Directions (649–658) : In the fol-    657. a golden mean                          664. I have taken fancy to this car.
lowing questions, four alternatives are          (1) comfortable and easy work               (1) given imaginative touches
given for the Idiom/Phrase in bold in            (2) middle course between two               (2) revised
the sentence. Choose the alternative                  extremes                               (3) developed liking for
which best expresses the meaning of              (3) a sudden sad event                      (4) improved
the Idiom/Phrase.                                (4) a subject of contention           665. carry out
         (SSC CAPFs SI, CISF ASI & Delhi   658. I have clean hands, so why                   (1) bring
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                                                 should I be afraid of any one.              (2) continue
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                                                 (1) beautiful      (2) faulty               (3) complete something
649. to set the Thames on fire
                                                 (3) innocent       (4) hygienic             (4) to take in
      (1) do a heroic deed                      Directions (659-663) : In each of      666. He beats about the bush.
      (2) do something to suit one’s       the following questions, four alterna-            (1) talks sensibly
          own purpose                      tives are given for the Idiom/Phrase              (2) talks continuously
      (3) to burn someone alive            in bold in the sentence. Choose the               (3) speak well
      (4) destroy with fire                alternative which best expresses the              (4) does not talk specifically
650. You cannot expect even a single       meaning of the Idiom/Phrase as your
                                                                                            Directions (667–669) : In each
      penny from him, he is a close-       answer.
                                                                                       of the fo llowing questions, four
      fisted man.                          (SSC CGL Tier-I Re-Exam, 30.08.2015)
                                                                                       alternatives are given for the Idiom/
      (1) miser           (2) boxer        659. Anand is a nice guy, but some-         Phrase in bold in the sentence. Choose
                                                 times he really gets on my
      (3) courageous (4) generous                                                      the alternative which best expresses
651. 15th August is a red-letter day                                                   the meaning of the Idiom/Phrase as
                                                 (1) makes me nervous                  your answer.
      in the history of India.                   (2) shakes my self–confidence                              (SSC Constable (GD)
      (1) an important day                       (3) annoys me                                    Exam, 04.10.2015, IInd Sitting)
                                                 (4) makes me uncomfortable            667. Television has become part and
      (2) blood-donation day
                                           660. As a student, you should catch               parcel of our lives.
      (3) holiday
                                                 time by the forelock.                       (1) status symbol
      (4) a historical occasion                  (1) speed up                                (2) unavoidable luxury
652. A : Can you help me ?                       (2) set up clock back                       (3) important part
      B : Sure, I’ll be finished with            (3) slow down
                                                                                             (4) showy part
      this in a second.                          (4) seize opportunity
                                                                                       668. My kith and kin congratulated
      (1) be thorough                      661. Receiving his first award was a              me on my brilliant success.
      (2) be satisfied                           shot in the arm for him.
                                                                                             (1) niece and nephew
      (3) be exhausted                           (1) something that gives encour-
                                                                                             (2) father and mother
      (4) be through                                  agement
                                                                                             (3) relatives
                                                 (2) something that is painful
653. I have a feeling in my gut that                                                         (4) colleagues
                                                 (3) something that needs atten-
      her husband is cheating her.                                                     669. His frequent journeys are telling
      (1) strong instinct                        (4) something done with a purpose           upon his health.
      (2) slight hint                      662. It is sometimes wiser to rely on             (1) threatening (2) improving
      (3) lot of Proof                           horse sense than on the advice              (3) informing     (4) affecting
                                                 of colleagues.                              Directions (670 –679) : In the
      (4) strong fear
                                                 (1) advice of parents                 following questions, four alternatives
654. out of sorts                                (2) advice of teachers                are given for the Idiom/ Phrase in bold
      (1) not rich        (2) out of reach       (3) advice of colleagues              in the sentence. Choose the alterna-
                                                 (4) basic common sense                tive which best expresses the mean-
      (3) out of sight (4) not well                                                    ing of the Idiom/Phrase.
                                           663. Nehru, the first Prime Minister
655. to keep the wolf away from                  of India, was a man of letters.          (SSC CGL Tier-II Exam, 25.10.2015, TF
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                                                 (1) a great letter–writer
                                                                                        670. He advised her to give a wide
      (1) to keep off starvation                 (2) a great politician
                                                                                             berth to malicious people.
      (2) to guard against wild animals          (3) a literary person
                                                 (4) a great patriot                         (1) pay more attention to
      (3) to guard against enemies                                                           (2) give a larger bed to
      (4) to keep aloof from disputed            Directions (664–666) : In each
                                                                                             (3) share her seat with
          matters                          of the following questions, Four alter-
                                                                                             (4) to stay away from
                                           natives are given for the Idiom/Phrase
656. The future of Kashmir is still a                                                  671. Russel Peters really brought the
                                           in bold in the sentence. Choose the
      vexed question.                                                                        house down with his spectacu-
                                           alternative which best expresses the
      (1) controversial                    meaning of the Idiom/ Phrase as your              lar performance at the Club yes-
      (2) None of the given options.       answer.                                           terday.
      (3) important                                             (SSC Constable (GD)          (1) passed a bill unanimously
      (4) confused                                      Exam, 04.10.2015, Ist Sitting)       (2) amused the audience greatly