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Body Part Cliches Quiz

The missing words in these popular idioms are body parts. Guess what they are.
Last updated: March 18, 2014
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Cliche
A bird in the hand is worth
two in the bush
Blood is thicker than water
Through gritted teeth
Two heads are better than one
Got off on the wrong foot
On bended knee
Shake a leg
Toe the line
In one ear and out the other
A sight for sore eyes
Cliche
Nose to the grindstone
As dry as a bone
By the sweat of one's brow
Have a chip on one's shoulder
Have a frog in one's throat
There's more than
one way to skin a cat
Thorn in one's side
Joined at the hip
Albatross around one's neck
Strike a raw nerve
Cliche
Don't look a gift horse in the mouth
Long arm of the law
You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours
Cut off your nose to spite your face
Rule with an iron fist
Cross one's heart and hope to die
Five-finger discount
The way to a man's heart is
through his stomach
Play one's cards close to the chest
Slap on the wrist
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level 46
Jul 28, 2011
i like this one!! 100%
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level 27
Jul 28, 2011
Dry as a bone is the only one I've never heard.
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level 34
Jun 18, 2016
As someone who does watersports this is the one I here most often
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level 27
Aug 20, 2016
I knew that one from watching "A Christmas Carol" (the one starring George C. Scott) when they play the game "similes."
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level 67
Feb 24, 2017
I've heard "bone dry" but not "dry as a bone," so I didn't think of it. Only one I missed.
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level 33
Jul 28, 2011
28/28
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level 60
Aug 12, 2011
got em all
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level 33
Aug 26, 2011
Nose?
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level 16
Aug 26, 2011
71%
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level 50
Jan 29, 2012
100% 2:29 left.
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level 50
Feb 6, 2012
2:45 left 100%
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level 68
Mar 12, 2012
Could not figure out brow but I got 100% with 5 seconds left
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level 20
May 17, 2012
100% Almost didn't get bone, though
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level 22
Jul 2, 2012
Yes! I almost didn't get bone either - I kept thinking of mouth - then it's so obvious once you spot it. Durrgghhh!!
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level 44
Nov 2, 2012
I'm surprised so many people haven't heard of the bone reference. The only one that hung me up for a second was "toe the line"... I would have sworn it was "tow" (as in tow truck), I had to look it up afterwards to make sure.
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level 36
Nov 2, 2014
I only guessed it right because of Dry Bones from the Mario series
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level 36
May 22, 2013
100% 3:20 left! Nice quiz! :)
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level 45
Aug 9, 2013
100%
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level 39
Apr 9, 2014
I'm sure it's TOW the fine, not toE the line.
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level 69
Apr 10, 2014
And you're surely wrong.
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level 39
Jul 20, 2016
Survey says?... X
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level 59
Aug 20, 2016
TOE. Reference to athletics - get close to the starting line.
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level 74
Feb 24, 2017
Yes, stop one's toe at the line, not over the line - in other words, follow the rules, don't cheat. "You'd better toe the line from now on, or you're fired."
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level 50
Oct 31, 2018
toe the line come from making sailors on a warship line up for inspection I believe. They would be told which line on the deck to put their toes to in order to form a straight line.
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level 33
Apr 9, 2014
Ohh! With four seconds left I pulled out 100%!
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level 29
Apr 13, 2014
I think I did pretty good considering I always get clichés wrong!
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level 66
Oct 11, 2014
Good quiz, btw 'Shake a leg' comes from the English Navy in the old sailing ship days, the men would be asleep in their hammocks and the sailor in charge of changing of the watch would stir the men by shouting 'Shake a Leg' and the sailors would have to put a leg out of the hammock and shake it to show they were awake! (Truth is stranger than fiction)
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level 45
Jun 4, 2015
I agree about it being a Royal Navy expression originally, but I always understood the reason for it was to ensure no women were left on board, in the hammocks, on the morning the ship was due to sail.
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level 50
Oct 17, 2014
Everyone knows that the way to a person's heart is through their stomach... or about two centimeters to the right of their sternum.
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level 26
Dec 5, 2014
i got 18/30, which i find quite good, but i only beat 14% of u guys. Anyone explain to me how u guys know this and i dont?
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level 59
Jun 27, 2015
Got all except strike a raw nerve. Should have got it but in the UK the phrase is more usually simply to hit a nerve. Good quiz.
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level 14
Oct 17, 2015
I've never heard of playing your cards close to your chest.
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level 65
Oct 31, 2018
I've always heard it as "close to the vest"
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level 66
Mar 2, 2016
Slap on the back is also a phrase.
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level 47
Sep 14, 2016
As I said elsewhere, the much more common expression is "PAT on the back." "Slap on the wrist" is a lot more common than "slap on the back."
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level 34
Jun 18, 2016
Slap on the back? Slap on the Head? No?
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level 39
Aug 8, 2016
I was convinced it was "shake a fist"...
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level 67
Aug 20, 2016
Good quiz. Never heard by the sweat of one's brow. I've heard wipe the sweat from your brow, but not 'by the sweat of one's brow'
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level 74
Feb 24, 2017
It's from the Old Testament, Genesis 3:19.
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level 53
Aug 20, 2016
As Barry Mackenzie used to say "As dry as a nun's nasty"
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level 59
Aug 20, 2016
Never heard five-finger discount - must be American. What does it mean?
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level 52
Aug 22, 2016
To steal something
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level 47
Aug 22, 2016
I'd never heard it before either and I'm American. Thanks for the definition OfTheMountain.
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level 75
Dec 6, 2018
It may be used in the United States, but it isn't used only here. The first time that I remember hearing it was on the very old BBC show, "Are You Being Served" when they had a shoplifter in the store.
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level 59
Aug 20, 2016
"Thumb a ride" = hitchhike?
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level 28
Aug 20, 2016
I thought the phrase was "tow the line" not "toe the line". I still got it but I was a bit thrown.
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level 46
Aug 23, 2016
I really thought it was tow the line as well!
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level 36
Aug 20, 2016
Great quiz! Thanks :) I"m sick of all the geography ones!
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level 47
Sep 3, 2016
Maybe you could take a few sports ones. There's a ton of those too.
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level 29
Aug 21, 2016
Shake a leg?? You mean break a leg?
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level 46
Aug 23, 2016
Break a leg means good luck in theatres because it was seen as bad luck to say good luck to someone, shake a leg means to get a move on or to hurry up.
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level 47
Sep 3, 2016
Great quiz! I had never heard playing your cards close to the chest, but I got all the others in a reasonable amount of time and then spent 20 seconds or so thinking of that one. I tried cheek, face, table (yes, even table) and a couple of other things before finally getting it. Yay!
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level 57
Dec 7, 2016
Me too. Thought of some body part I didn't already use, then tried chest and bingo!
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level 67
Oct 27, 2016
Shouldn't it be 'tow' the line? In the UK, at least, 'toe' is the digit of the foot and 'tow' is the verb. If that varies elsewhere, could 'tow' be accepted anyway? Thank you.
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level 43
Dec 20, 2018
1. tow isnt a body part 2. the saying is about a toe, that thing from your foot
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level 41
Feb 24, 2017
I don't know any of these , just typed random body parts
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level 34
Feb 24, 2017
18/30 as a brazilian. Not bad.
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level 39
Feb 24, 2017
I just love it when someone unfamiliar with a phrase refuses to just acknowledge his lack of familiarity and let it stop there. No, he then has to interpose HIS interpretation of the (admittedly) unfamiliar phrases. BREAK A LEG is exclusive (or was originally) to those in the theatre and meant GOOD LUCK. SHAKE A LEG means (and has always meant) HURRY THE HELL UP!
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level 28
Dec 1, 2017
I always thought it was slap on the thigh.
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level 23
Dec 1, 2017
Most of the ones I accidentally answered when guessing were the ones I didn’t know.
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level 46
Jun 3, 2018
100%
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level 44
Sep 5, 2018
"Strike a nerve" is also a common way to say it. I've never heard "raw" placed there.
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level 43
Dec 20, 2018
exactly what I came here to say, the raw threw me, without it I would ve gotten it immediately but now it hadnt even crossed my mind
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level 43
Dec 20, 2018
I couldnt get the slap one. Slap on the back, slap on the shoulder, slap on the head, slap on the thighs?. Bum? ass? surely not..
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