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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.
Break A Leg
Blind leading the blind
Bad hair day
Cut to the Chase

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.
Apple of my eye
Above board
End of story
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.
Eat, drink, and be merry
Don't Bite the hand that feeds you
Feeding frenzy
Flesh and blood

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.
Got out of the wrong side of bed
Burn the midnight oil
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.
Go the extra mile
Jump the gun
Off the cuff
Over the top

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.
Money is the root of all evil
Pay on the nail
Pay through the nose
Hell to pay

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.
No dice
Forty winks
Not playing with a full deck
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
On pins and needles
From pillar to post

Question 9:

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

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.
Son of a gun
The Wave
Top Notch
Red herring


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