166. It is high time he came out of       173. As usual he is blowing his own       180. My friend turned a deaf ear to
       his shell.                                trumpet.                                  my tale of loss and refused to
       (1) appeared suddenly                     (1) refusing to use anybody               help me.
       (2) became more sociable                      else’s trumpet                        (1) paid no heed
       (3) became a loser                        (2) playi ng a tune on the                (2) went far away
                                                     trumpet                               (3) listened carefully
       (4) removed his clothes
                                                 (3) praising himself                      (4) turned his ear away
167. Every political party is at
                                                 (4) praising himself and others          Directions (181–185) : In the
       present playing to the gallery.
                                          174. When trade was brisk, he             following four alternatives are given
       (1) adopting cheap tactics
                                                 worked hard and made his           for the meaning of the given Idiom/
       (2) befooling the common man                                                 Phrase. Choose the alternative which
                                                 fortune; he believes in making
       (3) fighting for votes                                                       best expresses the meaning of the
                                                 hay while the sun shines.
       (4) appeasing the masses                                                     Idiom/Phrase.
                                                 (1) taking advantage of a
168. His blood ran cold when he                                                          (SSC Combined Graduate Level Tier-I
                                                     favourable opportunity
       heard his uncle was murdered.                                                             Exam.19.06.2011 (Ist Sitting)
                                                 (2) earning money through
       (1) He was frightened                                                        181. to take to heart
                                                     dishonest means
       (2) He was horrified                                                                (1) to be encouraged
                                                 (3) earning money at the cost of
       (3) He was disgusted                                                                (2) to grieve over
       (4) He was depressed                                                                (3) to like
                                                 (4) taking advantage o f the
                                                                                           (4) to hate
169. This is so simple that even a                   inflationary trends
                                                                                    182. yeoman’s service
       man in the street can              175. When they were surrounded
                                                                                           (1) medical help
       understand it.                            from all sides, the dacoits laid
                                                                                           (2) excellent work
       (1) an ordinary person                    down their arms.
                                                                                           (3) social work
       (2) an illiterate person                  (1) put their arms on the ground
                                                                                           (4) hard work
       (3) an unknown person                     (2) fought bravely
                                                                                    183. to face the music
       (4) a stranger                            (3) surrendered                           (1) to enjoy a musical recital
170. When he went to claim                       (4) became nervous                        (2) to bear the consequences
       insurance for his car, the agent        Directions (176 – 180) : In the             (3) to live in a pleasant atmos-
       said he hadn’t a leg to stand      following questions four alternatives                phere
       on.                                are given for the Idiom/Phrase in bold           (4) to have a difficult time
       (1) had been injured in an         in the sentence. Choose the alternative   184. to put up with
           accident                       which best expresses the meaning of              (1) to accommodate
       (2) was lame                       the Idiom/Phrase.
                                                                                           (2) to adjust
       (3) did not have much hope of                        (SSC CPO Sub-Inspector
                                                                                           (3) to understand
           getting it                                     Exam.12.12.2010 (Paper-I)
                                                                                           (4) to tolerate
       (4) would have to wait for some    176. Helena was over head and ears
                                                                                    185. to call it a day
           time                                  in love with Demetrius.
                                                                                           (1) to conclude proceedings
     Directions (171–175) : In the               (1) carefully (2) completely
                                                                                           (2) to initiate proceedings
following questions four alternatives            (3) brilliantly (4) cautiously            (3) to work through the day
are given for the Idiom/Phrase in bold    177. Gopi works by fits and starts.              (4) None of the above
the sentence. Choose the alternative             (1) consistently                         Directions (186–190) : In the
which best expresses the meaning of              (2) irregularly                    following questions, four alternatives
the Idiom/Phrase.                                (3) in high spirits                are given for the given Idiom/Phrase
        (SSC CISF ASI Exam. 29.08.2010           (4) enthusiastically               in bold. Choose the alternative which
                                (Paper-I) 178. Naresh Goyal had to stand on         best expresses the meaning of the
171. The angry hockey players gave               his feet very early in his life.   given Idiom/Phrase.
       vent to their feelings.                                                        (SSC Combined Graduate Level Tier-I
                                                 (1) to be physically strong
                                                                                            Exam.19.06.2011 (IInd Sitting)
       (1) to express                            (2) to be independent
                                                                                    186. a damp squib
       (2) to emphasise                          (3) to stand erect                        (1) rainy weather
       (3) to suppress                           (4) to be successful                      (2) a disappointing result
       (4) to dismiss                     179. The possession of Jerusalem is              (3) a skirt in a laundry
172. I trust you will bear with me a             a bone of contention between              (4) None of the above
       few minutes more.                         Israel and Palestine.              187. in cold blood
       (1) have patience with                    (1) a subject of peace                    (1) angrily
       (2) support                               (2) a subject of trade                    (2) deliberately
       (3) carry the burden for                  (3) a subject of dispute                  (3) excitedly
       (4) be in control for                     (4) a subject of exports                  (4) slowly