How Well Do You Know Common Idioms?

Idioms, sometimes known as proverbs, are expressions that when used have a figurative or underlying meaning. Do you think you know yours pretty well? Take this quiz and find out.
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Question 1/12

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What does it mean if something is described as being "a piece of cake"?
That something is delicious.
That something is very easy.
That something looks appealing.
That something feels soft.
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What it mean when a person says "When pigs fly."?
That it will never happen.
That something is being done incorrectly.
That something is too complex.
That a miracle has happened.
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What does it mean for someone to "play it by ear"?
To improvise.
To learn a song by listening to it.
To copy someone.
To not have full understanding of a concept.
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What does it mean when someone is referred to as a "basket case"?
That the are emotionally unstable.
That they are deeply philosophical.
That they are quirky or eccentric.
That they are prone to daydreaming.
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If something is "a dime a dozen", what does it mean?
That it is rare or unique.
That it stands out from its counterparts.
That it is extremely common.
That it is more valuable than it seems at first.
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What does it mean when a person can't "see the forest for the trees"?
That they might be colorblind.
That they aren't seeing something that is plainly obvious.
They are assuming that there is many of something when there is only a few.
That they can't see the big picture because they're too focused on the details.
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What does it mean when someone tells you to not "judge a book by it's cover"?
To not trust someone until you've gotten to know them better.
To make an assumption of someone or something based only on appearance.
To look carefully at the details.
To operate based on limited information.
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If someone is feeling "a bit under the weather"?
That they are upset.
That they are feeling slightly nervous.
That they are feeling lonely.
That they are feeling slightly ill.
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What does it if someone is described as "a big fish in a little sea"?
That they have an unnecessarily big ego.
That they are famous in an unimportant area.
That they stand out in a crowd.
That they hold an important position in a small company.
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What does it mean if a person is "not playing with a full deck"?
That they lack the necessary skills.
That they're not very intelligent.
That they're unfairly disadvantaged.
That they are ignorant.
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What does it mean to "take something with a grain of salt"?
To go one step at a time.
To give very little in exchange for a lot.
To take something without being noticed.
To not take what someone says too seriously.
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If someone "let's the cat out of the bag", what have they done?
Caused trouble.
Overcome their shyness.
Revealed a secret.
Surprised someone.
Result
Looks like someone needs to hit the books and study their idioms a bit more. Remember that practice makes perfect!

C+, Uh-Oh!

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Hey, you're not too bad at this! You have a decent grasp of idioms and use them well for the most part.

B+, Alright!

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Wow! You sure do know your idioms. People must enjoy speaking with with you because of your colorful and expressive use of language.

A+, Congratulations!

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1
What does it mean if something is described as being "a piece of cake"?
That something is delicious.
That something is very easy.
That something looks appealing.
That something feels soft.
2
What it mean when a person says "When pigs fly."?
That it will never happen.
That something is being done incorrectly.
That something is too complex.
That a miracle has happened.
3
What does it mean for someone to "play it by ear"?
To improvise.
To learn a song by listening to it.
To copy someone.
To not have full understanding of a concept.
4
What does it mean when someone is referred to as a "basket case"?
That the are emotionally unstable.
That they are deeply philosophical.
That they are quirky or eccentric.
That they are prone to daydreaming.
5
If something is "a dime a dozen", what does it mean?
That it is rare or unique.
That it stands out from its counterparts.
That it is extremely common.
That it is more valuable than it seems at first.
6
What does it mean when a person can't "see the forest for the trees"?
That they might be colorblind.
That they aren't seeing something that is plainly obvious.
They are assuming that there is many of something when there is only a few.
That they can't see the big picture because they're too focused on the details.
7
What does it mean when someone tells you to not "judge a book by it's cover"?
To not trust someone until you've gotten to know them better.
To make an assumption of someone or something based only on appearance.
To look carefully at the details.
To operate based on limited information.
8
If someone is feeling "a bit under the weather"?
That they are upset.
That they are feeling slightly nervous.
That they are feeling lonely.
That they are feeling slightly ill.
9
What does it if someone is described as "a big fish in a little sea"?
That they have an unnecessarily big ego.
That they are famous in an unimportant area.
That they stand out in a crowd.
That they hold an important position in a small company.
10
What does it mean if a person is "not playing with a full deck"?
That they lack the necessary skills.
That they're not very intelligent.
That they're unfairly disadvantaged.
That they are ignorant.
11
What does it mean to "take something with a grain of salt"?
To go one step at a time.
To give very little in exchange for a lot.
To take something without being noticed.
To not take what someone says too seriously.
12
If someone "let's the cat out of the bag", what have they done?
Caused trouble.
Overcome their shyness.
Revealed a secret.
Surprised someone.