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Directions: For each of the following sentences four alternatives are given. You are required to choose the correct meaning of the idiom or phrase given underlined in the sentence.
» Explain it
D
Burning question:
An urgent or crucial issue under heated discussion.
 
Ex. Fire in Pune factory raises the burning question: are you prepared?

Option D is hence the correct answer.

 
» Explain it
B
To get on (one's) nerves:
To irritate, grate on, or exasperate someone.

Ex. Nothing personal, but your voice is really getting on my nerves. 

Option B is hence the correct answer.
 
3
The doctor says that the patient has turned the corner.
» Explain it
C
Turn the corner:
to pass a critical point in a process.

Ex. The patient turned the corner last night. She should begin to show improvement now.

Option C is hence the correct answer.
 
4
Kanika was left high and dry by her friends when she lost all her money.
» Explain it
A
High and dry:
without resources or help.

Ex. Your family would be left high and dry by the death of the breadwinner.
 
Synonyms: destitute, bereft, helpless, without help, without assistance, without resources, in the lurch, in difficulties, forsaken, abandoned, stranded, marooned, etc.

Option A is hence the correct answer.
 
5
The party stalwarts have advised the president to take it lying down for a while.
» Explain it
A
To take something lying down:
to endure something unpleasant without fighting back.

Ex. He insulted me publicly. You don't expect me to take that lying down, do you? 

Option A is hence the correct answer.