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  • 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-8

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Question 1
When trade was brisk. He worked hard and' made his fortune; he believes in making hay while the sun shines.
A
Taking advantage of a favorable opportunity
B
Earning money through dishonest means
C
Earning money at the cost of others
D
Taking advantage of the inflationary trends
Question 1 Explanation: 
Idiom ‘make hay while the sun shines’ means: to use favorable opportunities or conditions to our benefit/ to act when time is right Example: Having being taught make hay while the sun shines, the young employee decided to work hard on the new project and prove himself.
Question 2
The angry hockey players gave vent to their feelings.
A
To express
B
To enjoy
C
To suppress
D
To dismiss
Question 2 Explanation: 
Idiom ‘give (full) vent to something ‘means: to express or open up about a feelings such as anger, frustration or humiliation strongly and let it out. Example: During the fight, Reena gave a vent to her feelings and let out all the anger in her, after which she felt clam and better.
Question 3
His blood ran cold when he heard his uncle was murdered.
A
He was frightened
B
He was horrified
C
He was disgusted
D
He was depressed
Question 3 Explanation: 
The idiom ‘His blood ran cold’ means: he was frightened or terrified on hearing the news. Example: On seeing an ambulance outside his home, Raju’s blood ran cold.
Question 4
Damp squib
A
Rainy weather
B
A disappointing result
C
A fungus
D
None of the above
Question 4 Explanation: 
The idiom ‘Damp squib’ means: A result which is disappointing. Example: The student had high expectations but he got damp squib.
Question 5
Cold comfort
A
Absurdity
B
To be at cool place
C
Slight satisfaction
D
False proposal
Question 5 Explanation: 
Cold Comfort (Noun) means: Not to feel happy about something as the situation overall is bad/ to feel little comfort or happiness. Example: The fact that this new year she will be in New York was a cold comfort for her as she was missing her family in India.
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