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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.   There are 216 quizzes in this category.
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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 qns)
uglybird
Oct 31 04
8520 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 qns)
uglybird
Jun 04 04
13563 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 qns)
flem-ish
Nov 16 02
78990 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 qns)
Wizzid
Oct 30 09
8229 plays
5
What Is He On?

No, it's not a rhetorical question! Think you can complete these ten idioms? You're on!
Average (10 qns)
LadyCaitriona
Apr 11 11
7326 plays
6
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 qns)
jmorrow
Mar 21 15
1656 plays
7
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 qns)
kyleisalive
May 15 12
5082 plays
8
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 qns)
CellarDoor
Dec 03 08
5139 plays
9
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 qns)
uglybird
Oct 04 04
11277 plays
10
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 qns)
darthrevan89
Sep 01 09
4008 plays
11
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 qns)
uglybird
Jun 07 04
6768 plays
12
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 qns)
thegogga
May 21 08
6606 plays
13
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 qns)
rossian
Jul 26 12
2862 plays
14
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 qns)
Snowman
Sep 09 09
2094 plays
15
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 qns)
jmorrow
Dec 20 13
1467 plays
16
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 qns)
bassman68
Oct 03 08
5274 plays
17
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 qns)
poshprice
Mar 19 14
1719 plays
18
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 qns)
zorba_scank
Mar 02 11
5358 plays
19
Idioms Involving Prayer and Heaven

A surprising number of idioms involve prayer and Heaven. How many do you know? Let's play and find out.
Very Easy (10 qns)
poshprice
Dec 14 15
669 plays
20
An Idiom By Any Other Name 3

Ten more rewritten idioms for you. Can you work out how each phrase is more commonly stated? Have fun.
Very Easy (10 qns)
Creedy
Aug 06 15
897 plays
21
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?
Easy (10 qns)
john_sunseri
Jan 17 10
2373 plays
22
From the Biblical to the Vernacular

Ten everyday expressions many of us regularly use without perhaps realising that their origins rest in the Bible. See if you can complete the missing word from each and have fun - religiously of course.
Very Easy (10 qns)
Creedy
Feb 18 16
615 plays
23
Settle Down

Settle down and play this quiz on idioms relating to the word "DOWN".
Very Easy (10 qns)
Plodd
Nov 17 12
1611 plays
24
Match the Proverb

Can you complete these lesser known proverbs? Have fun.
Very Easy (10 qns)
Creedy
Apr 14 16
870 plays
25
Wrong Turn of Phrase?

Far from being incorrect, sometimes using 'wrong' in the right place is perfect! This quiz explores some common idiomatic expressions which include the word 'wrong'.
Easy (10 qns)
MikeMaster99
Feb 01 15
654 plays
26
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 qns)
beergirllaura
Sep 23 12
2907 plays
27
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.
Very Easy (10 qns)
poshprice
Aug 31 13
2169 plays
28
Oh No! Even More Clichés

"In this day and age" it's good to enjoy "some quality time", so "put on your thinking cap", "take the plunge" and get quizzing!Contains some US, and some British usage.
Easy (10 qns)
musicmonkeyman
Apr 11 04
17124 plays
29
Oh no! More Clichés. Part 6

Some more clichés for you "to tuck into" - I'm sure you won't "bite off more than you can chew". Good luck.
Very Easy (10 qns)
musicmonkeyman
Oct 16 04
5511 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 qns)
ozzz2002
Apr 23 13
1098 plays
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