Can You Decipher The Meaning Of These Native English Phrases?

As a speaker of English, you likely pride yourself in your vast knowledge of phrases. The question is, how well do you really know the meaning of these native English phrase? Let's find out!
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What does the phrase "elephant in the room" imply?
There's an obvious problem not being addressed
A fight is about to ensue
There is an overweight relative looking to cause trouble
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If someone has "kicked the bucket" they have....
Left the room
Passed away
Angrily stormed out
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What does the phrase "bull in a china shop" imply?
Someone is behaving like an animal
Someone is clumsy
Someone is pretending to be smart
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If you're "painting the town red" what are you doing?
Tagging it with graffiti
Celebrating boisterously
Spreading anger and negativity
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What is a "flash in the pan?"
Sudden but short lived success
A young rebellious individual
A bright spark
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If you're "at a crossroads" what are you doing?
Making an important decision
Debating a situation that has no solution
Standing on the side of the road
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If someone "pulls the plug" on something what have they done?
Postponed it
Canceled or ended it
Gotten irritated about it
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If something is a "piece of cake" it is very...
Sweet
Simple
Nauseating
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To "break a leg" implies...
Failure
Luck
Injury
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If someone "doesn't mince words" they...
Were speaking very fast
Completely silent
Were direct and up front
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What does "water under the bridge" imply....
Something has been forgiven and forgotten
Something is too troubling to move past
Something unfortunate has happened
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If something is put "in a nutshell" it has been...
Summarized
Dissected
Forgotten
Result
You may have a firm grasp on the English language, but you'll need a little more work before you can truly know these common English phrases. Fret not, you gave it your all and that's what truly matter!

C+, Native Phrase Novice

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Based on the results of this quiz, you know your native phrases well! Sure, you may not be an expert just yet, but we get the feeling that you're well on your way to total English phrase domination. Well done!

B+, Native Phrase Nice

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Based on the results of this quiz, you are truly native phrase noble! You know your native phrases better than just about anyone else. There's no doubt in our minds that you possess amazing language skills and a true affinity for literature. Well done!

C+, Native Phrase Noble

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1
What does the phrase "elephant in the room" imply?
There's an obvious problem not being addressed
A fight is about to ensue
There is an overweight relative looking to cause trouble
2
If someone has "kicked the bucket" they have....
Left the room
Passed away
Angrily stormed out
3
What does the phrase "bull in a china shop" imply?
Someone is behaving like an animal
Someone is clumsy
Someone is pretending to be smart
4
If you're "painting the town red" what are you doing?
Tagging it with graffiti
Celebrating boisterously
Spreading anger and negativity
5
What is a "flash in the pan?"
Sudden but short lived success
A young rebellious individual
A bright spark
6
If you're "at a crossroads" what are you doing?
Making an important decision
Debating a situation that has no solution
Standing on the side of the road
7
If someone "pulls the plug" on something what have they done?
Postponed it
Canceled or ended it
Gotten irritated about it
8
If something is a "piece of cake" it is very...
Sweet
Simple
Nauseating
9
To "break a leg" implies...
Failure
Luck
Injury
10
If someone "doesn't mince words" they...
Were speaking very fast
Completely silent
Were direct and up front
11
What does "water under the bridge" imply....
Something has been forgiven and forgotten
Something is too troubling to move past
Something unfortunate has happened
12
If something is put "in a nutshell" it has been...
Summarized
Dissected
Forgotten