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MCQ on Idioms and Phrases

The detective went abroad in search of culprit but his journey proved to be a wild goose chase.

  • expensive
  • full of difficulties
  • unprofitable adventure
  • ill advised
  • Correct Option: C  [ unprofitable adventure ]


The man cannot be trusted in the post for he has an itching palm.

  • habit of taking bribe
  • has an infectious disease
  • habit of flattery
  • a quarreling habit
  • Correct Option: A  [ habit of taking bribe ]

    Remark: Itching palm: A desire for money, greed, wanting a bribe.

Alice is very good at quant, but when she was watching a teacher's video she was taking it with a grain of salt.

  • She was enjoying the video
  • To listen to something with considerable doubt
  • She was listening with full attention
  • She was not listening with full attention
  • Correct Option: B  [ To listen to something with considerable doubt ]


Discipline is on the wane in school and colleges these days.

  • increasing
  • declining
  • spreading
  • spiralling
  • Correct Option: B  [ declining ]


A damp squib

  • rainy weather
  • a disappointing result
  • a skirt in a laundry
  • Great honour
  • Correct Option: B  [ a disappointing result ]


'At daggers drawn' means:

  • friendly
  • on bad terms with
  • acquainted
  • unknown
  • Correct Option: B  [ on bad terms with ]


He had to pay through the nose for his new computer.

  • pay very high price
  • very cheap
  • moderate rate
  • profitable rate
  • Correct Option: A  [ pay very high price ]

    Remark: through the nose: pay much more than a fair price.

She just needs forty winks in order to be able to work all night.

  • someone's help
  • to take a stroll
  • a short nap
  • a little cooperation
  • Correct Option: C  [ a short nap ]


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 ]


He resigned the post of his own accord.

  • according to his judgement
  • which he liked
  • voluntarily and willing
  • according to his convenience
  • Correct Option: C  [ voluntarily and willing ]


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