Idioms exercise

August 22, 2012

Idioms are common in all kinds of English. Test your knowledge of idioms with this exercise.

1. What does the idiom ‘to foam at one’s mouth’ mean?

a) to get very angry

b) To brush vigorously so that foam forms in your mouth.

c) To salivate on seeing food

2. To feel like a fish out of water is to feel

a) unhappy

b) uncomfortable

c) angry

d) dejected

3. When something is done at the eleventh hour, it is done

a) too early

b) too late

c) immediately

d) at the last minute

4. What do you mean when you say you have burned your fingers?

a) that you have suffered financial losses

b) that you have got hurt physically

c) that you have to find work

d) that you have just had a miraculous escape

5. What do you mean by the idiom ‘add fuel to fire’?

a) to say or do something that would make a bad situation even worse

b) to investigate something

c) to initiate something

d) none of these

6. What does the idiom ‘off the top of your head’ mean?

a) to say something without thinking much

b) to do something that would put you in trouble

c) to act recklessly

d) none of these

Answers

1. to get very angry

2. uncomfortable

3. at the last minute

4. that you have suffered financial losses

5. to say or do something that would make a bad situation even worse

6. to say something without thinking much

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