• 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-14

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Question 1
It is hard to strike a bargain with a woman.
A
to finalize a deal
B
to negotiate a deal
C
to negotiate
D
to deal
Question 1 Explanation: 
The idiom, ‘strike a bargain’ means: to make an agreement after a negotiation. Example: The two parties had an argument initially, but after a while, they struck a bargain.
Question 2
For better or worse
A
sometimes
B
always
C
in good times
D
in bad times
Question 2 Explanation: 
The idiom, ‘for better or (for) worse’ is used if you say something, and you do not want to imply that you think it is a good thing. Example: A self-motivated person is ready for better or worse.
Question 3
Hand and glove
A
very difficult
B
open enemy
C
very intimate
D
very rude
Question 3 Explanation: 
The idiom, ‘hand in glove with somebody’ is used to describe the state being very close to someone, especially illegally. Example: Most of the people have observed that the thieves work hand in glove with the police in Delhi.
Question 4
Most people live from hand to mouth these days because of inflation.
A
lavishly
B
happily
C
comfortably
D
miserably
Question 4 Explanation: 
Idiom ‘live from hand to mouth’ means to have just enough money to live on and nothing extra. Example: Most of the families in slum areas in India are merely able to live from hand to mouth due to extreme poverty.
Question 5
He lays out fifty percent of his income on bonds and shares.
A
allots
B
distributes
C
donates
D
spends
Question 5 Explanation: 
The phrase, “lay out”, means to pay or spend money, especially a large amount. For example, it can be used as, ‘She used to lay out most of her pocket money on clothes’.
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