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Idioms and phrases 11th October

Niyati chaudhry , Published On:11-Oct-2017


Donkey’s years – a long duration, A very long time

The scientist worked for donkey’s years to arrive at the formula. (SSC MAINS 2013)

(1) a long time

(2) a short time

(3) for donkeys

(4) for few years

To stand on one’s feet – to become independent, To bear all the responsibilities

Naresh goyal had to stand on his feet very early in his life . (SSC CPO 2010)

(1) to be physically strong

(2) to be independent

(3) to stand erect

(4) to be successful

Cold comfort – not really a satisfaction, No comfort at all

Cold comfort. (SSC PRE 2011)

(1) absurdity

(2) deception

(3) slight satisfaction

(4) foolish proposal

To put a spoke in my wheel – to create hurdles or obstacles in some plan

It was he who put a spoke in my wheel. (SSC SI 2014)

(1) tried to cause an accident

(2) helped in the execution of the plan

(3) thwarted in the execution of the plan

(4) destroyed the plan

To put one’s foot down –  to follow a strict policy when opposition is being faced

Where discipline is concerned I put my foot down. (SSC PRE 2014)

(1) take a firm stand

(2) take a light stand

(3) take a heavy stand

(4) take a shaky stand

To put up –  to tolerate something

I cannot put up with your misconduct any longer. (SSC SECTION OFFICER 2005)

(1) excuse

(2) refuse

(3) accept

(4) tolerate

I can no longer put up with her insolence. (SSC SECTION OFFICER 2006)

(1) endure

(2) evade

(3) suppress

(4) assume

Herculean task – a task that requires enormous courage or strength or efforts

Our founder had done a Herculean task by constructing this great educational institution. (SSC STATISTICAL INVESTIGATOR 2006)

(1) a work of no worth

(2) an effortless job

(3) a work requiring very great effort

(4) a work requiring very great intelligence

To beat a retreat – to withdraw or leave quickly so that something bad can be avoided

To beat a retreat . (SSC STATISTICAL INVESTIGATOR 2005 )

(1) to withdraw in defeat or humiliation

(2) to withdraw after scoring a victory

(3) to march back after a ceremonious parade

(4) to run in fear

To went to the winds – the thing that no more exists dissolved

All his ventures went to the winds. (SSC SECTION OFFICER 2005)

(1) dissipated

(2) spread all over

(3) got speed of the winds

(4) became well known

To eat anyone’s salt – to be one’s guest

Sarala is always ready to eat anyone’s salt . (SSC MAINS 2012)

(1) to be one’s guest

(2) to cook tasty dishes

(3) an infectious disease

(4) to deceive someone

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