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Idioms Quiz: Food 2

Many idioms are based on food and cooking. 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. eat humble pie

Jeremy had to eat humble pie because
  1. there was nothing else to eat
  2. he wanted to seem humble
  3. it was clear he was wrong
more about this idiom: eat humble pie

2. eat your words

Bernie said I couldn't possibly get Marion to go on a date, and he had to eat his words when I
  1. said I definitely would
  2. took her out for dinner
  3. couldn't get her to go out with me
more about this idiom: eat your words

3. go down a treat

The band came back on stage and played one last song and it went down a treat. Everybody
  1. booed and hissed
  2. clapped and cheered
  3. yawned and nodded off
more about this idiom: go down a treat

4. grease someone's palm

It was obvious that many people had greased the chief of police's palm because he had
  1. become very poor
  2. become very rich
  3. become very greasy
more about this idiom: grease someone's palm

5. half-baked

Jerry has come up with another of his half-baked schemes to make millions of dollars, but it
  1. needs more baking
  2. can't possibly work
  3. will work for sure
more about this idiom: half-baked

6. hard to swallow

Of all his stories, the one that most people found the hardest to swallow was the one about
  1. being taken for a ride in a U.F.O. by aliens
  2. being given fried spiders to eat in Cambodia
  3. seeing people stick pins and needles through their cheeks
more about this idiom: hard to swallow

7. in a nutshell

I'll give you the story in a nutshell because
  1. you need to know everything
  2. we don't have much time
  3. it'll make it more interesting
more about this idiom: in a nutshell

8. junk food

Parents who feed their children junk food risk turning them into
  1. healthy, happy, active kids
  2. overweight, unhealthy, unhappy kids
  3. well-balanced and well-fed kids
more about this idiom: junk food

9. not your cup of tea

Classical music isn't really Mary's cup of tea, so when I offered to take her to a concert of chamber music, she
  1. wasn't all that excited
  2. was really excited
  3. looked very exciting
more about this idiom: not your cup of tea

10. on the back burner

We'll put the project on the back burner for a while because
  1. it's a terrible plan
  2. we've already tried it
  3. we're too busy just now
more about this idiom: on the back burner

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