Idioms Quiz: Mixed 1

1. a blessing in disguise

Losing that job was a blessing in disguise because it meant I

a. got a much better job

b. lost my house

c. was unemployed for years

2. add insult to injury

After saying Beverly made too many mistakes, Bob added insult to injury by saying

a. they were small mistakes

b. she worked very slowly

c. her work was excellent

3. clean as a whistle

The school thought their new teacher's record was as clean as a whistle because he hadn't told them about

a. his arrest for drunk driving

b. his dirty bathroom

c. his cheating at cards

4. hang in there | hang on in there

My friends all called and told me to hang in there after I'd

a. left for my honeymoon

b. decided to go sky-diving

c. broken my leg in an accident

5. leave well enough alone | let well enough alone

Some staff think we need new packaging for our products, and others think we should leave well enough alone and

a. change to new packaging

b. go back to older packaging

c. keep the same packaging

6. playing with fire

People who have sex with many partners without using condoms are playing with fire because

a. they could get sick of having sex

b. they could get a disease such as AIDS

c. they aren't married

7. quick on the trigger | quick on the draw

In business, it's often necessary to be quick on the draw, but sometimes it's better to

a. think carefully before doing something

b. do something faster than others

c. be slow to understand what's happening

8. read between the lines

If you read between the lines, you will

a. know what the writer really thinks

b. be able to read a lot quicker

c. make up the story for yourself

9. under wraps

The best way to keep something under wraps is to

a. put it into the refrigerator

b. stop thinking about it

c. let as few people as possible know about it

10. You can say that again!

If someone says "You can say that again!", it means they

a. want you to repeat what you said

b. didn't understand what you said

c. agree with what you said

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1. a blessing in disguise - Losing that job was a blessing in disguise because it meant I: a) got a much better job b) lost my house c) was unemployed for years

2. add insult to injury - After saying Beverly made too many mistakes, Bob added insult to injury by saying: a) they were small mistakes b) she worked very slowly c) her work was excellent

3. clean as a whistle - The school thought their new teacher's record was as clean as a whistle because he hadn't told them about: a) his arrest for drunk driving b) his dirty bathroom c) his cheating at cards

4. hang in there | hang on in there - My friends all called and told me to hang in there after I'd : a) left for my honeymoon b) decided to go sky-diving c) broken my leg in an accident

5. leave well enough alone | let well enough alone - Some staff think we need new packaging for our products, and others think we should leave well enough alone and: a) change to new packaging b) go back to older packaging c) keep the same packaging

6. playing with fire - People who have sex with many partners without using condoms are playing with fire because: a) they could get sick of having sex b) they could get a disease such as AIDS c) they aren't married

7. quick on the trigger | quick on the draw - In business, it's often necessary to be quick on the draw, but sometimes it's better to: a) think carefully before doing something b) do something faster than others c) be slow to understand what's happening

8. read between the lines - If you read between the lines, you will: a) know what the writer really thinks b) be able to read a lot quicker c) make up the story for yourself

9. under wraps - The best way to keep something under wraps is to: a) put it into the refrigerator b) stop thinking about it c) let as few people as possible know about it

10. You can say that again! - If someone says "You can say that again!", it means they: a) want you to repeat what you said b) didn't understand what you said c) agree with what you said

Contributor: Matt Errey