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Exercise

"You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist."
- Indira Gandhi

Some proverbs/idioms are given below together with their meanings. Choose the correct meaning of proverb/idiom, If there is no correct meaning given, E (i.e.) 'None of these' will be the answer.

1. 

To make clean breast of

A. To gain prominence
B. To praise oneself
C. To confess without of reserve
D. To destroy before it blooms
E. None of these

2. 

To keeps one's temper

A. To become hungryB. To be in good mood
C. To preserve ones energyD. To be aloof from
E. None of these

3. 

To catch a tartar

A. To trap wanted criminal with great difficulty
B. To catch a dangerous person
C. To meet with disaster
D. To deal with a person who is more than one's match
E. None of these

4. 

To drive home

A. To find one's rootsB. To return to place of rest
C. Back to original positionD. To emphasise
E. None of these

5. 

To have an axe to grind

A. A private end to serveB. To fail to arouse interest
C. To have no resultD. To work for both sides
E. None of these




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