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Idioms Quiz: Structures

This quiz tests you on idioms based on structures.

1. a ballpark figure | a ballpark estimate

She gave us a ballpark figure for the cost because she

a. didn't know the exact amount

b. knew how much a ballpark cost

c. wanted to tell us the exact amount

2. a night on the town | out on the town

I had a night on the town with Lee and we

a. worked until dawn

b. watched TV at my place

c. left the last club at 2 a.m.

3. a roller coaster | a roller-coaster ride

Ben says his life was a roller-coaster ride while

a. he was living in an amusement park

b. he was staying in a cottage in the countryside

c. he was getting divorced and changing his job

4. burn your bridges | burn your boats

You'll be burning your bridges if you

a. save your money while working in a bank

b. steal a customer's money while working in a bank

c. borrow some money while working in a bank

5. cross that bridge when we come to it

We can say "we'll cross that bridge when we come to it" if someone asks about

a. how to get over a river

b. a future problem

c. a failed business

6. light at the end of the tunnel

Gillian's business has been losing money for years, but there's light at the end of the tunnel now because

a. she's closing down her business

b. she's starting to get more orders

c. the tunnel has been completed

7. paint the town red

We're heading out to paint the town red tonight, so don't forget to

a. bring plenty of cash

b. bring your paint brushes

c. bring your laptop

8. the new kid on the block

Dwayne is the new kid on the block. He

a. has just started working here

b. is going to get a promotion

c. is about to lose his job

9. under lock and key

The medicines are kept under lock and key so that

a. they can't be used

b. we can get them quickly

c. the children can't get them

10. water under the bridge | water over the dam

Sam says some things are water under the bridge and he doesn't want to talk about them, such as

a. what happened in his childhood

b. what he's doing these days

c. his plans for the future

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1. a ballpark figure | a ballpark estimate - She gave us a ballpark figure for the cost because she: a) didn't know the exact amount b) knew how much a ballpark cost c) wanted to tell us the exact amount

2. a night on the town | out on the town - I had a night on the town with Lee and we: a) worked until dawn b) watched TV at my place c) left the last club at 2 a.m.

3. a roller coaster | a roller-coaster ride - Ben says his life was a roller-coaster ride while: a) he was living in an amusement park b) he was staying in a cottage in the countryside c) he was getting divorced and changing his job

4. burn your bridges | burn your boats - You'll be burning your bridges if you: a) save your money while working in a bank b) steal a customer's money while working in a bank c) borrow some money while working in a bank

5. cross that bridge when we come to it - We can say "we'll cross that bridge when we come to it" if someone asks about: a) how to get over a river b) a future problem c) a failed business

6. light at the end of the tunnel - Gillian's business has been losing money for years, but there's light at the end of the tunnel now because: a) she's closing down her business b) she's starting to get more orders c) the tunnel has been completed

7. paint the town red - We're heading out to paint the town red tonight, so don't forget to: a) bring plenty of cash b) bring your paint brushes c) bring your laptop

8. the new kid on the block - Dwayne is the new kid on the block. He: a) has just started working here b) is going to get a promotion c) is about to lose his job

9. under lock and key - The medicines are kept under lock and key so that: a) they can't be used b) we can get them quickly c) the children can't get them

10. water under the bridge | water over the dam - Sam says some things are water under the bridge and he doesn't want to talk about them, such as: a) what happened in his childhood b) what he's doing these days c) his plans for the future

Contributor: Matt Errey