Q. 2

Look at the highlighted expressions in the following sentences from the text and explain their figurative meaning

‘I went through it, sir, with a fine-toothed comb and never a Garrideb could I catch.’

‘They are my favourite covert for putting up a bird, and I would never have overlooked a cock pheasant as that.’

‘There is no bolt-hole for you in this country.’

‘When his castle in the air fell down, it buried him beneath the ruins.’

Answer :

‘with a fine-toothed comb’: means that he searched assiduously through all the records, line by line.

‘putting up a bird’: something unusual but useful


‘a cock pheasant’: something that is grossly out of place among other things


‘bolt-hole’: where someone can escape


‘his castle in the air’: big, hopeful and almost unrealistic dreams


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