533. I am very interested to know the    alternative which best expresses the              (2) to take rest
      outcome of the debate, kindly      meaning of the Idiom/Phrase as your               (3) some important work to at-
      keep me in the loop.               answer.                                                tend to
       (1) out of it                                 (SSC CHSL (10+2) DEO & LDC            (4) to attend the friends
       (2) informed about the fees               Exam. 02.11.2014, Patna Region :
                                                                                     546. His argument does not hold water.
       (3) informed about the last date                                 Ist Sitting)
                                                                                           (1) to have effect
           of joining                    539. Deepak did not care for his fam-
                                                                                           (2) to influence
       (4) informed regularly                  ily, he wanted to gather roses
                                               only.                                       (3) to check the flow of water
     Directions (534-538) : In the                                                         (4) sound logical fact
following questions, four alternatives         (1) to save money miserly
                                                                                     547. It was her maiden speech on the
are given for the Idiom/Phrase in bold         (2) to paint a rosy picture of the
                                                                                           stage and she performed well.
in the sentence. Choose the alternative             past
                                                                                           (1) unprepared speech
which best expresses the meaning of            (3) to seek all enjoyments of life
                                                                                           (2) sudden speech
the Idiom/Phrase.                              (4) to obtain fame by hardwork
                                                                                           (3) primary speech
        (SSC GL Tier-I Exam. 26.10.2014) 540. a close-fisted person
                                                                                           (4) first speech
534. The secretary’s thoughtless               (1) a powerful person
                                                                                     548. The detective went abroad in
      remark added fuel to the fire.           (2) a miser
                                                                                           search of a culprit but his jour-
       (1) added humo ur to the                (3) a close friend                          ney proved to be a wild goose
           situation                           (4) a cowardly person                       chase.
       (2) worsened the difficul t       541. to feather one’s nest                        (1) expensive
           situation                           (1) to harbour ill feelings                 (2) full of difficulties
       (3) help ed in improving the            (2) to build one’s house                    (3) unprofitable adventure
           situation                           (3) to enrich oneself when op-              (4) ill advised
       (4) prevented the situation                  portunity occurs                      Directions (549–553) : In each
535. He could not get money from               (4) to get something in abun-         of the following questions, four alter-
      his master because he rubbed                  dance                            natives are given for the Idiom/Phrase
      him up the wrong way.              542. Our school is within a stone’s         in bold in the sentence. Choose the
       (1) irked or irritated him              throw of the railway station.         alternative which best expresses the
       (2) asked him to speed up               (1) within a certain radius           meaning of the Idiom/Phrase as your
       (3) suggested a wrong method            (2) very far off                      answer.
       (4) advised him to be strict            (3) at a short distance                          (SSC CHSL (10+2) DEO & LDC
536. Ask Mr. Das. He can give you all                                                                        Exam. 09.11.2014)
                                               (4) within a definite distance
      the news you need : he is always                                               549. He spoke well though it was his
                                         543. I want to tell you in a nut shell,
      in the swim.                                                                         maiden speech.
                                               lust for money and power ruined
       (1) giving news to others               her life.                                   (1) long speech
       (2) at the swimming pool                                                            (2) first speech
                                               (1) as objectively as possible
       (3) in search of news                                                               (3) brief speech
                                               (2) confidentially
       (4) well–informed and up–to–date                                                    (4) emotional speech
                                               (3) in detail
537. You have been trying to solve this                                              550. The students were all ears, when
                                               (4) in a brief manner
      puzzle for a long time, be careful                                                   the speaker started talking about
                                               Directions (544-548) : In each              the changes in the exam.
      so that you avoid barking up the
                                         of the following questions, Four alter-           (1) smiling        (2) silent
      wrong tree.
                                         natives are given for the Idiom/Phrase            (3) restless       (4) attentive
       (1) trying to solve problems
                                         in bold in the sentence. Choose the         551. In his salad days he was quite a
       (2) trying to find something at a
                                         alternative which best expresses the              dandy.
           wrong place
                                         meaning of the Idiom/Phrase as your               (1) childhood      (2) adolescence
       (3) keep working constantly
                                         answer.                                           (3) school days (4) old age
       (4) climbing the wrong tree
                                                     (SSC CHSL (10+2) DEO & LDC      552. He is cool about working at
538. I’ll be able to do my job very well            Exam. 02.11.2014, IInd Sitting)
      when I know the ropes.                                                               night.
                                         544. a close shave.                               (1) ready to work
      (1) become bolder
                                               (1) a narrow escape from danger             (2) not ready to work
      (2) work in silence
                                               (2) stubble                                 (3) excited about working
      (3) learn the procedures
                                               (3) very short hair                         (4) grudgingly working
      (4) gain confidence
                                               (4) hairless skin                     553. You cannot throw dust into my
     Directions (539 – 543) : In each
                                         545. Please be as brief as you can, I             eyes.
of the following questions, four alter-
                                               have other fish to fry.                     (1) terrify me (2) cheat me
natives are given for the Idiom/Phrase
                                               (1) to cook the food                        (3) hurt me        (4) abuse me
in bold in the sentence. Choose the