92% of People Can't Complete These Common Nature-Related Phrases! Can You?

Becky Stigall

A rising tide _____ all boats.

The phrase is "A rising tide lifts all boats." John F. Kennedy once said this, to refer to how a good economy helps everyone.

A shallow brook _______ the loudest.

The expression is "A shallow brook babbles the loudest." This phrase means that those who speak the loudest often have nothing of substance to say.

Swim against the ____.

The phrase is "Swim against the tide." This phrase means to do your own thing, rather than follow the crowd.

Not the only ____ in the sea.

The expression is "not the only fish in the sea." This expression is typically used to indicate that there are many romantic partners to choose from.

As ____ as stone.

The expression is "as cold as stone." Stone is pretty cold, so someone who is as cold as stone is without emotion.

Beat the ________ out of you.

The expression is "beat the daylights out of you." It means to knock someone out, turn out the lights, etc.

Between a rock and a ____ place.

The expression is "between a rock and a hard place." This means that you have to choose between two less than desirable alternatives.

Boil the _____.

The phrase is "boil the ocean." Even with global warming, causing the ocean to boil would be a gigantic task indeed.

Break the ___.

The expression is "break the ice." This means to do something to get to know someone or a group.

Clear as ___.

The phrase is "clear as mud." Since mud is not at all clear, you can imagine this phrase would be used to indicate that something is confusing.

Cuts no ___.

The expression is "cuts no ice." Something that cuts no ice makes no impression.

Dead ___.

The expression is "dead air." This phrase is used to refer to total silence.

Sold down the _____.

The expression is "sold down the river." This phrase is used to indicate that trust has been betrayed.

Down to _____.

The expression is "down to earth." This phrase is used to refer to someone who is practical.

Drop in the _____.

The expression is "drop in the ocean." Since the ocean is very big, one drop would be meaningless and insignificant. Some people say "drop in the bucket," which has the same meaning.

Four corners of the _____.

The expression is "four corners of the earth." This phrase is used to refer to everywhere.

Full of hot ___.

The expression is "full of hot air." This describes a person who talks a lot but doesn't say much.

Clear as ___.

The expression is "clear as day." This phrase is used to indicate understanding.

The grass may be greener on the other side, but it's just as hard to ______.

The expression is "the grass may be greener on the other side, but it's just as hard to mow." This expression is used to mean that what someone else has is not always easy to obtain or keep.

Old flames ___ hard.

The expression is "old flames die hard." This means that old memories tend to remain in one's mind.

Head for the _____.

The expression is "head for the hills." This phrase is used to tell people to take cover to avoid trouble.

Hung the ____.

The expression is "hung the moon." The task of hanging the moon would be pretty amazing, so when we say that someone hung the moon, we are calling them amazing or wonderful.

It's an ill wind that _____ no good.

The expression is "It's an ill wind that blows no good." This phrase means there is usually a glimmer of hope in bad news.

Lay of the ____.

The expression is "lay of the land." Since the lay of the land refers to mapping, this phrase indicates getting to know a place or process.

Let the dust ______.

The expression is "let the dust settle." Since dust is stirred by movement or excitement, this phrase tells us that we should let things settle down before reacting.

Light a ____ under him.

The phrase is "light a fire under him." It is used to indicate that someone should get a move on.

Make a mountain out of a ________.

The expression is "make a mountain out of a molehill." Mountains are big. Molehills are small. This expression is used to indicate that something has been blown out of proportion.

Older than the _____.

The expression is "older than the hills." As you might imagine, the hills are pretty old, so this phrase would be used to say that someone or something is very old.

Where there's smoke, there's ____.

The expression is "where there's smoke, there's fire." This phrase is used to indicate that there's something bad when certain signals are present.

Many _____ ago.

The expression is "many moons ago." A moon is a period of time (about a month), and this expression is used to say a long time ago.

Mountain to _____.

The expression is "mountain to climb." Climbing a mountain is hard, so this expression is used to indicate there is hard work ahead.

Mud in the ____.

The expression is "mud in the fire." You can't get mud out of a fire, and you can't change the past.

Not the only ______ on the beach.

The expression is "not the only pebble on the beach." The pebbles referred to here are choices. Therefore, there are many choices availiable.

On the ____.

The expression is "on the rocks" - an old nautical expression. Of course, being on the rocks is bad. So, someone or something that is on the rocks is in trouble.

Pull it out of the ____.

The expression is "pull it out of the fire." This phrase is used to indicate that something needs to be rescued or salvaged, before it's too late.

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Every language tends to develop expressions around common themes. These nature-related phrases are some great examples. We bet you can't guess them all!

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