287. (4) by putting two and two to- 295. (4) an open – book : to under- l We sat down and had a nice
gether : to guess the truth from stand somebody easily and know heart-to-heart talk for about an
what you see, hear, etc. everything about him hour.
l I put two and two together and l Your health secrets will be an The best option is frank talk.
came up with an idea of who open – book to anyone who can 304. (1) fell short : to fail to reach
did it. do an online search. the standard that you expected
The best option is to deduce The best option is straight for- or need; fail to meet expectations
from given facts. ward and honest dealings. or standards
288. (3) to go scot-free : to go with- 296. (1) by leaps and bounds : rap- l The athlete fell short of the ex-
out receiving the punishment one idly pectations of his coach.
deserves l India is progressing by leaps and The best option is had no effect.
l Reena cheated in the test and his bounds. 305. (2) put across : to communicate
got caught, but she went scot- The best option is rapidly. your ideas, feelings, etc. suc-
free. 297. (3) too fond of her own voice : cessfully
The best option is to escape to like talking a lot or too much, l She put her views across dur-
without punishment. usually without wanting to listen ing the hearing.
289. (3) at the eleventh hour : at the to other people The best option is effectively
last possible time l Akshita is too fond of her own conveyed
voice. 306. (3) see eye to eye : to think alike
l She always revises for her ex-
ams. at the eleventh hour. The best option is does not lis- l We never seem to see eye to eye
ten properly to anyone else. in any context.
The best option is at the last
possible moment. 298. (2) high-handed : overbearing ; The best option is agree.
using authority in an unreason- 307. (1) a hard nut to crack : a diffi-
290. (4) birds of the same feather :
able way, without considering cult problem or situation to deal
people of the same sort
the opinions of other people with
l Chayanika and Aadya are birds
l He is an arrogant and high-hand- l This assignment is a hard nut
of the same feather. They get ed man. to crack.
along very well.
The best option is overbearing. The best option is difficult task.
The best option is persons of
299. (3) take exception : to object 308. (4) rat race : fierce and undigni-
strongly fied competition for success in
291. (4) to fight tooth and nail : to one’s career, social status, etc.
l The manager took exception to
fight in a very determined way the statement about having only l He got tired of rat race. He is
for what you want three employees. settled now and has gone to live
l They vowed to fight the new leg- in his home town.
The best option is object.
islation tooth and nail. The best option is fierce com-
300. (1) called for : to ask
The best option is to make ev- l The player was called for an ex- petition for power.
ery possible effort. planation for his bad perfor- 309. (1) dropping like flies : to fall
292. (1) to call a spade a spade : to mance in the game. down in large numbers
say exactly what you think with- The best option is asked. l The heat was overwhelming and
out trying to hide your opinion people were dropping like flies.
301. (4) took cue from : to copy what
l Vinay is a person who calls a somebody else does as to how The best option is collapsing in
spade a spade and is fearless. to behave or what to do large numbers.
The best option is to be frank. l The other children took cue from 310. (4) ins and outs : full detail
293. (4) a white elephant : costly and Tanisha and won the competi- l Jatin knows the ins and outs of
useless possession tion. repairing computers.
l The new office block has become The best option is learnt acting. The best option is full details.
an expensive white elephant. 302. (2) gave the game away : betray; 311. (1) spread like wildfire : to be-
The best option is costly and to make known something that come known by more and more
troublesome possession, use- somebody wants to keep secret people very quickly
less to its owner. l Though they were the oldest of l This disease will spread like
294. (2) to miss the bus : to unable the employees of the company, wildfire when it gets going.
to take advantage of something they were giving the game The best option is spread rapidly.
because you are too late away. 312. (4) end up in smoke : efforts that
l She missed the bus when she
The best option is gave out the come to nothing or are useless
did not apply for the entrance secret. l The whole discussion ended up
exams, this year. 303. (3) heart – to – heart talk : can- in smoke.
The best option is to miss an did talk; speaking honestly and The best option is become use-
frankly less finally.