Idioms and Idiomatic Phrases with Meanings and Usage

Exercise  No. 4.

Choose  the correct meaning of the following idioms//idiomatic phrases out of the given alternatives

  1. Lock,stock and barrel.
  • A. to wind up one’s business.
  • B. To start a  new business.
  • C. Complete in all respects.
  • D. To go on a long journey.


  1. Let bygones be bygones.
  • A. To accord permission to go.
  • B. To forbid anyone to go.
  • C. To forget past actions and make a new start.
  • D. To act in a negligent & careless way.


  1. Alma Mater.
  • A. Great affection for mother.
  • B. To make preliminary arrangements.
  • C. To brood over past experience.
  • D. Institution where one gets education.


  1. Loom Large.
  • A. To start hosiery business.
  • B. To make irrelevant remarks.
  • C. To miss an important opportunity.
  • D. Fear of some ensuing danger.


  1. Day in, day out.
  • A. To wander during day time.
  • B. To roam about at night.
  • C. To work day and night.
  • D. Daily without fail.

Answers: 1.C  2.C  3.D  4.D  5.D.



Exercise  No. 5.

Choose  the correct meaning of the following idioms//idiomatic phrases out of the given alternatives.

  1. To bury the hatchet.
  • A. To raise a dispute with someone.
  • B. To make agriculture as one’s profession.
  • C. To forget old disputes and start new relations
  • D. To make irrelevant remarks about someone.
  1. To  hope against  hope.
  • A. To make a  wrong decision.
  • B. To have a great relations
  • C. To expect an unexpected thing
  • D. To give a false hope.
  1. Once in a blue moon.
  • A. To  stroll at night.
  • B. Something happening rarely.
  • C. To work at night.
  • D. To be in search of an opportunity.
  1. To mince words
  • A. To quarrel with some  one.
  • B. To make irritating remarks.
  • C. To talk in an indirect way.
  • D. To praise some one.
  1. A hard nut to crack.
  • A.  A difficult work to do.
  • B.  A nut which cannot be broken.
  • C.  To attempt an impossible job.
  • D.  A thing which cannot be obtained.

Answers:1.C.  2.C  3.B  4.C  5.A.



Exercise No. 6.

Out of four alternatives given for idioms/phrases underlined in the following sentences, choose one which expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

  1. A complete silence prevailed in the hall until the principal of the college broke the ice and started his lecture.
  • A.  Inaugurated the event
  • B. Invited for light refreshment
  • C. Entertained the invitees.
  • D. ended the silence.
  1. Immediately on joining the office, the new boss brought to book all the employees creating indiscipline in the office and nipped the evil in the bud.
  • A. Punished, stopped bad practices in the beginning.
  • B. Recorded,awarded C.Created a precedent, awarded fine
  • C. Noted down names, downgraded.
  • D. Acted swiftly, demoted.
  1. All the employees  put their heart and soul to achieve the targets of the institution.
  • A.  Paid enough donation.
  • B.  Made all out efforts
  • C.  Gave good suggestions.
  • D.  Fought with each other.
  1. When the new boss  joined the office, the office affairs were at sixes and sevens.
  • A. In a disarranged way.
  • B. Working very efficiently
  • C. Dispute among staff members.
  • D. Shortage of funds.

5. After getting his promotion, Smith has been putting on airs these days.

  • A. Putting on costly clothes.
  • B. Travelling by air.
  • C. Growing fatter.
  • D. To brag about.


Answers: 1.D    2.A     3.B     4.A     5.D


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