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Idioms and Phrases MCQ

In the new place he had to earn by the sweat of his brow.

  • Very hard work
  • Frown of his brow
  • Seriously
  • Idly
  • Correct Option: A  [ Very hard work ]


He says he has invented a time machine, which is clearly a load of cobblers.

  • Genuine
  • Great
  • Nonsense
  • Significant
  • Correct Option: C  [ Nonsense ]

    Remark: "A load of cobblers" is indeed an idiom, and it is commonly used to express that something is nonsense, untrue, or of poor quality.

Though he has a lot of money, yet all his plans are built upon sand.

  • based on inexperience
  • resting on immature ideas
  • resting on cheap material
  • established on insecure foundations
  • Correct Option: B  [ resting on immature ideas ]


He puts us in a He puts us in a real fix when he did not turn up to pick us up.

  • feel awkward
  • bad mood
  • made us feel bad
  • difficult situation
  • Correct Option: D  [ difficult situation ]


Some people now wonder whether we just pay the lip service or genuinely subscribe to democracy.

  • pay oral tribute
  • attach no value
  • remain indifferent
  • show only outward respect
  • Correct Option: D  [ show only outward respect ]


He threw cold water over the project that the secretary had prepared.

  • rejected
  • encouraged
  • cleared
  • discouraged
  • Correct Option: D  [ discouraged ]


It was he who put a spoke in my wheel.

  • tried to cause an accident
  • helped in the execution of the plan
  • thwarted the execution of the plan
  • destroy the plan
  • Correct Option: C  [ thwarted the execution of the plan ]


A leader should respect the opinion of the rank and file.

  • the poor people
  • the military personnel
  • the majority
  • the common people
  • Correct Option: D  [ the common people ]


The idiomatic expression 'see eye to eye' means

  • agree with someone
  • to remain neutral
  • to take over (something)
  • to enjoy the best of both
  • Correct Option: A  [ agree with someone ]


On hearing the news of the kidnapping, she became afraid of her own shadow.

  • cold and distant
  • afraid of her own safety
  • very nervous and easily frightened
  • afraid of being alone
  • Correct Option: C  [ very nervous and easily frightened ]