Idioms Practice 2
Janet gushed over the sculpture in the antique shop, but Kevin thought that the craftsmanship was merely run of the mill.
He thinks that it is marked by creativity or originality.
He thinks that it is low quality, common or ordinary.
He thinks that it was made exceptionally well.
He thinks that it is too expensive for the average person too afford.
What does the idiom "run of the mill" mean in your own words?
After Michael missed three shots in a row and passed the ball to a player on the other team, the boys were only up by two and they suspected that Michael would be the Achilles' heel of the team.
Michael makes unique contributions to the team.
Michael inspires others to succeed.
Michael performs well under pressure.
Michael is a weakness in an otherwise strong entity.
What does the idiom "Achilles' heel" mean in your own words?
Lyle happily chose his best friend Marco for his partner, but now that the project was due tomorrow and they had done nothing, Lyle realized that he should have hitched his horse to a different wagon.
Lyle wishes he had chosen a different partner.
Lyle accepts responsibility for his part in their failure.
Lyle understands this project will require hard work.
Lyle believes that the best course of action is to tell the truth.
What does the idiom "hitch one's horse to a different wagon" mean in your own words?
The prosecutor knew that the councilman had stolen public funds, but she wanted to get all her ducks in a row before she charged him with a crime.
She had to finish eating lunch before she went back to work.
She wanted to take the time to properly prepare her case.
She wanted to catch the councilman in the act.
She had other business to take care of before going after the councilman.
What does the idiom "get all one's ducks in a row" mean in your own words?
Vince knew that if he wanted to get into college, he'd have to keep his nose to the grindstone all senior year.
Vince would have to work hard for a whole year.
Vince would have to wait patiently for an opportunity.
Vince would have to stay out of trouble for a whole year.
Vince would have to spend a lot of time on his appearance.
What does the idiom "keep one's nose to the grindstone" mean in your own words?
Mrs. March was afraid of leaving the student teacher with her third period class because she feared that the student teacher was a bit too green to be left alone with such a wild bunch.
Mrs. March felt that the student teacher was too mean to be left alone with the children.
Mrs. March felt that the student teacher was too inexperienced.
Mrs. March felt that the student teacher was too jealous of some of the students.
Mrs. March felt that the student teacher was too sick to handle the children.
What does the idiom "green" mean in your own words?
I know that Catherine has been really unpleasant toward you, Alvin, but take it with a grain of salt: she's mean to everyone.
Alvin should be worried that Catherine is not treating him kindly.
Alvin should go and get lunch and reflect on Catherine's attitude.
Alvin should try hard to get on Catherine's good side.
Alvin should not be concerned about how Catherine is treating him.
What does the idiom "take it with a grain of salt" mean in your own words?
Ever since country western super group The Mountain Boys started wearing stovepipe hats, those hats have been selling like hotcakes.
Stovepipe hats have been selling at an average pace.
Stovepipe hats have not been selling at all.
Stovepipe hats have been selling slowly.
Stovepipe hats have been selling quickly.
What does the idiom "sell like hotcakes" mean in your own words?
After promising to go to Beth's parent's cabin for the weekend, Molly got invited to the coolest party of the year and now Molly is really in a pickle.
Molly smells like vinegar.
No matter what happens things are going to work out for Molly.
Molly is stuck in a difficult situation.
Molly has become really popular.
What does the idiom "in a pickle" mean in your own words?
Even though Lucas had been bullying the new kid since the beginning of the year, Lucas shed his crocodile tears when the principal threatened him with suspension.
Lucas was afraid of the new kid.
Lucas's display of sorrow was insincere.
Lucas was afraid of lizards.
Lucas genuinely feels sorry for his actions.
What does the idiom "crocodile tears" mean in your own words?
The researchers at the renowned UC Berkeley have a long history of pushing the envelope in regards to computer science.
They have long attempted to do away with paper record-keeping.
They have long followed behind others in the field.
They have long led efforts in the field.
They have kept up with trends in the field.
What does the idiom "push the envelope" mean in your own words?
While Kristie's cake pops are both delicious and artistic, nobody can hold a candle to her pecan pie.
Her pecan pie is better than all others.
Her pecan pie tastes good but is not visually pleasing.
Her pecan pie is in serious need of improvements
Her pecan pie is very hot when it comes out of the oven.
What does the idiom "hold a candle to" mean in your own words?
After I told the client that we could give him a discount on the window repairs, the boss said that we couldn't and now I've got egg all over my face.
The speaker looks very hungry.
The speaker looks foolish or embarrassed.
The speaker is known as a liar or dishonest person.
The speaker profits from other's misfortunes.
What does the idiom "get egg on one's face" mean in your own words?
When Angelo called Devon "stinky pants" on the playground, Devon wanted to call Angelo a mean name too, but Devon's mother had always taught him to turn the other cheek.
To hide from aggression in order to protect oneself
To return an act of aggression with greater force
To forgive an act of aggression
To return an act of aggression with equal force
What does the idiom "turn the other cheek" mean in your own words?
I hate green peppers, but I ordered them on the pizza because everybody else wanted them and I didn't want to go against the grain.
To ignore something unpleasant
To raise one's voice to an inappropriate level
To go along with whatever is the easiest
To oppose or resist a strong force
What does the idiom "go against the grain" mean in your own words?
Idioms Practice 2