l He was asked for an explana- Look at the sentence : Look at the sentence :
tion, not a cock and bull story. l His reply was some cock and bull l I was so sick that I felt as if I
The best option is asburd and story about having to give her a had one foot in the grave.
unbelievable lift home. Here, be close to death is the
704. (2) under a cloud : If somebody 712. (1) shake off : to get away from right usage.
is under a cloud, other people somebody who is chasing or
think that they have done some- 719. (1) to put on e’s hand to
following you; forget.
thing wrong and are suspicious plough : to embark on/ take up
Here, forget is the right option.
of them. a difficult task
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l Several people left the company
l Investors failed to shake off l She needed a rest, but she had
under a cloud and are being in-
worries about the economy. put her hand to the plough.
713. (2) sit on the fence : to avoid Here, to take up a difficult
The best option is under suspi-
becoming involved in deciding or task is the right option.
705. (3) pull a long face : an unhap- 720. (2) to pick holes : to find the
py or disappointed expression; Here, halting between two weak points.
look dejected. opinions is the right option.
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He took one look at her long face Look at the sentence :
l l It was easy to pick holes in his
and said, ‘what’s wrong ?’ l He tends to sit on the fence at arguments.
The best option is look dejected meetings. Here, to criticise someone is
706. (3) cock and bull story : a story 714. (4) to have an axe to grind : to the right option.
that is unlikely to be true but is have private reasons for being
721. (4) snake in the grass : a
used as an excuse. involved in something
person who pretends to be your
The best option is absurd story Look at the sentence : friend but who cannot be
707. (1) shake off : to get away from l He had no axe to grind and was trusted.
somebody who is chasing or fol- only acting out of concern for Look at the sentence :
lowing you; forget. their safety. l It’s upsetting to learn that
l We managed to shake off the Here, to have a selfish end to someone you once viewed as a
photographers. serve is the right option. good colleague is in fact a snake
The best option is forget 715. (2) a hornet’s nest : a difficult in the grass.
708. (3) sit on the fence : to avoid situation in which a lot of people Here, a hidden rival is the right
becoming involved in deciding or get very angry option
Look at the sentence : 722. (3) God’s acre : a church yard
l He tends to sit on the fence at burial area
l His letter to the papers stirred
up a real hornets’ nest. Here, A cemetery beside a
The best option is halting be- Church is the right option
tween two opinions Here, an unpleasant situation
is the right usage. 723. (4) wrangled over an ass’s
709. (2) under a cloud : If somebody
is under a cloud, other people 716. (4) to roll out the red carpet : shadow : to fight/quarrel over
think that they have done to give a special welcome to trivial and insignificant matters
something wrong and are someone important Look at the sentence :
suspicious of them. Look at the sentence : l Only foolish people wrangle
Here, under suspicion is the l I didn’t expect to be given the over an ass’s shadow.
right option. red carpet treatment ! Here, quarrelled over trifles is
Look at the sentence : the right option.
Here, to give a grand welcome
l She resigned under a cloud. is the right usage. 724. (3) to beat the rap : to escape
710. (3) pull a long face : an unhappy without being punished.
717. (2) to put his foot down : to be
or disappointed expression; look Look at the sentence :
very strict in opposing what
dejected. l He was charged with drunk
somebody wishes to do
Here, look dejected is the right driving, but he beat the rap.
Look at the sentence :
option. Here, to be acquitted of a
l You have got to put your foot crime is the right option.
Look at the sentence :
down and make him stop seeing
l He took one look at her long 725. (3) at sixes and sevens : in
face and said ‘what’s wrong ?’ confusion; not well organised.
Here, not to yield is the right
711. (3) cock and bull story : a story Look at the sentence :
that is unlikely to be true but is l I haven’t had time to clear up,
used as an excuse. 718. (3) have one foot in the grave :
so I’m all at sixes and sevens.
Here, absurd story is the right to be so old or ill/sick that you
Here, confused is the right
option. are not likely to live much longer.