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Q 1.

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In each of the following sentences, an idiomatic expression or a proverb is highlighted. Select the alternative which best describes its use in the sentence.
I stumbled upon some interesting old letters in my Grandfather's desk.

A

deliberately went through

B

surveyed

C

tripped over

discovered by chance

E

None of these

Explanation

discovered by chance

Q 2.

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In each of the following sentences, an idiomatic expression or a proverb is highlighted. Select the alternative which best describes its use in the sentence.
The secretary made an entry of the arrangement.

A

initiated discussion

made a record

C

brought notice

D

showed approval

E

None of these

Explanation

made a record.

Q 3.

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In each of the following sentences, an idiomatic expression or a proverb is highlighted. Select the alternative which best describes its use in the sentence.
In an old bookshop I happened to light upon a volume that belonged to my grandfather.

A

In an old bookshop I happened to discard a volume that belonged to my grandfather.

B

In an old bookshop I happened to purchase a volume that belonged to my grandfather.

C

In an old bookshop I happened to look for a volume that belonged to my grandfather.

In an old bookshop I happened to discover by chance a volume that belonged to my grandfather

E

In an old bookshop I happened to reveal a volume that belonged to my grandfather.

Explanation

Light upon means to arrive at something by chance. Therefore, option (d) is the correct choice.

Q 4.

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In the following questions, four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase printed in bold in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.
The project is carried over to this year, and we need to keep the ball rolling.

to continue the work

B

more information

C

to do better

D

new strategies

E

None of these

Explanation

Idiom get/set/start/keep the ball rolling means : to make something start happening; to make sure that something continues to happen.

Q 5.

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In the following questions, four alternatives are given for the Idiom/Phrase printed in bold the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the Idiom/Phrase and mark it in the Answer Sheet.
The Cauvery water issue led to apple of discord between the two Governments.

A

cause of anger

B

cause of hatred

cause of quarrel

D

cause of animosity

E

None of these

Explanation

Apple of discord = cause of quarrel.

Q 6.

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In the following questions, four alternatives are given for the Idiom/Phrase printed in bold the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the Idiom/Phrase and mark it in the Answer Sheet.
The construction remains unfinished and the workers have let the grass grow under their feet.

A

grown grass all over the lawn

B

gone on a luxury tour

delayed doing the work

D

demanded more benefits

E

None of these

Explanation

Let the grass grow under your feet = to delay in getting things done.