Reading - Craft and Structure - Idioms
By mowing the lawn early, he killed two birds with one stone.

Reading - Craft and Structure - Idioms

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Idioms are words or phrases that say one thing but mean something else. In other words, their meaning is not what it first appears to be. For example, to say “break a leg” does not really mean someone is to break a leg but, as in the entertainment world, it means to give a great performance.

1.
Determine the real meaning of the capitalized words.
My grandfather always said he was THE BLACK SHEEP OF THE FAMILY.
Was adopted
Was always late
Was always getting into trouble
Was the one who acted like a clown
This type of person doesn’t always do what is expected but, rather, does what they want to regardless of what is expected of them.
2.
Determine the real meaning of the capitalized words.
My cousin is so FULL OF HIMSELF I could just gag.
Is so very conceited
Is so overweight
Is so funny
Is so smart
This is when someone thinks very highly of themselves.
3.
Determine the real meaning of the capitalized words.
He talked to the principal FACE TO FACE.
In person
Looking at each other
Seeing each other
Facing each other
When you don’t want to talk to someone over the phone or through writing a letter but, rather, you want to speak with them directly.
4.
Determine the real meaning of the capitalized words.
He is so UP TO HIS EARS in homework he won’t be able to play all day.
Concerned with
Involved with
Not interested in
Fully occupied with
When you have an awful lot to do - almost more than you can handle.
5.
Determine the real meaning of the capitalized words.
He acts as though he is the BIG FISH on the team.
The biggest person
The most important person
The hugest person
The fattest person
This mostly refers to someone who is very valuable.
6.
Determine the real meaning of the capitalized words.
The well on the farm was DRY AS A BONE.
Completely flat
Completely cracked
Completely hard
Completely dry
Something that has no moisture at all.
7.
Determine the real meaning of the capitalized words.
Johnny really put HIS FOOT IN HIS MOUTH at the party last night.
Put on the wrong shoe
Said something embarrassing
Ate too much
Slipped on the floor
When a person speaks out without first thinking about what they are going to say.
8.
Determine the real meaning of the capitalized words.
By mowing the lawn early, he KILLED TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE.
Got something done two times
Got two things done at the same time
Got things done twice
Got two things done twice
Means you can accomplish more than one thing simultaneously.
9.
Determine the real meaning of the capitalized words.
Sometimes to get something done you have to TAKE THE BULL BY THE HORNS.
Make the right decision
Make a quick decision
Make a bold decision
Make a final decision
This is being assertive in taking an action.
10.
Determine the real meaning of the capitalized words.
When Halloween was over, I got THE LION'S SHARE of the candy.
The largest amount
The smallest amount
All of
None of
When you get more than anyone else.
Author:  Christine G. Broome

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