English Quiz for Competitive Exam|Idioms and phrases – Part-21
English Quiz for Competitive Exam – Contains 5 Questions on Idioms and phrases and 5 Questions on Fill in the blanks and both the topics are important for competitive exams like SSC, Railway, Banking and insurance exams. Try to attempt this quiz in a time bound manner not taking more than 5-7 minutes in solving it.
Direction (1-5): The given question has a statement with an idiom in it, which has been mentioned in bold. The statement is followed by five options; pick the option that best explains the meaning of the idiom, as used in the statement.
Q1. The company was keen at cutting down on the employee overheads in order to make the business profitable.
Q2. It was difficult to put up with the nagging relatives during the growth years.
Q3. The commissioner advised the fugitives to turn in themselves to get some legal respite.
Q4. Aniket was willing to go overboard for receiving a scholarship to pursue higher education overseas.
Q5. The central bank was of the idea that it was not suitable to bail out the ailing cooperatives.
Direction (6-10): In the given question, one statement with a blank is given along with four words. Two of the given words can fit into the given blank. Five options with various combinations of these words are given. Pick up the combination of the words that fit into the blank.
Q6. The bank officials have been found ________ of taking bribes.
Q7. The Defence Minister decided to give a briefing about the increased military _______ in the contemporary times.
Q8. The neighbours decided to come _______ after seeing the Christmas decoration being set up in the alley.
Q9. As the Governor _______ the officials to abolish the redundant act, the established system got disrupted.
Q10. The waiter came to our table and asked if we wanted _______ coffee, as it was closing time for the cafe.
Sol 1. (a) The phrase ‘cutting down’ is used to show the reduction from the previous value.
Sol 2. (c) ‘To put up with’ means to tolerate or endure.
Sol 3. (e) The phrase ‘to turn in’ means to surrender.
Sol 4. (b) ‘To go overboard’ means be very enthusiastic.
Sol 5. (e) ‘To bail out’ means to rescue someone from a difficult situation.
Sol 6. (b) The context is that the bank officials either have been found to take bribes or are likely to take bribes, so the correct response is b-c.
Sol 7. (c) The suitable contexts here are that here are that there are military dangers and needs. Thus, the correct response is a-b.
Sol 8. (c) Two phrases can be used here. ‘Come over’ meaning to visit casually or ‘come about’ meaning to arrive. So, the correct response will be a-d.
Sol 9. (b) According to the general chain of command, the Governor usually gives orders. Thus, the only relevant contexts will be a-c.
Sol 10. (c) Here the context is of coffee which is an uncountable item and thus can’t use ‘much’ or ‘small’ to explain its quantity. This leaves b-d as the only relevant options.
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