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Idioms Quiz: Mixed 4

1. (something) occurs to you

It had never occurred to Ursula that her husband might run off with a younger woman one day. She was

a. not at all surprised

b. very surprised

c. expecting it to happen

2. a chip off the old block

People call Ray a chip off the old block because he

a. reminds them of his father

b. reminds them of his son

c. reminds them of their fathers

3. a means to an end

Marrying James was just a means to an end for Kerry. Her real goal was

a. to be his wife

b. to meet his sister

c. to be rich

4. a question mark over someone | something

There's been a question mark over his loyalty to the club ever since he said

a. he'd never play for another team

b. he was happy with his contract

c. you never know what the future will bring

5. a vicious circle

You could be in a vicious circle if the solution to one problem becomes the

a. cause of another one

b. result of another one

c. solution to another one

6. add fuel to the fire

Our workers are already upset, and you'll just add fuel to the fire if you

a. give them a bonus

b. pay for their medical care

c. cut their wages

7. an end in itself

For Ari, music is an end in itself. She doesn't do it to

a. enjoy herself

b. entertain people

c. make money

8. if all else fails

We normally travel in business class, but if all else fails I guess we can go in

a. first class

b. economy class

c. the baggage hold

9. keep abreast of

You can keep abreast of current affairs by

a. reading old newspapers

b. watching the latest movies

c. checking out news websites

10. safe and sound

If you got somewhere safe and sound, you got there

a. because it was easy to get there

b. even though you got hurt on the way

c. even though there was some danger on the way

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1. (something) occurs to you - It had never occurred to Ursula that her husband might run off with a younger woman one day. She was: a) not at all surprised b) very surprised c) expecting it to happen

2. a chip off the old block - People call Ray a chip off the old block because he: a) reminds them of his father b) reminds them of his son c) reminds them of their fathers

3. a means to an end - Marrying James was just a means to an end for Kerry. Her real goal was: a) to be his wife b) to meet his sister c) to be rich

4. a question mark over someone | something - There's been a question mark over his loyalty to the club ever since he said: a) he'd never play for another team b) he was happy with his contract c) you never know what the future will bring

5. a vicious circle - You could be in a vicious circle if the solution to one problem becomes the: a) cause of another one b) result of another one c) solution to another one

6. add fuel to the fire - Our workers are already upset, and you'll just add fuel to the fire if you: a) give them a bonus b) pay for their medical care c) cut their wages

7. an end in itself - For Ari, music is an end in itself. She doesn't do it to: a) enjoy herself b) entertain people c) make money

8. if all else fails - We normally travel in business class, but if all else fails I guess we can go in: a) first class b) economy class c) the baggage hold

9. keep abreast of - You can keep abreast of current affairs by: a) reading old newspapers b) watching the latest movies c) checking out news websites

10. safe and sound - If you got somewhere safe and sound, you got there: a) because it was easy to get there b) even though you got hurt on the way c) even though there was some danger on the way

Contributor: Matt Errey