123facts.com - The Most Complete Trivia Game Site

Trivia Quizzes, Games, and Facts

Trivia Categories Forums About Us FAQ Contact Us
Register   My 123Facts

Trivia Quiz Categories
Brain Teasers
For Kids
Religion & Faith
Science & Technology
Video Games

List all trivia quiz categories

More Trivia Fun
New Quizzes
Popular Recent Quizzes
Most Highly Rated Quizzes
Write a Quiz

Monthly Tournament
Today's Easy Trivia
Today's Hard Trivia
Easy Hourly Trivia
Hard Hourly Trivia

Trivia Facts
Browse Trivia Facts
Submit a Trivia Fact

View Hall of Fame

- Who's online?
0 playing now

- Quizzes served

- Most points

- Registered members

- Just registered!

- Most points

Quiz Of The Day
- Tournament Leader

- Last Tournament Champ

You are here:    Home » Quizzes

Idioms: Come Again Please?

written by: Delia
Ever wonder where "sayings" come from? I'll give you its origin, and you guess the idiom.

Question 1:

This phrase means, a day during which nothing seems to be going right.
Cut to the Chase
Break A Leg
Bad hair day
Blind leading the blind

Question 2:

This idiom originated from a sorcerer who prepared his magic with his hands over the table and not below, where nothing could be seen and he could easily conceal any trickery.
End of story
Apple of my eye
Above board
Across the board

Question 3:

This expression originates from the Bible. There Jesus tells a story about a man who stored a lot of food for months and years to come. When he finally told himself he had enough, he died. That is why God referred to him as a fool because he stored all the stuff in vain - he could not take it with him in the afterlife.
Flesh and blood
Don't Bite the hand that feeds you
Eat, drink, and be merry
Feeding frenzy

Question 4:

This expression comes from the 17th century when wooden planks were attached to the side of a ship. When a sailor had to go out and fix something outside the ship he was at danger of falling in the water.
Burn the midnight oil
Got out of the wrong side of bed
Between the devil and the deep blue sea
Fly on the wall

Question 5:

The original version of this idiom was "to beat the pistol". It became popular in the early 1900s when it was referred a race before the starter fired the pistol.
Over the top
Go the extra mile
Off the cuff
Jump the gun

Question 6:

The origin of this expression comes from the 9th century. People then paid high taxes and if they did not pay, their nose was cut off.
Hell to pay
Money is the root of all evil
Pay through the nose
Pay on the nail

Question 7:

This idiom was initiated by popular card games in the past. It was often used when a throw was out of play or not lying flat; in this case, the throw was considered not valid.
Not playing with a full deck
Forty winks
No dice
Dice are cast

Question 8:

This expression evolved around the 14th century when pins were invented. Pin makers then offered pins for general sale, only on the 1st and 2nd of January. The upper class women would get an allowance from their husbands to buy pins.
P's and Q's
Pin money
From pillar to post
On pins and needles

Question 9:

This expression became popular first among the hedonists of the early 19th century. Opium pipe smoking was fashionable among them.
Pleased as punch
From pillar to post
Plain sailing
Pipe dream

Question 10:

This expression appeared when sea voyages were the only way to travel a great distance. There were women who gave birth on the ship, usually at the forward deck behind the main cannon.
The Wave
Son of a gun
Top Notch
Red herring


Report errors (will not interfere with your quiz)

Conditions of Use   |   Privacy policy   |   Disclaimer   |   Copyright    © 2005-2018 123facts.com. All Rights Reserved.

Page loaded from database in 1.8029651641846 seconds