MCQs with Solutions for all Competitive Examinations

Phrases and Idioms MCQs for Competitive Examination

In the following questions, four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase bold in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

Q. 81
This argument does not hold water.

(A) Seem rejectable
(B) Seem logical
(C) Seem approvable
(D) Seem acceptable

Answer: (D) Seem acceptable

Q. 82
It was he who put a spoke in my wheel.

(A) Tried to cause an accident
(B) Helped in the execution of the plan
(C) Thwarted in the execution of the plan
(D) Destroyed the plan

Answer: (C) Thwarted in the execution of the plan

Q. 83
Look sharp or you will miss the opportunity.

(A) Be confident
(B) Pay attention
(C) Take control
(D) Make haste

Answer: (B) Pay attention

Q. 84
Our old Rolls Royce has become a white elephant.

(A) A costly but useless possession
(B) Antique item or possession
(C) Any traditional possession
(D) A unique item or possession

Answer: (A) A costly but useless possession

Q. 85
Please be as brief as you can, I have other fish to fry.

(A) To cook the food
(B) To take rest
(C) Some important work to attend to
(D) To attend the friends

Answer: (C) Some important work to attend to

Q. 86
The detective went abroad in search of a culprit but his journey proved to be a wild goose chase.

(A) Expensive
(B) Full of difficulties
(C) Unprofitable adventure
(D) Ill-advised

Answer: (C) Unprofitable adventure

Q. 87
The convict claimed innocence and stood his ground in spite of the repeated accusations.

(A) Knelt
(B) Surrendered
(C) Kept standing
(D) Refused to yield

Answer: (D) Refuse to yield

Q. 88
The two friends are now at daggers drawn over a petty issue.

(A) Angry
(B) Frustrated
(C) Enemies
(D) Competitors

Answer: (C) Enemies

Q. 89
The trial made a mockery of justice.

(A) People mocked at the judgement
(B) It was a mock trial
(C) There was no serious outcome
(D) Made the system look ridiculous

Answer: (D) Made the system look ridiculous

Q. 90
He was the bad egg in the family.

(A) Greedy
(B) Worthless
(C) Valuable
(D) Unwanted

Answer: (B) Worthless

Q. 91
After his business failed, he had to work very hard to keep the wolf from the door.

(A) Keep away extreme poverty
(B) Earn an honest living
(C) Regain his lost position
(D) Defend from enemies

Answer: (A) Keep away extreme poverty

Q. 92
The newly elected Chief Minister has promised to bring about changes in the state.

(A) Produce
(B) Make
(C) Carry
(D) Cause to happen

Answer: (D) Cause to happen

Q. 93
He gave vent to his pleasure with a smile.

(A) Shared
(B) Allowed
(C) Expressed
(D) Enjoyed

Answer: (C) Expressed

Q. 94
Indians are going places in the field of software technology.

(A) Going abroad
(B) Going to spaces
(C) Talented and successful
(D) Friendly and amicable

Answer: (C) Talented and successful

Q. 95
For any group work to be successful, it is important that everyone is on the same page.

(A) Present for the meeting
(B) Registered for the work
(C) Willing to pay the same fees
(D) Thinks in a similar way

Answer: (D) Think in a similar way

Q. 96
Suddenly the man blacked out during the parade and had to be helped to a quiet place.

(A) Lost temper
(B) Lost control over himself
(C) Lost consciousness
(D) Lost balance

Answer: (C) Lost consciousness

Q. 97
Hold your horses for a moment while I make a phone call.

(A) Be patient
(B) Stay out
(C) Be quiet
(D) Wait

Answer: (D) Wait 

Q. 98
The secretary’s thoughtless remark added fuel to the fire.

(A) Added humour to the situation
(B) Worsened the difficult situation
(C) Helped in improving the situation
(D) Prevented the situation

Answer: (B) Worsened the difficult situation

Q. 99
You have been trying to solve this puzzle for a long time, be careful so that you avoid barking up the wrong tree.

(A) Trying to solve problems
(B) Trying to find something at a wrong place
(C) Keep working constantly
(D) Climbing the wrong tree

Answer: (B) Trying to find something at a wrong place

Q. 100
Our school is within a stone’s throw from the railway station.

(A) Within a certain radius
(B) Very far off
(C) At a short distance
(D) Within a definite distance

Answer: (C) At a short distance

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