The American English Idioms Quiz

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Are you ready to take the American English idioms quiz? Give it a try, then! An idiom is a phrase or expression that shows a figurative, non-literal meaning attached to the phrase; However, some phrases become figurative idioms that also retain the literal meaning of the phrase. Categorized as formulaic language, an idiom's figurative meaning differs from the literal meaning. This quiz is about American idioms. Let's see how much you know! All the best to you!


Questions and Answers
  • 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

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