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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.
 
  • 1.
    This was like the last straw for Vivek. He retorted, “Oh come on, does life ever get easy as you go up the ladder. Responsibility only brings more work."

    (extracted from a blog post titled as "A Conversation Between A Soldier And Software Engineer In Shatabdi Express" posted on The Logical Indian dated June 20th, 2015.)
    A. the final piece of advice B. the final trial to patience
    C. a golden opportunity D. a wasted piece of effort 
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    B
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    On the last legs of the campaign the BJP has decided to get aggressive with four rallies by PM Narendra Modi to be held between 31 and February 4.

    (extracted from a news article titled as "It's a dead heat" published in Hindustan Times dated January 29th, 2015.)
    A. about to stop working B. about to re-start
    C. to die a natural death D. to feel the pain
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    A
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  • 3. The criminal was pardoned at the eleventh hour just as he was about to be hanged.
    A. at eleven o'clock B. suddenly
    C. at the very last moment D. at midnight
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    C
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    The killers, who remain at large more than a day after the attack, were identified by police as 32-year-old Cherif Kouachi -a former pizza deliveryman with a terror conviction for sending jihadis to Iraq -and his brother said, 34.

    (extracted from a piece of news titled as "Another cop shot; police hunt for 2 brothers in Charlie Hebdo attack" from The Times of India dated January 9th, 2015.)
    A. Absconding B. Big in size
    C. Varying D. At a distance
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    A
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  • 5.
    E-retailers such as Flipkart, Amazon are putting in place measures to keep fake products at bay

    (extracted from a write-up titled as "How e-retailers such as Flipkart, Amazon are keeping fake products at bay" from Economic Times dated January 8th, 2015.)
    A. To strengthen business terms B. To prevent from entering, reaching or attacking
    C. To get associated with D. To avoid delaing with
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    B
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