Can You Identify These American Idioms?

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By: Becky Stigall

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Every language is full of expressions that have become ingrained as part of the national culture. English in the United States is no different. How well do you know these common American phrases?

Ace in the ____.

The expression is "ace in the hole." It means to withhold a valuable part of the winning strategy.

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Achilles' ____.

The expression is "Achilles' heel." It means a spot where one is vulnerable, based on Greek mythology.

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Acid ____.

The expression is "acid test." It describes a test of the value of something.

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Actions _____ louder than words.

The phrase is "Actions speak louder than words." It means that what one does is more meaningful than what one says. In other words, talk is cheap.

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All ______.

The expression is "all thumbs." It is used to describe someone who is clumsy.

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All ___.

The expression is "all wet." It is used to describe someone who is so wrong they're silly.

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At her _____ end.

The expression is "at her wits' end." It means that someone is exasperated.

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Apple of my _______.

The expression is "apple of my eye." This is used to describe someone who is held dear.

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Axe to _____.

The expression is "axe to grind." It means that someone is holding a grudge.

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Back to ______ one.

The expression is "back to square one." It means to start something all over again.

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Back seat ______.

The saying is "back seat driver." This describes someone who is full of criticism and instructions, even though they are not the one driving.

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Bad _____.

The expression is "bad blood." This is used to describe someone with ill feelings toward someone else.

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Backhanded __________.

The expression is "backhanded compliment." This is a saying used to describe a compliment that sounds genuine but is actually an insult.

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Back to the _______ board.

The expression is "back to the drawing board." This means to go back to the beginning of a project.

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Behind the _____ ball.

The phrase is "behind the eight ball." It means to be in a difficult position.

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Bend your ___.

The expression is "bend your ear." It means to talk for quite a while, often not in a good way.

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Beside the _____.

The phrase is "beside the point." It means that something said has nothing to do with the subject at hand.

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Beat the ______.

The phrase is "beat the bushes." This means to search high and low for something.

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Bet your _____.

The phrase is "bet your boots." People say this when they are certain about something.

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Big ______.

The expression is "big cheese." This is used to refer to an important person.

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Between a ____ and a hard place.

The expression is "between a rock and a hard place." It means that there is no way to get out of a situation with a positive outcome.

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Bird's eye ____.

The expression is "bird's eye view." This means to look at an overview of something.

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Hard ____ to swallow.

The phrase is "hard pill to swallow." This is used to describe a reality that is difficult to accept.

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Bite off more than you can ____.

The expression is "bite off more than you can chew." This means to take on too much at one time.

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Bite the ______.

The expression is "bite the bullet." This means to face something unpleasant.

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Blow off _____.

The expression is to "blow off steam." This is a phrase used to describe getting something out of your system.

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Toot your own ____.

The expression is "toot your own horn." This means to brag about something.

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Run hot and ____.

The expression is to "run hot and cold." This means to be indecisive about something.

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Both feet on the ______.

The phrase is "both feet on the ground." This expression is used to describe someone who is practical and realistic.

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The bottom ____.

The expression is "the bottom line." This is the end result.

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A ____ of contention.

The phrase is "a bone of contention." This means a dispute.

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Bottom of the ______.

The expression is "bottom of the barrel" - often phrased as "scraping the bottom of the barrel." This is used to refer to the least desirable option.

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Bring down the _____.

The expression is "bring down the house." This is used to describe something that is very exciting or successful - especially a live performance.

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Bring home the _____.

The expression is to "bring home the bacon." This is used to describe earning an income to support the household.

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Break the ______.

The expression is "break the ice." This means to start things off.

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