• 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-3

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Question 1
The party high command wanted to stave off an open battle.
A
To postpone
B
To start
C
Allow it to take its won course
D
to prevent or avoid
Question 1 Explanation: 
The phrase 'stave off’ means: to delay, postpone or to keep something bad or disastrous from happening. To try and prevent it Example: He tried to stave off an public conflict
Question 2
They made no bones about acknowledging their debt to his genius-
A
Did not have any hesitation in
B
Did not have trust in
C
Demanded compensation for
D
Had issues in
Question 2 Explanation: 
The idiom ‘Made no bones about’ means: not having any hesitation or problem in admitting/ admitting quickly They have made no bones about hating him
Question 3
He went on sowing wild oats; he reaped suffering in his later life.
A
Eating healthy as a young boy
B
Investing as a young boy
C
Irresponsible pleasure seeking in young age
D
Doing farming as a young boy
Question 3 Explanation: 
The idiom 'sow (one's) wild oats' means: Enjoying a careless, reckless period in life where no thought is given to future and life is lived and enjoyed for ‘today’ rather than ‘tomorrow’.
Question 4
I knew he had an axe to grind and turned down his offer of help .
A
A blunt axe
B
A sharp tongue
C
A private interest to serve
D
A tendency to be aggressive
Question 4 Explanation: 
The idiom 'have an axe to grind' means: to have an selfish and hidden private motive. Example: He helped the man because he had an axe to grind.
Question 5
Sometimes, it happens that we have to give the devil his due.
A
To give credit to even a notorious person
B
To give credit to an undeserving person
C
To encourage the devil
D
To help someone
Question 5 Explanation: 
The idiom ‘give the devil his due’ means: A person who has worked hard must be given his due credit even if he is infamous for some bad qualities. Example: He may be wrong but we have to give the devil his due
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