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Idioms Quiz: Law 1

Many idioms are based on the Law, and crime and punishment. 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. a law unto themselves

Our Uncle Bernhard is a law unto himself. He
  1. lives in a flat and drives to work
  2. lives in a house and takes a train to work
  3. lives in a caravan and rides a bicycle to work
more about this idiom: a law unto themselves

2. a slap on the wrist

The judge gave her a slap on the wrist by sentencing her to
  1. thirty years in jail
  2. execution in the electric chair
  3. a few hours of community service
more about this idiom: a slap on the wrist

3. a vested interest

Which type of person is most often accused of corruption involving vested interests in companies?
  1. English teachers
  2. dairy farmers
  3. politicians
more about this idiom: a vested interest

4. above board

The government officials are being investigated for corruption. If everything they've done has been above board, they'll have
  1. a lot to worry about
  2. nothing to worry about
  3. something to worry about
more about this idiom: above board

5. above the law

James seemed to think he was above the law, so he was shocked when
  1. he failed his law exam
  2. he was released from jail
  3. he was arrested for selling drugs
more about this idiom: above the law

6. beat the rap

Sonny was arrested for robbery, but he beat the rap so now he's
  1. still in jail
  2. back home
  3. due in court
more about this idiom: beat the rap

7. by the book

When they arrested the suspected killer, the police did everything by the book. They
  1. wrote down what they were doing
  2. followed procedure exactly
  3. read from a book while arresting him
more about this idiom: by the book

8. 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

9. cook the books | cook the accounts

He cooked the books of his business, and now he
  1. has been arrested
  2. can't read them
  3. has to eat them
more about this idiom: cook the books | cook the accounts

10. cover your tracks

After stealing millions of dollars from the company accounts, he covered his tracks by
  1. destroying the computer files
  2. telling the police he'd done it
  3. flying straight to Argentina
more about this idiom: cover your tracks

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