Quiz: A True Master of English Should Complete These Common Phrases! Can you?
A True Master of English Should Complete These Common Phrases! Can you?
By: Olivia Seitz
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About This Quiz

Do you love the versatility and nuances of the English language? If so, this is the quiz for you. Let's find out if you know enough about these common phrases to ace this How Stuff Works quiz.

Even if you don't know the meaning of each one of these idioms, you probably can recognize enough of them to be able to complete them. But let's chat for a minute about what these unique phrases mean. When you hear the phrase "it's raining cats and dogs," you probably know that it isn't really raining cats and dogs - at least we hope you realize that cats and dogs are not literally falling from the sky. But you probably do understand that this colorful phrase means that it's raining pretty hard. 

The reality is that few people actually know, for sure, what the origin of the phrase really means. Some sources indicate that cats especially used to take cover in the thatched roofs of houses centuries ago. When the rain came down in torrents, the cats would abandon the thatch for cover elsewhere, jumping from the roofs of the houses, making it look like they were falling from the sky.

So, what's your take? Can you complete each of these common phrases?

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