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10 Common Idioms

Average: 3.8 (152 votes)

Here are some sample sentences using English idioms. After you read the sentences, see if you can match each idiom with the definition.

1. After he was cut by the team, he turned over a new leaf and started working out.

2. I couldn't believe he actually passed himself off as a native speaker.

3. If you don't get there early, all the bargains will be snapped up.

4. Everybody has at least one skeleton in their closet.

5. I went over everything with a fine-tooth comb, and still couldn't find the mistake.

6. She really didn't enjoy going out with me. She called me a cold fish.

7. My wife stays home, and it's my job to bring home the bacon.

8. The bank was robbed to the tune of $500,000.00.

9. Those types of problems are just swept under the rug.

10. His idea went over like a lead balloon.


a. take quickly
b. in the amount of
c. careful attention
d. to meet with disapproval
e. improve conduct
f. to dismiss casually
g. a boring person
h. to pretend to be
i. to support one's family
j. a shameful secret

Now match the definitions to the idioms by typing in the letter - do not type in the whole idiom!

By Thomas Williams, teacher at EC San Diego English school

Confusing Word Pairs

Now choose the correct sentence:

  • 1. turn over a new leaf:
  • 2. pass off:
  • 3. snap up:
  • 4. skeleton in the closet:
  • 5. fine-tooth comb:
  • 6. cold fish:
  • 7. bring home the bacon:
  • 8. to the tune of:
  • 9. sweep under the rug:
  • 10. go over like a lead balloon:


New Idioms

Very interesting, nice and unusual exersice! I like it!!! Smile
I made two mistakes. Sad Many new IDIOMS!!!
I have to work at THEM, but it is interesting for me. Worried
Thanks a lot for this Lesson. Smile

I knew only 5. O.K.It is a

I knew only 5.
O.K.It is a reason that we are here - to learn more.
It was easy to pass herself off to well known English before this lesson.
It isn't polite to snap up of your converser.
We have to go over of a most media advertisement with a fine-tooth comp.
A common mistake in an upbringing is to sweep the problem under the rug.
My proposal of re-planning our house went over like a lead balloon by my husband.
To go learning to Malta will cost me to the tune 1000 euro.


thanks a lot for them , very interesting ones , they are new to me. Ia bit proud of myself : i made no mistake . Shut! Thank you again.

Nataly I had to think but I

I had to think but I didn't make any mistakes, all idioms are new for me, thank you for he lesson

This was a rather difficult task.

I guessed only 4 idioms. But it's a chance to improve and enhance my fund of idioms. Thank you, Thomas and Chris.

very interesting idioms

i like these new idioms,
really, all of these are worthy of studying.
thank you


i didn't expect to get a nice score. i guess i'm such a good guesser... cheers and thanks this lesson is really something

Very nice. All of them were

Very nice. All of them were new to me!

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