526. (4) On the same page : If two or 535. (1) rub somebody the wrong 543. (4) put something in a nutshell :
more people or groups are on the way : to make somebody annoyed to express something in a very
same page, they agree about what or angry, often without intending clear way, using few words.
they are trying to achieve. to. l To put in a nutshell, we are
l It was an effort to get us all on l She tends to rub people up the bankrupt.
the same page. wrong way. The best option is in a brief
The best option is thinks in a The best option is irked or irri- manner
similar way tated him. 544. (1) a close shave/call : a situa-
527. (3) in the air : felt by a number 536. (4) in the swim : involved in tion in which you only just man-
of people to exist or to be hap- things that are happening in so- age to avoid an accident.
pening. ciety or in a particular situation. l The speeding car passed only a
l Excitement was in the air. l Since leaving the company, he’s few inches from us - a real close
The best option is under consid- no longer in the swim of things. shave.
eration. The best option is well-informed The best option is a narrow es-
528. (1) back to the drawing board : and up-to-date. cape from danger.
to start thinking about a new way 537. (2) barking up the wrong tree :
545. (3) have other fish to fry : to
of doing something after a previ- to have the wrong idea about
have more important or more in-
ous plan or idea has failed. how to get or achieve it.
teresting things to do.
l You’re barking up the wrong
l They rejected our proposal, so it’s l He declined to come along to the
tree if you’re expecting us to
back to the drawing board. movie, saying he had other fish
lend you any money.
The best option is plan it all over to fry.
The best option is trying to find
again. The best option is some impor-
something at a wrong place
529. (3) cut and dried : decided in a tant work to attend to
538. (3) know the ropes : to show
way that cannot be changed or somebody/know/learn how a 546. (4) not hold water : If an argu-
argued about. particular job should be done. ment, an excuse, a theory etc.,
l The inquiry is by no means cut does not hold water, you cannot
l Don’t worry about Suma’s tak-
and dried. ing over that reporter’s job; she believe it.
The best option is ready made. already knows the ropes. Hold water : to stand up to crit-
530. (3) black out : to lose conscious- The best option is learn the pro- ical examination
ness sight or memory temporarily. cedures l Your explanation doesn’t hold
l The driver had probably blacked 539. (3) to gather roses only : to water.
out at the wheel. seek all the enjoyments of life The best option is sound logi-
The best option is lost conscious- l Gathering roses only, without cal fact
ness taking care of parents is not a 547. (4) maiden speech : the first
531. (1) hold your horse : used to tell good quality in any child. speech made by an MP in the
somebody that they should wait The best option is to seek all parliaments of some countries.
a moment and not be excited. enjoyments of life.
l She was terrified of making her
l Dad asked me to hold my horses 540. (2) A close-fisted (person) : not maiden speech.
on shopping. willing to spend or give much
The best option is first speech
The best option is be patient money ; mean; stingy.
l My uncle is a close-fisted per-
548. (3) a wild goose chase : a search
532. (2) a cut above somebo dy/ for something that is impossi-
something : better than some- son.
The best option is a miser ble for you to find or that does
body/ something. not exist, that makes you waste
l Our new luxury apartment is a
541. (3) to feather one’s nest : to make
a lot of time.
cut above the rest. oneself richer, especially by
spending money on oneself that l After two hours spent wander-
The best option is superior to ing in the snow, I realized we
should be spent on something
533. (4) in the loop : provided with else. were on a wild goose chase.
information regularly l Bob’s many profitable assign- The best option is unprofitable
l I don’t know what’s going on be- ments enabled him to feather adventure
cause I’m not in the loop. his nest comfortably. 549. (2) maiden speech : the first
The best option is informed reg- The best option is to enrich one speech made by an MP in the
ularly self when opportunity occurs. Parliaments of some countries.
534. (2) add fuel to fire : to make an 542. (3) within a stone’s throw : a l Her maiden speech fell flat on
argument continue or get worse. very short distance away. the audience.
l Shouting at a crying child is add- l We live just a stone’s throw from The best option is first speech
ing fuel to the fire. here. 550. (4) all ears = to be waiting with
The best option is worsened the The best option is at a short interest to hear what somebody
difficult situation. distance has to say; attentive.