surpass everything
11. something which is null and void
12. to die in office
13. without delay
14. to spend lavishly
15. in a bad mood
  

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