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Idioms Quiz: Death

This quiz tests you on idioms based on death.

1. a matter of life and death

Al says one of the issues we face that's a matter of life and death for the whole planet is

a. global warming

b. illegal immigration

c. copyright infringement

2. dead in the water

The union's proposal for higher wages is dead in the water. Most companies

a. cannot afford to pay higher wages

b. won't mind paying higher wages

c. are dying to pay higher wages

3. dead to the world

Look at Larry - he's dead to the world. He must be

a. really sick

b. really tired

c. really lazy

4. dig one's own grave

I wonder if Mike realises he's digging his own grave by

a. paying all his taxes

b. cheating on his taxes

c. complaining about his taxes

5. kick the bucket

Luke said that after he kicks the bucket, he wants to

a. go back to university

b. go to the pub for a drink

c. go to heaven

6. kill the goose that lays the golden egg

If people find something that makes them a lot of money, they often kill the goose that laid the golden egg because of

a. their kindness

b. their greed

c. their anger

7. kill time

If you're stuck in traffic jam, a good way to kill time is to

a. leave the car and walk

b. get some beers and have a party

c. read a book

8. kill two birds with one stone

Sandra killed two birds with one stone by going to Paris. She practiced her French before her exam and she

a. got better at speaking French

b. read a book on French history

c. went to her friend's wedding

9. make a killing

After Julie made a killing on the stock exchange, she

a. did her time in jail

b. recovered in a hospital

c. celebrated in a nightclub

10. Never say die!

David said, "Never say die!" after

a. his friends said, "Die!"

b. failing his driving test again

c. coming to work late

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1. a matter of life and death - Al says one of the issues we face that's a matter of life and death for the whole planet is: a) global warming b) illegal immigration c) copyright infringement

2. dead in the water - The union's proposal for higher wages is dead in the water. Most companies: a) cannot afford to pay higher wages b) won't mind paying higher wages c) are dying to pay higher wages

3. dead to the world - Look at Larry - he's dead to the world. He must be: a) really sick b) really tired c) really lazy

4. dig one's own grave - I wonder if Mike realises he's digging his own grave by: a) paying all his taxes b) cheating on his taxes c) complaining about his taxes

5. kick the bucket - Luke said that after he kicks the bucket, he wants to: a) go back to university b) go to the pub for a drink c) go to heaven

6. kill the goose that lays the golden egg - If people find something that makes them a lot of money, they often kill the goose that laid the golden egg because of: a) their kindness b) their greed c) their anger

7. kill time - If you're stuck in traffic jam, a good way to kill time is to: a) leave the car and walk b) get some beers and have a party c) read a book

8. kill two birds with one stone - Sandra killed two birds with one stone by going to Paris. She practiced her French before her exam and she: a) got better at speaking French b) read a book on French history c) went to her friend's wedding

9. make a killing - After Julie made a killing on the stock exchange, she: a) did her time in jail b) recovered in a hospital c) celebrated in a nightclub

10. Never say die! - David said, "Never say die!" after: a) his friends said, "Die!" b) failing his driving test again c) coming to work late

Contributor: Matt Errey