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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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31
An Idiom By Any Other Name

Can you work out these rewritten idioms? Have fun.
Very Easy (10 qns)
Creedy
1308 plays
32
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
705 plays
33
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
2574 plays
34
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
639 plays
35
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)
simon_templar
2724 plays
36
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)
musicmonkeyman
21849 plays
37
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)
Creedy
963 plays
38
Speaking of Geography

All of these idioms have something to do with a geographical feature or weather related term.
Easy (10 qns)
zorba_scank
1752 plays
39
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)
musicmonkeyman
7053 plays
40
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)
Windswept
2004 plays
41
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)
Grad56
Aug 07 16
723 plays
42
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)
malik24
1554 plays
43
Match the Idioms

Can you complete these well known idioms?
Very Easy (10 qns)
Creedy
Aug 05 16
903 plays
44
Why Numbers?

Put two and two together when you play this quiz on idioms relating to NUMBERS.
Easy (10 qns)
Plodd
1236 plays
45
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)
Sprink1234
1620 plays
46
Origins of Idioms

Can you work out the origins of these ten well-known idioms and expressions. Good luck.
Average (10 qns)
Creedy
Jan 10 17
663 plays
47
All You Need is Anger

How many of these idiomatic expressions related to anger can you recognise?
Average (10 qns)
looney_tunes
3213 plays
48
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)
Cymruambyth
6477 plays
49
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)
Shadowmyst2004
1233 plays
50
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)
musicmonkeyman
5439 plays
51
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)
zorba_scank
999 plays
52
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: http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/phrases-and-sayings-list.html)
Very Easy (10 qns)
funnytrivianna
2274 plays
53
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)
Tchochkekop
1467 plays
54
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)
PootyPootwell
1770 plays
55
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)
musicmonkeyman
7494 plays
56
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
57
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)
flem-ish
7302 plays
58
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)
Sprink1234
1539 plays
59
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)
jacobjosh
1533 plays
60
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)
Jomarion
2130 plays
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