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One word usage/ Phrasal words
by sushmitaTG TEAM - Friday, 15 November 2013, 03:54 PM
  In the following questions a word has been used in sentences in four different ways. Choose the option corresponding to the sentence in which the usage of the word is incorrect or inappropriate.

1. She looked after him as he walked toward the train station.
2. They look upon gambling and all other such activities as sinful.
3. The more advanced students looked over their noses at the beginners.
4. The room looks out on the garden, which had many flowers.

1. He was careful not to lay himself open to the charges.
2. The masons laid the outer walls up in Flemish bond.
3. The vote will have to be laid over until next week.
4. He laid to the opposition with fiery words.

1. Her work is a cut above anyone else's.
2. He wasn't cut out for military service.
3. The new tax program cuts across party lines.
4. He cut on a distinguished figure in his tuxedo.
Re: One word usage/ Phrasal words
by sushmitaTG TEAM - Sunday, 17 November 2013, 12:20 PM
Q1.) Solution:  `3’. The correct idiomatic expression is `look down one's nose at’ which means `to regard with an overbearing attitude of superiority’. ‘Look after’ here means to follow with the eye, as someone or something moving away. `Look upon’ means to regard. `Look out’ here means to afford a view.

Q2.) Solution: `4’. The correct idiomatic expression is `lay into’, which means `to attack physically or verbally’. ‘Lay open’ means `to expose or make vulnerable’. `Lay up’ means `to construct’. `Lay over’ means ‘to be postponed’.

Q3.) Solution: `4’. The correct idiomatic expression is `cut a figure’, which means ` to give a certain impression of oneself’. `Cut above’ means `somewhat superior to another (thing, person, etc.) in some respect’. `Cut out for’ means `fitted for’. `Cut across’ means ` to precede or go beyond considerations’.