Phrase Replacement (Idioms/ Phrases) Asked in SBI Clerk Prelims Exam 2018

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Phrase Replacement (Idioms/ Phrases) Asked in SBI Clerk Prelims Exam 2018

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Phrase Replacement (Idioms/ Phrases) Asked in SBI Clerk Prelims Exam 2018


Direction:(1-5) In the given question, an idiom/phrase highlighted in bold is given in a sentence. Choose the most suitable meaning of the idiom/phrase.

1.You must not waste your leisure time doing nothing, rather you should engage yourself in such activities that will blow off steam and recharge you for the future endeavours.

A. Release Surplus energy

B. Take steam bath

C. To make someone fidgety

D. To exercise the brain

E. To cause distress

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A. Release Surplus energy

The idiom “blow off steam” means to express one’s anger, usually noisily and harmlessly, thereby relieving one’s tension. The above sentence states that one should not waste one’s time and utilise it in releasing negative energies to get charged up. Only option A goes with this meaning, hence option A is correct.

2.Direction: In the given question, an idiom/phrase highlighted in bold is given in a sentence. Choose the most suitable meaning of the idiom/phrase.

I hope you pardon my French that I used during the serious and intense discussion we were having yesterday.

A. Excuse my use of incorrect French

B. Excuse my inappropriate language

C. Excuse my untidiness

D. Excuse my behaviour

E. Excuse my tardiness

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B. Excuse my inappropriate language

The phrase “pardon my French” is usually used humorously to denote an excuse for using taboo words or inappropriate words. The above sentence speaks of a person asking another person to excuse him for using inappropriate language during their discussion. Out of the given option, option B is correct.

3.Direction: In the given question, an idiom/phrase highlighted in bold is given in a sentence. Choose the most suitable meaning of the idiom/phrase.

The teacher looked over my homework and found it very well put together.

A. Watched

B. Pioneered

C. Suspected

D. Belittleed

E. Examineed

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E. Examineed

“Look over” means to examine something closely. The correct answer is option E.Belittle means to undervalue someone or something. Pioneer means to introduce or start.

4.Direction: In the given question, an idiom/phrase highlighted in bold is given in a sentence. Choose the most suitable meaning of the idiom/phrase.

heard it on the grapevine that the vacancies are going to be increased this year for many posts.

A. To hear some official news about something

B. To inform people about something

C. To acquire information by unofficial communication

D. To be sure of something

E. To deny a fact

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C. To acquire information by unofficial communication

The idiom “to hear it on the grapevine” means to hear about something from informal communication or to hear a gossip. The above sentence talks about the rumour that is spread about the number of vacancies for various posts.Hence, option C is correct

5.Direction: In the given question, an idiom/phrase highlighted in bold is given in a sentence. Choose the most suitable meaning of the idiom/phrase.

The prisoners broke out of jail when the guards weren’t looking

A. Raised

B. Surrenderd

C. Escaped

D. Perpetuated

E. Considerd

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C. Escaped

A forcible escape from a prison is called a breakout. The correct answer is option C.
Perpetuate means to preserve or continue.


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