As clear as mud

Do you know the English expression “to be as clear as mud“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Steph: What did you think of John’s presentation? Did you understand it?

Liam: It was as clear as mud. I don’t know why the boss always picks him to do presentations. He can’t make one that is easy to undertstand.

Does it mean:

a) very easy to understand

b) fairly easy to understand

c) very difficult to understand

d) very interesting

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Answer: c) very difficult to understand

By the book

Do you know the English expression “by the book?” Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Angela: I heard that Graham did the accounts. Do you think the accounts will be OK?

Nina: They’ll be fine. Don’t worry. Graham always does things by the book.

Does it mean:

a) according to the rules

b) lazily

c) while reading

d) next to a book

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Answer: a) according to the rules

Thrilled to bits!

Do you know the English expression “to be thrilled to bits“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Cara: How did your husband react when you told him you were pregnant?

Hilary: He was thrilled to bits! He started calling everyone in his family to tell them the news.

Does it mean:

a) extremely pleased

b) extremely annoyed

c) extremely upset

d) extremely confused

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Answer: a) extremely pleased

At a snail’s pace

Do you know the idiom “at a snail’s pace“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Oliver: Hasn’t Peter finished the report yet?

Leah: No, he’s still working on it.

Oliver: Why does he take so long? He works at a snail’s pace!

Does it mean:

a) very quickly

b) very well

c) very slowly

d) in an annoying way

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Answer: c) very slowly

Run into (somebody)

Do you know the English expression “to run into (somebody)“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Tracey: I ran into our old school teacher this morning.

Dean: How was she?

Tracey: She was well.

Does it mean:

a) hit someone

b) meet someone unexpectedly

c) push someone

d) have a race with someone

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Answer: b) meet someone unexpectedly

Water under the……

Can you complete this English expression? It means someone had a problem in the past, but now, they don’t worry about it because time has passed and it cannot be changed.

Water under the …….

a) well

b) ocean

c) bridge

d) road

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Answer: c) bridge

Eg: Matt and I had a fight a few years ago, but that’s all water under the bridge. We are friends now.

Spur (someone) on

Do you know the English expression “to spur (someone) on“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Robin: What spurred you on to build your business?

Bella: Having children spurred me on. I want to give them a good future.

Does it mean:

a) encourage someone

b) discourage someone

c) annoy someone

d) doubt someone

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Answer: a) encourage someone