Directions : (Q. 146 to 150) : Choose the most appropriate option out of the four given alternatives (A), (B), (C) and (D) to fill in the blank.
146. The centralisation of both political and economic powers has been continuing ________ independence.
147. The judge recommended a severe punishment so that he ______ from drinking in future.
148. It has been observed that income ______ widened between urban and rural areas.
149. Coins are made in the ______ .
150. She was standing laughing ______ a crowd of journalists.
Directions (Q. 151 to 155) : Choose the correct meaning of the given idiom/phrase out of the four alternatives (A), (B), (C) and (D).
151. To rest on one’s laurels
(A) to depend on one’s fame
(B) to be a parasite
(C) to retire from active life
(D) to crave for popularity
152. To meet one half-way
(A) to meet a person on the way
(B) to come to a compromise with one in
(C) to half-hearted agreement
(D) to apologize
153. To have an old head on young shoulders
(A) to have grey hair
(B) to be wise beyond one’s years
(C) a braggart
(D) a person with too much responsibility
154. Nigger in the woodpile
(A) to inhabit in forest
(B) a serious disease
(C) an honest person
(D) something that spoils a good thing
155. To have a jaundice eye
(A) to have jaundice
(B) to have fever
(C) to be prejudiced
(D) to lose
Directions (Q. 156 to 160) : Choose the word out of four alternatives (A), (B), (C) and (D) which is opposite in meaning to the given word