Verbal Ability:: Idioms and Phrases

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Some proverbs/idioms are given below together with their meanings. Choose the correct meaning of proverb/idiom, If there is no correct meaning given, E (i.e.) 'None of these' will be the answer.


To be above board

A. To have a good height
B. To be honest in any business deal
C They have no debts
D. To try to be beautiful
E. None of these


To end in smoke

A. To make completely understand
B. To ruin oneself
C To excite great applause
D. To overcome someone
E. None of these


To have an axe to grind

A. A private end to serve
B. To fail to arouse interest
C To have no result
D. To work for both sides
E. None of these


To drive home

A. To find one's roots
B. To return to place of rest
C Back to original position
D. To emphasise
E. None of these


To catch a tartar

A. To trap wanted criminal with great difficulty
B. To catch a dangerous person
C To meet with disaster
D. To deal with a person who is more than one's match
E. None of these

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