English: Phrase Replacement — Set 42 (Clerk Prelims 2017 based)

The given questions on Phrase Replacement are based on IBPS CLERK Prelims 2017 Exam held on 2nd and 3rd December.

Directions: Which of the WORD A, B, C, and D given below DEFINES the phrase printed in bold in the sentence and can be replaced with the phrase in bold to make sentence grammatically correct. If there is no such word given in the options then mark E as the answer.

  1. We had to close off that section of the restaurant for a private party.
    A) unblock 
    B) release
    C) deter
    D) follow
    E) None of these
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       Option C
    close off – To prevent access to a particular area or thing. 
    deter – prevent, stop
  2. Our usual informant clammed up when he realized there was a mole in the department.
    A) relaxed
    B) suppressed
    C) helped
    D) hushed
    E)  None of these
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       Option D
    Clam up – To suddenly stop talking or refuse to speak, typically due to a particular reason.
    hushed – make (someone) be quiet or stop talking.
  3. As the applause died down, a child came on stage with an armload of roses for the singer.
    A) improved
    B) finished
    C) gained
    D) returned
    E)  None of these
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       Option B
    die down – to fade to almost nothing; to decrease gradually.
  4. The patient bore up well during the long illness.
    A) recovered
    B) resulted
    C) managed
    D) suffered
    E)  None of these
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       Option C
    bear up – To withstand stress, difficulty, or attrition
  5. We turned a corner and came upon an old church.
    A) stopped by
    B) encountered
    C) passed
    D) crossed
    E)  None of these
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       Option B
    come upon – to discover or meet by accident.
  6. She played up her experience during the job interview.
    A) highlighted
    B) translated
    C) narrated
    D) accounted
    E)  None of these
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       Option A
    Play up – To emphasize or publicize
  7. If you put off getting car insurance, you could wind up in jail if you get in an accident.
    A) delay
    B) cancel
    C) stop
    D) maintain 
    E)  None of these
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       Option A
    put off – To delay doing or dealing with something.
  8. He was arrested and charged with holding up a cab driver.
    A) supporting
    B) interfering 
    C) stealing
    D) encouraging
    E) None of these
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       Option C
    hold up = To rob someone or something.
  9. Try to take after your parents who are honest and hardworking people.
    A) relate
    B) respect
    C) hold
    D) imitate
    E) None of these
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       Option D
    take after – To follow someone or something as an example; to resemble a close, older relative
  10. The chief guest did not arrive in the function, therefore the function was called off.
    A) cancelled 
    B) postponed
    C) delayed
    D) abolished 
    E) None of these
    View Answer
       Option A
    call off – To cancel a project, event, or activity.

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