Success / Failure

Level:

Advanced

Category:

Vocabulary Exercises

Group:

Idioms

Please fill the blanks with the proper answer:

 
 

1 - I see that Clinton is still riding ______ in all the opinion polls in spite of all the scandals.

a - colors
b - own
c - edge
d - swim
e - high
 

2 - He used to work in a supermarket with me before he made it ______ in the music business.

a - start
b - hands
c - mile
d - strength
e - big
 

3 - The new business has got off to a flying ______ and has exceeded all forecasts.

a - start
b - mile
c - coffin
d - edge
e - field
 

4 - Our company continues to go from strength to ______ .

a - colors
b - way
c - swim
d - face
e - strength
 

5 - That was a very difficult task you had to do and you came through it with flying ______ .

a - colors
b - start
c - big
d - field
e - swim
 
 

6 - We almost got the contract but we were pipped at the ______ by our Korean competitors.

a - field
b - colors
c - post
d - own
e - big
 

7 - It only narrowly failed to work but a miss is as good as a ______ .

a - start
b - edge
c - break
d - death
e - mile
 

8 - It was a complete failure and the company fell flat on its ______ .

a - start
b - duck
c - face
d - own
e - swim
 

9 - John speaks fluent Japanese so he really came into his ______ when we made a trade visit to Tokyo.

a - duck
b - coffin
c - edge
d - own
e - big
 

10 - We were on the brink of bankruptcy and we had to gradually claw our ______ back.

a - boil
b - field
c - hands
d - face
e - way
 

11 - He's not as good as he used to be. He seems to have lost his ______ . ('way' is possible here but I'm looking for another answer)

a - colors
b - face
c - coffin
d - swim
e - edge
 

12 - Now is the moment to see if it is a success or a failure. It's make or ______ time.

a - big
b - boil
c - colors
d - break
e - high
 

13 - Nobody bought it so the product died a natural ______ .

a - start
b - field
c - colors
d - mile
e - death
 

14 - There's a lot of competition in the Indian market but we are leading the ______ . ('way' is possible here but I'm looking for another answer)

a - colors
b - hands
c - edge
d - field
e - post
 

15 - Either it will be a success or it will not. We have to let the project sink or ______.

a - post
b - coffin
c - big
d - face
e - swim
 

16 - They used to be a great company but they became self-satisfied and went off the ______ .

a - own
b - start
c - high
d - colors
e - boil
 

17 - We've had a lot of success in that market. There was a lot of competition at first but we won ______ down.

a - hands
b - high
c - break
d - swim
e - strength
 

18 - My English is improving all the time. It is going from ______ to strength.

a - swim
b - field
c - strength
d - post
e - big
 

19 - When he failed yet again, that was the final nail in his ______ and he was sacked.

a - post
b - colors
c - coffin
d - big
e - boil
 

20 - If this doesn't work I'm a dead ______ .

a - start
b - break
c - strength
d - duck
e - death
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