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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
Elbow grease is an idiom used to indicate hard physical labour. In earlier times, a common saying stated that the best furniture polish was elbow grease, meaning a good scrubbing.
A footstool is a low piece of furniture used to provide rest to the feet while a person is seated. It is believed to have originated with the Egyptians who used it to access high chairs.
A meeting or discussion involving few key people throwing around different ideas and suggestions is called a brainstorming session. This technique was developed by an advertising executive called Alex F. Osborne in the 1930s as he tried to get his team to come up with creative campaigns.
The thumbscrew is a medieval instrument of torture. As indicated by the name, it was used to slowly and painfully crush the fingers and toes of the victim.
To handpick is to carefully select a specific person or thing for a particular task. For instance, after taking office, a newly-elected president may handpick the members of his cabinet.
Knee jerk is used to describe an involuntary reflex reaction. The medical term for this reaction is the patellar reflex. It is sometimes used in a medical examination to check for nerve impairments.
Arm twisting refers to the act of exerting pressure on a person to carry out a particular task. The pressure is generally in the form of threats or coercion rather than physical harm.
A necklace is an ornament worn by women around the neck. One fitting tightly on the neck is called a choker.
Lip service is an idiom used to indicate insincere or fake support or sympathy for a cause. Another idiom expressing a similar sentiment would be the 'shedding of crocodile tears'.
Finger food refers to food which can be eaten directly with the hands. This term is mainly used in the Western world since in other places like Asia and Africa it is common to eat all food using only the hands and no cutlery.