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Directions: You are required to identify the words that are contextually similar to the phrase given in bold and mark that as your answer. If none of the option expresses the correct meaning, mark (E) as your answer. The options do not need to be correct grammatically.
1
The investors began to smell a rat when the company ceased paying dividends and delayed the mandatory audit.
» Explain it
A
Smell a rat: Suspect that something is not right.

Eg: When he made that offer, I smelt a rat. It sounded too good to be true.

From the meaning above, options B and C are incorrect. Out of A and D, A is a better choice as wonder means the desire to know something; feel curious.

Hence, option A is correct.
2
India still attracts investors from a long-term perspective as this is still a country with a very good entrepreneurial talent and is a low hanging fruit for smart people to grab and make money. 
» Explain it
C
Low hanging fruit: a goal that can be easily reached/ something that is easy to take advantage of.

Eg: what the present government has done on the economic front is the plucking of low hanging fruits by and large.

As per the meaning, the only option that fits in is option C.

Hence, option C is correct.
3
The Competition Commission’s inquiry into the government’s land-based transport market comes not a moment too soon, as a succession of petitions describe the sad state of the country’s public transport system.
» Explain it
B
Not a moment too soon: in the nick of time, only just in time.

Eg: The rescue arrived not a moment too soon.

As per the meaning above, the correct option is B. The inquiry has come just at the right time.

The other options are incorrect.

Hence, option B is correct.
4
The National Human Rights Commission is all bark and no bite as it lacks the authority to penalize those guilty of human rights violations. 
» Explain it
C
All bark and no bite: Full of talk that is more threatening or impressive than that which one can or will actually do.

Eg: He always threatens to call the police if I don't stay off his lawn, but he's all bark and no bite.

The most suitable option thus is C. The rest do not convey the correct meaning.

Hence, option C is correct.
5
Being a student with a technological background, the concepts of balance of payments, macro economics, statement of loss and profit, liability and assets are all Greek to me.
» Explain it
A
All Greek To Me: When something is extremely difficult to understand due to being new and complex.

From the meaning given above, option A is the best fit here.

Eg: Students of economics are often faced with a plethora of Greek symbols leading many to despair “it's all Greek to me”.

Alienated means separated and is incorrect.

Hence, option A is correct.
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