Directions: Identify the words that are similar in meaning to the phrase in bold. If none of option conveys the correct meaning, mark (E) as your answer. The options do not necessarily need to be grammatically correct.
1
After breaking his hand, Gordon’s dream to play professional basketball went up in smoke.
» Explain it
B
Go up in smoke: be destroyed or ruined
 
Example: Without a scholarship, her dreams of college are likely to go up in smoke.

As per the meaning above, only option B is apt.

Hence, option B is correct.
2
She cooks and bakes when she needs to let off some steam.
» Explain it
A
Let off steam: Get rid of pent-up energy or strong emotion.
 
Example: The kids can let off steam in the gardens while mum and dad relax for a while.

As per the meaning above, only Option B is incorrect. The others do not make sense.

Hence, option A is correct.
3
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked US President Donald Trump not to withdraw from Syria and to work to remove Iran from the Syrian arena, but Trump gave him the cold shoulder.
» Explain it
C
Give someone the cold shoulder: Ignore someone

Eg: Ravi wanted to join hands with Dev but it is likely the latter gave him the cold shoulder.

As per the meaning above, Option C is the most suitable answer. The others are incorrect.

Hence, option C is correct.
4
In the Economic Survey 2017-18, it was said that the government’s priority should be to flush farmers out of agriculture and adding insult to the injury, the Survey also quoted Dr. Ambedkar warning about the dangers of romanticising rural India.
» Explain it
B
To add insult to injury: act in a way that makes a bad situation worse.
 
Example : Employees were forced to work longer hours, and to add insult to injury, the company decided not to give pay raises.
 
As per the meaning above, Only option B, to make a bad situation worse, fits in.

Hence option B is correct. 
5
Creativity is something that anybody who is remotely original has to guard very fiercely and passionately because people just want you to be run-of-the-mill
» Explain it
D
Run-of-the-mill means lacking unusual or special aspects; ordinary.

Example: I was just a very average run-of-the-mill kind of student.

As per the meaning above, only option D ordinary fits in with the others not fitting in well.

Hence, option D is correct.