Idioms Quiz – 100 Essential English Idioms (ESL)

This quiz was designed for intermediate to advanced ESL students (not native speakers of English). It will test your knowledge of one hundred English idioms that are common in North America. You can study these idioms and their definitions on our North American idioms page or in the Essential Idioms mobile app.

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Let's study! Select the appropriate idiom for the blank. Each correct answer is worth 100 points. You can click to see the idioms' definitions, but it will cost you 20 points.

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17 comments on “Idioms Quiz – 100 Essential English Idioms (ESL)

  1. Duriez Brigitte (Posted on 5-16-2017 at 16:23) Reply

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    1. Jone (Posted on 12-22-2020 at 16:30) Reply

      You are welcome!!!

  2. PRIYADARSHINI (Posted on 8-28-2017 at 09:57) Reply

    This is very not easy

  3. victoria takyie (Posted on 10-10-2017 at 16:00) Reply

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  5. eklavya (Posted on 6-2-2020 at 07:17) Reply

    so helpful thx

  6. Noel Barton (Posted on 12-11-2020 at 02:45) Reply

    Quite long,but really helpful and quite an aid to keep my track on grammar

  7. Loaferr (Posted on 8-14-2021 at 07:39) Reply

    This is very difficult…

  8. N Kit (Posted on 10-31-2021 at 10:49) Reply

    It takes you 15 minutes to walk to school? ______ ! It takes me an hour!
    Should the answer to this question be “No way” (= What? That’s impossible.)??

    1. mb Post author (Posted on 10-31-2021 at 13:45) Reply

      Hello. I suppose that meaning is technically possible. The idiom “big deal” is more natural (in my opinion) as 15 minutes is not a big deal compared to 60 minutes.

  9. elena (Posted on 11-6-2022 at 07:25) Reply

    it has relly helped me

  10. Monteser (Posted on 2-17-2023 at 16:54) Reply

    I did not understand anything

  11. Iamsmartsylol (Posted on 5-16-2023 at 00:57) Reply

    imagine im in 7th grade n this is too ez

  12. Andrea Lukowsky-Longo (Posted on 1-9-2024 at 13:13) Reply

    Regarding N Kit’s response (“It takes you 15 minutes to walk to school?”) I too interpreted the correct response to mean “That’s impossible.” The fact that this question IS open to interpretation suggests that it, or the answer choices, should be changed so as to not be so ambiguous.

    1. mb Post author (Posted on 1-9-2024 at 22:48) Reply

      Alright. I’ve changed the item to “It takes you 15 minutes to walk to school? Big deal! That’s not very long at all.” It should be less ambiguous.

  13. Datekena Bob-Manuel (Posted on 2-13-2024 at 08:04) Reply

    I love this website because I gives the definitions and explains why a specific idiom should be used.

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