Verbal Ability - Idioms and Phrases - Discussion

Discussion :: Idioms and Phrases - Section 1 (Q.No.3)

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.

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

Answer: Option B

Explanation:

No answer description available for this question.

Saravanan said: (Feb 18, 2011)  
Tarter means something having a taste of sour.

Amritesh said: (Aug 2, 2011)  
It should be "to catch a tartar".

Navya said: (Aug 23, 2011)  
Anyone please explain in detail.

Sidu said: (Oct 21, 2011)  
Tartar is sumthing that is dangerous for teeth. So it is related to a dangerous person.

A.Shivakumar said: (Nov 3, 2011)  
Please tell me exact meaning of tarter.

Rah said: (Dec 23, 2011)  
Please make a sentence of these phrase...

Rashmi said: (Jan 18, 2012)  
Tartar means ''voilent-tempered intractable person''.

Saranya said: (Mar 25, 2012)  
Tell the meaning of tarter.

Santhiya said: (Jul 8, 2012)  
Tarter - This also means that which is pleasantly sharp or acid.

Gaurav said: (Aug 29, 2012)  
The correct idiom is "to catch a tartar", where tartar means a violent or ferocious person.

Rockrakesh said: (Jan 19, 2013)  
We heard tarteric acid. Which is something salty in nature. Here tartar might be same way used with nature of person" like unpleasant or highly tempered person. So I feel option b is correct.

Correct if I may be wrong.

Dhananjay Kumar said: (Jan 19, 2013)  
Tartar is a hard yellowish substance that forms on your teeth and cause them to decay if it is not removed.

Prashant said: (May 31, 2013)  
Dear All,

All the phrases are not the actual meaning so, keep in mind don't relate to their actual meaning.

Sowmya said: (Oct 22, 2013)  
Tartar means angry or aggressive person.

Gunjan said: (Jan 15, 2014)  
Tartaric is used in cookery products to give taste of sour to the food. Actually tartaric is made of Lemon. That tastes Sour. So Caught a Tartar means. Caught a dangerous person.

Sanjana said: (Jan 16, 2014)  
Tartar is a layer that causes tooth decay. Hence "to catch a tartar" refers to, getting hold over dangerous thing.

Mrinal said: (Jan 26, 2014)  
This a sentence for everyone- The police caught the criminal like a tartar.

Kirti Arora said: (Oct 20, 2014)  
Tartar also refers to.

A fiercely vigilant and unpleasant woman. i.e. Dangerous.

Aishwarya said: (Feb 7, 2015)  
The answer is to deal with a person who is more than one's match.

Suganya said: (Apr 1, 2015)  
Hard calcified deposit that forms on the teeth.

Tanmay said: (Apr 22, 2015)  
This phrase means to catch a dangerous person. Tartar is something that get accumulated on our teeth [due to the food between our teeth] and causes tooth decay. We can also relate this to an angry person or tartaric acid.

Manmohan said: (Jul 1, 2015)  
Answer will be D.

Catch a Tartar, to deal with someone or something that proves unexpectedly troublesome or powerful or to deal with a person who is more than one's match.

Ramu said: (Aug 3, 2015)  
It is layer formed of sediment of our teeth that is dangerous to your health. So, it is compared to dangerous!

Raveen said: (Jan 19, 2016)  
What will be the meaning of "to catch a dangerous person", in case the answer is B?

Manish said: (Apr 7, 2016)  
Tartar is a deposit that forms when plaque hardens on the tooth. Then how is it related?

Sadhana said: (Apr 16, 2016)  
Tartar is a disease of teeth.

Kamalhosen said: (Jun 9, 2016)  
Correction: To catch a Tartar

Meaning: to deal with someone or something that proves unexpectedly troublesome or powerful.

Hence, Option D should be the correct answer.

Arvind Pandey said: (Jul 29, 2016)  
Tartar it's the type of acid.

Lubna Ashoor said: (Aug 2, 2016)  
Tartar is an alternative spelling of Tatar. Figuratively known as A person of a keen, irritable temper.

Shubhashish said: (Nov 30, 2016)  
To catch a tartar has nothing to do with teeth or tartaric acid so please stop googling meaning of tartar but look complete phrase.

To catch a tartar meaning to fight with a strong army.

Usage: while fighting with Indian army enemy realised they had caught a tartar.

Hence I believe the answer should be "D".

Indika said: (Dec 10, 2016)  
I think the answer should be D.

Pankaj said: (Dec 26, 2016)  
The Answer should be D.

Pankaj said: (Dec 26, 2016)  
The Answer should be D.

Abhay said: (May 18, 2017)  
To catch a Tartar means to deal with someone or something that proves unexpectedly troublesome or powerful.

Ram said: (Jul 23, 2017)  
Please give an exact meaning of tartar.

Kruthi said: (Feb 5, 2018)  
I too agree, the answer is option D.

Ashish said: (Mar 11, 2018)  
The Answer should be D.

Sri said: (Jun 12, 2018)  
Tartar means a red compound deposited while winemaking so red indicates danger so I personally feel option B is correct.

Bikash said: (Jan 11, 2019)  
The answer will be D.

Catch a Tartar-To encounter or be forced to reckon with someone or something that proves more powerful, troublesome, or formidable than one expected.

Veerendra said: (Jul 17, 2019)  
Tartar means? Tell me.

Robin Jaat said: (Feb 11, 2020)  
A member of the combined forces of central Asian peoples, including Mongols and Turks, who under the leadership of Genghis Khan conquered much of Asia and eastern Europe in the early 13th century, and under Tamerlane (14th century) established an empire with its capital at Samarkand.

So they were very dangerous men.

Sunidhi Das said: (Jul 19, 2020)  
To catch tartar: to deal with someone or something that proves unexpectedly troublesome or powerful.

To deal with a person who is more than one's match means.

To be better, stronger, cleverer etc than someone who you are competing against.

Option B is correct as it is related to a dangerous person.

Rahul said: (Jan 1, 2021)  
'Tarter' here is a dangerous person.

Example Genghis Khan was a tartar.

And Genghis Khan was a cruel and dangerous ruler.

Anonymous said: (Feb 3, 2021)  
The correct answer is D.

Puspak Khastagir said: (Mar 27, 2021)  
Catch a Tartar.

To encounter or be forced to reckon with someone or something that proves more powerful, troublesome, or formidable than one expected.

They thought that I would simply give up if my complaint had to go to court, but they'll soon realize that they've caught a Tartar!

It looks like we caught a Tartar when we tried to muscle their store out of the area.

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