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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 232 quizzes and 2,320 trivia questions in this category.
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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)
1635 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)
2163 plays
Everyday Expressions

The photos in each question should remind you of a common idiom or saying. I will provide clues to help you figure out the answer, which is to be written in the blank.
Easy (10 qns)
816 plays
Things My Grandma Says

My Grandma, and probably yours as well, has a treasure trove of sayings handed down over the generations. Many have become universal.
Average (10 qns)
1479 plays
You Are Such an Idiom!

A little learning can be a dangerous thing, but if you know your idioms, then your answers won't need to be a shot in the dark.
Easy (10 qns)
1947 plays
Idiomatic Language

When people express themselves in idiomatic language,they use 'traditional phrasings' that have a fixed form and a meaning that goes beyond the strict literal sense of the words. See which "standing expressions" suit the contexts given below.
Average (10 qns)
7455 plays
Idioms in the Funeral Trade

Every profession has its own idioms and sayings. These expressions are used in the funeral industry. I'll tell you the expression, and you tell me what it translates to, for those of us not in the trade!
Average (10 qns)
3789 plays
The Bitter Truth

Many idioms and sayings are in fact some of the bitter truths of life.
Easy (10 qns)
1020 plays
Finish My Proverb

Here is a list of ten proverbs for you to complete - and the history or origin behind most of them. Have fun.
Average (10 qns)
1782 plays
Three- Step Idioms And Phrasings

For reasons that are not fully understandable we like to hear things in resounding wave patterns. In particular, three-step rhythmic patterns have always been popular with the great 'communicators'. Check how well acquainted you are with such phrasings.
Easy (10 qns)
5442 plays
Hats Off to You

This is a quiz about common English idioms that include 'hat' in the sayings! Have fun with this quiz!
Very Easy (10 qns)
1275 plays
One Idiom Leads To Another

The English language must be baffling to those trying to learn it. Much of our everyday speech consists of idioms that are difficult to understand - unless you know the story behind them. I hope you will have fun with this quiz!
Average (10 qns)
840 plays
Money In Idioms, or This Quiz Is a Dime a Dozen

This is a quiz about idioms in the English language that involve coins or money in some form. Most of the questions are drawn from American English.
Very Easy (10 qns)
1281 plays
Don't Be Such an Idiom!

Don't be such an idiom! In the English world, there are so many English idioms that one like you may not exactly understand. Don't be fooled by what they seem to mean, or you'll be in hot water! What? You don't know what that means? *facepalm*
Very Easy (10 qns)
1518 plays
Twas a Cold, Cold Day

This is my first quiz. Try getting Mr. Grumps warm by answering all questions correctly. All the idioms used contain the word cold.
Very Easy (10 qns)
1086 plays
Which Idiom Did I Use at the Party?

I went to a party and overheard several conversations that guests were having. I'll tell you the things I heard, and you tell me the idiom I used in response to their conversations! Good luck!
Very Easy (10 qns)
1857 plays
Five Golden Rings

I was surprised to learn that the 'Five Golden Rings' in "The Twelve Days of Christmas" were actually ring-necked pheasants. It got me thinking about other uses of the word 'ring'. How many do you know?
Easy (10 qns)
1305 plays
A Wing and a Prayer

English is rich in idioms and sayings. Some of these are centuries old. Follow me on my walk through some of these.
Average (10 qns)
543 plays
Why Did I Say That?

There are many idioms and phrases we use every day without fully understanding their initial meaning or origin. Do this quiz and you will be able to answer the question, 'Why did I say that?'
Average (10 qns)
1449 plays
With Love from Me to You

The English language has scores of phrases that make reference to love. Do you know what each of these 'love' phrases means?
Difficult (10 qns)
4953 plays
All About Fall

This is a quiz for the first day of fall this year. In the United States, people mostly say "fall," not "autumn." This quiz, like my previous heart quiz, looks at the word "fall" in a variety of ways. I hope you enjoy seeing various ways to say "fall."
Easy (15 qns)
1863 plays
Left By the Whey-Side

Dr. Linguisti is an English professor. His students love him, but he always mixes up his sayings. Just the other day, Dr. Linguisti said "left by the whey side" instead of "fall by the wayside!" Can you help his students figure out the correct idioms?
Easy (10 qns)
690 plays
There's a Saying About That

Some of the wisest advice comes from proverbs, although some proverbs contradict one another. How well do you know these proverbs?
Easy (10 qns)
1692 plays
Pushing Daisies

Mr. Body is missing and Inspector Clueless interviewed nine witnesses to learn what happened, but he is, well, clueless. As a certified FunTrivia detective, you can look at his notes and help the Inspector figure out what happened to poor Mr. Body.
Average (10 qns)
687 plays
The Incomplete Proverb Quiz

In this quiz you will be given the first half of a generally well known proverb and it's up to you to choose the correct second half.
Very Easy (10 qns)
1818 plays
In a Manner of Speaking

These cliches and idioms are used very frequently - but do you actually know what they mean?
Very Easy (10 qns)
1944 plays
A Prayer in the Hand...

... is worth two in the bush, isn't it? Well not quite - my Ascension Quest challenge is now challenging you to figure out the word in these sayings that has been replaced by the word 'prayer'.
Very Easy (10 qns)
852 plays
Let's Talk Musical Sayings

You don't need to be musical or have any musical knowledge to do this quiz. These are everyday sayings that include a reference to something musical. Can you complete them?
Easy (10 qns)
1770 plays
And the Moral of the Story Is...

Ever read a story and wonder why it has been written? A lot of stories have a way of teaching us lessons of life!
Very Easy (10 qns)
1944 plays
The Lemon Squeezy Pie That Fell Off a Log!

Will you find this quiz easy? If so, how many ways do you know of saying so? It will be a breeze!
Easy (10 qns)
543 plays
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