Idioms 1

I'm so glad I brought an umbrella.

Idioms 1

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Idioms are phrases or sayings used in written and spoken language. Have you ever noticed how we often say things one way but they have a completely different meaning? For example, “This quiz is easy as pie!” Naturally the quiz is not a pie but the saying, “easy as pie” means that it has no difficulty at all. When we use words or phrases (sayings) that say one thing but mean something else, it is called an idiom. Every language has its own idioms. Below you will find ten often used idioms in the English language. Can you tell what their real meaning is?

1.
The idiom below is capitalized. Choose the correct answer that describes its real meaning.

There is no sense in CRYING OVER SPILT MILK.
something that was going to happen
something that could have been avoided
something that you didn't know about
something that can't be changed
“Crying over spilt milk” means to cry over something that can’t be changed. Answer (d) is correct
2.
The idiom below is capitalized. Choose the correct answer that describes its real meaning.

He said it would be a PIECE OF CAKE to get an “A” on his test.
almost impossible
very easy
very exciting
a small chore
A “piece of cake” has very much the same meaning as “easy as pie” so it means that something is very easy. Answer (b) is correct
3.
The idiom below is capitalized. Choose the correct answer that describes its real meaning.

Sometimes ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN.
things will get broken
things will spill
things take place often
things will simply occur
The saying, “accidents will happen,” means that things will simply happen or occur. Answer (d) is correct
4.
The idiom below is capitalized. Choose the correct answer that describes its real meaning.

If you GIVE ME A HAND, I’ll be able to go out with you.
lift me up
help me
hold my hand
take my hand
To give someone “a hand” means to give them help. Answer (b) is correct
5.
The idiom below is capitalized. Choose the correct answer that describes its real meaning.

I would GIVE MY RIGHT ARM to get tickets for the football game!
do something really stupid
do something dangerous
do absolutely anything
do what is expected of me
To “give my right arm” is an expression that means that you would do absolutely anything. Answer (c) is correct
6.
The idiom below is capitalized. Choose the correct answer that describes its real meaning.

As this was his first time camping, they KEPT AN EYE ON him.
considered
checked on
closely observed
looked at
To “keep an eye on” something means to closely observe something. Answer (c) is correct
7.
The idiom below is capitalized. Choose the correct answer that describes its real meaning.

IN THE END he confessed to both crimes.
Finally
Towards the end
By the end
At the end
To do something “in the end” means to finally do something. Answer (a) is correct
8.
The idiom below is capitalized. Choose the correct answer that describes its real meaning.

She would have gone home if she hadn’t BURNED HER BRIDGES.
ended her relationships
burned her house down
lost her way
been angry
To burn your bridges means that you have ended a relationship, generally badly, and there is no going back. Answer (a) is correct
9.
The idiom below is capitalized. Choose the correct answer that describes its real meaning.

I’m so glad I brought an umbrella because it’s RAINING CATS AND DOGS now.
it's starting to sprinkle
it's about to rain
it's starting to clear up
it's raining very heavily
“Raining cats and dogs” means that it is raining very heavily to the point of pouring. Answer (d) is correct
10.
The idiom below is capitalized. Choose the correct answer that describes its real meaning.

Mr. Steven’s new truck is a big WHITE ELEPHANT that his wife hates.
something amazing and very useful
something very expensive and useless
something very big and useful
something cheap and useless
In this instance, a big “white elephant” means something that is very expensive but has little to no value, i.e., it is rather useless. Answer (b) is correct
Author:  Christine G. Broome

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