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In the following questions, four alternatives are given for the Idiom/Phrase given in bold. Choose the alternatives which best expresses the meaning of the Idiom/Phrase given in bold.

Q1. The failure of crops in successive years put the farmer in a tight corner.
(1) in a closed room
(2) in a small field
(3) in a difficult situation
(4) in a meadow

Q2. The effort to trace the culprit was a wild goose chase.
(1) fruitful hunting
(2) futile search
(3) ideal seeking
(4) genuine effort

Q3. The story does not hold water.
(1) does not deserve appreciation
(2) does not fulfil the requirements
(3) cannot be believed
(4) cannot be valued

Q4. Raj couldn’t pay the bill, so he asked the owner to put it on the cuff.
(1) on credit
(2) against his credit card
(3) in his bank account
(4) in his friend’s account

Q5. His statement is out and out a lie.
(1) totally
(2) simply
(3) merely
(4) slightly

Q6. The luxury car that they bought turned out to be a white elephant.
(1) a rare article
(2) useful mode of transport
(3) costly or troublesome possession
(4) a proud possession

Q7. If you are fair and square in your work you will definitely prosper.
(1) active
(2) honest
(3) business like
(4) authoritative

Q8. There is no love lost between any two neighboring countries in the world.
(1) stop loving
(2) not on good terms
(3) forming a group
(4) have good understanding

Q9. The heavy downpour played havoc in the coastal area.
(1) caused destruction
(2) caused diseases
(3) caused floods
(4) caused hardship

Q10. To have a green thumb means
(1) one’s nails are painted green
(2) one is artistic
(3) to have a natural interest in gardening
(4) one has a green tattoo on the thumb

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