Expressions Quiz: Crime

You can do this quiz online or print it on paper. It tests comprehension of common English expressions used when talking about Crime.

Read each sentence and choose the answer with the closest meaning to the words in italics.

1. Every single cop in our police force is on the take.

taking statements
taking bribes
taking breaks
a) taking statements b) taking bribes c) taking breaks

2. Shooting prisoners in cold blood is a war crime.

without warning
with cold-hearted cruelty
a) accidentally b) without warning c) with cold-hearted cruelty

3. If the money was stolen from a locked safe, it must have been an inside job.

done with inside information
done by the owner of the safe
done by someone inside the room
a) done with inside information b) done by the owner of the safe c) done by someone inside the room

4. Every year quite a few postal workers are fired for having sticky fingers.

stealing things
damaging things
sticking things
a) stealing things b) damaging things c) sticking things

5. To get a government job, you must keep your nose clean.

never be impolite
never look untidy
never commit a crime
a) never be impolite b) never look untidy c) never commit a crime

6. The burglar was so good at covering his tracks that the police never caught him.

leaving no evidence
covering his footprints
hiding his fingerprints
a) leaving no evidence b) covering his footprints c) hiding his fingerprints

7. Have you ever eaten at a restaurant and then done a runner?

got food poisoning
run off without paying
been cheated on the bill
a) got food poisoning b) run off without paying c) been cheated on the bill

8. Did they know that smoking on a hotel balcony is against the law here?

above the law
a) illegal b) permitted c) above the law

9. Kim was arrested for running a red light.

stopping at a red light
driving through a red light
running into a red light
a) stopping at a red light b) driving through a red light c) running into a red light

10. After robbing a bank, Ronnie was on the run for twenty years.

sent to prison
avoiding capture
free on bail
a) sent to prison b) avoiding capture c) free on bail

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Contributor: Matt Errey. Matt is the author of several books including 1000 Phrasal Verbs in Context and Common English Idioms for learners, and Matt's ESL Games and Quizzes for teachers. He is also creator of WORD UP, the world's #1 EFL board game.