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Fill In the Idiom Quiz
by Staff
We use idioms all the time in conversation. They're combinations of words or phrases with figurative meanings, like kick the bucket or it's raining cats and dogs. Take this quiz to find out how many idioms you know.

I can't afford these shoes. They cost ____.

  • an arm and a leg
  • a piece of cake
  • the best of both worlds

The party was supposed to be a surprise but Sally _____ and now everyone knows.

  • beat around the bush
  • let the cat out of the bag
  • hit the nail on the head

I'll be up all night ____ to hit my deadline for this article.

  • burning the midnight oil
  • cutting corners
  • missing the boat

Jill missed her big dance debut because she was _____.

  • feeling under the weather
  • in the heat of the moment
  • on the ball

I used to love to watch horror movies but now I watch them _____.

  • on the ball
  • at the drop of a hat
  • once in a blue moon

I can't wait to see you perform tonight, Jill! ______!

  • It takes two to tango!
  • Break a leg!
  • Hit the nail on the head!

Lucy was ____ about her upcoming marriage to Jason.

  • having second thoughts
  • safe and sound
  • play it by ear

The camp just emailed and the kids are back from their overnight trip, ____.

  • safe and sound
  • first-hand
  • up in smoke

The employees were ____ over the company's plan to cancel their retirement plan.

  • up in arms
  • on the dot
  • up-and-coming

Justin was devastated because Kalen broke up with him totally ____.

  • out of the blue
  • on the ball
  • up-and-coming

Nothing is better than dining in a quiet, ____ restaurant in Paris.

  • off-the-beaten-path
  • run-of-the-mill
  • common ground

It's too bad that after the executive chef left, the quality at Chez Perez really ____.

  • on the dot
  • set the record straight
  • went downhill

My little brother was a real ____ when we were kids.

  • devil's advocate
  • eye opener
  • pain in the neck

I ____ voting for some of the candidates in this year's election cycle.

  • jump on the bandwagon
  • wouldn't be caught dead
  • can't judge a book by its cover

All we can do is wait for their answer. ____ now.

  • set the record straight
  • the ball is in their court
  • can't judge a book by its cover

Fresh out of college, Marcy decided to take the internship at the magazine to ____.

  • get her foot in the door
  • hit rock bottom
  • get the picture

Mary's ex-husband really was a basket case.

  • basket case
  • pass the buck
  • devil's advocate

Thankfully now Mary realizes her divorce was a ____.

  • blessing in disguise
  • a rule of thumb
  • talk shop

Marcus is addicted to heroine and living on the streets. His family is afraid of what will happen when he ____.

  • hits rock bottom
  • pays the price
  • draws a blank

If you expect to get into a decent college, you better ____.

  • be man enough
  • get your act together
  • play it by ear

____! We were just talking about you Taylor!

  • Just my luck!
  • Give it your all!
  • Speak of the devil!

Tell all your friends to come tomorrow. _____.

  • The more the merrier.
  • There’s nothing to it.
  • Cross your fingers.

You have to be able to ____ on this business deal, or it could fall through.

  • burn your bridges
  • get into gear
  • see eye to eye

Don't talk to your father that way! You're way ____ young lady!

  • out of the blue
  • out of line
  • in a bind

Tony has been training hard and has ____ on making the 2020 Olympics team.

  • his heart set
  • common ground
  • free rein

Mark and Lyla finally ____ and got married last week in New Hampshire.

  • took the plunge
  • buried the hatchet
  • faced the music

Scientists say it's ____ before the big one hits California.

  • politically incorrect
  • only a matter of time
  • the bottom line

The move to San Francisco and the new job was like ____ for Tina.

  • line of work
  • a grey area
  • a breath of fresh air

We don't have time to go to the grocery, so we'll have to ____ with what we have in the pantry.

  • make do
  • keep an eye on
  • go all out

This idiom quiz was a ____.

  • hot potato
  • piece of cake
  • penny for your thoughts