- These tests are a check for your learning and your level with respect to the basic vocabulary skills.
- Directions for individual questionsEach question has a sentence that uses an idiom or phrase. You need to identify the apt meaning of the idiom/phrase from the given options
Idioms and Phrases: Test-1
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We planned for the dinner at the eleventh hour, so we decided to have a pot-luck dinner.
dinner where every-body brings something to eat
dinner where everybody pays for his food
dinner where only soup is served
dinner where people eat and play games at the same time
Question 1 Explanation:
The idiom ‘pot-luck dinner’ means: a dinner at which each guest brings food, which is shared among all the guests.
The carrot and stick policy pays dividends in every organization.
fair and foul
reward and punishment
Question 2 Explanation:
The idiom ‘the carrot and the stick (approach)’ refers to a method which is considered to optimize results by rewarding someone on success and punishing on failure.
There was a job for me to cut my teeth on.
to gain experience
to sharpen my wits
to earn a decent salary
Question 3 Explanation:
The idiom ‘cut your teeth on something’ means to experience something for the first time and learn from it.
We have appealed to him again and again; there is no use flogging a dead horse now.
Repeating our request
Making him see reason
Beating about the bush
Wasting time in useless effort
Question 4 Explanation:
The idiom ‘flog a dead horse’ means: Flogging a dead horse means to waste our efforts or time trying to make something impossible possible. Just as a dead horse won’t get up even if it is flogged hard, trying hard for something beyond our power won’t make it possible. Example: Ram couldn’t believe his bad luck and went on flogging dead horse.
To have a green thumb means
One's nails are painted green
One is artistic
To have a natural Interest In gardening
One has a green tattoo on the thumb
Question 5 Explanation:
The idiom ‘Green thumb’ means: to have inborn interest or talent in gardening. Example: My grandfather has a green thumb and I love to visit his garden
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