• 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-9

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Question 1
To bite the dust
A
Eat voraciously
B
To have nothing to eat
C
To eat street food
D
None of the above
Question 1 Explanation: 
Idiom bite the dust means: To face failure or to be defeated or destroyed. Example: She had to bite the dust as she got KT in her exam
Question 2
To strain every nerve
A
To make utmost efforts
B
To feel weak and tired
C
To be a diligent worker
D
To be methodical In work
Question 2 Explanation: 
The idiom ‘To strain every nerve’ means: To work very hard and make all the efforts to succeed. Example: Ram strained every nerve to clear his IIT entrance exams.
Question 3
To show a clean pair of heels
A
To buy heels
B
To escape
C
To have beautiful pair of shoes
D
To follow
Question 3 Explanation: 
The idiom ‘To show a clean pair of heels’ means: To run away from or escape. Example: The kidnappers had locked raju in a wooden cabin but he showed them a clean pair of heels.
Question 4
To feather one's nest
A
To decorate one’s house
B
To build a temporary house
C
To profit in a dishonest way
D
None of the above
Question 4 Explanation: 
The idiom ‘To feather one's nest’ means: To earn a profit by dishonesty. Example: To feather one’s nest is worse than stealing.
Question 5
To be successful in today's world, we require the gift of the gab.
A
Ability to speak well
B
Good interpersonal skills
C
Divine help and guidance
D
A fierce competitive spirit
Question 5 Explanation: 
The idiom the gift of the gab means: Good communication skills, the ability to speak easily, with confidence and to persuade other people with your words. To express your ideas appropriately Example: He was a genius but lacked the gift of the gab, so he failed to make an impression.
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