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English Idioms Quiz #1

Fill the blanks in these English language idioms.
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First submittedDecember 18, 2011
Last updatedOctober 2, 2014
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Idiom
Once in a blue moon
All bark and no bite
Barking up the wrong tree
Beat a dead horse
Off the beaten path
Wild goose chase
Pass with flying colors
A sight for sore eyes
Bats in the belfry
Turn over a new leaf
Idiom
Through gritted teeth
Any way, shape, or form
Back to square one
Back to the drawing board
'Til the cows come home
Chip on one's shoulder
Close but no cigar
From rags to riches
Get down to brass tacks
Living high on the hog
Idiom
Burn the candle at both ends
Last, but not least
Saved by the bell
The whole nine yards
Beating around the bush
Between a rock and a hard place
When it rains, it pours
Path of least resistance
The strong, silent type
Put one's best foot forward
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level 53
Dec 18, 2011
Off the beaten path. You should also accept track for that one :)
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level ∞
Dec 18, 2011
Added that answer. Thanks!
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level 51
Oct 19, 2014
Don't know if it is an acceptable answer or not, as I wrote path, but I have also heard "trail."
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level 44
Dec 11, 2014
trail is what i tried too
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level 61
Dec 18, 2011
agree with Savage, being English the first thing that comes to mind is track!!
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level 30
Dec 18, 2011
And here I've only ever heard it as "off the beaten path"! Learn something new every day :)
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level 69
Dec 18, 2011
Yep, it's Track. I've never heard anybody say "off the beaten path".
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level 56
Oct 27, 2014
I've heard path and trail but never track. Just depends where you're from.
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level 47
Jan 30, 2016
I agree
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level 33
Dec 18, 2011
C'mon...'bat in the belfry' should be accepted.
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level 65
Oct 19, 2014
Yes! That's how I know it!
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level 45
Aug 18, 2015
agreed!
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level 45
Mar 2, 2018
Agreed!
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level 54
Dec 18, 2011
Never heard off the beaten track. It's always been path. Probably just a US/UK thing.
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level 54
Mar 22, 2019
Even if it is a uk/us thing i really find it weird that you guys have never heard the other expression. Are all of you so isolated? And dont get any input from outside your country?

meant for both us and uk. Cause if people from other countries have heard from it, how is it that guys stay oblivious from it? Knowing one term doesnt mean you are sheltered from hearing (about) the other

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level 38
Dec 18, 2011
I've always heard path never track.
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level 33
Dec 18, 2011
100% with 2:14 left
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level 36
Dec 18, 2011
'It never rains but it pours' is the way we usually say that one.
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level 78
Jan 11, 2012
We always say 'FLOG a dead horse'
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level 40
Jan 20, 2015
Agreed. That is what we say :-)
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level 15
Jan 17, 2012
i've only ever heard "flog a dead horse" too haha
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level 50
Jan 29, 2012
Never heard the brass tacks one.
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level 76
Feb 5, 2012
Please accept "bat" in the belfry. Or "a bat".
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level 78
Feb 15, 2012
JusSpammin and Jezilly - the English idiom is "bats in the belfry" - not bat.
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level 47
Mar 4, 2012
I've always said between a rock and a tough spot. I don't know maybe I am just weird...
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level 32
Apr 8, 2012
Ya, flog a dead horse... but not MOOSE for God's sake!
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level 22
Jul 2, 2012
OK, let's get down to brass tax - it's definitely FLOG" a dead horse. "Beat" sounds really silly. I am correct - there are no pipistrelles in my belfry
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level 49
Jul 22, 2012
LOL Beat a dead moose? Beat a dead head horse originates from driving a horse (argument) so hard it literally dies. To beat a dead horse is pointless, now to beat a dead moose, well . . . that one needs some explaining. Easy quiz 2:45 never heard 'off the beaten track, I'm U.S based.'
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level 33
Sep 4, 2012
good one, might use this one down at the pub . . never heard of the 2high on the hog" though, but reading the explaination above, must be like "bringing home the bacon"
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level 19
Nov 5, 2012
Got 100% with 2:54 left
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level 45
Feb 10, 2014
Me too!
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level 10
Dec 15, 2012
Huzzah! An English Quiz! Though, you still insist on spelling 'colour' without the 'u'.... Still. Anyway, I've always heard off the beaten 'track'. I've heard 'path' once or twice, but always took it for a misquote. Interesting.
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level 32
Jan 15, 2013
Let's compromise and make it "Off the beaten horse."
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level 28
Mar 1, 2013
I feel stupid I thought it was brass tactics.
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level 70
Mar 7, 2013
Good idea, but really easy. There wasn't the slightest hesitation on any answer. Ok, maybe one or two. 2:34 left
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level 54
Mar 22, 2019
It is not all english speakers on this site. This might be a challenge for other people. Like the quizes days of the week, of count to 10 in this or that language. The people from that language could also say it is way to easy. But what you take for granted might be a (fun) challenge for others
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level 28
May 1, 2013
This quiz was wonderful! I really enjoy this kind, I got them all with 2:50 remaining!
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level 15
Sep 25, 2013
I've heard of brass knuckles but not brass tacks???? or even brass roots but never tacks.
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level 67
Oct 27, 2015
I've heard of 'Grass Roots' not Brass Roots, but in England it is 'Brass Tacks' ........ I thought it was Cockney slang for 'Facts'.
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level 17
Mar 16, 2014
I'm from Indiana, USA, and I have never heard "Bats in the belfry," "Get down to brass tacks," or "The strong, silent type" in my life. Maybe we don't say those ones in the Midwest.
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level 66
Oct 23, 2014
I'm in the Midwest (North Dakota) and have heard all of them. I even use them from time to time.
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level 59
Apr 1, 2014
Lotta fun that was! Got 'em all ... and with 2:31 left.
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level 50
Apr 21, 2014
I went for 'close but no banana' - am I the only one? Please accept banana!
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level 75
May 15, 2014
I could only think of banana, too. It's a variation of the cigar phrase.
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level 49
Feb 7, 2016
Banana was the first thing that came to my mind, as a die-hard Garfield fan
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level 43
Apr 2, 2016
I went for "banana" at first, too. I feel like I've definitely heard that more often than I have "cigar," but I've ~read~ the cigar version more often, especially in older books. Maybe the banana version started out as a joking adaptation of the original? I wonder whether it could be slowly rising in favor as cigars grow less common in daily life while people go on eating as many bananas as ever.
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level 47
Nov 15, 2018
not the only one!
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level 71
Oct 19, 2014
Then there was the ophthalmology clinic that advertised itself as a site for sore eyes.
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level 50
Oct 19, 2014
Baby monkeys are all rich. 'Baby monkeys, baby monkeys, riding on a pig, baby monkeys... baby monkeys, baby monkeys, backwards on a pig, baby monkeys...' look it up, seriously, it's HILARIOUS.
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level 48
Oct 19, 2014
I'm British and I've only ever heard of off the beaten track, never path.
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level 67
Oct 19, 2014
Good Quiz As an Australian always heard 'Track' never path ...... we say flog a dead horse and use 'brass tacks'.......... Burn the candle at both ends was a saying long before Roald Dahl was born!
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level 60
Sep 21, 2016
Ditto in NZ.
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level 21
Oct 20, 2014
Close but no cigar is American, it is hardly known in the UK. And I have never heard of 'the whole nine yards' - I suppose that must be American too, maybe from baseball?
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level 53
Jul 13, 2018
During WWII, .50 caliber ammunition belts on American and other Allied fighter planes were 27 feet long - 9 yards. When an enemy fighter "got the whole nine yards," it meant the pilot fired every round at them to shoot them down.
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level 54
Mar 22, 2019
Dont you read or watch tv? Non english speaker here, and have heard that sooo many times. Also surprised someone else had never heard of the strong silent type.
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level 25
Oct 23, 2014
color? seriously? COLOUR
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level 70
Jan 9, 2015
Too much time. Its really about how fast can you type your answer. 2 minutes would be plenty.
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level 27
Mar 12, 2015
Probably some dialectal differences. I have always heard "It never rains, but it pours" and "Back to the OLD drawing board" rather than the versions used here. Fortunately they were sufficiently similar to be very easy to get. Fun quiz!
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level 58
Jul 24, 2015
Never heard of living high on the hog. Hog is not a word generally used in UK - we say pig. Nor have I heard of close but no cigar - what on earth does that mean?
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level 49
Feb 7, 2016
Close, but not quite
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level 38
May 11, 2018
A cigar is often handed out in celebration of an accomplishment (such as when a baby is born, the father hands out cigars) Therefore, "close but no cigar " means that ...whatever... was almost successful, but not quite.
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level 54
Mar 22, 2019
I keep getting baffled by english speakers not knowing some of these. How can it be that Í dó know them then?? It is not that i watch massive amounts of tv of read tons of books, but a lot of these feel as common as "how is it going" (what is going actually? I guess the same thing as what is "up" haha) I m not sure where i have picked them up. (Not bragging of anything, but i really cant wrap my head around it. Ah there is a nice idiom too. Well actually... it sounds kinda gross and graphic..)
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level 46
Jul 27, 2015
I say flog a dead horse
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level 29
Oct 26, 2015
Since this quiz is on `English Idioms` may I request the English spelling of `color`- colour
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level 21
Oct 31, 2015
I think that whoever wrote this quiz looked on the internet because half of the idioms are completely wrong.I am from the uk and I have heard of the idioms and the ones on the quiz like 'beat a dead horse' aren't right.
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level 49
Feb 7, 2016
I hear that one all the time.
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level 60
Jan 29, 2016
Quite hard. I'm confident I know most of these in their German version which is sometimes very different. An example for one I know (beating around the bush): If I'd translate the German version back to English it would be something like "talking around hot mush".
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level 49
Feb 7, 2016
Close but no banana doesn't work?
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level 36
Mar 5, 2016
Boy, I feel dumb. All these years, I thought it was "brass tax" instead of "brass tacks." Now I have to completely revamp my imagery of the phrase.
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level 26
May 27, 2016
off the beaten "track" is very Australian
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level 38
Nov 10, 2016
May I suggest that "off the beaten path" might be used by those who first got the idiom from either their bible or religious instructor, while "off the beaten track" is used by the more secular.
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level 49
Mar 6, 2018
Has anyone commented on 'beaten path' vs 'beaten track'? Lately?
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level 31
Mar 7, 2018
It's definitely 'off the beaten track', it's an English saying. The one I missed was high on the hog, never heard of it.
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level 31
Nov 3, 2018
Surely passed with flying colors should be spelt colours (the proper English way)
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level 54
Mar 22, 2019
Didnt know the bats, tacks and hog. Though the first two sounds slightly familiar
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