Animals have their peculiar traits. No wonder many phrases in the English language are derived from them – even our headline.


The old man's youngest son was the 'black sheep' of the family. What does the phrase 'black sheep' mean?

  • An outcast

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  • A unique person

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  • Most loved

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  • Lucky

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I don't want to see these 'crocodile tears!'. What does the term 'crocodile tears' mean?

  • Excuses

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  • Gifts

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  • Fake crying

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  • Bribe

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Aman is an 'eager beaver'. What does the term 'eager beaver' mean?

  • Lazy

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  • Industrious

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  • Restless

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  • Impatient

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Siddharth has decided to 'pigeonhole' his old textbooks. What does the term 'pigeonhole' refer to?

  • To file away for future use

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  • Stack up

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  • Bury

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  • Give away

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How often has someone told you to 'hold your horses' and open the gifts only after the guests have left! What does the term 'hold your horses' mean?

  • Play

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  • Take care

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  • Be quiet

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  • Be patient

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On days that Aditi did not feel like attending school, she would 'play possum'. What does the phrase 'play possum' mean?

  • Run away

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  • To pretend

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  • Artificial tears

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  • Play animal games

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The two detectives 'smelt a rat' as soon as they entered the subway. What does the term 'smell a rat' mean?


The little boy 'squirrelled away' his pocket money, bit by bit. What does the term 'squirrel away' mean?

  • To save

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  • To give

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  • To spend

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  • To Lose

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He saw the ball aimed at him and 'ducked'. What does 'duck' mean?

  • To kick

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  • To fall

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  • To jump

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  • To dodge

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The police officer told the constables to 'ferret out' any clues regarding the identity of the thief. What does it mean?

  • To collect

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  • To hunt out

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  • To dispose

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  • To photograph

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