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Idioms Quiz: Nature 2

This quiz tests you on Nature idioms.

1. in deep water

I heard that John's in deep water and

a. he might go to jail

b. he might buy a new boat

c. he might be getting married

2. make a mountain out of a molehill

I made a mountain out of a molehill when a taxi driver took a slightly longer route to make more money, and I

a. didn't realise until after we'd arrived

b. took his name and reported him to the company

c. knew what he'd done but didn't say anything

3. make hay while the sun shines

I'd better make hay while the sun shines and do some work on my book

a. while I have a bit of free time

b. despite having so much else to do

c. even though I don't feel like writing

4. neck of the woods

Wendy called and said she was in our neck of the woods so I told her

a. I'd take her to hospital straight away

b. to drop by and say hello

c. to call the police

5. reach for the moon | reach for the stars

Ever since she was a teenager Marylin had been reaching for the moon. She had dreams of being

a. an amateur astronomer

b. a famous movie star

c. a farmer's wife

6. the tip of the iceberg

The corruption cases that are brought to court are the tip of the iceberg, and there are

a. no more cases to uncover

b. a few more cases to uncover

c. many more cases to uncover

7. under a cloud

If someone is under a cloud, they might

a. take an umbrella in case it rains

b. try to prove they're innocent

c. stop and wait until it passes

8. under the weather

Tom's been feeling under the weather for a couple of days, so he's

a. going to see a doctor

b. going to see a lawyer

c. going to see a priest

9. virgin territory

We've only ever advertised on television and in the print media, so anything else is virgin territory for us, including

a. advertising on the internet

b. advertising to teenagers

c. advertising imported products

10. weather a storm

If you weather a storm, you get through something that could have

a. helped you

b. excited you

c. harmed you

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1. in deep water - I heard that John's in deep water and: a) he might go to jail b) he might buy a new boat c) he might be getting married

2. make a mountain out of a molehill - I made a mountain out of a molehill when a taxi driver took a slightly longer route to make more money, and I: a) didn't realise until after we'd arrived b) took his name and reported him to the company c) knew what he'd done but didn't say anything

3. make hay while the sun shines - I'd better make hay while the sun shines and do some work on my book: a) while I have a bit of free time b) despite having so much else to do c) even though I don't feel like writing

4. neck of the woods - Wendy called and said she was in our neck of the woods so I told her: a) I'd take her to hospital straight away b) to drop by and say hello c) to call the police

5. reach for the moon | reach for the stars - Ever since she was a teenager Marylin had been reaching for the moon. She had dreams of being: a) an amateur astronomer b) a famous movie star c) a farmer's wife

6. the tip of the iceberg - The corruption cases that are brought to court are the tip of the iceberg, and there are: a) no more cases to uncover b) a few more cases to uncover c) many more cases to uncover

7. under a cloud - If someone is under a cloud, they might: a) take an umbrella in case it rains b) try to prove they're innocent c) stop and wait until it passes

8. under the weather - Tom's been feeling under the weather for a couple of days, so he's: a) going to see a doctor b) going to see a lawyer c) going to see a priest

9. virgin territory - We've only ever advertised on television and in the print media, so anything else is virgin territory for us, including: a) advertising on the internet b) advertising to teenagers c) advertising imported products

10. weather a storm - If you weather a storm, you get through something that could have: a) helped you b) excited you c) harmed you

Contributor: Matt Errey