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Idiomatic and proverbial language gives us some of our most colorful phrases and most familiar wisdom. An idiom is a figure of speech that often makes no sense when taken literally; you can be in a pickle if you don't understand them! Meanwhile, a proverb is a common saying that expresses some piece of folk wisdom.

Come try our quizzes on English idioms and proverbs from around the world! After all, nothing ventured, nothing gained.
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1 Original Objects
The meaning of these prepositional phrases has evolved over time. Do you know the original "object" of the preposition? I'll PLANT a hint for the next question in each question the way I've PLANTED a hint for my first question in this sentence.
Tough
10 Q
uglybird
Oct 31 04
8295 plays
2 Clichés Taken Literally
You know the meaning of the cliché but how about the meaning of the individual words? Demonstrate your mastery of the vocabulary of clichés as you answer questions dependent on the literal meanings of the individual words (utilizing my GENEROUS HINTS).
Tough
10 Q
uglybird
Jun 04 04
13248 plays
3 Nationality Words In Idioms
In idioms we often refer to nationalities. A ludicrously incongruous statement may be called an "Irish bull", and drink-induced courage may be termed "Dutch courage". This quiz is about similar nationality-linked idioms.
Average
10 Q
flem-ish
Nov 16 02
75909 plays
4 In Other Words, Dumb
This quiz features some of the more common and amusing expressions that are used to imply dim-wittedness. If you're "not all there", you should be here.
Easy
10 Q
Wizzid
Oct 30 09
7572 plays
5 Heavens to Betsy! More Cliches!
If you have half a mind to take a quiz about cliches with a significant word beginning with "H", then heave a sigh of relief. You'll enjoy this one to your heart's content and fall head over heels.
Average
10 Q
alaspooryoric
Jun 19 15
504 plays
6 Everyday Expressions
The photos in each question should remind you of a common idiom or saying. I will provide clues to help you figure out the answer, which is to be written in the blank.
Easy
10 Q
austinnene
May 31 15
573 plays
7 What Is He On?
No, it's not a rhetorical question! Think you can complete these ten idioms? You're on!
Average
10 Q
LadyCaitriona
Apr 11 11
6702 plays
8 Turn to Learn
If you'd like to turn your hand to a quiz with lots of rhyming / Then turn off that TV, the radio, or whatever it is you're doing / 'Cause it's your turn to learn about some 'turn'-related sayings.
Very Easy
10 Q
jmorrow
Mar 21 15
501 plays
9 Eat Your Words
Idioms have been around for as long as there have been words, and a number of them feature food. I've managed to serve up ten of them for you here. Bon appetit!
Very Easy
10 Q
eburge
Dec 14 10
4527 plays
10 Book of Proverbs
Searching through my local library I came across a picture book about proverbs. Let me tell you-- I've never had more trouble understanding a picture book. A picture is worth a thousand words, so can you help me out by making sense of these?
Very Easy
10 Q
kyleisalive
May 15 12
4752 plays
11 The Many Meanings of "Run"
In English, one word can say a great deal, and "run" is one of those words. I'm about to have dinner with my good friends Arun and Brunhilde, but they always pepper their conversation with "run" words and phrases; can you help me work out what they mean?
Easy
10 Q
CellarDoor
Dec 03 08
4842 plays
12 Euphemistically Speaking
Whether you wish to assess your ability to replace an indelicate term with one that is inoffensive, or to brush up on the telling of the occasional polite lie, you may wish to avail yourself of the opportunity this humble quiz presents.
Average
10 Q
uglybird
Oct 04 04
10965 plays
13 Words In Custody
English usage imposes limits on the company some words usually keep. Aspersions are most often "cast", and there is seldom "kith" without "kin". See if you know which word seems to be the constant (or at least frequent) companion of the other.
Average
10 Q
uglybird
Jun 07 04
6438 plays
14 Laundry Day
Welcome to the Idiomatic Laundromat, where the most eccentric customers are served with a smile and every article of clothing relates to a well-known idiom or proverb. To answer each question, you'll need to complete the defined idiom. Happy Laundry Day!
Easy
10 Q
darthrevan89
Sep 01 09
3738 plays
15 It's All Greek to Me!
My boss has a major problem at work and needs me to come in and sort it out. What is in store for me? A trip around the world in idiomatic terms it seems.
Average
10 Q
Snowman
Sep 09 09
1809 plays
16 Speak Your Meat
Meat isn't just delicious -- it's also useful for saying what you mean! Here are ten English idioms that all hinge on meat and meat products; see if you know the full flavor of their meaning.
Easy
10 Q
CellarDoor
Apr 30 12
2247 plays
17 In Bed with Idioms
There are several idioms and proverbs that we use today that refer to beds. How many of them do you know?
Very Easy
10 Q
thegogga
May 21 08
6264 plays
18 People and Places in Phrases
There are a lot of idioms that reference people and places, and this quiz is about those people and places. How many of them do you know?
Average
10 Q
john_sunseri
Jan 17 10
2034 plays
19 In Sickness and in Health
Are you feeling on top of the world, or are you a bit run down? Either way, I hope you enjoy playing this quiz about idioms connected to health.
Very Easy
10 Q
rossian
Jul 26 12
2295 plays
20 All in the Family
Oh brother. Idioms containing kinship terms are so well-known, they're really child's play. Are you ready for the mother of all quizzes on familial expressions? Here are some phrases and other English language sayings that keep it all in the family.
Very Easy
10 Q
jmorrow
Dec 20 13
1269 plays
21 In Other Words
All of us are familiar with the old cliches---after all, they're "as plain as the nose on your face." But, let's see if we can figure out what they are when they are stated in unfamiliar terms. Let's go.
Easy
10 Q
bassman68
Oct 03 08
4938 plays
22 Tipping the Scales
A challenge by PDAZ on the Author chatboard got me thinking about different idioms and words using 'tip'. Here are ten of them.
Easy
10 Q
zorba_scank
Mar 02 11
4773 plays
23 Health, Illness and Disease
Idioms are a wonderful, and at times wacky, part of everyday speech, and a great number of them involve health, illness and disease. How many do you know? Let's play and find out.
Easy
10 Q
poshprice
Aug 31 13
1152 plays
24 Slinging Hash at the Diner
It's a shame that there aren't many diners around anymore, at least not where I live. They were so rich in atmosphere, including their own colourful lingo that was yelled back and forth between waitress and cook. Can you figure out what it all meant?
Average
10 Q
skunkee
Apr 10 04
4539 plays
25 An Idiom By Any Other Name
Can you work out these rewritten idioms? Have fun.
Very Easy
10 Q
Creedy
Mar 19 15
786 plays
26 From An Apple A Day to Zip It, It's Idioms A-Z
I don't know why, but I always like hearing different idioms and learning about them. Here's how it works: you fill in the blank of the sentence by choosing what choice it is.
Very Easy
25 Q
HotShot_SS
Jun 14 07
5526 plays
27 Passing, Idiomatically
The English language has an abundance of idioms, many of which involve death. How many do you know? Let's play and find out.
Easy
10 Q
poshprice
Mar 19 14
1398 plays
28 Nothing Can Be Avoided - Murphy's Law
"If anything can go wrong, it will". What do you know of this and related pessimistic laws and concepts?
Tough
10 Q
looney_tunes
Jul 08 13
855 plays
29 Cold Hands, Warm Heart
Cold hands, warm heart - this is where we will start. So have some fun, and when you're done, please put your horse before your cart!
Very Easy
10 Q
beergirllaura
Sep 23 12
2376 plays
30 All Bark and No Bite
A variety of barks and bites for you to sink your teeth into. Simply fill in the gaps.
Easy
10 Q
ozzz2002
Apr 23 13
996 plays
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