Idioms and Phrases Questions

Idioms and Phrases Questions​

Relative Pronoun Questions

Definition of Idioms and Phrases

English language is full of expressions and all it requires is a well-written prose. Idioms and Phrases Questions are tools which can make the sentences full of expressions. Idioms can be described as cluster of words and phrases having a sort of figurative meaning. They are mostly used for the linguistic parts in the text.

A phrase can be explained as a small group of words formed as one unit and are spoken or written as it is. These units comes under the major sentence or a clause. Phrases are not like idioms as they are in fact to the point and gives direct meaning. On this page we will learn How to solve Idioms and Phrases Questions – 

Rules For Idioms and Phrases Questions – 
  • A phrase, contradictory of a common sentence, does not take a subject or a verb with it. Therefore, phrases do not show or give a meaning of a complete sentence, they are however unit of a main sentence.
  • There are approximately eight kinds of phrases which you should know. They include – noun, prepositional, infinitive, gerund, verb, participial, appositive and absolute phrases.
  • There is a big difference between idioms and clichés. It is important to not use clichés in place of idioms.
  • Idioms require particular preposition and we cannot add synonyms or replace the preposition with other. E.g. – Hit the nail on its nail. (Here, ‘on’ cannot be replaced).

Let’s now see some examples of both the sections below:

Idioms –

For example:

  • Being comfortable in one’s skin –
    If you take the literal meaning it would be absurd to even explain. However the actual meaning here that we can extract is ‘the feeling of being comfortable with yourself’. One’s skin means own skin or to simplify ‘yourself’
  • Beat around the bush –
    With this idiom it doesn’t mean to actually take a bat and beat the bush but to talk about everything around the topic and try to ignore / avoid the main topic, the person, or a particular thing.

Phrases – 

For Example: 

  • Deep down – deeper feelings
  • Group of men and women – group of men and group of women
  • Challenge of imagination – challenging to be imaginative
  • Latin and Greek –  some strange meaning

Here are some practice questions of Idioms and Phrases – 

Question 1

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Someone unknown tipped off the police about the plan to rob the bank.

Bribed

Bribed

kill someone

kill someone

Given advance information

Given advance information

Threatened

Threatened

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Question 2

Time: 00:00:00
"He had set his face against the idea"

To oppose with determination

To oppose with determination

to criticize others

to criticize others

to be very angry

to be very angry

to victimize someone

to victimize someone

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Question 3

Time: 00:00:00
The foreman hit the nail on the head when he said that the machine had malfunctioned because of a faulty spark plug.

To teach someone a lesson

To teach someone a lesson

To destroy one's reputation

To destroy one's reputation

To forget about past

To forget about past

To do the right thing

To do the right thing

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Question 4

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If I don't send a picture, he will smell a rat.

To suspect foul dealings

To suspect foul dealings

To see signs of plague epidemic

To see signs of plague epidemic

To get bad small of a bad dead rat

To get bad small of a bad dead rat

To get something of bad quality

To get something of bad quality

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Question 5

Time: 00:00:00
You don't need to be frightened of him — he's a man of straw.

A very active person

A very active person

A worthy fellow

A worthy fellow

A lonely person

A lonely person

A man of no substance

A man of no substance

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Question 6

Time: 00:00:00
Jane was angry enough to quit without giving notice, leaving her boss in the lurch

To put someone at ease

To put someone at ease

To come to compromise with someone

To come to compromise with someone

To desert someone in his difficulties

To desert someone in his difficulties

Constant source of annoyance to someone

Constant source of annoyance to someone

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Question 7

Time: 00:00:00
Every time I show my brother one of my stories, he just picks holes in it without saying anything that he liked about it.

To find some reason to quarrel

To find some reason to quarrel

To cut some part of an item

To cut some part of an item

To criticize someone

To criticize someone

To destroy something

To destroy something

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Question 8

Time: 00:00:00
The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” in which a young shepherd found it amusing to make villagers think a wolf is attacking his flock.

To turn pale

To turn pale

To keep off starvation

To keep off starvation

To give false alarm

To give false alarm

None of the above

None of the above

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Question 9

Time: 00:00:00
They thought that I would simply give up if my complaint had to go to court, but they'll soon realize that they've caught a Tartar!

To deal with a person who is more than one's match

To deal with a person who is more than one's match

To catch a dangerous person

To catch a dangerous person

To meet with disaster

To meet with disaster

none of the above

none of the above

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Question 10

Time: 00:00:00
You'd be Oliver's right-hand woman.

An honest person

An honest person

Most efficient assistant

Most efficient assistant

a competent and hardworking person

a competent and hardworking person

a foolish person

a foolish person

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Question 11

Time: 00:00:00
Yet there are certain composers who fall flat on their face.

very important

very important

fails completely

fails completely

quarrel

quarrel

Retreat

Retreat

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Question 12

Time: 00:00:00
The group's problems have led to speculation that heads will roll.

appraising situation

appraising situation

punishment

punishment

people will die

people will die

transfers will take place

transfers will take place

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Question 13

Time: 00:00:00
Don't try to be tricky dear; we have to make this deal to be above board, totally.

to have a high opinion on oneself

to have a high opinion on oneself

hate others

hate others

to be honest in any deal

to be honest in any deal

indulge in dreams

indulge in dreams