95. The news of the accident came          101. the green-eyed monster strikes       Directions (111-115) : In the
       as a bolt from the blue.                  a woman the moment she sees     following questions, four alternatives
       (1) something unexpected                  her husband talking to another  are given for the Idiom/Phrase in bold
       (2) something unpleasant                  pretty woman.                   in the sentence. Choose the alternative
       (3) something horrible                    (1) anger       (2) hatred      which best expresses the meaning of
       (4) something unexpected and              (3) envy        (4) jealousy    the Idiom/Phrase.
           unpleasant                                                              (SSC Section Officer (Commercial Audit)
                                            102. to fight tooth and nail
        (SSC Tax Assistant (Income Tax &                                                                 Exam. 30.09.2007
                                                 (1) to fight a losing battle                                 (IInd Sitting)
        Central Excise) Exam. 12.11.2006)        (2) to oppose resolutely
     Directions (96—100) : Four                                                  111. There is no love lost between
                                                 (3) to have a physical fight           any two neighbouring countries
alternatives are given for the idiom/
                                                 (4) to lodge a formal protest          in the world.
phrase in bold. Choose the alternative
which best expresses the meaning of         103. at one’s wit’s end                     (1) stop loving
the Idiom/Phrase printed in bold.                (1) to understand thoroughly           (2) not on good terms
  (SSC Section Officer (Commercial Audit)        (2) to be puzzled                      (3) forming a group
                         Exam. 26.11.2006        (3) to be a stupid person              (4) have good understanding
                             (IInd Sitting)      (4) to behave irrationally      112. He is accused of sitting on the
 96. The story of the train accident        104. The clerk turned a deaf ear to         fence.
       as narrated b y o ne of the               his officer’s advice.                  (1) observing the scene
       survivors made my flesh creep.                                                   (2) resting on fence
                                                 (1) disputed
       (1) thrilled me                                                                  (3) hesitating which side to take
                                                 (2) paid attention to
       (2) horrified me                                                                 (4) sitting back and enjoying the
                                                 (3) disregarded
       (3) excited me                                                                       fun
                                                 (4) acknowledged gratefully
       (4) frightened me                                                         113. You have to read between the
                                            105. He expects his subordinates to
 97. He has resigned his job and                                                        lines to understand most of the
                                                 be always at his beck and call
       burnt hi s boats so far as                                                       symbolic writing.
                                                 (1) at rest
       government          service       is                                             (1) read again and again
       concerned.                                (2) at work
                                                                                        (2) understand the hidden
       (1) felt dejected                         (3) at his disposal
       (2) blasted his hopes                     (4) at their desks                     (3) know the symbols
       (3) ruined himself                   106. in the long run                        (4) look for many meanings
       (4) left no means of retreat              (1) permanently (2) universally 114. The ruling party has b een
 98. He cannot hold a candle to his              (3) occasionally (4) ultimately        warned not to play to the
       elder brother.                       107. If you are in the good books of        gallery.
       (1) equal to                              the boss, you are sure to rise         (1) to give importance to the
       (2) not as clever as                      quickly.                                   common man
       (3) cannot be compared to                 (1) work well for the boss             (2) to try to be clever
       (4) duller than                           (2) praise the boss                    (3) to seek to win approval
 99. The question of higher                      (3) in favour with the boss            (4) to side-track the issue
       membership fees was brought               (4) co-operate with boss        115. In the securities scam, the
       up at the last meeting.              108. The population of our country          national credibility was at stake.
       (1) discussed at great length             is increasing by leaps and             (1) on trial
       (2) introduced for discussion             bounds.                                (2) under pressure
       (3) criticised vehemently                 (1) very slowly                        (3) in danger
       (4) vaguely referred to                   (2) very quickly                       (4) challenged
100. His arguments cut no ice with               (3) irregularly                      Directions (116-125) : In the
       me.                                       (4) very systematically         following questions, four alternatives
       (1) had no influence on me           109. to weigh up the pros and cons   are given for the Idiom/Phrase in bold.
       (2) did not hurt me                       is to                           Choose the alternative which best
       (3) did not benefit me                    (1) measure the ingredient      expresses the meaning of the bold
       (4) did not make me proud                                                 Idiom/Phrase.
                                                 (2) observe etiquette
                                                                                         (SSC Tax Assistant (Income Tax &
     Directions (101 – 110) : In the             (3) consider all facts
following questions, four alternatives                                                  Central Excise) Exam. 25.11.2007)
                                                 (4) postpone action
are given for the Idiom/Phrase printed                                           116. The passing of anti-defection law
                                            110. My close friend got the sack           struck a chill to the heart of
in bold. Choose the alternative which
                                                 from his first job recently.           every opportunistic legislator.
best expresses the meaning of the
                                                 (1) resigned                           (1) caused anger
Idiom/Phrase in bold.
                                                 (2) got rid of                         (2) caused relief
               (SSC Section Officer (Audit)
                                                 (3) was demoted from                   (3) aroused fear
                        Exam. 10.12.2006)
                                                 (4) was dismissed from                 (4) awakened bitterness