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EXPRESSIONS #13 ANSWERS

PART 1: Try to find the letter that has the correct meaning for the underlined expressions.

1) __f__ “The feuding brothers decided to bury the hatchet after their mother’s death.”

2) __b__ “The wife accused her husband of being spineless and made him sad.”

3) __a__ “The patient couldn’t make heads or tails of the doctor’s messy writing.”

4) __h__ “I forgive you for breaking my vase. After all, there’s no use crying over spilled milk.”

5) __c__ “Mr. Downey was down in the dumps after he lost thousands of dollars at the casino.”

6) __d__ “When Bill was young, his older brothers always used to gang up on him.”

7) __e__ “Rick’s poor grandfather had one foot in the grave when Rick visited him last week.”

8) __g__ “The deadline to register for college was last week, but I forgot. I guess I missed the boat.”


a) to not be able to understand something

b) not brave; cowardly

c) sad

d) to unite with a few other people and harass someone

e) to be near death; to be almost ready to die

f) to reconcile; to make peace

g) to miss an opportunity

h) there is no reason to complain about things in the past that you can’t change

PART 2: Try to put the right expression in the right place.

there’s no use crying over spilled milk - couldn’t make heads or tails of - down in the dumps

A: Hey there. How’s it going? You don’t seem to be yourself today. Is something wrong?

B: Yeah, I guess you could say that I’m kind of __down in the dumps__.

A: Yeah, I thought so. What’s the matter? Did something happen?

B: Well, I took a math test today. An important one. And I did bad, really bad. I got an F.

A: Really? That’s not good. I bet your parents won’t be happy.

B: You know, I’m just not any good at math, and I __couldn’t make heads or tails of__ the questions on the test.

A: That’s too bad. Did you at least try to study for the test?

B: Uh, not really.

A: Well, maybe next time, you should try to study a little bit. But for now, don’t worry about it. After all, __there’s no use crying over spilled milk__.


bury the hatchet - spineless - missed the boat

A: Can we talk for a few minutes? I have something I want to tell you.

B: I’m not talking to you. You know that. Leave me alone.

A: I know, I know. But just listen. I know we haven’t been getting along, and we haven’t talked to each other for a whole week, but I think it’s time to __bury the hatchet__. I want to apologize.

B: Well, that’s nice, but you’re too late. You __missed the boat__.

A: Look. You don’t have to talk. I will. Just listen. Please. I feel really bad about what I said. Please.

B: Well, okay. Go ahead. I’m listening.

A: Well, last week we got into a fight, and I said some mean things. I’m sorry for calling you __spineless__. I guess I just lost my temper. Will you forgive me?

B: Do you really mean it? You’re not just pretending?

A: No, I really mean it, with all my heart.

B: Okay then, I forgive you. Although now it’s clear that you’re the spineless one.

A: What?