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Test Your Idiomatic Intelligence Quiz

Test Your Idiomatic Intelligence Quiz

created by QuizAdmin on Dec 200932 yrs old, Connecting Singles
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The English language is filled with plenty of colorful phrases that nearly everyone is familiar with. But even though idioms and adages are used on a daily basis, most people don’t know their origins. Do you? Take the quiz below to find out.
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1. To be "in a pickle" means to be in a tough situation. How did a pickle come to describe being in trouble?
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2. The term "lame duck" is now used to describe politicians in their final term in office. To whom was it originally applied?
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3. Where did the phrase "going to hell in a handbasket" come from?
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4. To what year can the phrase, "the wrong end of the stick" be traced?
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5. What is the origin of the phrase, "not worth the candle," which means "worthless"?
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6. Which writer is known for first using the term "dark horse" in print?
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7. While the exact origin of the term "face the music" isn't known, there are a few likely explanations. Which of the following origins is usually accepted as the source?
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8. "Mad as a hatter" is a well-known phrase used to describe insane people or actions. How did this phrase come to be?
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9. From which source did the phrase "pearls before swine" originate?
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10. Which of the following figures is credited with the quote, "Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration"?
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11. To be "worth one's salt" indicates that one is worthy of accolade. But why is salt used in the phrase?
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12. "On Carey Street" is a phrase meaning in debt or bankrupt. Why is this so?
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13. From which source did the phrase, "a leopard cannot change its spots" originate?
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14. From which sport did the phrase, "hands down" (as in, winning hands down) originate?
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15. From which source did the phrase, "eaten out of house and home" originate?

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