Quiz: Can You Understand These British Idioms and Common Phrases?
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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