Idioms and Phrases Questions & Answers (Compiled from UPSC, SSC ,PSC ,IBPS previous question papers)

  • The idiom 'Swan song' means :

  • AA musical performance
  • BThe last public performance of an artist or athlete
  • CSong of a swan
  • DFirst public performance of an artist or athlete
  • Most of the people in India live from hand to mouth. The closest meaning to this idiom is:

  • Aa life of plenty providing for the future
  • Bwith moderate provision for the future
  • Cwithout any provision for the future
  • Dwith some provision for the future
  • Explanation:

    to live from hand to mouth - അന്നന്ന്കിട്ടുന്നത്അന്നന്ന്ചിലവാക്കുന്നു. (കൈയ്യിലെകാശ്, വായിലെദോശ )

  • The idiom ‘Storm in the tea cup’ means

  • Ano fuss over trivial matter
  • Bbig fuss over trivial matter
  • Cclever idea
  • Dsudden inspiration
  • Explanation:

    big fuss over trivial matter (നിസ്സാര കാര്യങ്ങൾക്ക് വലിയ ഒച്ചയുണ്ടാക്കുക)

  • What does the phrase ‘It’s really difficult to go through boom-and-bust cycle’ convey

  • ASome economies are still trying to recover from exorbitant space funding in the year 1990s.
  • BSpace exploration missions have had more failures than successes.
  • CGlobal economic mission since 2000 has resulted in lack of employment for engineers.
  • DFluctuations in space exploration funding are not desirable.
  • EThe durations for space missions should be more optimally planned to avoid wastage of resources.
  • What does the phrase ‘as a licence to lose money’ convey

  • AThe penalties for polluting the Arctic are very heavy.
  • BExploring the energy in the Arctic is expensive and may not be profitable for companies.
  • CIt is very difficult to obtain requisite permissions to explore the Arctic region.
  • DMining for minerals in the Arctic poses risks to the health and lives of explorers.
  • EAs countries have deliberately lowered the price of oil, Russian oil companies are in financial trouble.
  • What does the phrase ‘The Arctic in the canary in global-warming’ conveys

  • AThe Arctic has a varied bird life yet to be discovered.
  • BGlobal warming has been responsible for the extinction of canaries in the Arctic.
  • CWarm temperatures have made it explore the Arctic.
  • DCanaries surprisingly have proved very useful in exploring the Arctic.
  • EThe Arctic is sensitive to changes in climate.