Common Idioms: Do You Know What They Mean?
When someone says, "Wow! That costs an arm and a leg," they mean...
- They think they're going to regret their purchase.
- It's really expensive.
- They can't believe they found such a good deal.
- They want to buy one for their arm and one for their leg.
When it's raining cats and dogs, you want to...
- Wear a raincoat and carry an umbrella
- Go to the pet store
- Take your allergy medication
- Get your hair permed
You hear your father say something about his retirement plans. You then share it with your sister and tell her that...
- You can kill two birds with one stone.
- It takes two to tango.
- She shouldn't judge a book by its cover.
- You got the information straight from the horse's mouth.
Someone who tends to make a mountain out of a molehill tends to...
- Rise early every day
- Make a bad first impression
- Make a big deal out of nothing
- Take part in group sports
Which of the following idioms means the same thing as "spill the beans"?
- Go on a wild goose chase
- Let the cat out of the bag
- Miss the boat
- Speak of the devil
If people see eye to eye, that means that...
- They like each other
- They are angry over something
- They are the same height
- They agree
Something that happens once in a blue moon happens...
- Very rarely
- Once a month
An employee messes up for the twenty-first time, and you have to fire him. You might say...
- "We'll stick it out through thick and thin."
- "Curiosity killed the cat."
- "This is the last straw."
- "Time to head back to the drawing board."
Someone with their head in the clouds...
- Is sleepy and ready to go to bed
- Is absentminded and tends to daydream
- Has nightmares about something
- Is in the middle of a bad situation
If you don't know the answer to something, you might tell your friend...
- "I'm playing devil's advocate."
- "Your guess is as good as mine."
- "I'm on cloud nine."
- "You've got the best of both worlds."
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An idiom is a phrase that is commonly used among a population and has a non-literal meaning. (In fact, when taken literally, an idiom can make a sentence into utter nonsense.) Common English idioms can be downright confusing, especially if you're learning the language for the first time, or a very literal person. You've probably heard these common English idioms in everyday conversation, from "fish out of water" to "call it a day."