Idioms Practice 1
After going to the zoo, the mall, and the movies, Cassie was sick of bending over backwards to entertain her nieces.
Cassie has not been trying at all to entertain her nieces.
Cassie had been making small efforts to entertain her nieces.
Cassie had been doing very little to entertain her nieces.
Cassie had been trying very hard to entertain her nieces.
What does the idiom "bending over backwards" mean in your own words?
Bobby would have been playing ball until the cows came home if it hadn't been for Suzie dragging him home for dinner.
Bobby was just about to stop playing ball.
Bobby prefers nature to athletics.
Bobby didn't even want to play ball to begin with.
Bobby would have continued playing ball for a long time.
What does the idiom "until the cows come home" mean in your own words?
Mr. Johnson was very particular about the arrangement of his classroom, so the thing he hated most was when his students caused a ruckus with their wild horseplay.
Mr. Johnson hated when his students wrestled with each other.
Mr. Johnson hated when his students made animal noises.
Mr. Johnson hated when his students pretended to be animals.
Mr. Johnson hated when his students played organized sports.
What does the idiom "horseplay" mean in your own words?
Eric wanted to fix his cousin's computer, but he was already having problems setting up his Aunt's Wi-Fi network and he didn't want to open a whole new can of worms.
Eric was not ready to begin another complicated problem.
Eric was sick of spending his time helping his family.
Eric wanted to go fishing instead of fixing computers.
Eric was having difficulties untangling the computer wires.
What does the idiom "open a whole new can of worms" mean in your own words?
Even though Candace already had a new job, she submitted her two week notice and conducted herself in a professional way at her old job because she didn't want to burn bridges.
Candace was really going to miss her old job.
Candace was waiting until her last day to make a big scene at her old job.
Candace didn't want to ruin her good relationship with her old employer.
Candace wasn't ready to start her new job.
What does the idiom "burn bridges" mean in your own words?
World renowned country western super group The Mountain Boys can sell out an arena at the drop of a hat.
The Mountain Boys enforce a dress code at all of their shows.
The Mountain Boys can sell out an arena very quickly.
The Mountain Boys are always willing to perform at charity events.
The Mountain Boys may be able to sell out an arena, but it will take a long time.
What does the idiom "at the drop of a hat" mean in your own words?
Vivian expected Craig to sob uncontrollably when she broke up with him; however, Craig kept a stiff upper lip.
Craig cried even more than Vivian had expected.
Craig did not cry.
Craig cried a little less than Vivian had expected.
Craig cried about as much as Vivian had expected.
What does the idiom "keep a stiff upper lip" mean in your own words?
We have been working on our presentation every night for the last week, so we are really going to knock Mrs. Robinson's socks off.
They are not prepared to give a good presentation.
Their presentation will meet Mrs. Robison's expectations.
They intend on hitting Mrs. Robinson rather than presenting.
Their presentation will far exceed Mrs. Robinson's expectations.
What does the idiom "knock one's socks off" mean in your own words?
Over the summer Brian was excited about being placed in the advanced math class, but after seeing the workload on his first day, he was ready to jump ship.
Brian did not want to be in the advance math class anymore.
Brian wanted to cause some trouble in the advanced math class.
Brian wanted to skip ahead and get into the more advanced material.
Brian was even more excited about the math class than he was over the summer.
What does the idiom "jump ship" mean in your own words?
Jose had a hard time comparing the iPhone to the Samsung phone because to him they were apples and oranges.
Jose doesn't know anything about phones so he may as well be thinking about fruits.
Jose can hardly tell the difference between the two phones because they are so similar.
Jose is too hungry to think about phones at this time.
Jose believes that the phones are so different from one another that they cannot be compared.
What does the idiom "apples and oranges" mean in your own words?
At first Brian was happy with his new roller-skates, until his twin brother Ryan open up a GameBox X-9000, and then Brian felt like he got the short end of the stick.
Brian feels bad for Ryan because Ryan wanted roller-skates.
Brian is not interested in playing the outdated X-9000 system.
Brian felt like Ryan received a better gift than he.
Brian wanted a long stick that he could use to support himself on hikes.
What does the idiom "get the short end of the stick" mean in your own words?
After catching Darnisha chewing gum for the third time, Ms. Smith scheduled a conference with Darnisha's mother, who was chewing gum when she came into Ms. Smith's classroom. Ms. Smith thought to herself, "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree."
Ms. Smith thinks that Darnisha and her mother live in the same house.
Ms. Smith thinks that Darnisha's mother lives very close to the school.
Darnisha's mother thinks that Ms. Smith is a hypocrite.
Ms. Smith thinks that Darnisha acts a lot like her mother.
What does the idiom "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree" mean in your own words?
Brad was accusing us of stealing his phone until he found it, and now he's trying to sweep it under the rug.
Brad wants to pretend that the incident never happened.
Brad thinks that his phone will be safer if he hides it under the rug.
Brad is trying to locate a signal for his phone so that he can use it.
Brad wants to do something to make up for his mistake.
What does the idiom "sweep it under the rug" mean in your own words?
Keisha started yelling at Ronnie and threatening him but Ronnie didn't even flinch because he knew that her bark was worse than her bite.
Ronnie thinks that Keisha will get in trouble for yelling.
Ronnie thinks that Keisha has bad breath.
Ronnie thinks that Keisha has a crush on him.
Ronnie thinks that Keisha is loud but not dangerous.
What does the idiom "one's bark is worse than one's bite" mean in your own words?
You might think that Billy Parker is the luckiest, but if you saw the list of chores his parents give him, I guarantee that you wouldn't want to be in his shoes.
You wouldn't want your shoes to get as dirty as Billy's when he's doing his chores.
Billy has so many chores to do that it is unpleasant to imagine doing them all.
It's easy to do as many chores as Billy has if you have nice shoes.
If you had to do as many chores as Billy, you'd want a pair of comfortable shoes.
What does the idiom "be in one's shoes" mean in your own words?
Idioms Practice 1