Idioms and Phrases Questions with their meanings and sample sentences. These are taken from PMS (Punjab) English Papers of 2019, 2017 and 2014.

  1. wag one’s chin (to talk; especially, to talk rapidly, tediously, or with little sense) — He was wagging his chin the whole evening, so I think the other dinner guests got tired of him.
  2. a yoke around someone’s neck (a burden, something that oppresses people) — I have taken a loan for my house and it has become a yoke around my neck. Ahmed’s greedy children are a yoke around his neck.
  3. sail against the wind (to work to achieve something that is difficult because most people would oppose it) — The journalist is sailing against the wind in his attempt to change people’s negative attitude towards that politician.
  4. on the horns of a dilemma (in a situation with two undesirable or unpleasant choices) — She was on the horns of a dilemma as she had either to leave her job or divorce her husband.
  5. keep one’s eye on the ball (to continue thinking about or giving attention to something important: to stay focused) — She really needs to keep her eye on the ball if she wants to win the election. I qualified the CSS exam in the first attempt because I was able to keep my eye on the ball and prioritize my studies above all else.
Phrases & Idioms, English | PMS (Punjab) 2019 English Paper with Ms. Muniba Javed
Phrases & Idioms, English | PMS (Punjab) 2017 English Paper with Ms. Muniba Javed

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