Find the meanings of given idiomatic expressions

April 14, 2014pdf

In each of the following questions an idiomatic expression is given. From the given options choose the one that correctly expresses the meaning of the given idiomatic expression.

1. To make a clean breast of

a) to praise yourself

b) to defend yourself

c) to tell the truth about something

d) to destroy something before it develops

2. To end in smoke

a) to come to nothing

b) to generate a great deal of hype

c) to make yourself thoroughly unpopular

d) to overcome fear

3. To leave someone in the lurch

a) to help someone

b) to leave someone when they need you to help them

c) to make someone comfortable

d) to make someone uncomfortable

4. To cry wolf

a) to listen carefully

b) to raise false alarm

c) to get angry

d) to keep off starvation

5. A man of straw

a) a man of substance

b) a person or an idea that is too weak

c) a very active person

d) a worthy fellow

6. To be above board

a) to be tall

b) to be honest and legal

c) to have no worries

d) to be loyal

7. To catch a tartar

a) to deal with someone who proves to be too powerful

b) to face negative consequences

c) to meet with disaster

d) to catch a dangerous animal

8. A black sheep

a) an unlucky person

b) an ignorant person

c) a disreputable member of a family

d) None of these

Answers

1. c) to tell the truth about something

2. a) to come to nothing

3. b) to leave someone when they need you to help them

4. b) to raise false alarm

5. b) a person or an idea that is too weak

6. b) to be honest and legal

7. a) to deal with someone who proves to be too powerful

8. c) A disreputable member of a family

 

 

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