Do You Know American Idioms?

This is a short quiz on American (US) idioms. It is not easy to be an American Idiom Genius because there are countless idioms to keep track of. But, who knows!! Are you or are you not an American Idiom Genius? Try it and find out for yourself!

What is YOUR brainpower for being an American Idiom Guru? Do you think you know idioms? If so, prove it to yourself that you got the brainpower to get the title! Good luck, but don't feel bad if you don't get the title; American Idioms are a real challenge!

Created by: Teacher Smarter Dragon
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1. An American might say a sentence that includes someone "takes pains," which the meaning is:
A part of my body hurts.
To work carefully on something.
Taking someone's punishment for them.
2. Your US friend says he was not born with "a silver spoon in his mouth." He means what?
He means that he never really learned how to use American eating utensils.
He is telling you that he intends to eat a deliciously cooked steak.
He is letting you know that his life has not been of high social status.
3. While vising San Francisco, you hear two Americans talking and one says, "We'd better 'keep on our toes' after dark in this neighborhood." What did "keep on our toes" mean?
They need to walk softly outside so they don't wake up anyone sleeping.
They need to rest their feet after walking so long.
They better be careful because this neightborhood can be dangerous at night.
4. Your American teacher in language class tells you that you and she often "see eye to eye" with each other. What did she mean?
She and you agree on whatever the topic was about at the time.
She is not happy that you won't look at her enough during class.
She enjoys it when you often look into her eyes during class.
5. You met a new American friend on the bus and he said that his new job in town is "cut and dried." You are now wondering what the phrase means:
Maybe his new job is working in a restaurant to prepare vegtables.
If maybe he meant the new job is not so interesting.
That maybe his job is using a scissors or knife in a hot and dry office somewhere.
6. While eating in a busy restaurant, you overhear (likely Americans) at the table next to you say, "You don't have to get carried away," and you wondered if it means:
The person was getting out of control over something.
The person was about to get sick and would need to be carried to a hospital.
The person was talking about how the waiter was carrying the tray of food.
7. Two foreigners, probably Canadians or Americans, were talking and one told the other, "Yesterday, two guys had it out with each other." But, what did this mean?
That two males were discussing their girlfriends.
That two guys might be going out with each other for a date.
That two guys had a fight with each other over something.
8. Two well-dressed Americans on TV were talking and one said the other had "sold out" on him. Then, a commercial came on and you never found out that the phrase means:
One person had changed his way of thinking for some reason.
That the person was talking about a great sale in the mall.
One person was going to a sports game and no tickets were left.
9. One day while you were visiting New York, a store clerk was telling another clerk that some customers seem to "beat around the bush." This phrase probably means:
Some customers must hit bushes or shrubs in their yards.
Some customers can't seem to park their cars very well in the parking lot.
Some customers have trouble saying what they really mean to say.
10. While on the high-speed train, you overhear two foreigners, probably Americans, and one says to the other not "to stir up" anything at work today. That probably means:
One person was telling the other to not make any kind of trouble today while at work.
One guy had told the other to not cook anything today at the restaurant, where they probably work.
One of them is supposed to wait to be told what to do after they got to work.

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