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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 224 quizzes and 2,240 trivia questions 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
8565 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
13644 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
79713 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
8319 plays
5
That's One For the Birds

Can you match these bird-related idioms with the people or concepts associated with them? Have fun!
Easy (10 qns)
Creedy
Nov 21 16
525 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 qns)
LadyCaitriona
7437 plays
7
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
1851 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 qns)
kyleisalive
5157 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 qns)
CellarDoor
5241 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 qns)
uglybird
11319 plays
11
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
4053 plays
12
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
6801 plays
13
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
6672 plays
14
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
2994 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
1524 plays
16
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
2115 plays
17
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
5346 plays
18
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
1773 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
759 plays
20
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
5478 plays
21
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
696 plays
22
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
1026 plays
23
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
2412 plays
24
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
3015 plays
25
Settle Down

Settle down and play this quiz on idioms relating to the word "DOWN".
Very Easy (10 qns)
Plodd
1650 plays
26
Match the Proverb

Can you complete these lesser known proverbs? Have fun.
Very Easy (10 qns)
Creedy
Apr 14 16
1050 plays
27
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
690 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 qns)
ozzz2002
1131 plays
29
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 qns)
poshprice
2412 plays
30
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
17163 plays
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