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Test Your Knowledge: Match the Idioms with Their Meanings

How about we have some fun with English idioms today!

Learning idioms can be challenging, but it can also be enjoyable and rewarding. Hopefully, this little quiz helps you practice your knowledge of or learn five English idioms.

Can you match the idioms and their meanings below? Now, if you don’t know the idioms, don’t Google them just yet. Look at the short exchanges with the idioms below the chart, and see if you can guess the meaning from the context. Have fun!


A: Did you hear about our neighbor? I saw an ambulance at their house this morning.
B: No, what happened?
A: Apparently, he kicked the bucket last night.
B: Oh no, that’s terrible. Do you know what happened?
A: I’m not sure, but I heard he was quite old and had been sick for a while.


A: I’m really nervous about the presentation tomorrow.
B: Don’t worry, you’ll do great! Just go out there and break a leg.
A: Thanks for the encouragement, I hope I don’t mess it up.
B: I’m sure you won’t. Remember to take a deep breath and just be yourself. Break a leg!


A: How’s your new boss treating you?
B: Honestly, he’s a real piece of work. He’s always hovering over my shoulder and criticizing my work.
A: That doesn’t sound pleasant. Have you talked to HR about it?
B: Yeah, but they haven’t been much help. I think I’m just going to have to tough it out for a while.
A: Sorry to hear that. If you need any help, just let me know.


A: Hey B, how was your math exam yesterday?
B: Oh, it was a piece of cake. I finished it in under an hour.
A: Wow, that’s impressive. I had trouble with a few of the questions.
B: Really? I found it pretty easy. Which questions were giving you trouble?


A: How was your first day of college classes?
B: It was a bit overwhelming, to be honest. I felt like a fish out of water.
A: I totally understand. It can be tough adjusting to a new environment.

If you still didn’t get the meaning of the idioms above (which I highly doubt! 😉 ), go ahead and Google them.

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