The best option is expresses his The best option is speak in a 254. (2) sit in judgement : to decide
feelings openly. round-about manner. whether somebody’s behaviour
238. (3) red – letter day : an impor- 246. (2) in lieu of : instead of is right/wrong, especially when
tant day l We gave money to charity in lieu you have no right to do this
l 15th August is a red-letter day of sending flowers to the funer- l I should probably not be allowed
in the history of India. al. to sit in judgement of movies
The best option is a day memo- The best option is in place of. made for teenagers.
rable for some joyful event. 247. (3) in the red : to owe money to The best option is criticize.
239. (1) sca pego ats : a person your bank because you have 255. (2) took me to task : to criti-
blamed for something bad that spent more than you have in cize somebody strongly for
somebody else has done or for your account something he has done
some failure; fall guy l State government has been op- l The teacher took Shalu to task
l Her supporters see her as a erating in the red for five for her misbehaviour.
scapegoat for a policy that failed. straight years. The best option is punished me.
The best option is punished for The best option is in danger. 256. (3) lose your head : to become
others misdeeds. 248. (3) to face the music : to bear unable to act in a calm or sensi-
240. (4) doctored the accounts : to the consequences/criticism ble way
change the accounts in order to l He is prepared to face the mu- l When the fuel leaked out of the
trick somebody; falsify sic for his conduct at the meet- place, the pilot asked the pas-
l The officer doctored the ac- ing. sengers not to lose their head.
counts of the office, which got The best option is to bear the The best option is panic.
him some illegal funds. criticism.
257. (3) at sixes and sevens : in con-
The best option is to manipu- 249. (4) a dark horse : a person who
fusion; not well organised
late the accounts. does not tell other people much
l Roger is always at sixes and
241. (1) measure up : to be as good, about his life, and who surprises
successful, etc. as expected or other people by having interesting sevens when at home by him-
needed; match up qualities self.
l This meal doesn’t measure up l 17-year-old Karan could also be The best option is in disorder
to my expectations. a dark horse for the medal in or confusion.
The best option is reach the lev- the Olympiad. 258. (3) pulled up : to criticize some-
el. The best option is an unexpected body for something that he has
242. (3) stole the show : to attract winner. done wrong
more attention and praise than 250. (3) a close shave : a narrow l They were pulled up for wast-
other people in a particular sit- escape ing money.
uation l The car passed so close to us; it The best option is reprimanded.
l The speeches were interesting was really a close shave. 259. (2) brought about : to make
but Richa’s singing stole the The best option is a narrow es- something happen; cause
show. cape. l His speech brought about a
The best option is won every- 251. (3) bad blood : feelings of ha- great change in my life.
body’s praise. tred/strong dislike The best option is caused.
243. (2) on good terms : to have a l There is no bad blood between 260. (2) closed the book on : to stop
good, friendly, etc. relationship us. doing something because you no
with somebody The best option is active enmity. longer believe you will be suc-
l Binay is on good terms with the 252. (2) cry over spilt milk : to waste cessful or will find a solution
people he works with. time worrying about something l She closed the book on her ca-
The best option is was friendly. that has happened or that you reer with a fine performance.
244. (3) turned down : to reject/ cannot do anything about
The best option is stopped work-
refuse to consider an offer, a l You have wasted all your time
proposal, etc. playing games. Now, what is the
use of crying over spilt milk. 261. (1) cut no ice with me : to have
l I turned down the invitation for
no influence or effect
dinner today as I am feeling The best option is to regret use-
l I don’t care who you are, It cuts
no ice with me.
The best option is refused. 253. (4) leave her in the lurch : to
fail to help somebody when he The best option is had no influ-
245. (3) to beat about the bush : to
needs it ence on me.
talk about something for a long
time without coming to the main l I hope they can find someone to 262. (1) to cut my teeth on : to do
point replace me at work. I don’t want something that gives you your
l Let us stop beating about the to leave them in the lurch. first experience of a particular
bush and discuss this matter. The best option is desert her. type of work