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Idioms Quiz: Body 3

Many idioms are based on the human body, or parts of the body, or bodily functions. Test your knowledge of English idioms with the questions below. To learn more about an individual idiom, click on the "more about this idiom" link.

1. an eye-opener

Jenny and the other kids went on their first visit to the zoo today, and it was a real eye-opener for them. They
  1. had been there many times before
  2. had never seen animals like that before
  3. were upset because it was closed
more about this idiom: an eye-opener

2. behind someone's back

When the player spoke with another team about playing for them, he did it behind his own team's back because
  1. he didn't want to play there anymore
  2. he didn't want them to know
  3. he wanted to make more money
more about this idiom: behind someone's back

3. bite your tongue | hold your tongue

You really have to hold your tongue, or bite your tongue, when you're being spoken to by
  1. some friends at a party
  2. a waiter in a restaurant
  3. a judge in a courtroom
more about this idiom: bite your tongue | hold your tongue

4. break your heart

Peter broke Cindy's heart when he
  1. said he didn't feel like going out
  2. forgot her mother's birthday
  3. went to live with another woman
more about this idiom: break your heart

5. by word of mouth

People heard about the book by word of mouth, so the publisher
  1. didn't have to spend much on marketing
  2. had to spend a lot on marketing
  3. had to sell it at a lower price
more about this idiom: by word of mouth

6. caught red-handed

The guy in the apartment next door was caught red-handed
  1. watching bad T.V.
  2. peeping on our cute neighbour
  3. cooking an awful dinner
more about this idiom: caught red-handed

7. come to your senses

After spending most of his life working eighty hours a week in a job he didn't enjoy, Hamish came to his senses and
  1. quit his job
  2. worked even harder
  3. pretended to enjoy it
more about this idiom: come to your senses

8. dig your heels in

When her children wanted to move her into an old folk's home, Edith dug her heels in and
  1. agreed to go
  2. started gardening
  3. refused to go
more about this idiom: dig your heels in

9. drag your feet | drag your heels

If industries are dragging their feet over the issue of developing new technology to reduce carbon emissions, they are
  1. doing it very carefully
  2. taking a long time to do it
  3. doing it as quickly as possible
more about this idiom: drag your feet | drag your heels

10. ear to the ground

We need someone who has an ear to the ground in Washington to report on
  1. American weather
  2. American history
  3. American politics
more about this idiom: ear to the ground

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