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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 260 quizzes and 2,600 trivia questions in this category.
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trivia quiz  Bright as a Button 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, ClaudiaCat, Aug 07 16

Let us have a look at some idioms and their origins.
Average
ClaudiaCat gold member
Aug 07 16
651 plays
92.
trivia quiz  Clean 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, AcrylicInk, Jul 29 17

Get out a feather duster and clean up your language with these 'clean' idioms and phrases.
Easy
AcrylicInk gold member
Jul 29 17
729 plays
93.
trivia quiz  The Dark Is Light Enough 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, nahs386, Apr 20 13

This quiz is part of the "Adventures in Authoring" challenge. All of the questions refer to common idioms or phrases with the words "dark" or "black" in them.
Very Easy
nahs386
Apr 20 13
1143 plays
94.
trivia quiz  "Help Me! I'm Stuck!" 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Luckycharm60, Aug 26 09

The word "Stuck" can be used in a wide number of situations to give different meanings. See if you can guess which of the definitions I have given below is the most correct usage out of the choices given (UK speak). I hope you will find this easy.
Very Easy
Luckycharm60 gold member
Aug 26 09
2217 plays
95.
trivia quiz  Buying The Farm 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, runaway_drive, May 26 14

Welcome to the FunTrivia farm, where you are a prospective buyer. The problem is that you have a tendency to use too many idioms in everyday speech, and the farmer will take everything you say literally. Good luck with buying the farm!
Very Easy
runaway_drive
May 26 14
873 plays
96.
match quiz  Hang Ups! 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, shuehorn, Apr 08 17

While writing my last quiz on expressions that can replace "hold up", I kept coming up with things for "hang up", so I wrote a follow-up quiz using that too! Match the expression with a word or words that can take the place of "hang up" or "be hung up".
Very Easy
shuehorn gold member
Apr 08 17
627 plays
97.
trivia quiz  The Rat Race: At Work With Idioms 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, Nealzineatser, Sep 03 17

You're ready to join the work force. You'll need to understand the code phrases and idioms if you want to get ahead. Good luck!
Easy
Nealzineatser gold member
Sep 03 17
891 plays
98.
photo quiz  Idiomatically, The End 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, 1nn1, Aug 30 17

Endings can be a good thing, a sad thing, an anti-climax, or a finality. With so many meanings is it any wonder there are so many idioms about the end?
Average
1nn1 editor
Aug 30 17
663 plays
99.
match quiz  Leaping Idiomatically 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, zorba_scank, Dec 20 17

Jump into this quiz and work out these ten idioms relating to leap and jump.
Very Easy
zorba_scank gold member
Dec 20 17
510 plays
100.
trivia quiz  The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, emmco, Jul 18 10

See how much you know about the meanings of these well-known idioms.
Easy
emmco
Jul 18 10
2403 plays
101.
match quiz  You Deserve a 'Break' Today 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, DizWiz, Jul 09 17

Did you ever realize how many common phrases contain the word "break"? See if you can match the words on the right and take a break today.
Very Easy
DizWiz gold member
Jul 09 17
633 plays
102.
trivia quiz  The Ups and Downs of "Down" and "Up" 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, shorthumbz, May 21 13

Have some fun with idioms involving the words "down" and "up": an Adventures in Authoring quiz.
Easy
shorthumbz gold member
May 21 13
918 plays
103.
trivia quiz  And We Call This English? 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Z-Pistol, Jul 06 12

See if you know the meanings of these funny phrases, expressions, terms and idioms. This is a multiple choice quiz on commonly heard English jargon that is relatively easy and very comical.
Very Easy
Z-Pistol
Jul 06 12
1470 plays
104.
trivia quiz  "Would you like a Hole in the Head?" 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, rialto88, Apr 09 04

In England we do say some strange things don't we? Here are a few examples of this for you to ponder on in a short quiz. Much of this quiz will be recognized and answerable at a global level.
Very Easy
rialto88
Apr 09 04
4545 plays
105.
trivia quiz  Western Cliches Meet Eastern Translations 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, doorsfan58, May 10 10

As the Far East is the birthplace of many well-known proverbs ("Confucius say.."), I wondered how a few of our Western idioms and cliches would hold up under translation (English to a Far Eastern language to English again). Have fun!
Very Easy
doorsfan58
May 10 10
924 plays
106.
trivia quiz  Where Is My Mind? 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, whoman, Nov 10 12

There's a rich array of English idioms which use the word 'mind', and we'll be exploring just a few of them in this quiz. Good luck, and I hope you know your mind!
Very Easy
whoman
Nov 10 12
1191 plays
107.
trivia quiz  Do You Know What Phrase This Is 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, GBfan, Jul 03 16

Where do they come up with these crazy sayings? Simple quiz, find the missing word (or two) from some popular phrases.
Very Easy
GBfan
Jul 03 16
804 plays
108.
trivia quiz  Two-Step Idioms 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, flem-ish, Jan 23 02

We often use 'two step' patterns for mere rhythmical effect (or emphasis): the 'deaf and dumb', often saying same thing twice as in 'clean and tidy'. Give the second element of such a phrase. Repeat first letter which is given and add the missing letters
Easy
flem-ish
Jan 23 02
7023 plays
109.
trivia quiz  More Things My Grandma Said 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, Christinap, May 12 11

By popular demand (well one person anyway) here are some more sayings from my wise old Grandma.
Average
Christinap
May 12 11
1206 plays
110.
match quiz  Hold Up 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, shuehorn, Apr 06 17

There are many expressions in English using the words "hold up" along with other words. See if you can sort these out! Match the expression with a word or words that can take the place of "hold up".
Easy
shuehorn gold member
Apr 06 17
651 plays
111.
trivia quiz  To Coin a Phrase 10 questions
Difficult, 10 Qns, ArleneRimmer, Dec 04 02

There are many sayings used in everyday speech, and few of us know where they originated, but everything has to start somewhere . . .
Difficult
ArleneRimmer
Dec 04 02
3366 plays
112.
trivia quiz  What Does That Saying Really Mean? 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, Engadine, Jun 02 03

The following phrases are self explanatory, but you need to fill in the blank! All of the questions are multiple choice - so just have fun!
Average
Engadine
Jun 02 03
4563 plays
113.
trivia quiz  I Lost my Marbles..Have You Found Them? 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, superfan123, Oct 10 12

No, no. Wrong ending to the sentence. There are many idioms and proverbs in the English language, and maybe you know them better than I do. Could you finish the sentences properly?
Easy
superfan123
Oct 10 12
1737 plays
114.
match quiz  I Got Nothing Here! 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, Allison03, Jan 06 17

All descriptions or expressions pertain to NOTHING.
Easy
Allison03
Jan 06 17
843 plays
115.
trivia quiz  Idiomatically Speaking: Part Deux 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Fiachra, Jul 02 03

Ten questions on commonly used idioms and where they come from. Nice 'n' easy, relax and as always enjoy.
Very Easy
Fiachra
Jul 02 03
5157 plays
116.
trivia quiz  Rewritten Idioms 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, Creedy, Apr 23 17

Can you work out which are the real idioms in the following ten, all of which are given to you in re-written form. Good luck. (No extra punctuation needed)
Average
Creedy gold member
Apr 23 17
582 plays
117.
trivia quiz  "Heavens to Betsy" and other odd phrases. 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, dixiecap, Jan 24 04

Your grandma always says things like "Heavens to Betsy" and other odd phrases. Do you know what she is talking about? Take this interesting quiz and test your knowledge!
Easy
dixiecap
Jan 24 04
3651 plays
118.
trivia quiz  's-Genitives In Standing Expressions 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, flem-ish, Mar 13 02

This quiz deals with 's-genitives occurring in standing expressions,and occasionally in titles of literary works.
Average
flem-ish
Mar 13 02
5097 plays
119.
trivia quiz  Are You a Member of the Caterpillar Club? 10 questions
Difficult, 10 Qns, lompocjoe, Apr 29 14

The English language is fascinating! It's filled with picturesque expressions, some as common as the nose on your face...others as obscure as 'Billy Taylor being carried off to sea'.
Difficult
lompocjoe
Apr 29 14
438 plays
120.
trivia quiz  Weather Sayings from Olde England 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, Toeknee448, Jul 20 13

Here are some more of the old sayings my mother used. These are concerned with the weather in England. If you don't recognize them, try looking for the rhymes.
Average
Toeknee448
Jul 20 13
2160 plays
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