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Quiz: What is a white elephant?

May 07, 2014 10:51 IST

Quiz: What is a white elephant?

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If someone called you 'goody two shoes', would you take it as a compliment?

What do you think a gravy train is?

Take our English quiz on idioms and phrases and find out if you know it all...

The dog days of summer are here and I feel sick as a dog.

Do you know the meaning of the phrases 'dog days' and 'sick as a dog'?

In case you haven't figured it out yet, 'dog days' refers to the hottest days of the summer season and 'sick as a dog' implies extreme sickness.

Let's admit it. We all come across similar idioms like these in our daily communication.

More often than not, we don't know what they mean until we listen to or use them frequently in our conversations.

Take our quiz and find out whether you can guess the meanings of these old phrases and idioms…

1. If someone tells you that your last investment was a 'white elephant', what does that person mean?
1) You have a rare possession.
2) You have a burdensome possession.
3) You have made a priceless investment.

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Image: A man rides a white elephant at a camp near Uppatasanti Pagoda in Myanmar's new capital city Naypyitaw. What does the phrase 'white elephant' refer to?
Photographs: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters

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2. You will be joining a new organisation tomorrow. You better mind your Ps and Qs there. What is 'Ps and Qs'?
1) Mind your manners
2) Mind your schedule
3) Carry your own stuff

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3. If you sign that clause, you’ll be over a barrel, the counsel warned. The phrase ‘over a barrel’ implies…
1) To face an obstacle
2) To stumble and fall
3) To be helpless or at someone else's mercy

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4. Don’t you think she’s too goody two shoes to join us for a sleepover? Here, 'goody two shoes' means…
1) Someone who doesn’t have a good pair of shoes
2) Someone who has two pairs of shoes
3) Someone with extremely good behaviour

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5. Joel has a chip on his shoulder. It makes him a very difficult person to deal with. What does it mean?
1) Joel is a balancing artist and does a fine job balancing a chip on his shoulder.
2) Joel has a chip installed inside his shoulder.
3) Joel is angry all the time because he thinks he has been treated unfairly or feels he is not as good as other people.

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6. A lot of people think that getting a government job is like riding a gravy train. A 'gravy train' is…
1) A cumbersome job
2) A sought-after job
3) A cushy job

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7. Ever since their son moved to the US, they’ve been living high on the hog. What does 'high on the hog' mean?
1) To drink and get high
2) To live in luxury
3) To be unreachable

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8. Don’t jump into that manhole, you’ll go out on a limb, Dad shouted. By 'going out on a limb', he implied…
1) To use a pole/stick
2) To put oneself in a risky situation
3) To jump with one leg

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9. If you hear someone say 'I’ll take a raincheck on that,' it means…
1) I disagree with what you say.
2) I don't believe you.
3) I'm willing to consider it later.

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10. When you say 'My friend is a dead ringer for Shah Rukh Khan', you mean...
1) He used to be employed for the star and is now dead.
2) He has a striking resemblance with the star.
3) Neither of the above. There is no such phrase such as 'dead ringer'!



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