Quiz: Can You Tell Us What These Idioms Mean?
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Can You Tell Us What These Idioms Mean?
By: Ariana Perez
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About This Quiz

An idiom can best be described as a group of words established by usage and as having a meaning not inferred from those of the individual words. Idioms are really expressions, and sometimes life-savers in that they fill in the blanks for thoughts that we think but don't dare say or share out loud.

English idioms, proverbs and many of the expressions we use are an important part of our everyday language. They come up all the time without us even noticing, both in written and spoken English. Idioms don't always make sense literally, so it’s important for you to familiarize yourself with the meaning and usage of each idiom before you think of literally biting a bullet, going back to the drawing board (with a Sharpie or marker), or crouch down to pull someone’s leg. It’s not hard to familiarize yourself with these. Some are funny and some have interesting (and historical) backgrounds that can make it even easier for you to remember their meaning.

If English is not your first language, it can be a lot of fun, especially when you compare English idioms to the idioms in your own language or translate them literally. But if you do know your idioms really well, we challenge you to test your knowledge. Can you tell us what these idioms mean? Take this quiz and find out!

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If you’re making a bad situation worse, what are you doing?
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If you got away with a lie by the skin of your teeth, did you get away with it?
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If two contestants are “level pegging,” what are they?
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What are you doing if you’re about to go hit the sack?
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If you need to calm down, what do you need to do?
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How do you feel if you’re under the weather?
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If your friends agree to do something without asking what they’re expected to give in return, what would you tell them?
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What would you say in a situation in which you are trying to help someone, but they’re still being stubborn so it’s better to just walk away?
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If you are weathering the storm, what are you doing?
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“Larry’s boat crashed and suddenly went up in flames. He really bought the farm.” What does “bought the farm” mean?
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“I saw them all over each other last night and then they left together. I expect they’ll be discussing Uganda.” What does “discussing Uganda” mean?
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If you get Hobson’s choice, what did you get?
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“Only a few cows are pregnant this season. We need a visit from the bull in the bowler hat.” What will the bull in the bowler hat do?
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“I told him to bring an umbrella but, doubting Thomas that he is, he checked the weather first.” Who is a doubting Thomas?
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What idiom would mean a persistent and difficult to ignore annoyance?
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When the Titanic kept going full speed near the iceberg, the crew didn’t realize they were headed for hell in a handbasket. What does it mean to be going hell in a handbasket?
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He broke his ankle just a mile away from the finish line, but he was hell bent to finish. What does it mean to be hell bent?
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What would you say if you are in a bad situation and relying on luck to get out of it?
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If you’re an enthusiastic Christian believer, what are you?
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“You didn’t invent that. That’s a load of cobblers, I tell you!” What does it meant if something is a load of cobblers?
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“You iron your coat? You’re a real fuddy-duddy.” What’s a fuddy-duddy?
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Ozzy Osbourne can best be described as a rocker who is off his rocker! What does that really mean?
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If you’re doing something at stupid-o’clock, what time of the day are you doing it?
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Old people seem to enjoy being surrounded by ankle biters. Who are ankle biters?
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