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Idioms about Household Items

The blanks in these idioms are things that you would find around the house. Guess what they are.
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First submittedAugust 6, 2013
Last updatedMarch 21, 2016
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Idiom
Pot calling the kettle black
Roll out the red carpet
Hand that rocks the cradle
Out of the frying pan, into the fire
Sweep under the rug
Born with a silver spoon in one's mouth
Lay one's cards on the table
Tempest in a teapot
See the writing on the wall
A foot in the door
Idiom
A watched pot never boils
Everything but the kitchen sink
A drop in the bucket
Caught with one's hand in the cookie jar
Throw in the towel
Put all one's eggs in one basket
A flash in the pan
Have a bun in the oven
A skeleton in the closet
Can't hold a candle to
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level 52
Oct 11, 2013
I'll assume that the extra "one" in the basket hint is a typo. Otherwise, good quiz.
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level ∞
Oct 11, 2013
Fixed the typo
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level 78
Oct 11, 2013
Always known them as - a storm in a teacup - a watched kettle never boils - a drop in the ocean - guessed them all eventually though
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level 32
Oct 11, 2013
Personally my household does not contain an ocean, if yours does then congratulations!
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level 61
Oct 1, 2019
It is in the bucket.. (obviously!)
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level 74
Oct 11, 2013
Unfortunately, there are no 'cookie jars' in UK households.
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level 73
Oct 11, 2013
I know you call cookies "biscuits." What do you call their containers? Biscuit bins?
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level 77
Mar 21, 2016
If you use your barrels to store cookies, then where do you keep all your fish and monkeys?
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level 58
Aug 9, 2019
Cookies are called cookies and are a type of biscuit. Americans simply refer to all biscuits as cookies. Biscuits are kept in biscuit tins
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level 60
Oct 12, 2013
I learn so much about our "two countries divided by a common language" from the comments on this site!
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level 46
Mar 20, 2016
I tried biscuit tin, jar, then gave up, can't get myself round the concept of a jar just for cookies. Where do I keep the gingernuts and digestives?
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level 72
Mar 20, 2016
In the cookie jar. Because they are both cookies.
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level 76
Jul 23, 2016
^In Britain they're biscuits.
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level 57
Jun 5, 2018
If you're taking a quiz that was obviously created by an American, remember: Biscuits are cookies, chips are fries and people are people so why should it be you and I should get along so awfully...
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level 76
Apr 17, 2014
pretty easy but still fun. got 100% with 1:09 left.
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level 66
Dec 12, 2014
Couldn't understand why spoon wasn't working, then I realized I'd spelled it incorrectly. My stupid, fat fingers put "sppon" instead. :P
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level 63
Mar 20, 2016
A skeleton in the cupboard should be accepted please.
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level 67
Mar 21, 2016
I tried 'Cupboard' never heard of the closet one.
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level 77
Feb 17, 2017
Agreed, that's what I've been taught. Closet is American and cupboard is British.
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level 61
Oct 1, 2019
So when you are coming out (telling people you are gay) you are coming out of the cupboard?

Often I know both the american and the english version of things, but in this case I have never heard the uk version. And it is not like it is an extremely uncommon phrase. So it baffles me you have never heard the us version.

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level 76
Mar 20, 2016
Quizmaster, could you please fix the long-standing typo regarding Pulling one's eggs in one basket? Should be Put one's eggs.... May I also make a suggestion? Whenever a mistake or a typo is found on any quiz, people make a comment pointing it out. Sometimes you find the comments and sometimes you don't, such as on this quiz where the mistake was pointed out some time ago but never corrected. I suggest you have a second button located right next to the Add Comment button which would be strictly for Reporting Errors on this Quiz. Then you wouldn't have to read through all the dross to find the important stuff which requires your attention. Just a thought, and thank you for all your hard work and for making JetPunk the BEST quiz site!!!!
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Mar 21, 2016
Fixed the typo
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level 54
Mar 22, 2016
Only ever seen it as "A watched kettle", hmm... also never heard of drop in the bucket (only ocean), and mostly hear "hold a match to". Not sure if these are all typeins yet, would be good. Anyway, for "flash in the pan", it refers to the pan of a gun; a little pan at the back of the gun would have some powder poured in it, and this would ignite the charge in the barrel. Not the pan usually in a household.
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level 63
Mar 23, 2016
I couldn't stop thinking of a foot in the grave, despite my household not having any graves... Ha ha. Lightbulb went off with 21 seconds to go, thankfully.
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level 71
Jun 20, 2016
At first, the only place I could think of to put a foot was a mouth.
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level 69
Apr 2, 2016
In the UK our skeletons live in cupboards, not closets.
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level 70
Jun 12, 2017
The phrase "a drop from a bucket" has been around for many centuries.
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level 53
Mar 10, 2018
biscuit tin instead of cookie jar?
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level 38
Mar 18, 2018
Great idea for a quiz. Thank you!
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level 52
Nov 10, 2018
I am British and would say a 'skeleton in the cupboard'. also 'a drop in the ocean', I have never heard the alternative
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