English Exercises > idioms exercises > The World of Idioms (1)

idioms downloadable worksheets:
I love ...IDIOMS
Choose the best word to complete the idiom, then label the pictures.
Level: intermediate
Age: 12-17
Downloads: 1039

Food Idioms
This sheet contains explanations of some food idioms. (See my activity on food idioms).
Level: advanced
Age: 14-17
Downloads: 768

Animal idioms
In this sheet I collected some animal idioms with their explanations. (You can do my exercises on these idioms afterwards).
Level: advanced
Age: 14-17
Downloads: 675

Idioms with parts of the body
Useful idioms with parts of the body.
Level: intermediate
Age: 14-17
Downloads: 551

LETTER K. FOUR types of exercises with idioms:recognize the idiom,,idioms that can be replaced by a VERB,match the two parts of an idiom and try to explain it,write a sentence with each idiom explained in the "etymology corner".The pattern of exercises is from "Oxford exercises on idioms".KEY INCLUDED .THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR KIND COMMENTS.Y...
Level: intermediate
Age: 13-17
Downloads: 506

Idioms 101
ws to match idioms with meaning and pictures
Level: intermediate
Age: 10-17
Downloads: 496

Idioms with colors: BLACK (+key)
3rd worksheet in the series "idioms with colors"
Level: intermediate
Age: 12-17
Downloads: 490

Animal Idioms used every day (3) for elementary/ lower intermediate students
Just like in the first and second worksheets - http://www.eslprinta bles.com/printable.a sp?id=373258#thetop - http://www.eslprinta bles.com/printable.a sp?id=375049#thetop Kids look at the pictures and complete the expressions with words (names of animals) from the bubble - The exam was duck soup, a memory like an elephant, etc... Wish you all a ...
Level: elementary
Age: 8-12
Downloads: 467


An idiom is a term or phrase whose meaning cannot be deduced from the literal definitions and the arrangement of its parts, but refers instead to a figurative meaning that is known only through common use.
 Complete the following idioms (the pictures are NOT always clues).

1. I'm doing the best I can to teach my students English, but they're just not interested.
You can lead a 
to water, but you can't make it drink.

What does it mean? You can give someone the opportunity to do something,
but you cannot force them to do it if they do not want to.

2. Take an umbrella if you're going out. It's raining .

What does it mean? It's raining heavily.

3. I can't come to the game tonight. I'm feeling a bit .

What does it mean?
To feel ill.

4. You can't date others now that you're engaged! You can't have your  and eat it.

What does it mean?
To have or do two things at the same time that are
impossible to have or do at the same time. Also: You can't have it both ways or
and you can't have the best of both worlds.

5. He's so full of himself! He thinks he's the best thing since .

What does it mean?
To be an excellent person or thing.

6. You could visit your parents when you're on that business trip next month and kill two  with one stone.

What does it mean?
To succeed in achieving two things in a single action.

7. You haven't got the job yet but you're already thinking how to spend your first salary? Don't count your  until they're hatched!

What does it mean?
 Don't assume that you'll get the things you want until you have them.

8. That can't be true! Are you pulling my ?

What does it mean? 
To try to make someone believe something which is not
true as a joke.

9. Due to the financial crisis, we'll have to put those plans .

What does it mean?
  Give a low priority; delay; not deal with something until later.

10. Join you on a skiing trip? I'm afraid skiing is not my .

What does it mean?
Often used in the negative form to say that something doesn't really interest you.



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