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Idioms and Phrases

In this type of verbal ability questions, an idiom or proverb is given with different meanings of it. You are required to choose the correct meaning of the proverb/idiom out of the given options.

Solved Idioms and Phrases verbal ability questions:

1) To cry wolf

  1. to speak loudly
  2. to eat like a wolf
  3. to get afraid
  4. to give a false alarm

Answer: D

Explanation: Tom cannot be trusted as he always cries wolf.

2) To keep one's temper

  1. remain calm despite being upset or angry
  2. gets angry quickly
  3. to preserve happiness
  4. none of the above

Answer: A

Explanation: Tom was upset with Peter, but he kept his temper.

3) To have an axe to grind

  1. to have a selfish reason for doing something
  2. to hide a secret
  3. to have full control of a situation
  4. able to arouse interest

Answer: A

Explanation: The social activists have no political axe to grind; they just want to improve the lives of poor people.

4) To catch a tartar

  1. to meet with disaster
  2. to fall sick
  3. to accomplish a difficult task
  4. to deal with someone who proves unexpectedly powerful

Answer: D

Explanation: While fighting with the police, the gangsters realized that they have caught a tartar.

5) To end in smoke

  1. to burn oneself
  2. to die of hunger
  3. to come to nothing
  4. to become angry

Answer: C

Explanation: Even after having the best players in the team, they ended in smoke as they were not able to win the match.

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