423. (3) not fit to hold a candle : is 431. (2) jumping down my throat : l I’m not going out in that storm.
not so good as somebody or to react very angrily to somebody It’s pouring cats and dogs.
something else l Just because I admitted being The best option is rained heavi-
l Dolly is fast, but not fit to hold there, you needn’t jump down ly.
a candle to her. my throat. 441. (3) above board : legal and hon-
The best option is inferior The best option is scolding me est
424. (2) paying through the nose : to 432. (2) in the long run : concerning l His financial dealings were al-
pay too much money for some- a longer period in the future ways above board.
thing l He realized that in the long run, The best option is honest.
l We paid through the nose for their argument wouldn’t seem so 442. (4) feel blue : depressed
that vacation. useless. l You look like you feel blue. What’s
The best option is paying too The best option is over a period wrong ?
much of time. The best option is gloomy.
425. (1) putting the cart before the 433. (3) a fish out of water : to feel 443. (4) live-wire : a person who is
horse : to do things in the wrong uncomfortable lively and full of energy
order l All the other children in the l Seema is a real live-wire; she
Building a school before know- school were from rich families, brightens up any gathering.
ing the age of the population is So, she was feeling like a fish The best option is energetic.
putting the cart before the out of water.
444. (1) cool his heels : to have to
horse. The best option is uncomfort- wait for somebody/something
The best option is doing a thing able
l I’ve been cooling my heels for
in the wrong way. 434. (4) apple of discord : cause of at least an hour.
426. (2) casting pearls before swine : envy; a subject of quarrel
The best option is to be kept
to give or offer valuable things to animosity : a strong feeling of waiting.
people who do not understand dislike or hatred
445. (2) bury the hatchet : to stop
their value l The property is an apple of dis-
being unfriendly and become
l Giving him advice is just cast- cord between the two. friends again
ing pearls before swine. The best option is cause of ani- l Let’s stop arguing and bury the
The best option is offering good mosity. hatchet.
things to undeserving people 435. (3) let the grass grow under The best option is make peace.
427. (2) to play second fiddle : to be their feet : delay in getting things
446. (4) wet his whistle : to moisten
treated as less important than done
ones throat; to have a drink
somebody/something; to have a l Write your application today;
l I’m just going to wet my whistle
less important position don’t let the grass grow under
before I go out on the tennis
l I’m tired of playing second fid-
dle to Mehak. The best option is delay doing
The best option is have a drink.
The best option is take a subor- the work
447. (4) thick and thin : in spite of
dinate role. 436. (3) smell the rat : to suspect
troubles and/or difficulties
428. (4) face the music : bear the con- that something is wrong about a
l They remained friends through
thick and thin.
l I don’t think this was an acci-
l He is prepared to face the mu- The best option is in spite of all
dent. I smell a rat.
sic for his conduct at the meet- the difficulties.
ing. The best option is suspected that
448. (1) back to square one : a re-
something is fishy.
The best option is accept the turn to the situation you were in
punishment. 437. (2) time and again : often; on
at the beginning of a project,
many or all occasions
429. (1) call a spade a spade : to call task, etc. because you have
l He was warned time and again
exactly what you think without made no real progress
not to be late to office.
trying to hide your opinion l We’ve got to get this done with-
The best option is often out going back to square one.
l Vinay is a person who calls a
spade a spade and is fearless. 438. (1) iron fist : treat people in a The best option is to return to
severe manner/strictly the starting point.
The best option is to speak in a
l She rules the office with an iron
straight forward manner. 449. (1) blowing their own trumpets :
430. (1) out of my wits : to be ex-
The best option is strictly Anyone will tell you she’s one of
tremely confused and frightened l
439. (4) for good : permanently the best journalists we have got,
l She was out of her wits and so
l I’m moving to Europe for good. although she never blows her
could not find a solution to the
problem. The best option is permanently own trumpet.
The best option is greatly con- 440. (1) poured cats and dogs : rain- The best option is to boast about
fused. ing very heavily their achievements.