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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 229 quizzes and 2,290 trivia questions in this category.
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An Idiom By Any Other Name

Can you work out these rewritten idioms? Have fun.
Very Easy (10 qns)
1308 plays
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)
705 plays
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)
2574 plays
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)
Nov 21 16
639 plays
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 qns)
2724 plays
Oh No! Not More Clichés

Back with some more clichés - So put "your nose to the grindstone", "your shoulder to the wheel" and "your best foot forward", and see if you can complete this quiz in that strange position. Have fun! Contains some US, and some British usage.
Very Easy (10 qns)
21849 plays
An Idiom By Any Other Name 2

Here are ten more rewritten idioms for you. Can you work out which is the correct term for each question?
Very Easy (10 qns)
963 plays
Speaking of Geography

All of these idioms have something to do with a geographical feature or weather related term.
Easy (10 qns)
1752 plays
Oh no! More Clichés. Part 5

Another chance to prove you are "a mine of information". Don't let this opportunity "slip through your fingers". Good luck!
Easy (10 qns)
7053 plays
All About Mind

We never see our minds, but we sure have a lot of words with the word "mind" in them. Some here have to do with minds; some, rather surprisingly, don't at all. Fill in the word that completes these mind-related phrases.
Easy (15 qns)
2004 plays
Double or Nothing

The following are examples of people, things or events which take on a new meaning when they are combined with the word "double". Hope you enjoy.
Very Easy (10 qns)
Aug 07 16
723 plays
Oh No! I Dropped It!

I've dropped ten sayings and idioms and need your help putting them with their actual meaning. Why not drop on by?
Easy (10 qns)
1554 plays
Match the Idioms

Can you complete these well known idioms?
Very Easy (10 qns)
Aug 05 16
903 plays
Why Numbers?

Put two and two together when you play this quiz on idioms relating to NUMBERS.
Easy (10 qns)
1236 plays
A Snail's Pace

A mollusk of the class Gastropoda's rate of speed, or 'a snail's pace.' Can you identify the idiom written in other words?
Very Easy (10 qns)
1620 plays
Origins of Idioms

Can you work out the origins of these ten well-known idioms and expressions. Good luck.
Average (10 qns)
Jan 10 17
663 plays
All You Need is Anger

How many of these idiomatic expressions related to anger can you recognise?
Average (10 qns)
3213 plays
Common Expressions

The English language is full of interesting phrases that have become quite common. Do you ever wonder about their sources? If so, this quiz is for you.
Impossible (10 qns)
6477 plays
Pass or Play? Guess the Words in These Idioms

I've just had fun making these images in Microsoft Paint. Do they help you answer the questions about these idioms and proverbs?
Very Easy (10 qns)
1233 plays
Oh no! More Clichés. Part 7

Ready to grapple with some more of those dreaded clichés. "The time is ripe" to show you're "too clever by half" so "grab the tiger by the tail".
Easy (10 qns)
5439 plays
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 qns)
999 plays
This Quiz is The End

They say that all good things must come to an end but can you tell me what you will find at the end of each of these phrases? (source:
Very Easy (10 qns)
2274 plays
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 qns)
1467 plays
Everything But the Kitchen Sink

English is rich with phrases that make little sense with a literal translation but are nonetheless used every day! Do you recognize the idioms in this quiz? Have a ball!
Very Easy (10 qns)
1770 plays
Oh No! Yet More Clichés

Some more clichés for you to "get your teeth into". So "rack your brain" and those points could "be in the bag!"
Easy (10 qns)
7494 plays
Common and Not-So-Common Sayings

Its amazing how many sayings are spoken in everyday conversations. Here are some sayings, some you will know, some you will not. Enjoy!
Easy (20 qns)
Ford Escort
16641 plays
Easy Proverbs

This quiz is about fairly traditional proverbs the phrasings of which often have been polished through ages of use. See if you can identify the missing word in all cases.
Very Easy (10 qns)
7302 plays
A Piece of Cake

A small portion cut from a baked, sweetened loaf, or 'a piece of cake'. Can you identify the idiom written in other words?
Very Easy (10 qns)
1539 plays
Weird Words & Phrases

Have you ever been told something that makes it hard to "keep a stiff upper lip" (not cry) or a "straight face" (not laugh)? Weird words and expressions make the best insults, compliments, and jokes. And some common words come from surprising places.
Easy (10 qns)
1533 plays
Speaking Proverbially

In this quiz you will find a mixture of proverbs. Have a go at answering the questions and see how many of them you can recognise.
Very Easy (10 qns)
2130 plays
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