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Idioms Quiz: Nature 2

Many idioms are based on Nature and the laws of Nature. 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. in deep water

I heard that John's in deep water and
  1. he might go to jail
  2. he might buy a new boat
  3. he might be getting married
more about this idiom: in deep water

2. make a mountain out of a molehill

I made a mountain out of a molehill when a taxi driver took a slightly longer route to make more money, and I
  1. didn't realise until after we'd arrived
  2. took his name and reported him to the company
  3. knew what he'd done but didn't say anything
more about this idiom: make a mountain out of a molehill

3. make hay while the sun shines

I'd better make hay while the sun shines and do some work on my book
  1. while I have a bit of free time
  2. despite having so much else to do
  3. even though I don't feel like writing
more about this idiom: make hay while the sun shines

4. neck of the woods

Wendy called and said she was in our neck of the woods so I told her
  1. I'd take her to hospital straight away
  2. to drop by and say hello
  3. to call the police
more about this idiom: neck of the woods

5. reach for the moon | reach for the stars

Ever since she was a teenager Marylin had been reaching for the moon. She had dreams of being
  1. an amateur astronomer
  2. a famous movie star
  3. a farmer's wife

6. the tip of the iceberg

The corruption cases that are brought to court are the tip of the iceberg, and there are
  1. no more cases to uncover
  2. a few more cases to uncover
  3. many more cases to uncover
more about this idiom: the tip of the iceberg

7. under a cloud

If someone is under a cloud, they might
  1. take an umbrella in case it rains
  2. try to prove they're innocent
  3. stop and wait until it passes
more about this idiom: under a cloud

8. under the weather

Tom's been feeling under the weather for a couple of days, so he's
  1. going to see a doctor
  2. going to see a lawyer
  3. going to see a priest
more about this idiom: under the weather

9. virgin territory

We've only ever advertised on television and in the print media, so anything else is virgin territory for us, including
  1. advertising on the internet
  2. advertising to teenagers
  3. advertising imported products
more about this idiom: virgin territory

10. weather a storm

If you weather a storm, you get through something that could have
  1. helped you
  2. excited you
  3. harmed you
more about this idiom: weather a storm

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