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Idioms and Phrases : Important for LIC AAO exam - Part 1

Published on Tuesday, February 16, 2016
idioms and phrases
Directions : Pick out from the given alternatives the one that gives the correct meaning of the idiom/phrase/proverb.

1. Above board
    (a) A voyage
    (b) Beyond doubt
    (c) Uncertainty
    (d) Honest and frank
    (e) None of these

2. Add fuel to the fire
    (a) to activate the flames of an existing controversy
    (b) to spread a rumour
    (c) to increase the differences
    (d) to speed up the work
    (e) None of these

3. A hard nut to crack
    (a) a difficult problem
    (b) a difficult situation
    (c) an intolerable person
    (d) a skinflint
    (e) None of these

4. At arm's length
    (a) one arm distance
    (b) to keep one at distance
    (c) to be indifferent
    (d) an intimate relationship
    (e) None of these

5. At one's wits end
    (a) to be in an embarrassing situation
    (b) to be in a state of utter perplexity
    (c) to satisfy one's own desire
    (d) to abrogate
    (e) None of these

6. A black sheep
    (a) scoundrel
    (b) ruthless
    (c) vagabond
    (d) a traitorous person
    (e) None of these

7. A bolt from the blue
    (a) an unexpected and calamitous blow
    (b) a retaliating attack
    (c) tumult
    (d) a sudden pleasant surprise
    (e) None of these

8. At the mercy of
    (a) totally in the power of
    (b) to leave everything on God
    (c) to surrender
    (d) the supremacy of God's will
    (e) None of these

9. At the bottom of
    (a) secret cause of
    (b) at another's support
    (c) to find a base
    (d) a heavy loss
    (e) None of these

10. At daggers drawn
      (a) a dual
      (b) at enmity
      (c) a hot debate
      (d) one confronted with his rival
      (e) None of these

11. A man of words
     (a) a garrulous person
     (b) a trustworthy person
     (c) a gregarious person
     (d) a boastful person
     (e) None of these

12. In open arms
      (a) to welcome cordially
      (b) to be brave
      (c) fighting openly
      (d) ambitions to have all sorts of wordly pleasures
      (e) None of these

13. Backstairs influence
      (a) improper influence
      (b) the ultimate outcome
      (c) retarded development
      (d) indirect influence
      (e) None of these

14. Behind the scenes
      (a) the hidden cause
      (b) self-contained
      (c) influencing events secretly
      (d) one's contribution which is yet to be considered
      (e) None of these

15. Bear the palm
      (a) to help voluntarily
      (b) to form a team
      (c) to be victorious
      (d) a joint venture
      (e) None of these


1. Honest and frank
2. to activate the flames of an existing controversy
3. a difficult problem
4. to keep one at distance
5. to be in a state of utter perplexity
6. scoundrel
7. an unexpected and calamitous blow
8. totally in the power of
9. secret cause of
10. at enmity
11. a trustworthy person
12. fighting openly
13. improper influence
14. influencing events secretly
15. to be victorious

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