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Idioms Quiz: Transport

This quiz tests you on transport idioms.

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. jump on the bandwagon

When political correctness became popular in the nineties, millions of people jumped on the bandwagon and

a. said it was incorrect

b. became politically correct

c. corrected people's politics

5. plain sailing

We drove to Paris, and after getting out of London it was plain sailing all the way because

a. there was hardly any traffic

b. it rained so much it was flooding

c. we had a strong westerly tailwind

6. put the brakes on

The United Nations will have to put the brakes on some important programs unless it can

a. find more money

b. waste more money

c. print more money

7. rock the boat

When Jenny started working at the hospital, she rocked the boat by

a. saying how well it was run

b. questioning the way things were done

c. doing her job quietly and not saying much

8. steer clear of

Tell your kids to steer clear of that dog. I was told that

a. it bites people

b. it wags its tail

c. it loves children

9. upset the applecart

We'd planned to have our wedding in the local park, but the head of the council upset the applecart when he

a. backed his car into some stalls at the market

b. refused to give us permission

c. congratulated us on our wedding

10. zebra crossing

A zebra crossing is a place for

a. zebras to cross the road

b. people to cross the road

c. cars to run people over

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1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. jump on the bandwagon - When political correctness became popular in the nineties, millions of people jumped on the bandwagon and: a) said it was incorrect b) became politically correct c) corrected people's politics

5. plain sailing - We drove to Paris, and after getting out of London it was plain sailing all the way because: a) there was hardly any traffic b) it rained so much it was flooding c) we had a strong westerly tailwind

6. put the brakes on - The United Nations will have to put the brakes on some important programs unless it can: a) find more money b) waste more money c) print more money

7. rock the boat - When Jenny started working at the hospital, she rocked the boat by: a) saying how well it was run b) questioning the way things were done c) doing her job quietly and not saying much

8. steer clear of - Tell your kids to steer clear of that dog. I was told that: a) it bites people b) it wags its tail c) it loves children

9. upset the applecart - We'd planned to have our wedding in the local park, but the head of the council upset the applecart when he: a) backed his car into some stalls at the market b) refused to give us permission c) congratulated us on our wedding

10. zebra crossing - A zebra crossing is a place for: a) zebras to cross the road b) people to cross the road c) cars to run people over

Contributor: Matt Errey