English - Phrase Replacement

Directions (Q. 1-5): Which of the phrases 1), 2), 3) and 4) given below each sentence should replace the phrase printed in bold in the sentence to make it grammatically correct? If the sentence is correct as it is given and no correction is required, mark 5) as the answer.

1. Seeing that there was an ongoing sale in one of her favourite stores, Seeta made a bee line for it immediately after entering the mall.
1) made a bee’s line for
2) make bees lined to
3) made a bee line to
4) make bee line to
5) No correction required

2. Sharon made it to work in the nicks of times, or else she would have missed the meeting.
1) nick of time
2) nicked time
3) nick of timeliness
4) nick and time
5) No correction required

3. Varun was on cloud nine after having stood first in his class.
1) in ninth cloud
2) on nine clouds
3) a cloudy nine
4) cloud on nine
5) No correction required

4. Vithal had a habit of pass the buck when it came to important issues at work.
1) pass to bucking
2) passing buck
3) passing the buck
4) pass buck
5) No correction required

5. Puneet raked his brains and tried to find an answer to a tricky question given in the paper but couldn’t find one.
1) rake his brain
2) racked his brains
3) racked brains
4) raked brain
5) No correction required

Answers with Explanation
1.- 5; ‘Make a beeline for’ someone or something means ‘to move quickly towards a particular person or thing’.
2. -1; ‘In the nick of time’ means ‘just in time’.
3.- 5
4. -3; ‘Passing the buck’ means to evade responsibility by passing it on to someone else.
5.- 2; ‘Racked his/her brains’ means ‘to think long and hard’.

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