“Like a fish out of water 


1. If you feel “Like a fish ________ water” you feel in the wrong place.
a. at
b. below
c. out of
d. above
2. His name definitely rings ________, although I can’t put a face to it.
a. a memory
b. a opinion
c. a bell
d. a watch
ring a bell 
3. Why don’t you take your umbrella with you – it’s raining cats and dogs !
a. It’s very cold
b. It is raining a little
c. It will rain soon
d. It’s raining heavily
 it is raining cats and dogs
4. I’m very suspicious of this deal. I can smell ________
a. a rabbit
b. a rose
c. a rat
d. a fish
” smell a rat ” .
5. To “_______ around the bush” is an idiom which means to avoid
speaking about something directly.
a. kick
b. beat
c. talk
d. look
to beat around the bush “
6. If you make fun of someone, you “pull his or her ________.”
a. arm
b. head
c. leg
d. toe
” pull her leg ” .

7 ‘There’s no smoke without _______’.
a. matches
b. cigarettes
c. burning
d. (a) fire

 ” without a fire “

8. If you memorise something, for example a poem or speech so you know it without reading it, you learn it by ________.
a. memory
b. heart
c. eye
d. mind

” by heart “

9. If you tell the truth after initially lying, you ________.
a. come clean
b. go clean
c. come dirty
d. go dirty

” come clean “

10. “People who live in glass houses ________”.
a. shouldn’t walk around naked.
b. should always buy curtains.
c. shouldn’t throw stones.
d. clean their windows regularly.

” We shouldn’t criticise someone for having a fault if we have the same fault ourselves. / shouldn’t throw stones.

11. “He’s turned over a new leaf” What has he done?
a. He’s made a new start, promised to be better.
b. He’s taken an interest in gardening.
c. He’s started a new job.
d. He’s been collecting insects.

Someone decided to turn over a new leaf when he got out of prison 

12. If you’ve been ‘burning the candle at both ends’, you have _________.
a. been having lots of dinner parties.
b. working hard and going to bed late.
c. going to church a lot.
d. experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen.

” you have work hard and going to bed late.”

Source : BBC / British Council

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