English Idioms and Phrases Section 3

This is the verbal ability questions and answers section on “Idioms and Phrases” with explanation for various interview, competitive examination and entrance test. Solved examples with detailed answer description, explanation are given and it would be easy to understand.

To play foul


When I saw him in the morning, he looked like a duck in a thunderstorm

To chew the end.

To be fair and square pays in the long run

To scale up

To be like a cat on hot bricks

Explanation: 'To be like a cat on hot bricks' means to feel very nervous.

To shed crocodile tears

Explanation: When a person sheds 'crocodile tears' it means that he is pretending to be sad.

To lead a dog's life

Explanation: 'To lead a dog's life' is to have an unhappy life, with full of problems.

To separate the sheep from the goats

Explanation: When a person has the ability to 'separate or sort out the sheep from the goals' it means that the person can distinguish between good and bad people.

To cross swords with someone

Explanation: 'To cross swords with someone' means to have a verbal contest with someone.