Can You Finish These Common War-Related Sayings?

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By: Becky Stigall

5 Min Quiz

Bring a _____ to a gunfight.

The expression is "bring a knife to a gunfight." This means that you are woefully unprepared.

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All's fair in ____ and war.

The expression is "all's fair in love and war." This means that it's every man for himself in all cases.

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Close only counts in __________ and hand grenades.

The expression is "close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades." Anything else doesn't count.

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Dodge the ______.

The expression is "dodge the bullet." This means that someone has avoided a bad situation.

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Bury the _______.

The expression is "bury the hatchet." This means to call a truce.

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Quick on the _______.

The expression is "quick on the trigger." This means to act fast - maybe too fast.

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Put the ______ on.

The expression is to "put the screws on." This means to put pressure on someone.

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Off like a ____.

The expression is "off like a shot." This means to move quickly.

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Don't _____ the messenger.

The expression is "don't shoot the messenger." This means don't blame the messenger for the bad news.

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War of ______.

The expression is "war of nerves." The winner is the one with nerves of steel.

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Arrow in the ______.

The expression is "arrow in the quiver." This is the same as having a card up your sleeve.

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Axe to _____.

The expression is "axe to grind." If you have an axe to grind, you have a dispute.

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Double-edged _____.

The expression is "double-edged sword." A double-edged sword cuts both ways.

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Loose ______.

The expression is "loose cannon." This refers to a person who is unpredictable.

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Close _____.

The expression is to "close ranks." This means to draw together to support one another.

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Bite the ______.

The expression is "bite the bullet." This means to deal with something unpleasant.

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Pull the _______.

The expression is to "pull the trigger." This means to get something started.

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More than one ______ to their bow.

The expression is "more than one string to their bow." This means that someone has more than one talent.

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Get the _____.

The expression is to "get the axe." This means to be fired.

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Drop a _________.

The expression is "drop a bombshell." This means to make an unexpected, and often unwelcome, announcement.

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Open old ______.

The expression is "open old wounds." This means to rehash old problems.

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In your ______.

The expression is "in your sights." This refers to a target you want to beat.

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Fight an ______ battle.

The expression is "fight an uphill battle." This refers to something that will be a struggle from start to finish.

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Caught off _____.

The expression is "caught off guard." This means that you have been caught unprepared or unawares.

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Keep your _______ dry.

The expression is "keep your powder dry." This means to be careful.

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Flash in the _____.

The saying is "flash in the pan." This refers to something that happens or burns out quickly.

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Cross ______.

The expression is to "cross swords." This means to fight or argue.

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Knight in _______ armor.

The phrase is "knight in shining armor." It describes someone who saves the day.

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Locked and ______.

The expression is "locked and loaded." This means to be prepared.

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Fight fire with ______.

The expression is to "fight fire with fire." This means to use the same means that are being used against you.

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Ride _______.

The expression is "ride shotgun." This means to serve as a guard.

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Sabre-________.

The expression is "sabre-rattling." This means to threaten the use of force.

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Shot across the _____.

The expression is "shot across the bow." This means to give someone a warning.

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Speak softly and carry a big _____.

The expression is to "speak softly and carry a big stick." This means to make your case with words, but be prepared to fight.

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Shoot from the ____.

The expression is "shoot from the hip." Someone who shoots from the hip tends to be very direct.

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About This Quiz

Some are humorous, others not so much. Either way, the world is full of sayings about war. We've compiled 35 of them here for you. Can you guess them all?

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