• 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-4

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Question 1
He was given Hobson's choice by the employer.
A
Difficult choice
B
No real choice at all
C
To choose between life or death
D
Bad choice
Question 1 Explanation: 
The idiom 'Hobson's Choice' means: a Choice in which person has to accept a alternative because other alternative is not possible/ within his power or very undesirable In short, there is no actual alternative at all Example: To choose between death or slavery will be ‘Hobson’s choice
Question 2
He has a very nice manner, but you would better take what he says with a grain of salt.
A
To listen to something with considerable doubt
B
Not to believe it
C
To analyze it
D
To take it sarcastically
Question 2 Explanation: 
The idiom 'take something with a grain of salt' means: To listen or believe in something only to a certain limit. Not to blindly or unquestioningly trust it. Not to take literal meaning of it Example: You are too stupid if you take everything a politician says without a grain of salt.
Question 3
I did not mind what he was saying; he was only talking through his hat.
A
Talking nonsense
B
Talking ignorantly
C
Talking funnily
D
Talking arrogantly
Question 3 Explanation: 
The idiom talk through your hat means: Talking about a subject about which one has little or no understanding and making ignorant or senseless statements about it. Example: The man had a habit of talking through his hat and giving out advice
Question 4
The watchdogs were asleep when the bulls ran riot.
A
Behaved arrogantly
B
Acted without restraint
C
Wandered in opposite direction
D
Strolled down
Question 4 Explanation: 
The idiom run riot means: To be completely out of control or to loss control that leads to violent behavior. Example: The public ran riot leading to 24 deaths.
Question 5
The young and the old sat cheek by jowl in the large audience.
A
Very near
B
Aloof
C
Engaged
D
In the midst of
Question 5 Explanation: 
The idiom ‘cheek by jowl’ means: In the proximity or very near.
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