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Idioms Quiz: Mixed 7

1. a raw deal

Stan thinks he got a raw deal from his insurance company, so he's writing a letter

a. to thank them

b. to complain to them

c. to congratulate them

2. a vote of confidence

Stanley saw it as a vote of confidence in his abilities when the manager asked him to

a. think about getting another job

b. manage the new office in Beijing

c. bring him a glass of water

3. all hell broke loose

All hell broke loose after

a. a girl pulled out a phone

b. a guy pulled out a gun

c. a dentist pulled out a tooth

4. carte blanche

He was given carte blanche to teach the new staff

a. exactly the way he was told to

b. according to the guidelines

c. using whatever methods he liked

5. each to their own

Someone might say "each to their own" when they see or hear about something that they think is

a. completely normal

b. probably stolen

c. a bit strange

6. get a word in edgeways | edgewise

Sam couldn't get a word in edgeways because Cindy was

a. playing music

b. listening too much

c. talking too much

7. keep up with the Joneses

I know Keith worries about keeping up with the Joneses because he never

a. wears clothes that show the brand

b. goes out without putting on his Rolex

c. notices how expensive someone's shoes are

8. neither here nor there

Our boss says a person's private life is neither here nor there if

a. they have nowhere to live

b. they do a good job

c. it affects their performance at work

9. take something the wrong way

Gary took what I said the wrong way, and he looked

a. really happy

b. very excited

c. quite upset

10. the worse for wear

My car is a bit the worse for wear because

a. I just got it back from the garage

b. I forgot to wear my seatbelt

c. I recently drove it around Australia

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1. a raw deal - Stan thinks he got a raw deal from his insurance company, so he's writing a letter: a) to thank them b) to complain to them c) to congratulate them

2. a vote of confidence - Stanley saw it as a vote of confidence in his abilities when the manager asked him to: a) think about getting another job b) manage the new office in Beijing c) bring him a glass of water

3. all hell broke loose - All hell broke loose after: a) a girl pulled out a phone b) a guy pulled out a gun c) a dentist pulled out a tooth

4. carte blanche - He was given carte blanche to teach the new staff: a) exactly the way he was told to b) according to the guidelines c) using whatever methods he liked

5. each to their own - Someone might say "each to their own" when they see or hear about something that they think is: a) completely normal b) probably stolen c) a bit strange

6. get a word in edgeways | edgewise - Sam couldn't get a word in edgeways because Cindy was: a) playing music b) listening too much c) talking too much

7. keep up with the Joneses - I know Keith worries about keeping up with the Joneses because he never: a) wears clothes that show the brand b) goes out without putting on his Rolex c) notices how expensive someone's shoes are

8. neither here nor there - Our boss says a person's private life is neither here nor there if: a) they have nowhere to live b) they do a good job c) it affects their performance at work

9. take something the wrong way - Gary took what I said the wrong way, and he looked: a) really happy b) very excited c) quite upset

10. the worse for wear - My car is a bit the worse for wear because: a) I just got it back from the garage b) I forgot to wear my seatbelt c) I recently drove it around Australia

Contributor: Matt Errey