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Idioms Quiz: Numbers 2

This quiz tests you on numbers idioms.

1. in two minds

Bella's in two minds about keeping her job. She says she's tired of working as a waitress, but she

a. would love to be a chef

b. likes being a waitress

c. isn't sure if she can get another job

2. 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

3. once and for all

I'm tired of having to get my teeth fixed all the time, so I've decided to solve the problem once and for all by

a. cleaning them more

b. getting false teeth

c. not chewing my food

4. once in a blue moon

We live in a town in the desert now. It's hot and dry most days, and once in a blue moon it will

a. be sunny all day

b. rain quite a lot

c. be cooler at night

5. one in a million

Our friend Jose was one in a million. He was

a. very rich

b. very special

c. very strange

6. par for the course

If people say it's "par for the course" when a train arrives late, it means the train is

a. usually on time

b. always on time

c. often late

7. put all your eggs in the one basket

His father told him not to put all his eggs in the one basket, so Arjuna

a. studied law as well as graphic design

b. bought several more baskets

c. invested all his money in his father's company

8. year dot | year one

People have been living in the Nile valley since the year dot. They've been there

a. for an extremely long time

b. since the tenth century

c. for quite a while

9. zero in on

We don't have a lot of time to discuss the issue, so we'll have to zero in on

a. lots of unimportant details

b. everything that is connected in any way

c. the most important points

10. zero tolerance

If a zero-tolerance policy on crime is adopted, people are sent to jail after

a. their first offence

b. their first chance

c. their first warning

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1. in two minds - Bella's in two minds about keeping her job. She says she's tired of working as a waitress, but she: a) would love to be a chef b) likes being a waitress c) isn't sure if she can get another job

2. 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

3. once and for all - I'm tired of having to get my teeth fixed all the time, so I've decided to solve the problem once and for all by: a) cleaning them more b) getting false teeth c) not chewing my food

4. once in a blue moon - We live in a town in the desert now. It's hot and dry most days, and once in a blue moon it will: a) be sunny all day b) rain quite a lot c) be cooler at night

5. one in a million - Our friend Jose was one in a million. He was: a) very rich b) very special c) very strange

6. par for the course - If people say it's "par for the course" when a train arrives late, it means the train is: a) usually on time b) always on time c) often late

7. put all your eggs in the one basket - His father told him not to put all his eggs in the one basket, so Arjuna: a) studied law as well as graphic design b) bought several more baskets c) invested all his money in his father's company

8. year dot | year one - People have been living in the Nile valley since the year dot. They've been there: a) for an extremely long time b) since the tenth century c) for quite a while

9. zero in on - We don't have a lot of time to discuss the issue, so we'll have to zero in on: a) lots of unimportant details b) everything that is connected in any way c) the most important points

10. zero tolerance - If a zero-tolerance policy on crime is adopted, people are sent to jail after: a) their first offence b) their first chance c) their first warning

Contributor: Matt Errey