Look at the sentence : tain to lead to an undesirable 922. (3) annoy somebody
He was accused by his oppo- outcome. Ruffle somebody’s feather = to
nents of being a man of straw Look at the sentence : cause someone to be upset.
and lacking in decisiveness. I keep telling Gina to stop chas- Look at the sentence :
908. (2) Refuse to accept responsibil- ing after Rima. She’s just going Mohan ruffled a few feathers
ity up a blind alley when he suggested cutting the
Pass the buck = to blame some- 916. (1) From stem to stern = from teacher’s salaries.
one or make them responsible the front to the back especially 923. (3) interrupt
for a problem that you should of a ship Cut short = to have to stop do-
deal with. Look at the sentence : ing something before it is fin-
Look at the sentence : Surges of water rocked their ished.
She is always trying to pass the boats from stem to stern Look at the sentence :
buck and I am sick of it. 917. (1) add unnecessary details to Their conversation was cut short
909. (1) Becoming less acceptable make better or worse. by the arrival of more guests.
To lose ground = to become less Over egg the pudding = to spoil 924. (2) ill feeling
popular or to be given less sup- something by trying too hard to Bad blood = feelings of hate be-
port. improve it. tween people because of argu-
Look at the sentence : Look at the sentence : ments in the past.
Do you agree that left wing poli- As a director, I think he has a Look at the sentence :
tics are losing ground among the tendency to over-egg the pud- There has been bad blood be-
working classes? ding, with a few too many gor- tween the two families for years.
910. (2) Every unpleasant situation geous shots of the country side. 925. (1) an object of laughter
has a positive side 918. (1) change one’s behaviour for A laughing stock = someone or
Every dark cloud has a silver the better something that seems stupid or
lining = Difficult times always Turn over a new leaf = start to silly, especially by trying to be
lead to better days. Difficult act or or behave in a better or serious or important and not suc-
times are like dark clouds that more responsible way; improve; ceeding.
pass overhead and block the to start behaving in a better way. Look at the sentence :
sun. Look at the sentence : Another performance like that
911. (4) in good health Apparently he has turned over a and this team will be the laugh-
Alive and kicking = prevalent new leaf and he is not smoking ing stock of the league.
and very active; alive, existing; any more. 926. (2) unrelenting
active and in good health. 919. (4) prepare for or go to war As hard as nails = very tough ;
Look at the sentence : Take up the hatchet = to make callous, unbending ; hard-heart-
You would be surprised how or declare war ed ; unforgiving ; inflexible ; strict.
hard it is to keep certain patients Look at the sentence : 927. (3) had many professional diffi-
alive and kicking. He induced the tribes to take up culties
912. (1) To lose impetus or enthusi- the hatchet against the English. Strike several bad patches = to
asm experience a lot of problems in a
920. (3) in an uncertain situation
Run out of steam = to suddenly period of your life
At a loose end = to have noth-
lose the energy or interest to 928. (3) discussed
ing to do
continue doing something Talk over = to exchange
At loose ends = not knowing what
Look at the sentence : thoughts ; to discuss something.
to do, especially because of an
The peace talks seem to have run 929. (3) Cut a sorry figure = make a
out of steam. poor impression
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913. (2) saved at the last moment Look at the sentence :
If you find yourself at loose ends, He cut a sorry figure in his out-
Saved by the bell = saved by a you could always clean the bath-
last minute intervention dated jacket.
Look at the sentence : 930. (4) To take to task = to criticize
I was at loose ends after finish- somebody strongly for something
She was drowning in the stream, ing school and not being able to they have done; reprimand
but a boatman saved her by the find a job.
Look at the sentence :
bell. 921. (2) with full force The culprits were taken to task
914. (3) Pretened not to notice With might and main = with all by the police.
Turn a blind eye = overlook ; one"s power or strength; to the 931. (2) Bring to light = to make new
disregard ; neglect ; ignore best of one"s ability; with as information known to public; re-
Look at the sentence : much effort as possible. veal.
Management often turns a blind Look at the sentence : Look at the sentence :
eye to bullying in the workplace. They shouted with might and These facts have only just been
915. (4) Up a blind alley = following main but nobody came to res- brought to light.
a course of action that is cer- cue them. ppp