Idioms And Phrases

121.The case was held over due to the great opposition to it.

a. stopped
b. postponed
c. dropped
d. cancelled

Option “B” is correct.
held over: to delay something.

122.In the organised society of today no individual or nation can plough a lonely furrow.

a. remain unaffected
b. do without the help of others
c. survive in isolation
d. remain non-aligned

Option “B” is correct.
plough a lonely furrow: follow a course of action in which one is isolated or in which one can act independently.

123.It was he who put a spoke in my wheel.

a. tried to cause an accident
b. helped in the execution of the plan
c. thwarted in the execution of the plan
d. destroyed the plan

Option “C” is correct.
put a spoke in my wheel: prevent someone from carrying out a plan.

124.It is no longer easy to strike gold in Shakespeare’s research since much work has already been done on him.

a. Hit a golden spot
b. Come across gold
c. Come across the word “gold”
d. Uncover or find a valuable line of argument or information

Option “D” is correct.
strike gold: find a valuable source of information on a topic.

125.Sanjay is very different about passing the Civil Services Examination this year.

a. Dead sure of
b. Very hopeful of
c. Lacking self confidence about
d. Reasonably certain of

Option “C” is correct.
very different about : not very good at something.

126.He is an interesting speaker but tends to go off at a tangent.

a. change the subject immediately
b. forget things in between
c. go on at great length
d. become boisterous

Option “A” is correct.
go off at a tangent: to suddenly start talking or thinking about a completely new subject.

127.He sold his house for a song.

a. at a reasonable price
b. at a discount
c. very cheaply
d. at a premium

Option “C” is correct.
for a song: for little money.

128.Despite the trust bestowed on the minister he turned out to be a snake in the grass during the revolution.

a. a secret enemy
b. a treacherous person
c. an unforeseen danger
d. an unexpected misfortune

Option “B” is correct.
a snake in the grass: a treacherous or deceitful person

129.Women should be paid the same as men when they do the same job, for, surely what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

a. What is thought suitable pay for a man should also be for a woman
b. Goose and the gender eat the same sauce
c. Both goose and gander should be equally treated
d. The principle of equal treatment should be implemented

Option “A” is correct.
what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander: to emphasize that if one person is allowed to do something or to behave in a particular way, then another person must be allowed to do that thing or behave in that way.

130.The party stalwarts have advised the President to take it lying down for a while.

a. to be cautious
b. to be on the defensive
c. to take rest
d. to show no reaction

Option “D” is correct.
to take it lying down: accept an insult, setback, or rebuke without protest.