Using idioms in IELTS exercises

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Using idioms in IELTS exercises

Using idioms in IELTS exercisesHave you read the information page on English idioms? Click here to read it before you try the English idioms exercises.

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Complete the English idioms exercises below to test your knowledge.

Complete the English idioms exercises by choosing the correct option (a) or (b) to complete each of the sentences.

1. The mistake occurred because of lack of care. If he’d _______________________ everything would have been fine.

(a) drawn the line    (b) kept his eye on the ball

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Correct answer is B.

 

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2. Clearly the homeless man had little money of his own, yet he handed in the wallet. It goes to show you should never __________________________.

(a) make up your mind    (b) judge a book by its cover

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Correct answer is B.

 

3. What you did is unacceptable! I must  ___________________ when it comes to this kind of behaviour and will make an official complaint.

(a) draw the line    (b) toe the line

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Correct answer is A.

 

4. This is only a  ________________ I can confirm more specific details in my full report.

(a) catch 22  (b) ball park figure

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Correct answer is B.

 

5. I think he feels better now he’s  ___________________ . He needed some release as he was so stressed.

(a) let of some steam   (b) over the moon

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Correct answer is A.

 

6. He didn’t take any personal responsibility for his errors; he just wanted to  __________________.

(a) toe the line    (b) pass the buck

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Correct answer is B.

 

7. He likes to  _______________________ and suggest different points of view.

(a) play devil’s advocate    (b) sit on the fence

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Correct answer is A.

 

8. Everyone is  doing it! It’s amazing how everyone is _________________ with this new social media fad.

(a) letting off steam    (b) jumping on the bandwagon

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Correct answer is B.

 

9. It’s okay to  ________________ every now and then! You’ve been working so hard, go and have some fun!

(a) let off steam    (b) make up your mind

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Correct answer is A.

 

10. ______________________ I have no idea if the project will be a success or not

(a) Your guess is as good as mine    (b) I wouldn’t be caught dead

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Correct answer is A.

 

11. Staff conditions are getting worse and worse. The situation is  ______________________ from what the founder had wanted for his workers.

(a) the best of both worlds    (b) a far cry

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Correct answer is B.

 

12. He should not have _______________________. The quality is not as good as it used to be.

(a) kept his eye on the ball    (b) cut corners

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Correct answer is B.

 

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