• 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-7

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Question 1
Our Principal is not a man to mince matters.
A
To confuse/ mix Issues
B
To say something nonsense
C
A Man of discipline
D
A Dishonest man
Question 1 Explanation: 
The idiom ‘to mince matters.’ Means: to confuse one issue with other or not to have a clarity between two issues. Example: A good manager takes care never to mince matters.
Question 2
The Madagascar Coup attempt ended in a fiasco.
A
Was very effective
B
Was an utter failure
C
Ended in violence
D
Made history
Question 2 Explanation: 
The idiom’ ended in a fiasco’ means: To fail absolutely or not to have any effect Example: The workshop ended in a fiasco after its sponsor was arrested.
Question 3
His parents cut him off, without a shilling.
A
Disinherited him
B
Stabbed him
C
Gave him only a shilling
D
Awarded him
Question 3 Explanation: 
The idiom ‘ to cut off, without a shilling.’ Means: To disinherit or to remove from family Example: The old millionaire warned his sons that if they didn’t start working responsibly he will cut them all off without a shilling.
Question 4
To call it a day
A
To start a new day
B
To work even in night
C
To work only for a day
D
None of the above
Question 4 Explanation: 
Idiom ‘To call it a day’ means: To stop doing something or to retire from something. Example: After being in the secret service for over 15 years, detective Williams decided to call it a day and spend rest of his life peacefully.
Question 5
Yeoman’s service
A
Medical help
B
Excellent work
C
Social work
D
Hard work
Question 5 Explanation: 
The idiom ‘Yeoman’s service’ means: To do excellent work. To do Yeoman's service means to serve in an exemplary manner. In a manner which is highly satisfying and praiseworthy. Example: The nurse was awarded for her Yeoman’s service during the war.
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