Common English Idioms (Part 1)

An idiom is a word or phrase with a meaning that is different from the actual words. Read the example sentences in the quiz and then choose the best answer for the meaning of each idiom. Good luck!

Common English Idioms Quiz

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Question 1
My brother-in-law and I don't see eye to eye on politics. He believes in a big government with lots of laws, and I support less government interference in citizens' lives.

see eye to eye = _____________________

A
think about
B
agree
C
look at
Question 2
I use Facebook and Skype to keep in touch with my relatives who live in another country.

keep in touch = ______________________

A
give a hug
B
stay in contact
C
send e-mails and photos
Question 3
I can't carry all these books. Can you lend me a hand?

lend a hand = ___________________-

A
help
B
carry something
C
raise your hand
Question 3 Explanation: 
In this specific case, the speaker is asking a friend to carry the books. However, "lend a hand" means "to help" in general - maybe with carrying, maybe with building, maybe with assembling a computer, etc.
Question 4

"Do you like to ski?"

"I do, but I only go once in a blue moon because it's so expensive."

once in a blue moon = ____________________

A
once in a while, not frequently
B
when the moon is visible at night
C
one time every year
Question 5
I'm giving a presentation to 500 people at the conference next month. I already have butterflies in my stomach!

have butterflies in (my/his/her) stomach = __________________________

A
to be fat
B
to be nervous
C
to have a stomachache
Question 6
Kristen has a short fuse. Yesterday she yelled at me for an hour just because I didn't answer her phone call right away!

has a short fuse = _________________

A
is not very tall
B
gets angry easily
C
has a difficult personality
Question 7
Richard broke the living room window while he was playing ball inside the house. He's going to be in hot water when his mother comes home!

be in hot water = __________________

A
be in trouble
B
take a shower
C
have to explain
Question 8
My girlfriend took me to a dance class, even though I've never danced in my life. I felt like a fish out of water.

like a fish out of water = _______________________

A
embarrassed
B
out of place
C
nervous about swimming
Question 9
Bob loves his iPhone; he has it with him 24/7.

24/7 = _________________

A
24 times a day
B
all the time
C
7 hours per week
Question 9 Explanation: 
24 hours per day, 7 days per week = all the time, constantly!
Question 10
"I can eat an entire pizza by myself."

"I don't believe it! Put your money where your mouth is!"

put your money where your mouth is = ____________________________

A
buy some food to eat
B
prove or show that what you're saying is true
C
talk about how much money you have
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