QOTD - English - IDIOMS AND PHRASES


2019-09-20 | Team PendulumEdu

Select the most appropriate meaning of the idiom/ phrase.

A hot potato

Options:

A. Something easily available.

B. Something difficult to obtain.

C. Something difficult or dangerous to deal with.

D. Something not in accord with the norms of society.

Solution:

The meaning of the idiom, “a hot potato” is “something that is difficult or dangerous to deal with,” which is option C. All the other options can, therefore, be eliminated.

The use of the above-given idiom can be understood with the help of the following examples:

“The gradually slowing economy is a political hot potato in India at the present moment.”

“The issue of gun control is a political hot potato in the United States.”

“I never discuss about anyone's attire; it can be a hot potato.”

Hence, (C) is the correct answer.

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