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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 257 quizzes and 2,570 trivia questions in this category.
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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
2178 plays
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.
ClaudiaCat gold member
636 plays
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
435 plays
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
597 plays
trivia quiz  Buying The Farm 10 questions
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!
837 plays
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.
AcrylicInk gold member
Jul 29 17
693 plays
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?
1nn1 editor
Aug 30 17
648 plays
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
756 plays
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
1407 plays
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.
2394 plays
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
615 plays
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.
shorthumbz gold member
909 plays
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
4521 plays
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
1134 plays
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
903 plays
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)
Creedy gold member
Apr 23 17
522 plays
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
6996 plays
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.
1197 plays
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 . . .
3354 plays
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
5079 plays
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?
1725 plays
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!
4548 plays
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.
5082 plays
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".
shuehorn gold member
Apr 06 17
639 plays
match quiz  I Got Nothing Here! 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, Allison03, Jan 06 17

All descriptions or expressions pertain to NOTHING.
807 plays
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'.
432 plays
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.
2130 plays
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!
3555 plays
trivia quiz  Origin of the Phrase 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, Foxicat, Aug 14 02

Have you ever wondered what was the origin of a particular phrase? Here are a few that you may have used yourself, see if you can figure out where they came from.
1968 plays
trivia quiz  Where did that come from? 10 questions
Tough, 10 Qns, LillianRock, Jan 30 10

In everyday life, we use a lot of common words and phrases. While many are nautical in origin, others come from elsewhere. Here are some from all over the place. Some of them are even interesting. I hope you think so.
984 plays
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