Quiz: Can You Understand These British Idioms and Common Phrases?
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Can You Understand These British Idioms and Common Phrases?
By: Becky Stigall
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About This Quiz

We all know the Brits do things a bit... differently. Not wrong, of course, just different. If you are familiar with the way the British communicate, then take this quiz to test your knowledge.

Look, here in the United States, football is a game that you play by throwing the ball. In the UK, football is what we call soccer, a game that is played by kicking the ball. Sigh... we're not even going to spend too much time wondering why we don't call soccer football and rename the game of football to something that is more aligned with the goal of the sport, like throwball... just throwing that out there.

Anyway, the sport of US football is actually thought to have derived from the British name for soccer. Just stay with us, now. First, there was soccer, which was called football; then there was rugby, which was sometimes called rugby football; then there was football, which is what we here in the US know as football. Is this true? Who knows, but it sounds plausible, right?

So, back to British idioms. Are you enough of an Anglophile to identify these 35 British idioms and common phrases? Let's get started to find out how much you really know.

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Which of the following British idioms indicates that something has gone rather wrong?
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If a Brit is going to a "footy" game, what sport is he going to attend?
3 of 35
What do the British say when they find something hard to believe?
4 of 35
What shining term may be used to indicate that something is great?
5 of 35
What British insult is a term that means "jerk"?
6 of 35
If a Brit were sarcastically referring to a mixup, he might say which of the following?
7 of 35
Never talk politics in mixed company; it might result in a __________.
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What word would the Brits use to indicate they are somewhat fatigued?
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Which word would the British use to indicate they are amazed?
10 of 35
In the British phrase "across the pond," what does the word "pond" refer to?
11 of 35
What might a Brit say if he/she were unveiling a surprise?
12 of 35
If a Brit told you they went to a "knees-up," what might he/she be expressing?
13 of 35
What is another term for a nice chat?
14 of 35
If a Brit wanted to tell you to get lost, he/she might say what?
15 of 35
If a Brit were super pleased with his grades on an exam, he might say which of the following?
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If you were British, and you were less than thrilled, what might you say?
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In the phrase, "at the end of your tether," what might the word "tether" refer to?
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If someone is confused about what is happening, a Brit might say that person has done what?
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Assuming your British friend is not a cheerleader, what might he mean when he says "cheers"?
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What might a Brit say when she finds something to be an epic fail?
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What might a Brit say when she is trying to convey that something has gone completely awry?
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What might a Brit say when he is completely enamored with someone?
23 of 35
What might a Brit do in the loo if he has had a bit too much to drink?
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A British man who is "up the spout" might be what?
25 of 35
What is a simple term meant to refer to a length of time?
26 of 35
When your British friend comes in from the cold, she might refer to such weather as what?
27 of 35
We say "yummy," but Brits say _____.
28 of 35
We say malarkey, but Brits say _____.
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What we refer to as a parking lot, the Brits might call what?
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When we play hooky, the Brits might do what?
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If someone is getting "shirty," what might she be?
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He was so excited, he was talking how?
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We throw a wrench in the works; the British might throw what?
34 of 35
Whereas we might kiss someone we like, what might the Brits do?
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Someone who is "skint" in the U.K. might be what in the U.S.?
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