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Idioms Quiz: Body 7

This quiz tests you on body idioms.

1. nerves of steel

You'd need nerves of steel to

a. make a parachute jump

b. work in a steel mill

c. do a jigsaw puzzle

2. off the top of your head

The one thing that everyone can tell you off the top of their head is

a. their name

b. their time of birth

c. their blood type

3. on the one hand | on the other hand

On the one hand playing computer games can be a lot of fun, but on the other hand

a. it's easy to waste too much time on them

b. they can be very enjoyable

c. they aren't very expensive

4. on your last legs | on its last legs

My dog Molly is on her last legs. She

a. won't live much longer

b. is no longer on her first legs

c. won't be able to use her legs much longer

5. pay through the nose

They got to see the final game, but they paid through the nose for their tickets because

a. they weren't selling well

b. they were so hard to get

c. they didn't have much money

6. pick somebody's brains

The marketing manager picked my brains today and

a. I felt a lot better when he'd finished

b. I think I gave him some good ideas

c. I understand marketing better now

7. play it by ear

Once they get into the studio, the band are going to play it by ear and

a. record all their old songs

b. see what they come up with

c. do whatever the producer tells them to do

8. pull someone's leg

They were just pulling your leg when they said the United Nations was going to

a. help educate poor kids

b. ban all languages except English

c. have a meeting about global warming

9. put someone's nose out of joint

Mary-Louise was the captain of the basketball team last year, and she had her nose put out of joint when

a. she was named captain again this year

b. Sarah-Lee was named captain this year

c. she accidentally head-butted Sarah-Lee in the face

10. put your foot in it

I really put my foot in it. I felt

a. so happy

b. terrible

c. it was right

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1. nerves of steel - You'd need nerves of steel to: a) make a parachute jump b) work in a steel mill c) do a jigsaw puzzle

2. off the top of your head - The one thing that everyone can tell you off the top of their head is: a) their name b) their time of birth c) their blood type

3. on the one hand | on the other hand - On the one hand playing computer games can be a lot of fun, but on the other hand: a) it's easy to waste too much time on them b) they can be very enjoyable c) they aren't very expensive

4. on your last legs | on its last legs - My dog Molly is on her last legs. She: a) won't live much longer b) is no longer on her first legs c) won't be able to use her legs much longer

5. pay through the nose - They got to see the final game, but they paid through the nose for their tickets because: a) they weren't selling well b) they were so hard to get c) they didn't have much money

6. pick somebody's brains - The marketing manager picked my brains today and: a) I felt a lot better when he'd finished b) I think I gave him some good ideas c) I understand marketing better now

7. play it by ear - Once they get into the studio, the band are going to play it by ear and: a) record all their old songs b) see what they come up with c) do whatever the producer tells them to do

8. pull someone's leg - They were just pulling your leg when they said the United Nations was going to: a) help educate poor kids b) ban all languages except English c) have a meeting about global warming

9. put someone's nose out of joint - Mary-Louise was the captain of the basketball team last year, and she had her nose put out of joint when: a) she was named captain again this year b) Sarah-Lee was named captain this year c) she accidentally head-butted Sarah-Lee in the face

10. put your foot in it - I really put my foot in it. I felt: a) so happy b) terrible c) it was right

Contributor: Matt Errey