Quiz: Do You Actually Know What These British Idioms and Common Phrases Mean?
Do You Actually Know What These British Idioms and Common Phrases Mean?
By: Isadora Teich
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About This Quiz

British English has been quite influential in the world, from Europe to New Zealand to North America to India, but how it's spoken around the world differs. In fact, even from one side of London to the other, the way people speak the same language can sound totally different. The slang, idioms and phrases used throughout the U.K. can differ from city to city and country to country. It can be hard to get a handle on all of the wacky phrases and sayings that are unique to British English.   

British English is known for its many fun and quirky idioms that are definitely completely British. Whether you are a total anglophile or merely curious, you probably have heard of some of these sayings and idioms. So, are you the bee's knees? Are you ready to take on this quiz, or are you a few sandwiches short of a picnic when it comes to common British sayings? 

Are you ready to pull an absolute bloody blinder? Or will the phrases in this quiz leave you absolutely knackered? Put yourself to the test and see how well you really know some of the more fun expressions in British English with this proper English quiz! 

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What does it mean if someone has "over-egged the pudding"?
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If you have to "tiptoe on broken glass" around someone, what are they like?
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If someone asks you to "give them a tinkle on the blower," what are they asking you to do?
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When someone "does a Lord Lucan," what have they done?
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If a place is "chockablock," what is it like?
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Someone who is "carrying coals to Newcastle" is actually doing what?
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If something is "cheap as chips," what is it like?
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The idiom "pea-souper" is used to describe the weather. What kind of weather does it refer to?
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If someone is "a few sandwiches short of a picnic," what do they lack?
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The word "dench" can be used to indicate that something is which of these?
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What do Brits use the phrase "a dog's dinner" to refer to?
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What does it mean if someone has "caught the lurgy"?
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How do Brits use the word "mint"?
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If you nick something, you might end up in the nick. What is "the nick"?
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If a situation has gone "pear-shaped," what is it like?
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In British English, what does it mean if someone is "pissed"?
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What does the idiom "Never wash your dirty linen in public" mean?
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When someone "makes a mountain out of a molehill," how are they affecting a problem?
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How is someone affecting a group of people if they have "put the cat among the pigeons"?
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The idiom "a drop in the ocean" is used to describe something that is what?
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If a Brit tells you that they are "just popping out," what does this mean?
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If someone "argues the toss," what are they doing?
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What does it mean to "give [someone] stick"?
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When something is described as a banana skin, what does that mean?
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If a Brit tells you that you look like you have "been in the wars," what do you look like?
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"Life is not all beer and skittles." What does this phrase say about life?
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What does it mean if someone is "as bent as a nine-bob note"?
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If a Brit "breaks their duck," what are they doing?
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A "champagne socialist" is a wealthy person who has what sort of views?
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What does it mean to "play a blinder"?
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If your new coat "cost a bomb," what does that say about it?
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When someone describes something as being the "bee's knees," what are they saying about it?
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How do the British use the word "bloody"?
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