91% of People Can't Complete These Common Plant-Related Phrases... Can You?

EDUCATION

Becky Stigall

5 Min Quiz

A rolling stone gathers no ____.

The phrase is "A rolling stone gathers no moss." It means that something that is in constant motion never makes connections.

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Barking up the wrong ____.

The phrase is "barking up the wrong tree." This phrase is what someone says to someone who is off track or who is misunderstanding something.

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Needle in a ________.

It would be very difficult to find a needle in a haystack. That's why this phrase is used to refer to something that is nearly impossible to find.

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Nip it in the ___.

The phrase is "Nip it in the bud." It means to stop something before it gets bigger.

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Beat around the ______.

The phrase is "beat around the bush." It is typically used to describe someone who wont get to the point.

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Can't see the forest for the _____.

The phrase is "can't see the forest for the trees." It means that someone is so focused on specifics that they can't see the big picture.

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Coming up _____.

The expression is "coming up roses." It means that things are finally going well.

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Easy as falling off a _____.

The expression is "easy as falling off a log." Since falling off a log would be quite easy, this expression reflects that something is very easy.

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Flowery ______.

The phrase is "flowery speech." Flowery speech is a phrase used to describe spoken words that are very fancy, but which typically have little meaning.

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Garden _______.

The phrase is "garden variety." This expression is used to refer to something common.

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Gild the _____.

Lilies are already quite decorative. Gilding the lily is a phrase used to describe something that is unnecessarily or too extravagantly decorated.

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Gone to ____.

Something that has "gone to seed" is past its prime. We've also heard it said as "gone to pot."

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Grass _____.

The phrase is "grass roots." It means something close to the bottom, or something that involves the common folk.

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Hit the ___.

Mattresses were once stuffed with straw or hay. This phrase means that someone is going to bed.

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In the tall ______.

As you might imagine, tall cotton is good. This phrase means that things are going well.

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It's a ______ out there.

The phrase is "It's a jungle out there." It means that life can be difficult, with obstacles and predators.

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Kick it into the long _____.

Something in tall grass might be hidden or hard to find. This phrase means to hide something.

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Just as the twig is bent, the ______ is inclined.

The phrase is "Just as the twig is bent, the tree is inclined." This means that things that happen to children shape who they become as adults.

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Knock on ____.

The phrase is "knock on wood." It is used to convey the sentiment of good luck.

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Last _____.

The phrase is "last straw." It refers to the straw that broke the camel's back - or the thing that pushes someone's patience too far.

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Late _______.

The phrase is "late bloomer." It is often used to describe someone who matures later than most.

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Lead someone down the ______ path.

The phrase is "lead someone down the garden path." It is used to refer to the process of fooling someone. The garden path is so pretty, the person takes a while to realize that they have been tricked.

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Don't let the grass ______ under your feet.

The phrase is "Don't let the grass grow under your feet." It means that you're standing in one spot for too long, figuratively of course.

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Little strokes ____ great oaks.

The phrase is "Little strokes fell great oaks." It means that great things can be accomplished one small step at a time.

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Out of your _____.

The phrase is "out of your gourd." It is used to refer to someone who is acting crazy.

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Make _____ while the sun shines.

The phrase is "Make hay while the sun shines." It means to take advantage of something as soon as the opportunity arises.

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Mighty oaks from little ______ grow.

The phrase is "Mighty oaks from little acorns grow." It is used to say that big things can come from a small start.

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Never a rose without the _____.

The phrase is "never a rose without the prick." It means that even the good must come with a little bad.

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No bed of _____.

A bed of roses would be quite luxurious indeed. That's why this phrase is used to refer to something difficult.

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Extend an olive ______.

The phrase is "extend an olive branch." It is used to express a desire for peace or reconciliation.

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Pushing up _______.

The phrase is "pushing up daisies." It means that someone has died.

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Put out to _______.

The phrase is "put out to pasture." It is used to indicate retirement.

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Short end of the _____.

The phrase is "short end of the stick." It is used to refer to someone who got a bad deal or had a hard time. Some say this phrase as "rough end of the stick."

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The grass is always _______ on the other side.

The full phrase is often said as "The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence." It means that someone else's situation always looks better than your own.

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A _____ in your side.

The phrase is "a thorn in your side." It means that something is difficult.

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About This Quiz

Whether everything is coming up roses or you are sleeping in a bed of thorns, you can probably remember using at least a few of these plant-related phrases.

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