English Quiz on Idioms & Phrases
Directions (1 -10) :In the following questions, four alternatives are given for the Idioms/Phrases printed in bold in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the Idiom/ Phrases.
1. To be a successful lawyer, one must know how to dot one's i's and cross one's t's.
- complete one task at a time
- write great letters
- deal with paperwork
- be detailed and exact
2. When Ramu lost the money, he was down in the dumps.
- accusing others of stealing
- searching everywhere
- sad and depressed
- very angry at himself
3. He turned up his nose at my offer.
- was taken aback by my offer.
- found it hard to believe my offer
- treated my offer with contempt
- could not accept my offer
4. There are no hard and fast rules that cannot be relaxed on such an occassion
- that is difficult to solve
- that can be altered
- that is very quick
- that cannot be altered
5. Her father strained every nerve to enable her to get settled in life
- worked very hard
- spent a huge amount
- tried all tricks
- bribed several persons
6.The representatives of the two states tried to enforce a treaty which was a dead letter
- not well thought out
- no longer in force
- no longer relevant
- not in keeping with the changing time
7. On hearing the news of the kidnapping, she became afraid of her own shadow
- cold and distant
- afraid of her own safety
- very nervous and easily frightened
- afraid of being alone
8.To be fair and square
9.She just needs forty winks in order to be able to work all night
- someone's help
- to take a stroll
- a short nap
- a little cooperation
10. The minute she arrived at the office, she was given the pink slip
- a raise
- a promotion
- a letter to inform that she had lost her job
- a letter to inform that she'd been transferred.
- (4) Dot your i's and cross your t's = to pay attention to the small details when you are finishing a task.
- (3) Down in the dumps = feeling unhappy; depressed.
- (3) Turn your nose up at something = to refuse something, especially because you do not think it good enough for you.
- (4) Hard and Fast = that cannot be changed in any circumstances.
- (1) Strain every nerve/ sinew (to do something) = to try as hard as you can do something.
- (2) A Dead Letter = a law or an agreement that still exists but that is ignored.
- (3) Afraid/ scared of your own shadow= to be very easily frightened; to be nervous
- (2) To be fair and square / fairly and squarely = honest and according to rules
- (3) Forty winks = a short sleep, especially during the day.
- (3) Pink Slip = a letter given to somebody to say that they must leave their job