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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
8049 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
12870 plays
3 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
7125 plays
4 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
71961 plays
5 Idiomatic Keys
Keys have managed to find their way into different types of idioms and phrases. How many of these do you know? Take this quiz and unlock the answers.
Easy
10 Q
zorba_scank
Jun 18 14
552 plays
6 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
6033 plays
7 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
4065 plays
8 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
4371 plays
9 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
4500 plays
10 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
10566 plays
11 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
1608 plays
12 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
3420 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
6039 plays
14 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
5946 plays
15 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
1893 plays
16 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
849 plays
17 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
1956 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
1872 plays
19 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
4632 plays
20 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
828 plays
21 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
4230 plays
22 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
696 plays
23 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
4488 plays
24 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
5256 plays
25 Literal Idioms
Idioms are phrases meant to be taken figuratively, rather than literally. A common English idiom, used literally, completes each of the following clues. The idiom is suggested by the clue itself.
Average
10 Q
Tchochkekop
Oct 26 09
1224 plays
26 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
1107 plays
27 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
1575 plays
28 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
861 plays
29 What's the Cat's Meow? Cliches, That's What!
If cliches are your cup of tea, then hopefully you'll find you can cut the mustard by answering these questions about popular idioms and expressions in the English language that use a key word beginning with the letter "C".
Average
10 Q
alaspooryoric
Sep 24 13
717 plays
30 Origin Of Phrases
You have heard, and no doubt used, the phrases within this quiz. But do you actually know how the phrase originated? Let's find out. The base source for my answers is "A Pig In A Poke" published 2003.
Tough
10 Q
simon_templar
Mar 25 07
2523 plays
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