Idioms Practice 4
We tried to give Tommy a surprise party for his birthday, but you let the cat out of the bag.
Failed to get or keep the necessary supplies for the party
Created a dangerous situation that had to be addressed
Shared a secret with someone who shouldn't know
Lied to Tommy
What does the idiom "let the cat out of the bag" mean in your own words?
When Kevin accepted the job offer even though he was still in school, his mom thought he might be biting off more than he could chew.
He was talking a lot but not delivering results.
He was taking on more than he could handle.
He had to take smaller bites and learn table manners.
He needed to do more to earn his mom's respect.
What does the idiom "bite off more than one can chew" mean in your own words?
I didn't want to jump the gun, so I decided to wait for the second date until I tried and hold her hand.
To miss one's chance or opportunity
To do something threatening
To do something too soon
To make a sudden movement
What does the idiom "jump the gun" mean in your own words?
As Derek's mom nagged him about his homework, he wondered why it even mattered and thought that she was making a mountain out of a molehill.
To worry about things that one cannot control
To ignore a serious threat
To make a big deal about a small matter
To brag about one's own self-importance
What does the idiom "make a mountain out of a molehill" mean in your own words?
Alice was feeling a little under the weather, so she asked her mom if she could stay home today.
She didn't want to walk in the rain.
She was sad.
She felt ill.
She wanted to play.
What does the idiom "feel under the weather" mean in your own words?
Tammy wanted to yell at John for leaving the toilet seat up again, but she decided to let sleeping dogs lie.
She is ignoring the problem to avoid a conflict.
She is waiting until John gets tired to bring up her complaint.
She doesn't want to wake up the dogs by fighting with John.
She is resting on the problem and considering it over night.
What does the idiom "let sleeping dogs lie" mean in your own words?
Jude was on pins and needles waiting for the results of the test.
To sit in an uncomfortable position
To be nonchalant or unconcerned
To be anxious or worried
To be disciplined or focused
What does the idiom "on pins and needles" mean in your own words?
Craig and I fought over a football game in the fourth grade, but that's water under the bridge now.
The problem is in the past and is no longer an issue.
The speaker was hurt in the fight and can no longer play football.
The past issue is going to affect their current relationship.
The speaker likes other sports more than football these days.
What does the idiom "water under the bridge" mean in your own words?
Jeffrey was a fast learner, so he knew that the history test would be a piece of cake.
It would make him sick.
It would have many different layers.
It would be difficult to complete.
It would be easy for Jeffrey.
What does the idiom "piece of cake" mean in your own words?
Wow! Bob's Dress Barn has more dresses than you can shake a stick at.
They have a lot of dresses.
Many of their dresses have been damaged.
Their dresses are warm and well-made.
They have very few dresses.
What does the idiom "shake a stick at" mean in your own words?
I told Tom to stop telling Kim all of his feelings, but he always did wear his heart on his sleeve.
He has a cold heart.
He enjoys taking risks.
He doesn't take advice.
He does not hide his feelings.
What does the idiom "wear one's heart on one's sleeve" mean in your own words?
Every player is important on a football team, but a good quarterback is worth his weight in gold.
To be lean or atheletic
To be heavy or out of shape
To be expensive and unnecessary
To be useful or valuable
What does the idiom "worth one's weight in gold" mean in your own words?
Kylie's mother wanted her to play the piano but, as much as Kylie wanted to make her mother happy, playing the piano wasn't her cup of tea.
She did not enjoy playing piano.
She prefers drinking coffee.
She has a lot of fun playing piano.
She wants to own her own piano.
What does the idiom "not one's cup of tea" mean in your own words?
I don't mean to toot my own horn, but I'm the fastest kid on my block and the smartest too.
To brag about oneself
To change the subject
To perform for others
To practice or prepare
What does the idiom "toot one's own horn" mean in your own words?
Grandpa tried his best to understand the terms of the contract, but he couldn't wrap his head around all the sprawling clauses and financial jargon.
To explain to others
To willfully ignore something
To fully understand
To try to forget
What does the idiom "wrap one's head around" mean in your own words?
Idioms Practice 4