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Idioms and Phrases: Test-1

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Question 1
We planned for the dinner at the eleventh hour, so we decided to have a pot-luck dinner.
A
dinner where every-body brings something to eat
B
dinner where everybody pays for his food
C
dinner where only soup is served
D
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.
Question 2
The carrot and stick policy pays dividends in every organization.
A
fair and foul
B
continuous vigilance
C
democratic
D
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.
Question 3
There was a job for me to cut my teeth on.
A
to gain experience
B
to try
C
to sharpen my wits
D
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.
Question 4
We have appealed to him again and again; there is no use flogging a dead horse now.
A
Repeating our request
B
Making him see reason
C
Beating about the bush
D
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.
Question 5
To have a green thumb means
A
One's nails are painted green
B
One is artistic
C
To have a natural Interest In gardening
D
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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