SSC CHSL 2016-17 Idiom & Phrase

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SSC CHSL 2016-17 Idiom/Phrase:-Total 127 Questions

Instruction:-In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

Q1. Zero tolerance
1) Accuracy is paramount
2) Non-acceptance of antisocial behaviour
3) No return without risk
4) No problem at all
Correct Answer: Non-acceptance of antisocial behaviour.

Q.2.Variety is the spice of life
1) New experiences make life more interesting
2) Experimentation may be risky
3) Life is very beautiful
4) There is no life without excitement
Correct Answer: New experiences make life more interesting
Explanation: -नए और रोमांचक अनुभव जीवन को अधिक रोचक बनाते हैं
Ex – We should try to start a new business instead of doing the same thing. Variety is the spice of life.

Q3. Scotfree
1) To escape from captivity
2) Be free of all responsibilities
3) To Get something unexpected
4) Without suffering any punishment or injury
Correct Answer: Without suffering any punishment or injury

Q.4.Tongue in cheek
1) In an insincere way
2) To praise wholeheartedly
3) A sensational news
4) To say something hurtful
Correct Answer: In an insincere way
Explanation: – एक झूठा/कपटी तरीके से बोलने या लिखना or कुछ हास्य में कहा, लेकिन वास्तव में गंभीर है.
Ex – I really do not like her tongue in cheek comments.

Q.5.Wear your heart on your sleeve
1) a very bold person
2) a noble pure person
3) make one’s feelings apparent
4) being overtly polite at all times
Correct Answer: make one’s feelings apparent
Explanation: – अपनी भावनाओं को स्पष्ट बनाना
Ex -If you wear your heart on your sleeve, people may take advantage of you.

Q6.When it rains, it pours
1) one getting much less than what one expected
2) calamity always occurs in bad times
3) you always fall into trouble when you are least prepared
4) When something bad occurs, it usually occurs more than once
Correct Answer: When something bad occurs, it usually occurs more than once

Q7.Add fuel to the fire
1) Go from one bad situation to another
2) A cause becomes stronger when more people join
3) The flame will extinguish if it runs out of oil
4) Cause a situation to become worse
Correct Answer: Cause a situation to become worse
Explanation: – स्थिति को बदतर बनाना

Q.8.A slap on the wrist
1) A mild punishment
2) Punishing the wrong person
3) To hit someone where it hurts the most
4) To threaten someone
Correct Answer: A mild punishment
Explanation: – एक हल्के फटकार या दंड
Ex – He received a slap on the wrist even after breaking so many regulations.

Q.9.Actions speak louder than words
1) Achievers are better than those who talk big
2) No action can compensate for saying bad words
3) A pen is mightier than a sword
4) What someone does mean more than what they say they will do
Correct Answer: (4)
Explanation: – कथनी की तुलना में करनी ज़्यादा असरदार होती है
Ex- You do your job and let your actions speak louder than words.

Q.10.A blessing in disguise
1) A misfortune that eventually has good results
2) A person who has changed so much that he is now unrecognisable
3) A prayer asking for God’s favour
4) A bad person hiding his face behind a mask
Correct Answer: A misfortune that eventually has good results
Explanation: -एक दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण घटना या स्थिति जिसके परिणामस्वरूप अप्रत्याशित सकारात्मक परिणाम होते हैं
Ex- Losing that job turned out to be a blessing in disguise for him as he got a chance to start his own business.

Q.11.Against the clock (9-January-2017)
1) To do a job fast to finish it before a deadline
2) Time is money
3) Man is a victim of time
4) It is useless to fight destiny
Correct Answer: To do a job fast to finish it before a deadline
Explanation:- यदि आप घड़ी के विरुद्ध कुछ करते हैं, तो आप इसे जितनी जल्दी हो सके करते हैं और किसी निश्चित समय से पहले इसे पूरा करने का प्रयास करते हैं.
Ex -It was a race against the clock to get to the building work finished on time.
Q.12.Scapegoat (9-January-2017)
1) Animal sacrifice as an offering to God
2) The most useful animal or person
3) A lucky person who is forgiven for his crimes
4) A person who is blamed for the mistakes of others
Correct Answer: (4)
Explanation: -बलि का बकरा, एक व्यक्ति जो दूसरों की गलतियों के लिए दोषी ठहराया जाता है
Ex – The manager was made a scapegoat for the team’s failure.

Q.13.A dime a dozen (10-January-2017)
1) Strength is in numbers
2) People who say bad things have no value
3) Very common and of no particular value
4) You save more if you buy in large numbers
Correct Answer: Very common and of no particular value
Explanation: – कौड़ी के दर्जन, बेहद सस्ते
Ex – Outdated dresses have flooded the market. You can get them a dime a dozen.

Q.14.A drop in the bucket (10-January-2017)
1) So much silence that even a drop can be heard
2) A very small amount compared with what is needed
3) The final act before the task is done
4) A small favour is worth a lot to a person in trouble
Correct Answer: A very small amount compared with what is needed
Explanation: – नगण्य राशि, आवश्यक राशि की तुलना में बहुत छोटी राशि.
Ex -The amount being spent on basic research is a drop in the bucket.

Q15 . Practice makes a man perfect
1) Perfection demands patience
2) Any problem can be solved if you are willing to try many times
3) Regular activity is the way to become proficient in it
4) It takes a long time to form a good habit
Correct Answer: Regular activity is the way to become proficient in it
Explanation: – नियमित अभ्यास एक इंसान को परिपूर्ण बनाता है.
Ex – Don’t worry about your preparation. Practice makes a man perfect.

Q.16.Pull the plug
1) Make a firm refusal
2) Save a situation by acting in the nick of time
3) To waste away somebody’s effort
4) Prevent something from continuing
Correct Answer: Prevent something from continuing
Explanation: – कुछ हो रहा है या जारी है, को रोकना.
Ex – the company pulled the plug on the contract.

11 -January-2017
Q17.Tie the knot
1) To put yourself into a problem
2) To make fateful decision
3) To sign the deal
4) To get married
Correct Answer: To get married
Explanation: – शादी करना.
Ex – My fiancé and I will tie the knot next year.

Q.18. The ball is in your court (11-January-2017)
1) It is up to you to make the next move
2) You have got a fantastic opportunity
3) You will be blamed for crimes that you have not committed
4) You have been put into a dilemma
Correct Answer: It is up to you to make the next move
Explanation: – कार्रवाई करने की पहल /अगली चाल आप के पास है
Ex – I have done all I can, now the ball’s in your court.

Q.19. A piece of cake (11 -January-2017)
1) Everything tastes nice to a hungry person
2) Getting a smaller share than expected
3) It is difficult to forget tasty food
4) Something easily achieved
Correct Answer: Something easily achieved
Explanation:- कोई आसान सा काम.
Ex – The preparation for government exams is not a piece of cake.

Q.20. A picture paints a thousand words (11-January-2017)
1) An image of a subject conveys its meaning or essence more effectively than a description does
2) It is impossible to describe a beautiful sight
3) A painter can express his feelings better than a writer
4) A beautiful poem creates a mental picture
Correct Answer: (1)
Explanation: – एक वतस्वीर अपने अर्थ या सार को वर्णन से अधिक प्रभावी ढंग से बताती है
Ex – The editor decided to give more space to photographs, since a picture is worth a thousand words.

Q.21. To bite off more than one can chew (12-January-2017)
1) To take on a commitment that one cannot fulfil
2) A task which has unexpectedly become very difficult
3) A greedy person will always suffer
4) To grab a share more than what is rightfully theirs
Correct Answer: To take on a commitment that one cannot fulfil
Explanation: -कोई व्यक्ति द्वारा ऐसा करने की कोशिश करना जो उनके लिए बहुत मुश्किल है।
Ex -She is always biting off more than she can chew.

12 -January-2017
Q. 22. To bite the bullet
1) Hatred should be nipped in the bud
2) To do something difficult that one has been hesitating over
3) To punish someone who was later found to be not guilty
4) To prevent someone form getting killed
Correct Answer: (2)
Explanation: – मजबूरी में स्वीकार करना, to force yourself to do something unpleasant or difficult.
Ex – I hate doing this kind of work, but I’ll just have to bite the bullet.

Q.23 Bed of roses (13-January-2017)
1) What may look comfortable may have hidden thorns
2) A situation or activity that is comfortable or easy
3) A warm welcome to a loved one
4) One needs to be extremely rich to live a luxurious life
Correct Answer: A situation or activity that is comfortable or easy
Explanation: – एक आसान, आरामदायक स्थिति.
Ex – I do not think my new job in construction work is going to be a bed of roses or me.

Q.24. Back to the drawing board (13-January-2017)
1) An idea has been unsuccessful and that a new one must be devised
2) A person decides his own fate
3) All efforts can be wasted because of one mistake
4) One always returns to his roots in times of crisis
Correct Answer – (1)
Explanation: – एक विचार असफल रहा है और एक नया डिज़ाइन किया जाना चाहिए.
Ex – My experiment could not meet with success, so I’m back to the drawing board.

Q25.To make a long story short
1) A very long boring narrative
2) One should always communicate with fewer words wherever possible
3) Used to end an account of events quickly
4) When you want the complete details and not just the summary
Correct Answer: Used to end an account of events quickly

Q.26. To steal someone’s thunder (15-January-2017)
1) To share the secret of a person just before that person was supposed to receive praise
2) To defuse the ego of an egoistic person
3) To plagiarize work done by others
4) To do a job before another person can do it and take away the credit
Correct Answer: (4)
Explanation: – किसी और के काम के लिए श्रेय लेना.
Ex – Gopi and Ravi worked together on the project, but while submitting it, Ravi stole the thunder.

Q27. Rise and shine
1) Work hard and succeed in life
2) An expression used when waking someone up
3) Try harder to overcome life’s problems
4) Be of spotless character
Correct Answer: An expression used when waking someone up

15 -January-2017
Q28 .Raining cats and dogs
1) It is raining unusually hard
2) To win a big lottery
3) To get wealth beyond what one deserves
4) To become filthy rich by honest means
Correct Answer: It is raining unusually hard

Q.29.Run out of steam (15-January-2017)
1) To lose impetus or enthusiasm
2) To work quickly like a machine
3) To give up easily
4) no more money to spend
Correct Answer: To lose impetus or enthusiasm
Explanation: – उत्साह खत्म होना,
ex – He ran out of steam in his argument with his colleague.
Impetus – शक्ति, power, strength, force, energy. Enthusiasm – उत्साह, zeal, fervour.

Q30 Saved by the bell (15 -January-2017)
1) when time is in your favour
2) saved at the last moment
3) the bell rings at the most opportune time
4) prayers are answered when the church bell rings
Correct Answer: saved at the last moment
Explanation: – बहुत ही आखिरी क्षण में कठिनाई या दुर्भाग्य से बचना.
Ex – I was asked a difficult question by trainer and I was saved by the bell.

Q.31. Smell a rat (16 -January-2017)
1) To sense that events will not be in one’s favour
2) To begin to suspect trickery or deception
3) To be forewarned of danger to oneself
4) To prevent calamity by chance
Correct Answer: (2)
Explanation: – संदेह या एहसास कि कुछ धोखाधड़ी या फरेब हो रहा है.
Ex – I don’t want to say he is a liar, but I really smell a rat .

16 -January-2017
Q.32.Sixth sense
1) An intuitive power of perception
2) A strong power of sense
3) An ability to perceive when something will go wrong
4) The false feeling that you know the truth
Correct Answer: (1)
Explanation: – intuitive – अन्तरज्ञान से जाना हुआ. Perception – अनुभूति .
एक ऐसी क्षमता जिस पर कुछ लोगों का मानना है कि उन्हें दृष्टि, सुनवाई, स्पर्श, गंध, या स्वाद के पांच इंद्रियों का उपयोग किए बिना उन्हें जानकारी देने लगता है.
Ex:- His sixth sense warned him to be cautious.

16 -January-2017
Q.33. Rome was not built in a day
1) It takes time to create great things
2) You have to win many wars to build an empire
3) A task done hurriedly fails completely
4) Building anything worth while requires skill
Correct Answer: (1)
Explanation: – रोम एक दिन में नहीं बना था – महान चीजें बनाने में समय लगता है.
ex- Just as Rome was not built in one day, you can not pass this exam by studying for just one day.

16 -January-2017
Q.34. Turn a blind eye
1) Not able to see the obvious truth
2) Hide the ugly truth from someone
3) Pretend not to notice
4) Stay away from bad habits
Correct Answer: (3)
Ex: – His father decided to turn a blind eye to his misconduct this time with a hope that he won’t do it again.

16 -January-2017
Q.35. Up a blind alley
1) hiding something intentionally from another person
2) not warning a person who is in danger
3) one can enjoy thrills only if one takes risk
4) following a course of action that is certain to lead to an undesirable outcome
Correct Answer: (4)
Explanation: – to be doing something that will definitely have a negative outcome. ऐसा कार्यवाही की योजना जो निश्चित रूप से एक नकारात्मक परिणाम का होगा. (Alley – संकीर्ण सड़क या मार्ग.)
ex- I cannot simply watch my children going up a blind alley.

17 -January-2017
Q. 36. Familiarity breeds contempt
1) close association with someone leads to a loss of respect for them
2) if you do an undesirable thing daily then it becomes acceptable
3) too many people living closely will eventually cause bitterness
4) routine has to be broken to bring excitement to life
Correct Answer: (A)
Explanation: – घर की मुर्गी दाल बराबर. किसी के साथ घनिष्ठ संबंध उनके लिए सम्मान का नुकसान होता है.
ex- The movie star doesn’t let anyone to know him, because he knows that familiarity breeds contempt.

Q.37. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
1) avoid risky ventures if you want to be successful in life
2) don’t risk everything on the success of one venture
3) one should try multiple things, at least one will succeed
4) those who are blessed with more children are happier
Correct Answer: (2)
Explanation: – एक venture की सफलता पर सब कुछ जोखिम मत करो. , don’t make everything dependent on one thing.
ex- His financial adviser suggested him to be careful and not put all his eggs in one basket by investing all his money on stocks.

Q. 38.Through thick and thin
1) To be together under all circumstances, no matter how difficult
2) None of the days are alike. Some are good and some are bad
3) To pass through various types of obstacles
4) An obese person suddenly losing weight
Correct Answer: (A)
Explanation: – सुख दुःख में घनिष्ठ मिट्र, सभी परिस्थितियों में एक साथ रहना, चाहे कितना मुश्किल हो.
ex- He remained loyal to me through thick and thin.

Q.39.Thumb one’s nose
1) an ill mannered person
2) to show affection
3) to scold a naughty person
4) to express scorn
Correct Answer: (4)
Explanation: – घृणा व्यक्त करना.
Ex:- I’m sure you will thumb your nose at any suggestion made by us.

Q.40. Wild goose chase
1) A hopeless search for something unattainable
2) An adventurous trip full of surprises
3) To waste a lot of time and effort for small returns
4) To have fun doing a certain task
Correct Answer: (A)
Explanation: -निरर्थक खोज, अप्राप्य कुछ के लिए एक निराशाजनक खोज.
Ex- The effort to meet him again has proved a wild goose chase.