100 American English Idioms

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Complete the sentences with the appropriate idioms.


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  • 1. 
    My friend has a big ________________________. He is angry because his father will not pay his college tuition.
    • A. 

      Silver bullet

    • B. 

      Last straw

    • C. 

      Chip on his shoulder

    • D. 

      Foot in his mouth

  • 2. 
    If you need some ___________________, you should go to the beach. That's the best place to relax.
    • A. 

      R and R

    • B. 

      Blank slates

    • C. 

      Silver bullets

    • D. 

      Head in the clouds

  • 3. 
    I know you cannot find a job, but don't get discouraged. You have to ________________________ in this __________________________.
    • A. 

      Put it lightly … doghouse

    • B. 

      Roll with the punches … dog eat dog world

    • C. 

      Be born ready … blank slate

    • D. 

      Jump the gun … dog eat dog world

  • 4. 
    I do have time to work on this software project. You can ___________________, and please _________________ about all the new developments.
    • A. 

      Count on me … break the ice

    • B. 

      Dive in … agree to disagree

    • C. 

      Count me in … keep me posted

    • D. 

      Think outside the box … don't break a sweat

  • 5. 
    The district manager is coming into town next week. Do you think we need to _____________________ her?
    • A. 

      Count on

    • B. 

      Lighten up

    • C. 

      Bells and whistles

    • D. 

      Wine and dine

  • 6. 
    Let's get together next Friday. Maybe we can go to a park, but it depends on the weather. Let's _______________________.
    • A. 

      Face the music

    • B. 

      Get off track

    • C. 

      Play it by ear

    • D. 

      Have a clue

  • 7. 
    My best friend almost became a state representative. It was ______________________________. He lost by 500 votes.
    • A. 

      Burnt bridges

    • B. 

      Close, but no cigar

    • C. 

      Waiting for the other shoe to drop

    • D. 

      No hard feelings

  • 8. 
    His wife is angry that he was _______________________________. He is really ____________________.
    • A. 

      Dragging his feet … up in the air

    • B. 

      Reading her mind … delivering the goods

    • C. 

      Talking behind her back … in the doghouse

    • D. 

      Wearing many hats … burning bridges

  • 9. 
    Don't talk about our project so loudly! It's so quiet in here ________________________ and _____________________.
    • A. 

      You could hear a pin drop … the walls have ears

    • B. 

      You could put your foot in your mouth … draw a blank

    • C. 

      Put it lightly … wear many hats

    • D. 

      Face the music … jump the gun

  • 10. 
    This work project will take all week! But let's _________________ and ________________ so we can ____________________ on time.
    • A. 

      Break the ice … take off … hit the nail on the head

    • B. 

      Read someone's mind … face the music … jump the gun

    • C. 

      Bite the bullet … get cracking … deliver the goods

    • D. 

      Talk over … take off … on the dot

  • 11. 
    The immigration official seemed sympathetic, but he said that his ____________________. He could not help us.
    • A. 

      Arm was twisted

    • B. 

      Hands were tied

    • C. 

      Foot was down

    • D. 

      Leg was broken

  • 12. 
    He is a great athlete, but if you ask him a question about anything besides soccer, it's as if __________________________________.
    • A. 

      The lights are on, but nobody's home

    • B. 

      He's waiting for the other shoe to drop

    • C. 

      His head is above water

    • D. 

      He's back to the trenches

  • 13. 
    Please don't ______________________ at the family reunion. My parents don't need to know about your alcohol problem or the fact that I lost my job.
    • A. 

      Put it lightly

    • B. 

      Air our dirty laundry

    • C. 

      Bark up the wrong tree

    • D. 

      Be asleep at the wheel

  • 14. 
    She is a very good worker. She arrives every day at 9:00am ________________ and she will always _____________________ if she is not sure of how to do something.
    • A. 

      On the dot … put her foot in her mouth

    • B. 

      Born ready … have a clue

    • C. 

      On the dot … touch base with me

    • D. 

      Up in the air … jump the gun

  • 15. 
    I believe I can meet with you on Wednesday. I have another appointment, but it's not 
    • A. 

      Down to earth

    • B. 

      Set in stone

    • C. 

      Bells and whistles

    • D. 

      Second nature

  • 16. 
    I cannot believe that your husband is having an affair for the third time since you married. _____________________! Tell him that this is ___________________ and you're leaving him.
    • A. 

      It takes all kinds … in the doghouse

    • B. 

      Think outside the box … the extra mile

    • C. 

      Don't be a martyr … the last straw

    • D. 

      Take it with a grain of salt … a blank slate

  • 17. 
    My sister is starting her third year of college, but her future plans are still _____________________. She is not a practical person. She always has her ____________________.
    • A. 

      Up in the air … head in the clouds

    • B. 

      Off track … foot in her mouth

    • C. 

      Second nature … feet wet

    • D. 

      A blank slate … arm twisted

  • 18. 
    I know you love to create animation and interactive forms, but if our website has too many ___________________, the site might become annoying to some users. Let's _______________ each feature and choose the ones we need carefully.
    • A. 

      Silver bullets … dive into

    • B. 

      Bells and whistles … talk over

    • C. 

      Blank slates … lighten up

    • D. 

      Hats … quick study

  • 19. 
    My friend can teach you how to play tennis. It's _________________ to him, and he's a pleasant person, very ___________________ and agreeable.
    • A. 

      A quick study … one track mind

    • B. 

      A silver bullet …born ready

    • C. 

      In a nutshell … just what the doctor ordered

    • D. 

      Second nature … down to earth

  • 20. 
    I think that new employee is annoying. She either _________________ or ________________ on her work projects. I never know what will happen.
    • A. 

      Drags her feet … jumps the gun

    • B. 

      Has a clue … faces the music

    • C. 

      Reads my mind … goes the extra mile

    • D. 

      Falls asleep at the wheel … hits the sack

  • 21. 
    When the teacher asked me the question, I ________________________. I had studied and should have known the answer, but I just forgot.
    • A. 

      Got off track

    • B. 

      Drew a blank

    • C. 

      Had a clue

    • D. 

      Faced the music

  • 22. 
    If you want to be a great athlete, remember there's ______________________. It _______________________________ to become better than everyone else.
    • A. 

      A one track mind … takes all kinds

    • B. 

      Water under the bridge … takes working out the kinks

    • C. 

      No silver bullet … takes blood, sweat and tears

    • D. 

      A blank slate … takes a grain of salt

  • 23. 
       "Wow, Jim really __________________ when he started talking about cell phone technology. The meeting was supposed to be about customer service."    "Yeah, ___________________________!  The way he was talking, you would think he didn't know what human beings are!"
    • A. 

      Faced the music … lighten up

    • B. 

      Got off track … that's putting it lightly

    • C. 

      Took off … that's the short end of the stick

    • D. 

      This, that and the other … that's taking something the wrong way

  • 24. 
    Mary is so difficult to work with. She's always late, and when she wants to explain something, she takes all day. I can't believe they won't fire her, but I suppose ________________________.
    • A. 

      She breaks a sweat

    • B. 

      She was born ready

    • C. 

      It takes all kinds

    • D. 

      The pin has dropped

  • 25. 
    ________________________________, the kitchen is a mess. I try to get my daughter to clean up after herself, but it ________________________. 
    • A. 

      Every time I turn around … feels like pulling teeth

    • B. 

      Just what the doctor ordered … costs an arm and a leg

    • C. 

      You hit the nail on the head … water under the bridge

    • D. 

      It's the light at the end of the tunnel … takes all kinds